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By now, everyone has heard of Fortnite - it's one of the biggest (if not the biggest) competitive esports titles on the market today, being Twitch's second most-viewed esports game in 2019. In fact, Fortnite handed out the most prize money out of any esports title in 2019 - close to $65 million dollars ($64,422,992.50 to be exact).
With those sorts of figures floating around, it's no surprise that the esports industry is blowing up in a big way. More and more gamers are starting to opt for gaming PCs over the more conventional consoles of yesteryear. And for that reason, we've decided to put together what we believe is the best custom build gaming PC for Fortnite.
This article will be your one-stop-shop for everything required to build the best gaming PC for Fortnite. We won't just be recommending the best value hardware for a great gaming experience, but we'll also be giving out helpful building tips and advice as you go.
So, let's waste no further time and take a look at what this PC has to offer.
Before we go into what this build is capable of, let's take a quick look at the Fortnite PC requirements:
Fortnite: Minimum Requirements
- CPU: Core i3 2.4GHz
- RAM: 4GB RAM
- HDD: 16GB Free Space
- GPU: Intel HD 4000 (integrated graphics)
- OS: Windows 7, 8, or Windows 10 64-bit
- DirectX: Version 11 or better
Fortnite: Recommended Requirements
- CPU: Core i5 2.8GHz
- RAM: 8GB RAM
- HDD: 16GB Free Space
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7870 or equivalent video card with dedicated memory of 2GB or higher VRAM.
- OS: Windows 7, 8.1, or Windows 10 64-bit
- DirectX: Version 11 or better
As you can see, Fortnite isn't an overly intensive game. The build that we've gone for is more than capable of providing high FPS in the game's highest (epic) settings.
Budget - For the Fortnite build, we decided (eventually) to go for a budget of around $500-$600. We felt this gave us enough monetary room to accommodate all the major hardware components required to achieve decent FPS across all graphical settings. Obviously you don't have to stick to this budget, but anything more expensive would be classed as overkill if your only goal is to play Fortnite.
Performance - When putting this build together, one of the major talking points was how much performance power it actually needed. On one side of the coin, we knew a build of this price would be able to achieve 100FPS at 1080p in mid-high settings - which is pretty good. Having said that, investing a couple of hundred dollars more would have (most likely) yielded double the performance output. So it was a bit of a headscratcher.
After further deliberation, we came to the conclusion that 240 FPS would probably be over the top for most people. The only way you can justify purchasing a PC with the ability to support 250+ FPS in a game like Fortnite is to pair it with a 240Hz monitor - something we didn't think the majority would be willing to do. So, we opted for the budget route.
Having said that, this PC is still well equipped to provide you with a very immersive gaming experience and won't be held back by the games max settings. In 1080p epic settings, we expect to see 60FPS in Fortnite - very good when everything is considered.
How We Choose the PC Components
Here at WePC, we have years of experience building computers and giving advice to friends, families, and our readers. All of our build recommendations have been carefully researched, benchmarked in full, and, most importantly, are built with budget and performance in mind. We work tirelessly to ensure our builds are up to date, efficient, and offer high performance across both gaming and workflow scenarios.
We don't just use our own personal knowledge and experience, we also keep up to date with the latest tech in our industry and use various benchmarks to allow us to quickly compare multiple components to ensure the best is always recommended. We also monitor our builds daily, to make sure all hardware is stocked and the price still offers you the best bang for your buck.
How We Test the PC Components
We build each of our selected PCs from scratch to make sure all the parts we recommend work well together, fit into the selected case, and provide the best performance possible for the price range.
Once built, the PCs are used in a number of different scenarios which range from general day-to-day work to both light and high-intensive gaming. While we test, we also run benchmarks to see how well our builds perform, all while keeping an eye on the temperature of the components themselves.
We tested our AMD builds against their Intel counterparts and found that these CPUs performed to a higher standard in most situations - and for a lower price. This is why we only recommend an AMD version.
