So you want to build a new gaming PC for Fortnite but you don’t have a huge budget. Looking around at any dedicated graphics card you’ll notice that they’re twice or even three times the MSRP. Blame the cryptocurrency miners.
Luckily, there’s another great option. The Ryzen 3 2200G is not only fantastic as a cheap $100 CPU, it’s actually defined as an APU. APUs place the CPU and GPU together on a single die. For the Ryzen 3 2200G, this translates into solid graphical performance in Fortnite. The best part? If you ever need to upgrade to a middle-of-the-road GPU later on, the Ryzen 3 2200G is even more capable than AMD’s Ryzen 3 1200 CPU from last year.
Recommended System Requirements for Fortnite
Fortnite’s recommended system requirements are a bit more demanding than their minimum ones. So, you’ll want to adjust the game to some optimal settings.
Recommended System Requirements:
- Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
- 2 GB VRAM
- Core i5 2.8 GHz
- 8 GB RAM
- Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Minimum System Requirements:
- Intel HD 4000
- Core i3 2.4 GHz
- 4 GB RAM
- Windows 7/8/10 64-bit + Mac OSX Sierra
Good and Cheap $350 to $400 Fortnite Build
Our budget for this build admittedly assumes a couple of things:
1.) You shop multiple manufacturers for the best price.
2.) You look for rebates for the power supply, case, and motherboard and spend no more than $125 on all 3 of them.
The range in price has to do with what type of storage you purchase. For the $350 version of this build, we’re using an inexpensive 500GB hard drive. For the $400, we’re adding a 240GB to 256GB SSD. If DDR4 memory kits come back down in price, it’s likely you’ll be able to build this PC with the solid state drive for $350.
- Ryzen 3 2200G
- ASRock AB350M Pro4
- G. Skill Ripjaws V Series 2x4GB DDR4-2800
- WD Caviar Blue 500GB or Optional 240GB to 256GB SSD
- DIYPC Zondda-0 or Rosewill FBM-01 Case
- Corsair VS 500, EVGA W1 or other 400 to 500 Watt 80 Plus Certified PSU on Rebate
If you use both Amazon and Newegg we recommend you price shop for these parts. Some parts are much more expensive at one store compared to the other. Here’s an easy way to check:
Now let’s go over the type of performance you can expect from a build like this.
Ryzen 3 2200G Benchmark Performance in Fortnite
- High Average FPS: 22
- Medium Average FPS: 62
- Low Average FPS: 171
Tech Deals recently ran a video in High, Medium, and then low settings in Fortnite. For high settings, you can expect between 20 and 30FPS (average 22), medium from 60 to 80 FPS (average 62), and on low from over 144 frames per second (average 171) all of the time. Optimally it’s likely you’ll want to run on medium if you go with the Ryzen 3 2200G.
Overall, we’re quite satisfied with the Ryzen 3 2200G. It’s a budget gaming CPU, that also allows you to upgrade to a higher-end graphics card down the road. It’s the perfect placeholder for those waiting for a volatile GPU market to settle back down.
ASRock AB350 Pro4 AM4 Motherboard
We’ve recommended that you go with the AB350 Pro4 motherboard here. On Newegg, this board is available for $70 after a $20 rebate and listed as Ryzen 2000 Ready! So while other B350 motherboards might need a BIOS update, this one has been specifically listed as good to go. For those who would prefer to go with something else, AMD is offering free kits which include a compatible processor for the upgrade.
Overall this is a good B350 motherboard for the price. It’s a full-size board which allows you to overclock and has plenty of features for most PC builders.
- Key features for the AB350 Pro4 include 2 M.2 Slots, a single USB 3.1 Type-C port, and decent audio with the Realtek ALC892.
- Listed as Ryzen 2000 Ready on Newegg.
Use a 2x4GB or 2x8GB Kit for Memory with Ryzen 3 2200G on Fortnite
As an APU the Ryzen 3 2200G thrives on dual channel memory. I tested this a while back with my $150 PC build that used the AMD A4 7300 APU. Performance can be improved by using dual channel by around 50%! So, it’s clearly no joke here. If you go with an APU, don’t forget the dual channel memory!
As we haven’t personally tested the difference between a single and dual channel configuration here, we recommend Tech Yes City’s video. He starts his comparison around 2 minutes into the video and the results are absolutely staggering.
The G. Skill kit above is typically a better price on Newegg than Amazon and is a good memory option for Ryzen in general.
The rest of the parts here are fairly interchangeable. We went with a decent 80 Plus power supply that has more capacity than you’ll need. This is ideal if you plan on upgrading to a dedicated GPU later on. The DIYPC case mentioned above is cheap and gets the job done but I’ve used many others that are better options at the $20 to $30 price point. This is especially true if you can find them on rebate. I highly recommend a solid state drive for your system here. This makes everything from loading Fortnite to your daily PC use so much faster I can’t imagine having anything else. If you need to, add a high capacity drive later on or take one from a previously built computer.
What do you think of our build? Is it worth building? Would you take a different route? We’d love to know your thoughts.