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Best Cheap Gaming PC for Fortnite

Best Cheap Gaming PC for Fortnite 2022If you’re looking for a new gaming PC for Fortnite, in this guide, we’ve listed three computers that are affordable and that can easily run the popular battle royale game.

While Fortnite isn’t the most demanding game out there, for some players who are trying to run the game on an older laptop or desktop, their system just won’t cut it and they need an upgrade to a higher-end computer that can run the game with no problems.

For console gamers who are looking to switch to playing Fortnite on the PC, it might be confusing on what kind of PC will run Fortnite well.

Fortunately, as Fortnite isn’t too demanding of a game, it doesn’t take much to get a gaming computer that can run it.

Here are the recommended and minimum system requirements for Fortnite:

Fortnite Minimum System Requirements

CPU Intel Core i3-3225
GPU Intel HD 4000; Intel Iris Pro 5200
RAM 4GB of Memory
OS Windows 7/8/10 64-bit or Mac OS Mojave

Fortnite Recommended System Requirements

CPU Intel Core i5-7300U or Ryzen 3 3300U
GPU NVIDIA GTX 960 or AMD R9 280
RAM 8GB of Memory
OS Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

That’s really about as low of minimum specs as it gets. However, if you want to get a higher framerate, or you don’t have a computer that can meet those specs, in this guide, we’ll list three different PC builds that can easily run Fortnite.

Along with the full list of parts you’ll need in order to build the three systems listed below, we’ve also linked to similarly-priced pre-built gaming computers, too. So, if you absolutely don’t want to build a PC, those will be the better option for you—although, you won’t get as much performance for the price you pay.

Quick-Look: Powerful Cheap Gaming PCs for Fortnite

If you’re looking for a quick rundown of the three PCs we’ve put together for gamers who want to play Fortnite, the table below shows you some basic specs of the builds and provides a link to get them on Amazon. You can also click on “300 Gaming PC” (or either of the other two’s links) and it will take you to the full part list and overview for the build.

NAME SPECS
BAREBONES
300 Gaming PC for Fortnite

$400 Gaming PC

  • Intel i3-10100F
  • GT 1030
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 240GB SSD

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PRE-BUILT »

60FPS/1080P
500 Gaming PC for Fortnite

$500 Gaming PC

  • Intel i3-10100F
  • RX 6500 XT
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB SSD

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PRE-BUILT »

MID-RANGE
700 Gaming PC for Fortnite

$700 Gaming PC

  • Intel i5-12400F
  • RX 6600
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB SSD

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*We update these PC builds on a regular basis. But, just note that the prices and availability on PC components can vary wildly from day-to-day. So, if you click on one of the links and the component is no longer available, or the price has changed significantly, either search around for an alternative or ask us for advice on an alternative option in the comment section below.

$400 Cheap Gaming PC for Fortnite

Gigabyte GV-N1030D4-2GL GeForce GT 1030For just $400 you can build a gaming computer that can run Fortnite on lower-to-medium settings with ~40-50 FPS on a cheap 1080P monitor. That’s pretty darn good for just $400!

This entry-level Fortnite gaming PC comes with an Intel Core i3-10100F processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 graphics card. It also comes with 8GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD, a decent budget-friendly case, and a 500W power supply that will be powerful enough to handle an upgrade to a mid-range graphics card in the future.

Obviously, this isn’t the best gaming computer in the world. But, if you are working with a bare minimum budget, you may not have another option. And, while it won’t max out today’s top titles on a 1080P monitor, at least it will get your feet in the door and allow you easily run games like Fortnite, Minecraft, League of Legends, Rocket League, etc.

And, upgrading it won’t be difficult, either, as all you’ll need to do to turn this into a mid-range gaming computer that can run any game on higher settings (on a 1080P monitor) would be to, first upgrade the graphics card and then, second, the memory to 16GB and the processor to an Intel Core i5 or i7.

Overall, this $400 PC build is perfect for anyone who just needs a system that can run Fortnite on lower-to-medium settings with decent framerates.

$400 PC Build Part List

Intel Core i3-10100f ASUS Prime H410M-E Gigabyte GV-N1030D4-2GL GeForce GT 1030 Zalman S2 Tempered Glass
CPU Intel Core i3-10100F

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MOBO MSI B560M

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GPU Gigabyte GT 1030

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RAM Patriot Viper 8GB

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SSD PNY 240GB

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CASE Zalman S2

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PSU Thermaltake 650W

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ODD Install O.S. from USB
OS Windows

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Grand Total: $370-$430

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*Component prices fluctuate daily. Click here to check current pricing.

**Price includes the parts that make up the tower only. You’ll need an operating system and Windows costs ~$100 for an activation key. However, you can still install Windows for free and it will work indefinitely without activating it with no problems—there will just be a watermark at the bottom left of your desktop asking you to activate it.

10100F + GT 1030 Benchmark

$500 Gaming PC for 60 FPS in Fortnite

XFX Radeon RX 6500 XTWhile $500 may not sound like a lot for a gaming computer, the reality is that, for 1080P gaming, $500 will get you a pretty powerful PC build. If you’re willing to build your own computer, the $500 worth of components listed below will easily run Fortnite on higher settings on a 1080P monitor at a high framerate.

This $500 gaming PC will also run any game out there on 1080P monitor on at least medium settings. So, while $500 might not seem like a lot of money, the truth is that it is all you need to build a solid 1080P gaming PC.

The build comes with an Intel Core i3-10100F processor and an RX 6500 XT 4GB graphics card. It also has 8GB of memory, a 500GB SSD, a decent-looking micro-ATX case, and a 500W power supply.

