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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.
Half-Life: Alyx Optimum PC Build 1440p

Half-Life: Alyx 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 21st May 2020

If you are looking to buy a new PC that can play Half-Life: Alyx then below you will find we explore exactly that. We are putting together a gaming PC build for Half-Life: Alyx from a carefully selected set of our favourite hardware components that are priced best today. We are going to choose these parts with the aim of keeping a high FPS rate with ultra graphics settings, along with a 1440p monitor resolution. The hardware selection should give us all a good jumping off point when considering what might prove a good build and price for a PC to run Half-Life: Alyx. We will update prices here as they change and switch out components as new, better hardware is released.

Let’s consider some of the interesting characteristics about this game, to help us build something that matches the sort of game we are considering to build a PC for. As we know it comes under the Action, Adventure genre style categories, which may well influence some of our peripheral selections, ensuring we consider the specifics for the games requirements. Looking at its development the game was built during 2020 and around that period and the devs themselves probably had hardware comparable to some of the latest hardware of that period. The devs have created the game using the Source platform. In terms of its relative hardware demanding position, it is considered by us as 18 placed game on our most demanding games of today list at least at the moment, although that list shifts regularly. Obviously these points help give us a better picture of what we may want in the build, but they are only supporting us because when we choose, it is the best priced components that will find their way into this build today.

Best 1440p Price to Performance Half-Life: Alyx PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
Graphics Card
Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
AOC 22 inch 5ms
Redragon K552
Redragon M719 Invader
Razer Electra USB 7.1
Half-Life: Alyx PC Build Total Price $1,515.86
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $46.61, was previously $1,469.25.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p Half-Life: Alyx PC Build

Obviously one of the most important components for this build is the graphics card. We can take a look at the best price to performance hardware right now to help deliver a system that can run Half-Life: Alyx at 1440p ultra settings. Looking through today’s graphics card prices we can see that the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Zotac Twin Fan 8GB is today’s best GPU option for this computer and it will work great at this screen resolution. Its price right now is $689.99, and running our hardware tests against that price shows this to be the cheapest but best performer for Half-Life: Alyx. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $40 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 29th Feb 2020 and it was priced at $679.99.

Our PC build has 8GB of onboard card memory to act as an image data store between the GPU and CPU. At this resolution the game will need at least 8GB of VRAM from our PC build. So with the selected GeForce RTX 2080 Super Zotac Twin Fan 8GB we have met that graphical requirement.

Selecting The Right Half-Life: Alyx 1440p Motherboard and CPU

The motherboard we are going for is the GIGABYTE B450M mATX AM4. Its the best priced Socket AM4 socket type motherboard on the market today and will give us the spot to choose a great pairing CPU for the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Zotac Twin Fan 8GB. Looking over the prices today we can see that the Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz processor is a great choice for this game and is currently costing $198.92. A good point of reference is that the bottom recorded price we have for the Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is $119.99 on 28th Nov 2019.

And with the motherboard costing $72.99 this really helps pull the PC we are building together. A low price point for this motherboard would be $57.99, which we recorded it at on 29th Dec 2019.

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

One of the more significant hardware components in this Half-Life: Alyx build is the RAM. We are choosing some complementary and well priced Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz. It is currently priced at $62.99. While among the best priced system memory for this build it will still provide us with the ability to reach our desired FPS for the 1440p ultra setting, that we have been focusing on with this PC. Lowest RAM prices were recorded for this Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz when we saw it priced at $61.99, on 7th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1440p Ultra Settings on Half-Life: Alyx

We reckon these hardware components in our PC build will get 68 FPS at high settings in game and you could improve the graphics up to Ultra and see a FPS of 49 at 1440p.

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PC Build Research Area

Half-Life: Alyx
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Zotac Twin Fan 8GB

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Increasing the screen resolution for Half-Life: Alyx would mean this setup would be getting FPS that are 29 FPS average, at 4k Ultra. The FPS would go up to 41 FPS if the graphics settings at this resolution were lowered to High.

How this build performs for other popular games

To buy this Half-Life: Alyx PC we will still want it to do ok when running other popular games. So to give us an idea about our builds performance lets see how it deals these 3 popular games at 1440p. Grand Theft Auto VI will be expecting a Ultra FPS of 42 and a High setting FPS of 59 frames. Doom Eternal expects Ultra FPS around 155 which will improve to 200+ FPS for High settings. Assassins Creed: Valhalla is expected to be around 37 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 54 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Half-Life: Alyx Graphics Card Option for 1440p

Why not switch out the graphics card in this build and replace it with a similarly powerful card from AMD. The AMD Radeon RX Vega Core 4GB graphics card has a 100% worse performance variation compared to the currently chosen video card. As the best price point for an alternative manufacturer in this range it currently costs $179.99.