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The Ultimate Guide to Building the Best Gaming PCs for Helldivers 2

- Learn the perfect specifications for each level of system for Helldivers 2.
- See the estimated frame rates for system ranging from entry level to extreme.
- Find out the impact on performance your monitor will have.
- We share some of the considerations you might not have thought of.

This guide offers a comprehensive blueprint for assembling the ultimate gaming PC for Helldivers 2, melding meticulous hardware specifications with strategic build recommendations. All the specs shared are based on 2024 hardware. Enjoy and happy gaming!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Optimal Gaming PC Specifications
  • 1080p Budget Specs
  • 1080p Mid-Range Specs
  • 1440p High-End Specs
  • 4k Extreme Specs
  • Additional Considerations
  • Conclusion

Introduction: Find the best PC for Helldivers 2

Released hot off the press on February 8th, 2024, Helldivers 2 has already made a splash across the PlayStation 5 and PC universes. This third-person shooter sequel, developed by the skilled hands at Arrowhead Game Studios and launched under the prestigious banner of Sony Interactive Entertainment, takes "fighting for freedom" to a whole new level. But, as any veteran gamer knows, the right gear can make or break your intergalactic escapade.Whether you're a lone wolf or thrive in the camaraderie of your fellow Helldivers, this guide is your first step to ensuring your PC is not just ready but primed for the challenges ahead. Ready to dive in? Let’s gear up!

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One of Utopia's, much loved, extended team - Otis (Small and Powerful just like Utopia's Pandora).

Who is this blog for?

We have written this blog for PC Gamers or general PC users who are looking to understand everything needed to find the Perfect Gaming PC for Helldivers 2. If, "What is the best GPU for Helldivers 2" sounds like a question you have, then read on!

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Braving the icy unknown, one Helldiver stands against the chilling winds.

Optimal Gaming PC Specifications

Custom PC Build Recommendations:

Note the specs you will see listed here are based on specs and component availability in 2024. We’ve found there are plenty of requirement lists out there, but often they are for older parts, no longer available and that can be confusing for gamers who are new to PC gaming. We’ve written this page for gamers looking to know how components you can buy today will play Helldivers 2.

1080p Budget Build:

For those who prefer stealth over brute force, this setup allows you to enter the fray without breaking the bank.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3050 8GB
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Storage: 500GB NVMe or SATA SSD (Avoid a Hard Drive even at this price point)
Motherboard: H520M (with future upgrade paths)
Power Supply: 450W, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified
Case: A mid-tower case with good airflow

Estimated Frame Rate: 45/60FPS @1080p

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Brief Reasoning:

This specification will get you the perfect building block as an entry into high action games like Helldivers 2. Frame rates are solid for playing even with a squad of Automatons blasting grenades and rockets right to your face. We looked at lower specifications for Helldivers 2, but found frame rates dropping to as little as 30fps making the game less enjoyable.

Want to buy this build? Check out the Core | Advanced

1080p Mid-range Build:

For the soldier aiming to strike the perfect balance between agility and firepower.

CPU: Intel i5 13400F
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Storage: 500GB SATA SSD
Motherboard: Intel B760M Motherboard
Power Supply: 450W, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified
Case: A mid-tower case with good airflow
Estimated Frame Rate: 100FPS @1080p

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Utopia Helix Gaming PC

Brief Reasoning:

Brief Reasoning: This is the spec when the game becomes much more enjoyable. 100fps at 1080p resolution, with the majority of settings at Ultra. Want to buy this build?

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1440p High-End Build:

For the Helldiver who demands nothing but the best to face the galaxy's darkest threats at 1440p.

CPU: Intel Core i7 13700k
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 12GB
RAM: 32GB DDR5
Storage: 1TB SSD
Motherboard: Intel B760M Motherboard
Power Supply: 750W, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified
Case: A mid-tower case with good airflow

Estimated Frame Rate: 100FPS @1440p

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Utopia Gaming PC Powered By Nvidia RTX

Brief Reasoning:

Brief Reasoning: Moving into the serious gaming specs, this system will let you game at a silky smooth 100fps at 1440p with practically everything turned up to Ultra. This spec will even handle 4k if you are OK with dropping to 40-50fps.

Want to buy this build? Check out the Core | Elite

4K Commander’s Build:

Lead from the front with unparalleled clarity in glorious 4k and command over the battlefield.

CPU: Intel Core i9 13900k
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB
RAM: 64GB DDR5 RAM
Storage: 4TB
Motherboard: Intel Z790 Motherboard
Power Supply: 750W, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified
Case: A mid-tower case with good airflow

Estimated Frame Rate: 100FPS @4k

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Utopia Ballista Gaming PC

Brief Reasoning:

Brief Reasoning: Not for the faint of heart, this is a super serious build, but it's these kinds of specs you’re going to need to be able to play games like Helldivers 2 at 4K. Want to buy this build? Check out the Core | Supreme

Additional Considerations

The Right Peripherals

A true Helldiver knows the devil is in the details. It's not just about the core specs; it's about how you interact with the game:

Monitor Resolutions & Refresh Rates: Helldivers 2 graphical demands can vary widely based on graphical settings and resolutions. Here's how different monitor specifications can affect your gameplay:

1080p (Full HD): Most mid spec gaming PCs can run Helldivers 2 smoothly at this resolution. It's the standard for many gamers and provides a balanced visual experience. Running at 1080p means you won’t have to break the bank when it comes to matching your monitor to your gaming PC.