We know how much some of our readers enjoy overclocking their PCs, so we made sure to test that out too. So, you can feel safe knowing that these machines can be pushed beyond their basic capabilities. But, please make sure you know how to overclock before trying to push this build to the limit.
The Best Custom Built Gaming PC For Fortnite Update:
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor
AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 is going to provide you with all the power necessary to run not only Fortnite but more demanding AAA titles as well.
Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB
The RX 580 was once considered as one of the best price/performance GPUs money could buy. It still offers a great gaming experience and should provide 60FPS in EPIC settings.
XPG Z1 DDR4 3000MHz (PC4 24000) 16GB
Even though Fortnite doesn't require 16GB's of RAM, we still feel the XPG Z1 RAM kit is worth the investment. Especially at this price point.
Kingston 480GB A400 2.5" Internal SSD
With 480GB of SSD storage at your disposal, you'll have enough room to accommodate a decent games library and have enough room for some media back up as well.
EVGA 600 BQ
We've gone for quality and efficiency over modularity in the PSU for this build. With 600W you'll have no trouble upgrading this build in the near future.
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI
An affordable, high-quality motherboard that comes with Ryzen 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gen support. Perfect for users who want to upgrade down the road.
Now that you've seen what goes into this build, let's take a closer look at some of the hardware choices and what they bring to the table.
We’ve chosen the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 for this build as it not only offers excellent performance across both gaming and workflow platforms, but also comes to us at its lowest price point since releasing a couple of years ago.
With a clock speed of 3.4GHz across all 6 cores, this CPU is going to be more than enough power to run Fortnite. It also has 12 threads to play with, meaning multi-tasking work scenario’s or streaming is definitely something you’ll be able to do. Straight-out-the-box, the Ryzen 5 2600 has a boost clock speed of 3.9GHz thanks to AMD’s PBO. This feature automatically kicks in whenever your PC feels it needs the extra juice to maintain solid performance levels.
Even though it doesn’t come equipped with Ryzen’s 3rd Gen architecture, it still offers a superb gaming experience and should be good for the next couple of years at a minimum.
As far as price to performance goes, the RX 580 is still one of the best GPUs out there. Yes, even with the addition of AMD’s latest 5000 series Navi cards, the RX 580 still showcases some of the best value for money in the market.
Before deciding on the RX 580, however, we toyed with the idea of putting the RX 580 into this build, but after further consideration, we felt the extra $60 wasn’t justified. Especially when the RX 580 already offered up 60FPS in epic settings.
The Sapphire Pulse RX 580 also comes equipped with an excellent dual-fan cooling design which ensures low temps are achieved even when under heavy load.
Overall, a great GPU for the money and one that will offer up a great gaming experience for Fortnite players.
The XPG Z1 DDR4 3000MHz RAM kit may not be the best RAM kit in the world, but it certainly does the job when it comes down to this build.
Seeing as though this build is tailored towards Fortnite players, you actually don’t need 16GB of RAM. Having said that, we felt it was a solid investment, especially when you consider the price of some 8GB RAM kits.
At 3000MHz it isn’t the fastest either, but with double the recommended RAM requirements we feel it’s more than adequate for this Fortnite PC.
One of the great things about this build is the SSD it comes equipped with. For those new to PC building, an SSD (solid-state drive) is a much quicker, lighter, more reliable, and efficient way of storing your data. They may be more expensive, but what they offer in features and performance, far outweigh the cons of price.
With that in mind, the Kingston a400 480GB SSD we’ve put in this build is one of the most affordable, by far. Having 480GB at your disposal is more than enough for Fortnite’s mere 16GB requirements. You’ll have enough space to store a bunch of games and even a media library as well.
By choosing a PSU from EVGA, we have ensured that your PSU is of the highest build quality. The 600W this PSU is rated at is the perfect amount for this build and features semi-modularity, keeping the cost down without compromising on quality. It even allows for a decent amount of future upgrading when the time comes.
The Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI is a great gaming motherboard that offers everything you could want, at a very reasonable price.
