The Best Gaming PC Build For Under $700 in 2017

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Looking to build the best gaming PC for under $700? Well, it just so happens that this specific build delivers everything you could hope for and more, without destroying your wallet.

This ~$700 build features a 7th gen Intel i5 7500, a 4GB RX 480, 8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, and 1TB of storage. It will easily run any AAA title that you can throw at it on high settings in 1080p @ ~60fps without an issue. Anything less intensive is going to run amazingly.

-A Phillips screwdriver
-Anti-static wristband (optional but suggested)

That’s about all you’re going to need, seriously. Building a PC is a pretty simple process that requires your time more than anything else.

If this is the first gaming PC that you’ve built, then you might be under the impression that it’s a super difficult task requiring an expert – at all times. But, building your own gaming PC is actually pretty easy, and if you follow the right guide, you’ll have no problems.

If you click on the box below, you will be able to watch a relatively quick video on what it’s going to take to build your own gaming PC. It’s ultimately a simple process requiring very little, other than your time. The longest part will be installing your OS and doing all the first-time startup stuff.

Here are the basic steps that I follow when building:
-Install the Power Supply into the Case
-Install the processor (make sure the arrows line up)
-Install RAM (make sure they are in the right way before you try to seat them!)
-Mount the CPU cooler
-Place the rear I/O plate
-Mount the motherboard to the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
-Plug your GPU in
-Install any storage
-Plug everything into the appropriate spots
-Turn it on / Install OS and drivers!

If you’d like to check out the long-form version of this, why not head over to my in-depth crash course to building your own gaming PC?

Video Walkthrough

Instead reading a wordy guide to explain this process, why not watch this video put together by He does a great job of explaining everything in detail, and is going to get you running in 30 minutes.

1080p-Destroying $700 Gaming PC Build

Updated: April 2nd, 2017

  • Corsair Spec 01

    Mid-tower, front USB 3.0 & audio jacks, great cable management & a good cooling profile.

  • MSI B250M Mortar

    LGA 1151 socket motherboard, mATX size, B250 chipset, integrated 7.1 audio, built-in ethernet, 3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports, and 1x USB Type-C.

  • Intel i5 7500

    3.4GHz base clock/3.8GHz boost clock, 6MB smart cache. Comes with a CPU cooler.

  • MSI RX 480 Armor 4G

    4GB GDDR5 (256-bit). Amazing 1080p gaming performance & value!

  • EVGA 650 BQ

    650W power supply, 85% efficiency (bronze), semi-modular, 3-year warranty.

  • 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 RAM

    8GB dual-channel pair, 2400MHz, CL16.

  • Seagate BarraCuda 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, quiet & reliable!

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Add-ons like SSDs and optical drives are by no means necessary, but they may give you a better experience. If you’re planning on installing your OS from a disc instead of a USB flash drive then you’ll definitely need an optical drive – it usually pays to have one of those kicking around just in case.

  • Windows 10 (USB Installer)

    indows 10 is your best bet when it comes to picking an operating system. This version is a USB installer.

  • 240GB OCZ Trion 150 SSD

    Up to 86,000 IOPS read and 73,000 write. An SSD is the single best upgrade to make your PC feel faster but it won’t increase FPS in games.

  • Samsung Internal 24x CD DVD±R/RW kit

    Comes with mounting hardware & cables. A new optical drive isn’t necessary if you already have one kicking around.

  • Samsung Ultra-Slim External CD DVD±R/RW

    External optical drives are quickly becoming the standard over their internally mounted counterparts, and it’s easy to see why! This one is definitely one of the cheaper & better options to consider.


PC gaming can be an expensive hobby, but it doesn’t have to completely empty your bank account. For around $700, you can build a gaming PC that completely blows away consoles, and will consistently deliver great performance. Keep in mind that prices change daily, and this build could be cheaper or more expensive depending on when you’re looking at it. Also, the price above is for the core components only, you will still need an operating system, and any other peripherals you don’t currently have.

