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Welcome to City 31, the beacon city of a new life on Earth - one where humans, aliens and hybrids now coexist under a post-war period of fragile peace. Dangerous conspiracy groups threaten to upend that peace, however, and Chimera Squad has been mobilized to investigate and put an end to those threats.
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XCOM: Chimera Squad 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 4th Dec 2020

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run XCOM: Chimera Squad then that is exactly what we will be doing in this review. Our challenge is in choosing the right priced PC items to get together an optimum build, which can meet the needs of XCOM: Chimera Squad. And so our expectations are that this game will confidently run with max graphics running, getting its visuals from a 1080p resolution monitor screen. These hardware items found in our build will continue to have their prices checked and components will be swapped in and out as we feel better hardware for our build is released.

Before getting this build together we need to consider a few background characteristics about the game we are building this PC for. XCOM: Chimera Squad falls into the Strategy, Turn-based, Action genre category groupings and would have been finished being developed during 2020 on hardware released around that period of time which may be a factor when we choose the type of hardware as it would need to be comparable in performance to hardware available from around this time. The game is not in our top demanding games lists. While these facts help us put together the best PC for the game we will still be selecting components based on the latest prices for the chosen peripherals and hardware for our build. Choosing today’s best priced items to give us an ideal PC build today for the game.

Best 1080p Price to Performance XCOM: Chimera Squad PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$160.49
Graphics Card
$239.99
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$32.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
$53.60
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$39.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
XCOM: Chimera Squad PC Build Total Price $1,261.41
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This PC build has recently gone up in price by $37.65, was previously $1,223.76.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p XCOM: Chimera Squad PC Build

Choosing the graphics card needs to be done correctly and as we are putting together a gamer PC build for XCOM: Chimera Squad 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 GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB, which has a good price at the moment, as its currently priced at $239.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $229.99. And with that in mind the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB is a great match for XCOM: Chimera Squad at 1080p ultra. It will certainly help us get good FPS. we will highlight those FPS in more detail later in this article. Watching this card over the past 2 weeks we have seen its price drop by $47.68, further supporting our selection in this hardware.

The game also needs this graphics solution to deliver at least 0.002 GB VRAM to act as a buffer between the PC build’s video card and the processor.

Selecting The Right XCOM: Chimera Squad 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To accompany the graphics option we have put a compatible motherboard into the build. The MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard in turn enables us to add the Core i3-9100T 4-Core 3.1GHz processor that has the LGA 1151 socket. This CPU is a great fit for XCOM: Chimera Squad and balances nicely with the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB, to help reach the right frame rates at this resolution. We have of course chosen this CPU today because of its price to performance credentials where it is currently priced at $160.49.

Today the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 competitively costs $49.46, which provides it a place in our build today. Our motherboard price records put this mobo’s price on 28th Dec 2019 at $32.99.

How To Choose The Best RAM For XCOM: Chimera Squad At The Right Price

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet XCOM: Chimera Squad requirements, with a view to running reliable FPS at Ultra settings leads us to Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz. Today it is one of the best priced RAM options at $32.99 and will certainly support the CPU and GPU well. A price point for this RAM was down to $30.35 on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on XCOM: Chimera Squad

With this current build we expect to see a return of 63 frames per second at ultra 1080p resolution in XCOM: Chimera Squad. Adjust some of the graphics options and you could boost this up to 88 FPS for High graphics settings.

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PC Build Research Area

XCOM: Chimera Squad
GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB

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If you were to increase your screen size with this PC setup to 1440p then we expect to see around a figure of 48 FPS on Ultra or 67 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

To ensure we are making a good choice with this XCOM: Chimera Squad PC build we can check to see if it performs consistently across a variety of games. Some of the most popular games today include Microsoft Flight Simulator, Watch Dogs Legion and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands so let’s see how this build handles them at 1080p. Starting with Microsoft Flight Simulator we can expect to be seeing an Ultra FPS of 19 and at High settings an FPS of 26 frames. In comparison Watch Dogs Legion is likely to see an Ultra FPS of around 46, improving to 64 FPS on High settings. Lastly World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will see an Ultra FPS of around 43 which improves to a 60 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For XCOM: Chimera Squad

We have opted for the Cooler Master MM710 because we feel it is a higher performance gaming mouse that will meet the needs of this title. When looking at a mouse for a game that sits in the Strategy, Turn-based, Action game grouping we often consider paying a little bit more to get a better suited peripheral for the task. We have still chosen the best priced mouse we could find today that meets this need.

An Alternative XCOM: Chimera Squad Graphics Card Option for 1080p

If you are looking for a graphics card from AMD instead of the one we have selected in this build then you could try Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which has a 7% better performance difference, so still similar capabilities. We have chosen it based on its price-performance figure as well, as it is currently priced at $699.99.