With 1st/2nd/3rd Gen Ryzen support, you won’t need to worry about BIOS updates if you choose to upgrade the CPU down the road. Furthermore, this motherboard supports 3600MHz RAM, has excellent build quality, Wi-Fi, and even has reinforced steel PCI-e lanes.
NZXT’s H510 is one of the best mid-tower PC cases on the market, without the crazy price tag. The build quality and features that NZXT implement into their cases are of the highest standards. The H510 comes with a premium aesthetic that you would expect from a more expensive case. Everything about this case has been designed with the user in mind. It’s a joy to build in, has excellent airflow right-out-the-box, and even comes with a viewing window to show off those new components.
It’s one of our best PC cases and certainly showcases an extremely reasonable price tag.
Things To Consider
Whether you're looking to purchase a new gaming mouse or a $3,000 gaming PC, there are always a number of areas to consider before coming to a final conclusion. Taking the time to consider these important areas of a build will ensure that you make the right decision at the end of the day.
Below are some of the most important aspects of a PC build that need to be considered. Let's have a look at how they might impact your decision.
Let's start with the most obvious, the budget. Setting a budget at the start of your build plan is a key area to consider as it affects pretty much all aspects of the build. As far as a Fortnite build goes, you're lucky because a small budget will be able to yield you a fairly high-performing Fortnite PC. However, if you wanted to upgrade just a few parts, you might end up spending a little bit more than you'd imagine.
Some easy-to-remember tips when it comes to your budget are as follows:
- Decide what your requirements are so you don't overindulge on expensive components
- Have a clear budget in mind and stick to it
- Generally, the GPU is the most expensive component that goes into a build
- Overclocking is a great way to extract extra performance whilst saving money
Upgradability And Future-Proofing
Even though this build is strictly tailored towards Fortnite gamers, it's always worth utilizing parts that can be easily upgraded down the line. You might only have eyes for Fortnite right now, but you never know what might take your fancy in the near future. Annoyingly, because Fortnite is such a low-intensive game, your build doesn't require a great amount of power to run it. Having said that, if you do wish to try something new (let's say PUBG for example) you're probably going to have to upgrade to achieve decent gameplay.
We've tried to equip this build with as much new tech as possible so that if you ever do want to upgrade, it won't be too much of a problem. The motherboard is fully equipped to accommodate more RAM, supports the latest Gen of Ryzen processors, and has a bunch of PCI-e lanes for additional expansion.
New builders might not fully understand the concept of overclocking, however, it can be an extremely valuable tool if used correctly. Overclocking is a way of boosting the performance of your hardware at no additional cost. Having said that, it isn't completely risk-free.
A user can manually boost their clock speeds, voltages, and timings to gain extra performance out of their build. Even though it might sound like a fairly technical process, with handy tools like Ryzen Master, overclocking just got a whole lot easier.
Not all hardware is overclockable though. If you do plan on giving it a go, remember to always consider your hardware and make sure it has the ability to be overclocked.
Our build has been carefully selected to ensure the parts used do support overclocking, that means you won't have to upgrade if you do plan on giving it a go!
Ease Of Building
As a first-time builder, you should always consider how easy your build is to put together. Purchasing an extravagant part list might leave some builders scratching their heads, especially when you consider how difficult some parts can be to fit. Keeping your first build simple is a great way to start - exactly the thought process we went with for this build.
The case has been hand-picked for ease-of-building. It offers great build quality and already comes with pre-installed fans, giving you one less thing to worry about. Cable management should pose no problems as the case comes with plenty of routing options.
Overall, we've tried to keep the build process for the Fortnite PC as simple as possible, and we feel the parts we've chosen achieve that goal nicely.
Again, even though this is a gaming build tailored towards low-intensive games, we always keep alternative uses in mind when selecting the hardware.
We've gone for a multi-threaded CPU that has the ability to handle more demanding video games and productivity tasks like video editing or 3D modeling. Furthermore, the 16GB of 3000MHz RAM will also ensure your system is better equipped for multitasking. Whether you're looking to stream to Twitch or do some light rendering, this PC will have all the power required to provide a seamless, lag-free experience.