1440p (Quad HD): For those looking for a sharper visual experience, 1440p offers more pixel density. Mid-range to high-end builds are recommended for this resolution, especially if you want to turn the graphics settings up to ultra. 1440p is one of the most popular resolutions we see for gamers looking to enjoy clearer graphics without putting their PC under too much strain.

4k (Ultra HD): For a crisp and detailed visual experience, nothing beats 4K. However, remember that running Helldivers 2 at this resolution, especially with shaders, requires a seriously high-end PC build.

Refresh Rates:60Hz: Suitable for casual gameplay and can be achieved even with ‘proper’ entry-level gaming PCs at 1080p.

144Hz and Above: For those seeking ultra-smooth gameplay. It's particularly noticeable when navigating fast-paced scenes and those big battles. A mid-range to high-end PC is recommended to achieve these refresh rates consistently. As you will see from the recorded frame rates above, in order to hit those fast frame rates you will need to reduce resolution or graphics detail in all but the fastest of PCs given this game's heavy requirements.

Peripherals:

Gaming Mouse: Helldivers 2 is a high-paced FPS game, and with that a gaming mouse can offer better precision, especially in those battle moments when you feel like you’re being overrun! Look for a lightweight mouse with a high resolution sensor. 

Keyboard: A mechanical keyboard provides tactile feedback and faster response times, beneficial for crunch battle moments. There are a variety of switches to try and this is one where we would say it’s best to try before you buy. If you’re lucky enough to live near Utopia’s retail store we have all the Cherry switches available to try. 

VR Headset: I don’t know if we could handle Helldivers 2 as an immersive experience, but we’d love to try it! At the time of writing Helldivers 2 doesn’t support VR headsets.

Game Controllers: Some players prefer using game controllers, especially when playing on larger screens or TVs. While we love the classic PC input of keyboard and mouse, it's an option worth considering for those who enjoy a console-like experience.

Conclusion

Helldivers 2 presents a universe teeming with challenges and opportunities. As you prepare to join the ranks fighting for freedom across the galaxy, ensuring your gaming PC is up to par is paramount. From the solitary battles to the camaraderie of multiplayer chaos, your PC setup plays a critical role in your conquests and enjoyment. As we have shown, this is a heavy duty game and as such needs a real gaming PC to be able to get the best experience.

Helldivers 2 Screensho

Amidst the harsh blizzard's bite and the chaos of war, a lone Helldiver dashes through an inferno.

Here's a recap and some additional considerations:

1. Your PC, Your Choice: While we've detailed various configurations and setups, remember that the right PC for Helldivers 2 largely depends on your personal gameplay style. Whether you're a casual player enjoying simple adventures or an enthusiast wanting to experience the ultimate Helldivers 2 has to offer, let your preferences guide your hardware choices.

2. Think Long-Term: Computer components evolve rapidly, but a strategic investment today can serve you well for years. Consider your current gaming habits and potential future interests when choosing components, ensuring you're not just catering to today's needs but also anticipating tomorrow's adventures. Choosing a Power Supply, Case and, to a slightly lesser extent, Motherboard that have room for upgrades is a great way to build a solid foundation for the future.

3. Stay Updated: Helldivers 2, unlike some AAA titles….is a testament to a live service game, receiving frequent updates since its’ release with new quests, weapons, enemies, armour, weapon balancing and lots more nearly every single week. Keep an eye on patch notes and community forums, as sometimes these updates might bring significant changes to game performance or patch bugs which sometimes can cause crashes, we see you Arcthrower! Adjusting your game settings or considering minor hardware upgrades can help maintain a consistent gameplay experience.

4. Community Wisdom: Engage with forums, Reddit threads, or YouTube channels to get personal insights, recommendations, or troubleshooting tips related to hardware configurations for Helldivers 2.

5. Enjoy the Journey: At the end of the day, Helldivers 2 is a thrilling adventure game that pushes the limits of any PC. While the right hardware can enhance your experience, remember that the heart of the game lies in enjoying that experience. We can’t all afford the latest and greatest PCs all the time. If you need to turn some settings down, the game is still very playable and enjoyable! Thank you for letting us guide you through choosing the best gaming PC for Helldivers 2. We wish you all the best in battling for freedom across the hostile galaxy!

Want more Helldivers 2 content? Check out our Helldivers 2 PCs By Game page where we answer some of the top Helldivers 2 Questions.

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