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Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s VR return to the Half-Life series. It’s the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity’s only chance for survival.
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Half-Life: Alyx 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 25th Oct 2020

What is the best PC to buy for Half-Life: Alyx? This is where our curated PC build coverage today will find us listing out today’s best priced computer hardware and peripherals to meet the demands that a game like Half-Life: Alyx might put on the gaming PC. In doing this we keep in mind our need to deliver the game reliably with the highest ultra graphics, viewed through a 1080p monitor resolution. Todays prices will be checked every few hours to make sure only the best hardware at the best prices will be displayed for this build.

Today we find Half-Life: Alyx is currently 32 on our list of most demanding games and currently not figuring in our more popular games lists of today. It also falls in under the Action, Adventure game genre types, which itself can influence some of our choices of hardware today, to make sure we better meet the hardware needs of the game. This sort of information will help us build a fuller picture and better understand what to select when putting our best build PC together for the game. Interestingly, it might be worth thinking about the performance of the hardware that the game was originally built on, which would have been from 2020 and shortly before. So the devs themselves may have been aiming for hardware with performance capability from this particular period. Another consideration is that this game was built on the Source.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Half-Life: Alyx PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$166.99
Graphics Card
$529.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$50.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$53.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.96
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$34.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$13.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$30.99
Half-Life: Alyx PC Build Total Price $1,516.80
Rig
9.7
Score
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $0.01, was previously $1,516.81.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Half-Life: Alyx PC Build

Choosing the graphics card needs to be done correctly and as we are putting together a gamer PC build for Half-Life: Alyx at 1080p ultra graphics we want something with the best price today while returning the best performance for that price. This has led us to the GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB, which has a good price at the moment, as its currently priced at $529.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB is $529.99 recorded at 18th Feb 2020. And with that in mind the GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB is a great match for Half-Life: Alyx at 1080p ultra. It will certainly help us get good FPS. we will highlight those FPS in more detail later in this article. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $99.96 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build.

This build will need to have at least 8GB of VRAM onboard the graphics card, to act as an image data store between the GPU and CPU. Our selected builds graphics card has 8GB, which is plenty for getting suitable gaming at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Half-Life: Alyx 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Finding a cpu is largely dependent on the right motherboard. The CPU we are going to choose has the Socket AM4 socket type. So we have found the best priced and well featured mobo in the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4. The Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz processor will then fit in and accompany our GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB selection nicely, with the cpu being at a great price point, costing $166.99. Looking through our price records we noticed that this processor was seen on 28th Nov 2019 priced at $119.99.

And with the motherboard costing $53.99 this really helps pull the PC we are building together. The cheapest motherboard price for the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 was recorded as $53.99, which was on 25th Jun 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Half-Life: Alyx At The Right Price

As one of the 3 main system components, when considering a PC built for Half-Life: Alyx, the correct RAM selection is obviously important. We are looking for something that is well priced but also capable of meeting the games requirements. The Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz is well priced at $50.99 and fits with the Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz and GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB selections to ensure solid FPS at 1080p ultra settings. Our RAM recorded prices put this Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz price at $49.99 on 9th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Half-Life: Alyx

Our PC build can run Half-Life: Alyx at High graphics settings comfortably, returning a 1080p FPS of 85 and we would expect an average of 61 FPS on Ultra with the GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB, Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz combo we have put into this computer.

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If we are looking for some larger screen resolutions with this computer, then Half-Life: Alyx would return 47 FPS on 1440p at Ultra graphics setting. This FPS would improve to 65 FPS average at High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

To ensure we are making a good choice with this Half-Life: Alyx PC build we can check to see if it performs consistently across a variety of games. Some of the most popular games today include Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Grand Theft Auto VI and FIFA 21 so let’s see how this build handles them at 1080p. Starting with Assassins Creed: Valhalla we can expect to be seeing an Ultra FPS of 60 and at High settings an FPS of 88 frames. In comparison Grand Theft Auto VI is likely to see an Ultra FPS of around 63, improving to 88 FPS on High settings. Lastly FIFA 21 will see an Ultra FPS of around 200+ which improves to a 200+ FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Half-Life: Alyx Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Not everyone is interested in going with a Nvidia card, like the one we have opted for in this build. So you could try going for the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB instead, which comes with a 8% worse performance adjustment when compared to GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB, and is certainly a solid video card choice for our build. We selected it while also considering its current price point, it is costing $379.99 at the moment.