Finally, we have your PC's aesthetics. A lot of you might not be overly concerned when it comes to design and aesthetics, but they actually have a rather large impact on your build's price. Additional features like tempered glass and RGB ramp up the price of your hardware exponentially - and with no actual performance gains.
If you prioritize design as one of the major factors in a build, just be aware that the price of the build will increase quite a bit.
Calculating The PSU Wattage
Making sure your PSU provides the correct amount of wattage to your custom build PC is an essential part of the build process. For that reason, we've created a handy PSU calculator which will work out exactly what PSU wattage your components require - no matter how many changes you make.
What Games Can This PC Run?
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - 1920x1080 Low 135FPS average
- Dota 2 - 1920x1080 High 105FPS average
- Fortnite - 1920x1080 High 100FPS average
- Rocket League - 1920x1080 High Quality 140FPS average
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege - 1920x1080 High 80FPS average
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds - 1920x1080 High 75FPS average
- Overwatch - 1920x1080 Epic 110FPS average
- Warframe - 1920x1080 High 120FPS average
- GTA V - 1920x1080 Very High 70FPS average
- Forza Horizon 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra 75FPS average
- Monster Hunter: World - 1920x1080 High 60FPS average
- Hitman 2 - 1920x1080 High 60FPS average
- The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 High 70FPS average
- Total War: Warhammer II - 1920x1080 High 50FPS average
We were fairly surprised by the benchmark results when testing this PC's performance over several different games. As you can see, almost all the single-player titles managed to average around 60FPS in 1080p. As for Fortnite, a 100FPS average in high settings was easily achieved. It also had enough power to handle more demanding titles like Monster Hunter: World at 60FPS as well.
All this is down to the powerful CPU/GPU combination. The powerful GPU enables high in-game frame rates, whereas the multi-threaded CPU offers excellent multitasking workflows. It's the perfect build for any bidding esports gamer who likes to dabble in a few single-player titles as well.
Prebuilt Gaming PC Under 500 Dollars
By now, you should have a pretty good idea of whether or not this build is right for your specific needs.
For some, the thought of building their own PC might just be a stretch too far. If that's the case, fear not. We've decided to go out and find some of the best prebuilt PC options currently available. That means you'll still be able to enjoy everything Fortnite has to offer, without the trouble of building a PC by yourself.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the best value for money prebuilts for Fortnite.
CUK Continuum Micro Gamer PC
The Micro Gamer PC from CUK is the bottom of the line as far as Fortnite gameplay is concerned. The 3200G processor it comes equipped with is only going to be able to yield around 60FPS in LOW settings. That only further cements the theory that a custom-built PC, is always better value than prebuilt.
Skytech Archangel Gaming Computer PC Desktop
If you're looking for a prebuilt with a little more power, the Skytech Archangel gaming PC might be just what you're looking for. With a powerful AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and a GTX 1660 6GB GPU, this PC is more than capable of running Fortnite at a 100FPS in high settings.
Skytech Chronos Gaming PC Desktop
At the higher end of the performance spectrum comes the very impressive Skytech Chronos gaming PC. Let's be honest, if you're looking to play Fortnite, and Fortnite only, this is going to be overkill for your needs. However, if you need to run highly demanding tasks like rendering tasks, this PC is going to be exactly what you need.
Our best custom built PC for Fornite is already a pretty impressive machine on its own, but what if 100FPS is just not good enough. What about those that want to play more demanding titles like PUBG, Red Dead 2, and Squad on the side? Well, you might want to consider some of the following upgrade recommendations.
These will ensure the highest possible gaming experience is still achieved, and shouldn't break the bank too much!
If you’re looking to bolster the graphical performance of this Fortnite build, we’d recommend the 1660Ti from EVGA as a great place to start. This card is going to offer a whopping 54% increase on FPS across the board. We’ve selected the EVGA for a few reasons, but mainly for its build quality and cooling – two things this card does extremely well.