Starting out with the CPU, Intel’s brand new 7th gen “Kaby Lake” gen i5 7500 is a powerful 3.4GHz quad-core processor that won’t have any issues with modern gaming. It does not support overclocking, but you really don’t need to overclock modern processors to get great performance out of them anyways. It comes with a CPU cooler that will be more than sufficient, so you won’t need an aftermarket unit.

The motherboard in this build uses the B250 chipset and comes equipped with everything you’ll need to get up and running, and then some. It comes with integrated 7.1 audio, a built-in Ethernet controller, 3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 and 1x USB Type-C, plus plenty of headers for additional storage, fans & other upgrades. Definitely a solid mobo for the price!

We’re going with a 4GB RX 480 from MSI that offers up some of the best price vs performance out of any currently released card of the same tier. MSI’s Armor 4G model is significantly cheaper than any of the other options right now, and it’s definitely the one to go for if you’re trying to save as much as you can on your build. It’s capable of 60fps on at least high settings in pretty much any AAA game! Looking for the Nvidia equivalent? A 3GB GTX 1060 is what you want to look at.

8GB of RAM is really all a gaming PC at this level needs, so I loaded in an 8GB DDR4 dual-channel pair of Corsair’s Vengeance LPX line, which leaves you with lots of room for future expansion. But, if you wanted to run more than 8GB, that’s completely possible also, 16GB would be about as much as you’d need without being overkill.

I picked Corsair’s Spec 01 for the case because it gives us lots of cooling options, lots of room for cable management big coolers & long GPUs, and just overall great quality. But, I would still suggest looking at some other cases to see if there’s something else you prefer more, this is your PC after all. If you have any questions about different cases, feel free to ask me below. 

The power supply used is a great semi-modular unit (not all of the cables are permanently fixed) from EVGA’s BQ line. It’s rated for 650W and will easily power everything in this build plus any extra fans and basically any other mod you can make!

When it comes to storage, there’s a 1TB 7200RPM HDD loaded in this build that’ll work great as is, but running an SSD, even just a 120GB SSD as a boot drive, is something you should also consider. Solid State Drives are wayyyy faster than normal HDDs and anything stored on it will load insanely fast in comparison, but they’re a lot more expensive /GB.

Lastly, keep in mind that the price you see above, may not reflect the actual price at checkout – it could be slightly higher or lower depending on how the prices shift. It’s essentially an estimation based on the price of this build when it was last updated.

Operating System

The operating system you choose is going to depend on how much you have to spend, or how much you want a legitimate copy of Windows.

If you’re really strapped for cash, then Ubuntu is a great option because it’s entirely free. It’s a Linux-based OS and can play any game that supports Linux. Pretty much anything that doesn’t have an existing Linux port can be played via a program called Wine, which basically just emulates Windows.

windows-10-homeThe more expensive option is picking up a copy of Windows. Because the newest release of DirectX requires Windows 10, that will be the version you should consider first. There are both disc-based and USB flash drive installers available to choose between. You can ultimately pick whichever iteration you feel most comfortable with, but if you want to take advantage of DX12 and other exclusives, then you’ll definitely need Windows 10.

To actually install your OS you’ll have to decide how you want to do that. The easiest and most direct route would be to use an optical drive / retail USB flash drive to install Windows. Your other option is to create a bootable flash drive with a Linux-based OS, and you can find instructions for that here.


If this is the absolute first gaming PC you’ve ever owned, then chances are high that you don’t have a very good keyboard + mouse combo, or that your monitor is sub-par to really enjoy your experience to it’s fullest.

If this is you then you’re in luck, because I’ve hand picked some awesome peripherals below, just take a look!

  • Asus VS238H-P

    23″, 1080p 60Hz, 2ms response time – Great for gaming


    Mechanical-feel, under $30, overall a decent quality keyboard.

  • Redragon M602

    Amazingly accurate 3000DPI / 4500FPS / 8G acceleration / 7-button mouse for under $20

  • Creative Sound BlasterX H7

    Simply a great headset with amazing sound quality and a great mic!

  • Reflex Lab Mouse Pad

    Super smooth, very accurate, and extremely comfortable to use! Reflex Lab mouse pads are available in 4 sizes from your basic 9″ x 8″ right up to a whopping 36″ x 18″!