For future upgrade potential, you could turn this $500 gaming PC in to a high-end gaming computer by upgrading the processor to an Intel Core i7 and the graphics card to a tier 1 GPU (which would also require a power supply upgrade).

Overall, though, this $500 PC build is good enough to easily meet Fortnite’s system requirements and run the game on max settings with no problems. And, it will also allow you to play any modern game on a 1080P monitor.

Part List for $500 PC Build

Intel Core i3-10100 ASUS Prime H410M-E XFX Radeon RX 6500 XT Zalman S2 Tempered Glass
CPU Intel Core i3-10100F

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MOBO MSI B560M

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GPU XFX RX 6500 XT

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RAM Patriot Viper 8GB

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SSD Kingston A400 480GB

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CASE Zalman S2

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PSU Thermaltake 650W

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ODD Install O.S. from USB
OS Windows

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Grand Total: $470-$530

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*Component prices fluctuate daily. Click here to check current pricing.

**You’ll need an operating system. Windows costs ~$100. However, you can still install Windows for free and it will work indefinitely without activating it—there will just be a watermark at the bottom left of your desktop asking you to activate it.

10100F + RX 6500 XT Benchmark

$700 Gaming PC to Max-Out Fortnite (and Most Other Games)

XFX RX 6600If you have a little bit more to spend on your system you can really land yourself a solid gaming computer that will max out any game you throw at it on a 1080P monitor. In fact, this system is powerful enough to run Fortnite (and other non-demanding games) on a 1440P monitor, or a budget-friendly 144Hz monitor, too.

In fact, if you click the link above, you’ll find a couple of 1080P 144Hz FreeSync monitors that will pair nicely with the RX 6600 graphics card in this build for under $200. And, since the RX 6600 is powerful enough to run Fortnite on max settings at over ~100 FPS, a 144Hz FreeSync monitor will deliver you a ridiculously smooth gameplay experience that will give you an advantage over your opponents.

Aside from the RX 6600 graphics card that this $700 PC build comes with, it also comes with an Intel Core i5-12400F processor, 16GB of DDR4 3200MHz memory, a 500GB SSD, and a 650W power supply.

For upgrades, you really don’t need to do anything to it in order to get better performance in Fortnite. However, if you do want to jump up to playing more demanding games on a 1440P 144Hz monitor or even a 4K 144Hz monitor (when they are more readily available), you’ll need to upgrade the processor and graphics card—and potentially the power supply, too.

Ultimately, though, this gaming computer will easily meet Fortnite’s recommended system requirements.

*NOTE: If you are also considering a gaming laptop to run Fortnite, check out our guide on the Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,000 for options that will work for you.

Part List for $700 PC Build

Intel Core i5-12400F MSI PRO H610M-G XFX RX 6600 Zalman S2 Tempered Glass
CPU Intel Core i5-12400F

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MOBO MSI H610M

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GPU XFX RX 6600

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RAM TEAMGROUP 16GB

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SSD Kingston A400 480GB

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CASE Zalman S2

VIEW

PSU Thermaltake 650W

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ODD Install O.S. from USB
OS Windows

VIEW

Grand Total: $670-$730

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*Component prices fluctuate daily. SEE PRICE ».

**You’ll need an operating system. Windows costs ~$100. However, you can still install Windows for free and it will work indefinitely without activating it—there will just be a watermark at the bottom left of your desktop asking you to activate it.

12400F + RX 6600 Benchmark

Need A PC that Meets Fortnite’s System Requirements? These Three PCs Will Work for You!

If you’re looking to either start playing Fortnite on PC, or you need to replace an older system that can’t quite run Fortnite at a desirable level, the three builds listed above will be able to run the game. The $300 build should handle it fairly well on lower-to-medium settings, the $500 system will be able to max it out with ease, and the $700 gaming PC will be able to run it at max settings on a high refresh rate monitor. So, the good news is that you don’t have to have a huge budget in order to build a system that can easily handle Fortnite.

If you want to check out more PC builds at different price ranges, take a look at our other PC build guides:

Hey, I’m Brent. I’ve been building computers and writing about building computers for a long time. I’m an avid gamer and tech enthusiast, too. On YouTube, I build PCs, review laptops, components, and peripherals, and hold giveaways.

9 thoughts on “Best Cheap Gaming PC for Fortnite”

  1. Hey Brent Hi!

    My name is Christine. My son plays a game called Planet Coaster. As I watch him build roller coasters and then take them on a test drive, I can’t help but wonder how cool it would be to sit in a chair that actually moves left, right forward and back along with what they see on the screen. I was wondering if there is such a chair that exists?

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  2. Hey what FPS will the 700$ Pc Build run on fortnite. for epic view distance and epic textures. Everything else low. please help thanks.

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  3. I really enjoyed this article, It was very easy to understand helpful for me. I think you confused the RAM and ssd in the third build. (700$)

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  4. I’m building the mid level pc with everything the same except the gpu and power supply the gpu is a zotac gtx 1050ti and the psu is a masterwatt lite 500w. While putting it together I realized that there is no place to plug in the cpu on the motherboard can anyone help me to make sure I didnt just waste all this money

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    • The 4-pin CPU connector will be on the top-left corner of the motherboard, on the right-hand side (and a bit above) the CPU socket itself.

      If you’re referring to the power connection on the GTX 1050 Ti, though, the 1050 Ti doesn’t actually need to be connected to a power supply as it runs solely off of the power from the PCIe lane it is plugged in to.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      All the Best,
      Brent

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