It will set you back a little more in the budget, but by upgrading to this card you’ll have the freedom to play more demanding AAA games and much more demanding creative workflows.
Feel like this build is a little light in the storage department? No worries, with the Seagate BarraCuda 4TB internal hard drive you’re storage worries will be washed away. This model comes with a speed of 7200RPM which, even though extremely slow compared with the primary SSD, is the best you can get in HDDs.
With 4TB you’ll be able to have an extensive games library, a tonne of media storage, and enough backup storage to last you a good while.
So, you’ve heard about overclocking and you really wanna give it a go? If that’s the case, I’d seriously recommend upgrading the stock cooler to something a little bulkier. That isn’t to say the stock cooler isn’t fine, you just want something a little more reliable if you’re going to be pushing your CPU to the limit.
Noctua’s NH-U12S is a great little cooler that is currently retailing for a very affordable price. It offers excellent cooling and has some high-end features that will make your build much more efficient.
Operating System & Peripherals
Now that you've decided you're going to actually build this PC, we need to focus on an operating system and some peripherals to make this parts list a working desktop computer. Below are our best recommendations for both.
So, you’ve purchased all the parts needed for your new Fortnite PC, all you have to do now is build it and start gaming. Well, almost.
One of the last things you’ll need to purchase before jumping onto the battlefield is a running copy of Windows 10 operating system. An operating system allows you to actually use your computer. Without it, you’ll have a pile of fairly expensive parts that offer about as much as a doorstop.
The operating system breathes life into your new parts. It provides a standard environment for applications and user interactions. Here’s our one and only recommendation when it comes to operating systems.
Something many people forget to include in their budget when building a new PC, is Windows.
Windows is truly the only way to go if you’re building a gaming PC. It offers the best gaming performance and general compatibility. Windows 10 is now available in both USB and DVD format, but for the purposes of this build, USB is the only way to go. For users who already have a copy of Windows, do not fear, you’ll be able to copy your Windows from your old PC to the new one. But for those that don’t, you will need a copy to get the PC up and running.
Mouse and Keyboard
When it comes to competitive gaming, whether you’re playing CS:GO or Fortnite, having the right peripherals for the job can literally be the difference between winning and losing. Competitive esports players look to gain the edge over their competition in any way necessary. Having the best peripherals for the job is one of our best tips and something you should consider very seriously.
Here’s our top picks.
Razer Deathadder Elite Gaming Mouse
Even though Razer’s Deathadder Elite seems to have been around forever now, it’s still one of the best gaming mice money can buy. The award-winning design is nothing short of pure joy. It’s one of the most popular mice you can buy and one that shows absolutely no signs of going away anytime soon.
Ergonomically, this mouse has a fantastic design that allows your hand to sit comfortably for hours. Good news for gamers, probably not so good for parents wanting their kids to study.
The Deathadder also comes with a high-performance sensor, excellent DPI options, and RGB. It’s the FPS mouse we just love to recommend.
Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard
The guys at Corsair are no strangers when it comes to creating some of the best gaming peripherals you can buy. Their K55 RGB gaming keyboard is one of their entry-level gaming keyboards that comes with features and benefits that far outweigh its price tag.
With 6 programmable macro keys, dedicated media keys, wrist rest, anti-ghosting keys, you’ll be gaining a clear edge over most of the competition.
Furthermore, the build quality that Corsair put into all their peripherals is going to ensure this keyboard will stand the test of time. It might not be a mechanical keyboard, but it certainly offers a great gaming experience.
SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface
Razer Gaming Bungee V2
Potentially the next most important feature of a build, after the build itself, is the monitor you choose to use for your gaming.
The difference between an average monitor and a great one can be exponential. Make sure you get the right monitor so you never experience ghosting, screen-tear, and poor colour recreation which could seriously put you at a disadvantage.
