Best Gaming PC for Fortnite – The Ultimate Guide
Fortnite is one of those rare games that has become a cultural phenomenon, and while the absolutely unprecedented heights of the game's popularity might be in the past it's still without a shadow of a doubt one of the most popular games on the planet. Millions of gamers hop on that bus every single week to try and get the coveted Victory Royale so if you want to best all those rivals you'll want to make sure you're performing at your best.
You can have all the skills in the world but if your gear doesn't allow you to use those skills to their fullest potential you'll inevitably run into a couple of barriers along the way. In order to eliminate those barriers it's important that you've got a good gaming PC that can run Fortnite without any hiccups. If we look at our analyzed professionals, for example, we can see that 99% are using a system (plus monitor of course) that's capable of running and displaying at least 144 frames per second. The advantages of running a game such as Fortnite at higher framerates have been known for a long time, so if you're even a little bit serious about the game we absolutely recommend going for that goal.
That's where we come in. We're well aware of the fact that it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees if you're trying to build your own PC, doubly so if you've got a certain budget to stick to. We've been taking a look at the game's requirements and what's out there at this point in time and have come up with this list. We've got three builds: one 'all out' 240Hz build, one 144Hz build, and then one budget build so that you can get a great idea of what you need to build your own system. If you're not much of a builder we also offer three prebuilt systems to match our configurations.
Fortnite System Requirements
If we take a gander at the official system requirements for the game we can see that Fortnite isn't an insanely difficult game to run. It's indeed quite easy to get the game to run at over 60 frames per second, and 144 frames per second isn't the most difficult either (relative to some of the other games that we analyze) but getting a consistent 240+ frames per second will require a bit of an investment on the hardware front.
It's important to realize that the recommended specs for most games aren't exactly made with high framerates in mind. Sure, for a single player game you're good with a steady 60 FPS but for a competitive shooter you really want to be above 144 frames per second at the very least. In fact, over half of our analyzed Fortnite professionals use a 240Hz setup, making that the de facto standard refresh rate for this game in professional circles.
We are aware that this does cost a pretty penny to say the least, so if you're not prepared to fork over the cash to go for a top tier build we would definitely recommend to see if you can fit a 144Hz build. If you want to be serious about the game, that is. There's absolutely nothing wrong with playing a game at a casual level and not caring about framerates and gaining a competitive edge. Also important to note is that there are diminishing returns with framerates. Going from a 60Hz monitor to a 144Hz monitor is an absolutely massive step, but going from a 144 to 240Hz isn't as huge of a difference, so while we definitely recommend going for 240Hz (the difference is still there) if your budget can swing it there's nothing wrong with opting for a lower tier.
240 Hz System
Going all out
Getting a consistent 240+ frames per second is no easy feat on any modern 3D game so what we're looking for here is consistent performance and also a bit of future proofing. With this build you're guaranteed to run the game at 240+ frames per second (provided you drop some of the extremely heavy video settings, otherwise it's pretty much impossible to reach these frames) and it will also allow you to run pretty much all of the newest games at high settings without any trouble at all.
If you don't want any of that you can save a bit of money by dropping the GPU and CPU a tier, and of course you can also go for non-RGB RAM and a 500GB SSD so there are savings to be made here but the system below is one that will ensure that you're gaming without any worries for years to come so if you've got the budget it pays off to think about the future a bit.
If you're not someone who wants to game with your graphics at high and you can stomach lowering a couple of ingame settings here and there you can definitely look towards our second build though, which will also ensure 240+ frames per second if you drop a couple of settings.
240 Hz System
144 Hz System
If you don't have a (nearly) unlimited budget or you're not someone who wants the latest and greatest it's definitely fine to go for a lower tier system. We say 'lower tier' but that almost sounds as if this system makes a lot of compromises and that's really not the case. This PC will run the game at 144+ frames per second with absolute ease and will also reach 240+ frames per second without much trouble if you drop a couple of settings.
This is a fantastic PC to build if you're not interested in running the newest games at the absolute highest settings (though it will run those games without any issues if you don't go for max settings) and you just want a reliable system that delivers the goods without going for anything too flashy or necessarily going for the latest and greatest in PC components.
If you're not a fan of the Ryzen platform you can just swap out the CPU and motherboard to an Intel build but be aware of the fact that you'll pay a bit more for the Intel option.
144 Hz System
Fortnite can get pretty hectic during intense fights, and since that's where you need the frames the most this budget build is perhaps not as budget as you'd have expected. This build is very reliable though, ensuring that your frames won't take a nosedive once you get into a battle with one or multiple other players while lots of things are happening on the screen.
This system obviously isn't the most powerful PC you can build but it's a great system for people who want to play a bunch of (competitive) shooters at higher framerates without sacrificing performance, and you can definitely play newer and more graphically intense releases if you're willing to drop some ingame settings with this PC.
The RTX 2060 Super is one of our favorite cards of last generation due to its great price-performance ratio, and it will serve you well even now that the 3000 series have been released, though you can obviously swap it out for a 3000 card if that's what you're after.
Some people prefer to buy a prebuilt system for a number of reasons: it's a lot more convenient (no need to worry about individual parts not working, for example) and it's relatively stress-free for those people who have never built a computer themselves. Whatever the reason may be: we've listed up three alternatives for people who are not so keen on building their own system.
Conclusion: The best gaming PC for Fortnite
Fortnite is a bit of a weird game in the sense that it's easy to get high framerates when nothing is going on but once you encounter hostiles things can get hectic extremely fast, and you really don't want your frames to take a dip when you're in a frantic building battle with another player. For that reason we don't recommend going for the absolute budget tiers of components.
Luckily getting to 144 frames per second isn't that difficult in Fortnite so getting yourself a system that reaches those competitive minimum framerate standards isn't all that expensive all things considered, it's when you want to get a reliable 240+ frames per second experience that the really expensive components start to show up.
Hopefully this guide helps you decide on what kind of system you want to build, but if you've got any questions you can always reach out to us on Twitter or Discord.
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