Although a wired internet connection is usually better, if you absolutely have to use WiFi then you’re also going to need a WiFi adapter of some kind.

You have two choices, you can get a decent USB-based WiFi adapter for about $20 and they’re alright. Or you can get an internally mounted WiFi adapter that costs roughly $35, and will be more reliable than the USB option.

  • TP-LINK TL-WDN4800

    Internally mounted WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz or 5GHz.


    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz


If you landed here looking to find the best gaming PC build for around $700, then you definitely found what you were looking for. The power this build puts out, and for the price, can’t be matched without being copied.

Everything is guaranteed 100% compatible, and there is plenty of room for future expansion and a lot of upgrade potential in the form of added hard drives, an SSD or SSHD, or even doubling up on the RAM, whatever best suits your needs.

If you enjoyed this build or picked it up for yourself, let me know in the comment section! Have any questions? Drop those down below to!

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The first game I ever played on PC was Ultima Online way back in 1999, since then I've been hooked on PC gaming and putting together awesome builds! Thanks for stopping by!

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570 Comments on “The Best Gaming PC Build For Under $700 in 2017”

  1. New to the world of PC building so fair warning these questions may be fairly simple but I haven’t been able to find the answers:
    1) What is this difference between dual channel RAM and single channel?
    2) If I chose to opt for 16GB of RAM should I get two channels of 8GB?

    1. Hey Parker,

      1) There’s really only one major difference and that’s how many sticks there are. In RAM-specific benchmarks, you might see a variance between the two, but in a real-world situation, there’s no noticeable difference.
      2) The first answer kind of answers this one too, but you could have 4x4gb or 2x8gb and have the exact same performance. Just go for the most cost-effective route, RAM is really expensive right now and probably won’t go down in price for a while.

      Hope that helps!

    1. It’ll support VR as is, but for smooth 4K you’ll need a way more expensive PC closer to the $1500-$2000 range.

  2. If I want to stream games off of this build would an i7 be more optimal? If I choose to get an i7, do they include a CPU cooler like the listed i5 or do I need another cooler for it? Thanks again.

    1. Hey Parker,

      An i7 would definitely be more optimal if you want to stream, upgrading to 16GB of RAM would also help. As long as it’s not a K model it’ll come with a CPU cooler, you’ll want to be looking at the i7 7700.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Hey, I was watching the video and notice that he uses things like risers and other screws. Does all of that come in the packaging of the components or will I also need to buy those.

    1. Hey Griffin,

      All of the motherboard standoffs, screws, and other bits of hardware you might need will come with the various components.

  4. Would it be a good choice to get the Evga 750 BQ instead of the 600 watt one in here it Only costs € 3-, more than the 600 watt one. Thanks for helping!

    1. Hey Arne,

      The 600W BQ is definitely more than enough for this build including any upgrades you might do to it, but you could also run the 750 if you wanted to – I believe it’s only temporarily on sale and will spike back up to its normal cost soon.

  5. Is there any instruction on downloading the drivers for all the component in the PC ? or it just automatic download for you when you boot it up with window 10?

    1. Hey Hai,

      I have a guide over here that walks through that, but most of your drivers will be picked up by Windows (assuming you have a wired ethernet connection hooked up). Some, like your graphics drivers, will still need to be manually downloaded online to ensure you have the most recent releases.

      Hope that helps!

      1. Thanks for your information Branton. One last question, do the Ryzen 5 CPU fit in this build instead of the intel 5?

        1. Not a problem! It would, but you would have to change the motherboard to one running the AM4 socket first – the mobo included in the build runs the LGA 1151 socket. This mobo would work perfect.

          1. Ok, thanks for the info Branton. Haven’t used a desktop computer in years lol. So wanted the fun and experience in building one xD.

  6. Hi,

    I’m not a real gamer. I just want to play league of legends and player unknown. What do you prefer? 700$ build or 800? Please need help! 🙂

  7. Hey, new to PCs. Just wondering if it was possible to get a cheaper graphics card but still keep all other parts the same? I’ve been a console player all my life so I think I should start with a graphics card that is less expensive but still a step up from what I get on my xbox one and ps4. Thanks in advance.

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