ASUS VG278Q 27"
The ASUS VG278Q is a fantastic option for esports players as it offers a tonne of high-end features which are going to make your life (as a gamer) a whole lot more enjoyable. It comes equipped with a 144Hz refresh rate, a lightning-quick 1ms response time, and a bunch of cool – none gamer – features as well. It’s currently on our best gaming monitors for under $300 and beats a lot of its competition thanks to ASUS’s stellar build quality.
Another integral part of becoming the best Fortnite gamer you can possibly be lies within the sound category. Having heightened sound awareness is priceless in a lot of competitive esports titles and we think Fortnite is no different. Here’s the headset we feel best suits this Fortnight gaming PC.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset
The HyperX Cloud Stinger gaming headset might be one of the most popular headsets we’ve seen over the last couple of years. The importance of having good spatial awareness is huge in competitive gaming – with Fortnite gamers benefitting massively.
This headset brings excellent comfort, great sound quality, and a crisp mic to the table, making it one of the standout options at a price point that screams value for money.
The only thing left to consider is whether or not you want to connect to the internet via a cable or wirelessly. As far as competitive esports titles like Fornite are concerned, I’d highly recommend going down the wired route. Having said that, we’ve also recommended a wireless adapter if wired simply isn’t an option.
ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter
A lot of competitive esports gamers choose to be hooked up to the internet directly. However, if you’d rather opt for the wireless approach, you can’t go wrong with ASUS’s AC56 PCI Adapter.
Wired (Ethernet Cable)
With all of our build pages, we like to give out as much useful information as possible. This ensures that you (as a builder) don't do anything stupid and turn that expensive new part, into an almost useless paperweight.
We know there's a lot of common mistakes that rookies make when PC building (it’s just part of the learning process) and that’s why we wrote a guide to nip that in the bud. For you to successfully build your Fortnite gaming PC, you need the right guide to do it correctly and efficiently.
Before you even get there, though, we know you’ll have a lot of questions. And, well, we’ve already answered a lot of commonly asked PC building questions here.
Install OS Via USB
We’ve already recommended which OS you should use, but now let’s talk about installation. Don’t spend extra on having a disc shipped to you or buying a disc drive when you can just install your operating system via USB.
Invest In Anti-Static Equipment
Alright, time to get serious about Static Shock (+20 internet nostalgia points if you remember this cartoon).
If you electric discharge while assembling your rig, you could ruin your components! While this is a rare occurrence that can be avoided with the right grounding practices, you can save yourself a lot of stress by just investing in some cheap equipment.
An anti-static mat or an anti-static wristband will help you avoid tragically frying your electronics while assembling them. If you only buy one, we recommend the wristband. It may cost a little extra, but that is worth the peace of mind while building your gaming PC.
Be sure to check out our how to correctly use an anti-static wristband guide if this is your first time using it.
Watch Our PC Building Guide
Our budget PC video guide will walk you through every step of the PC building process. Shaun takes you through the steps from installing the CPU and applying thermal paste all the way through to fitting your motherboard and doing cable management.
If you supplement it by paying close attention to the instruction manuals included with your new components, then everything should go right.
You’ll find that most of the difficulty involved in PC building is being careful and being patient. In other words, it’s pretty much the same skillset involved in making great Lego creations. Good luck with the standoff screws, though. Those suck.
If you’re still overwhelmed by the entire process, then you might find our comprehensive guide on How to Build a Gaming PC useful. This guide covers everything from planning a budget to long-term computer maintenance.
So, there you have it, our complete guide to the best custom-built gaming PC for Fortnite. We were pretty impressed with the parts list, if truth be told, as most of the items on there showcase much better value for money than there price would suggest.
We tried to keep the price under $500 as we feel that's a pretty good place to start off as a first-time PC builder. The parts have all been selected with future-upgrades in mind so that when the day comes, you won't have to spend too much money on core hardware.
Let us know what you thought of our build, whether or not you'd change any of the parts, and whether or not this guide was helpful by leaving us a comment in the section below. You can also head over to our Community hub where you can expand on any points this article has made.