How to Build a PC for Your Favorite Battle Royale Game

September 20, 2017 | By Mark Ferguson | PCDIY

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Are you an aggressive hunter or a timid survivalist? Do you stay ahead of the bubble or lurk around the edge? Do you prefer to bash your enemies with a frying pan or snipe from a distance?

If you can’t answer any of these questions, then you probably haven’t played a battle royale game like PlayerUnknown’s: Battlegrounds (PUBG) or Fortnite. Why not!? Is it because you don’t have a gaming PC in order to run these beautiful games in all their true graphical glory? If so, you are in luck because we have the perfect guide to help you build a PC that will let you experience battle royal games as they were meant to be played.

If you follow this build guide, you will be able to answer all of the questions above and maybe even earn yourself a coveted “chicken dinner!”

    SYSTEM 1 – $1,300


    This build is well rounded and budget-friendly with an i5-7600k and a GTX 1060. It includes the minimum 8GB of RAM and a 275GB SSD. The storage space is on the small side but it’s sufficient enough for the operating system and PUBG. While it may be classified as entry level, it’s still capable of close to 60FPS on ultra settings with a 1080p resolution. If you want smoother gameplay and consistent framerates above 60FPS, or additional storage space for more games, check out System 2 and System 3.

    • CASE

      NZXT S340

    • MOBO

      MSI Z270-A Pro

    • CPU

      Intel i5 7600K

    • CPU COOLER

      Cryorig H7

    • GPU

      MSI GTX 1060 OCV1

    • RAM

      G.SKILL Ripjaws V 8GB

    • SSD

      Crucial MX300 525GB

    • PSU

      EVGA 500W

    SYSTEM 2 – $1,800


    For a little bit more money, you can step up to the intermediate build and upgrade your graphics card to a GTX 1070. This upgrade will help prevent FPS dips below 60FPS for 1080p resolutions in order to provide a smoother gaming experience. However, you will still occasionally experience frame drops under 60 FPS during intense scenes. In addition to the upgraded graphics card, you will also get increased storage for more game space, 16GB of RAM for multitasking, an NZXT Internal USB Expansion Hub to accommodate for future upgrades, and the NZXT Kraken X52 to keep your CPU cooler during long gaming sessions. If you are interested in playing PUBG at 1440p resolution with even better framerates, check out System 3.

    • CASE

      NZXT S340

    • MOBO

      ASUS Z270 ROG Maximus IX

    • CPU

      Intel i5 7600K

    • CPU COOLER

      NZXT KRAKEN X52

    • GPU

      EVGA GTX 1070 SC

    • RAM

      G.SKILL TridentZ 16GB

    • SSD

      Crucial MX300 525GB

    • PSU

      EVGA 650W

    SYSTEM 3 – $2,300


    If you want to play PUBG with excellent framerates at 1440p and even better framerates at 1080p, then this is the build for you. Instead of using an i5-7600k like the previous two builds, we upgraded to an i7-7700k and a GTX 1080 in order to get highest framerates and smoothest gameplay. This build also comes with the Kraken X62 for increased CPU cooling performance and a 1TB SSD for even more space for storing games. In addition to performing well, we’ve included a 16GB kit of G.Skill RBG RAM to look good as well! Now that we are familiar with each system, let’s look at the benchmarks and compare the results.

    • CASE

      NZXT S340

    • MOBO

      ASUS Z270 ROG Maximus IX

    • CPU

      Intel i7 7700K

    • CPU COOLER

      NZXT KRAKEN X62

    • GPU

      EVGA GTX 1080 FTW

    • RAM

      G.SKILL TridentZ 16GB

    • SSD

      Crucial MX300 1TB

    • PSU

      EVGA 850W

    PUBG BENCHMARKS


    The following data was gathered during 6 x 20 minute rounds using FRAPS to record the minimum, maximum and average FPS. We started the recording process right after jumping out of the airplane in order to maintain control and avoid any odd FPS recordings during the loading screen or while in the lobby. We also recorded our placement rank for each round but unfortunately, we did not win any chicken dinners so we decided to leave that data out and avoid embarrassment.

    RESOLUTION MAX. FPS AVG. FPS
    1080P 101 52
    1440P 60 34

    Which PUBG build is for you?


    As you can see from the chart above, System 3 performs extremely well in both 1080p and 1440p resolutions. This system is recommended to any gamer who prefers maximum graphical settings and the highest framerates without compromise. System 2 is ideal for any gamer who doesn’t plan on playing games at 1440p and prefers to play on a 1080p monitor while averaging 80 FPS. System 1 is recommended for the entry level gamer who’s looking to get into PC gaming with solid performance at 1080p. While it may not be ideal for maintaining a 60 FPS average, it still provides a solid foundation for future upgrades.

    Thank You for Building with NZXT


    Thank you for reading this build guide. If you want to see more like it or if you have suggestions for improvements, please leave a comment below and we will be sure to incorporate them into our future guides. We write these guides for the love of PC games and the PC community so your feedback is very important to us. Thanks again!

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