Fortnite PC Build - Beginning

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I have been researching and I want to build a PC to play games like PubG, Fortnite, and CSgo, however the only thing I am sure on is the case. I ordered a Nova TG just as a beginner case.

Now, before I order anything, I am a broke college kid and want to assure two things:
A.) This setup will work, and is fully compatible
B.) This setup will run those games over 90FPS on high settings and 120ish fps on medium settings (fortnite primarily)

I am trying to stay as low of cost as I can because I am a broke college kid

MB - MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS
CPU - Intel Core i5 8th Generation - 8400
GPU - GTX 1060
8GB RAM (2 x 4GB)
400W Power Supply
256GB SSD
 
Living in US?
I will cut MB to B360, not needed for locked CPU
may settle with RX 560 to save money too
I will get 550 psu to allow upgrades, Corsair CX550 is usually pretty cheap but good quality.
 
Aug 21, 2018
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yes in the US
What's the advantages/differences between the Z370 vs B360?
I'll go with the 550 psu too

but what will fortnite run at - fps wise?


edit - just looked at this https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813144157&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC-_-pla-_-Motherboards+-+Intel-_-N82E16813144157&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7tWAtoP_3AIVloxpCh2u0g8-EAQYAyABEgJ0gPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds recommended by you, and I think I want a full ATX board
 

punkncat

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Yup, go with lesser 300 chipset. Bump up the power supply regardless as it's too low for even a 1060 IMO. I would stick with either 1060 or RX580. Lower your SSD to 128 and get a platter drive for storage.
Make sure your case and mobo are same (size) format.
 
Aug 21, 2018
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Do i just spend the extra $30 or so and get the Z370? then if I ever want to overclock I could. Plus it has shiny lights :) but I don't have a set budget, I kinda just wanna keep it as cheap as I can but I also want something that is going to perform. Im a compute science major too, so writing programs on this would be a breeze. I don't have a great monitor right now, and I could come up with an OS. Ignore OS, Monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc towards consideration of cost

 

punkncat

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TBH, I might even consider bumping down to the i3 for a build like this. It should do well and leaves a good upgrade path avail for later while freeing up funds for the build.

I might also comment that without knowing for sure on the games you spec, the build itself reflects more of a reality around 60 frames. That will significantly change the cost of a monitor.....
 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($179.00 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: MSI - B360M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($80.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Team - L5 LITE 3D 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card ($279.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $688.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-21 16:59 EDT-0400

 
Aug 21, 2018
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the build I have listed right now is in the 60fps range? even on medium?
 
Aug 21, 2018
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anyone know what benchmarks for fps on fortnite/pubg would be? medium/high settings
 

punkncat

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TBH, I don't play those games themselves...however the GTX1060 is most often touted as the 1080p/60fps "leader" on the 6GB version.
I would be willing to bet there are a bevy of good benchmarks out there with specific game/build frames listed.
 
Aug 21, 2018
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okay from what I see people are running i5s with a 6GB 1060 just fine at 60 fps on high. Some people are stretching 60fps on medium with a i3
 
Aug 21, 2018
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awesome, thank you. does the motherboard matter? I might run the Z370 like I had intended because it looks cool, is only $30 more, and leaves room to overclock it if I want

 
Aug 21, 2018
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Actually, I think I'm going to go with the B360M Gaming motherboard after looking at it. The micro atx form factor will make easier installation, I've read the graphics card can have a tight fit in the Nova TG case. Any objections or reasons I shouldn't?

I shouldn't have to change anything else should I?
 
You can't overclock unless you buy an unlocked processor, any intel with a (k) behind the numbers. The 8400 boosts to 3.8Ghz on all cores without you doing anything, as long as the temperatures are ok.
 
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okay, im going with the micro ATX board then. Thank you for that I was unaware.
 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($179.00 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock - B360M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($80.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Team - L5 LITE 3D 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card ($279.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $696.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-21 17:20 EDT-0400

This Motherboard is just a bit more and offers 4 RAM slots for upgrading.
 

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