The Best Gaming PC Build For $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 brand new 4 core/8 thread AMD R5 1500X, a 3GB GTX 1060, 8GB of 3000MHz 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)
-Patience

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 EasyPCbuilder.com? He does a great job of explaining everything in detail, and is going to get you running in 30 minutes.

1080p-Destroying $700 Ryzen Gaming PC Build

Updated: August 17th, 2017

  • Vivo V02

    mATX case, front USB 3.0 & audio jacks, alright cable management & a good cooling profile.
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  • MSI B350M PRO-VDH

    AM4 socket motherboard, mATX size, B350 chipset, integrated 2.1 audio, built-in ethernet, 8x USB ports.
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  • AMD R5 1500X

    3.5GHz core clock speed, 4 cores/8 threads. Comes with a good CPU cooler.
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  • EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC

    3GB GDDR5 (256-bit). Amazing 1080p gaming performance & value!
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  • EVGA 500 B1

    500W power supply, 80% efficiency, 3-year warranty.
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  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM

    1x 8GB stick of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, CL16.
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  • Seagate 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.
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  • 240GB Toshiba OCZ TL100 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.
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  • 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.
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Details

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.

Keep in mind that 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.

For starters, the case this build uses is a tested and true mATX case from Vivo. It gives you a decent cooling profile out of the box by giving you 2 120mm LED fans, but you could always add more for some extra customization. The V02 offers decent cable management, room for a total of 5 fans, comes with 3 front USB ports (1x 3.0, 2x 2.0) and front 3.5mm audio jacks. It’ll support CPU coolers up to 162mm in width, so anything like a Hyper 212 EVO or a Cryorig H7 will work great.

AMD’s new 4 core/8 thread (16MB cache) Ryzen 5 1500X is a processor that won’t have any issues with modern gaming or with content creation. It supports overclocking, but you really don’t need to overclock this processor to get great performance out of it anyways. It comes with a Wraith Spire CPU cooler that will be more than sufficient, so you won’t need an aftermarket one.

The motherboard in this build uses the B350 chipset and comes equipped with everything you’ll need to get up and running, and then some. It comes with integrated 2.1 audio, a built-in Ethernet controller, 8x USB ports to ensure VR compatibilty, plus plenty of headers for additional storage, fans & other upgrades. Definitely a solid mobo for the price!

We’re going with a 3GB GTX 1060 from EVGA that offers up some of the best price vs performance out of any currently released card of the same tier. EVGA’s 3GB SC model is one of the best 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 and significantly higher frames in less intensive games like CS:GO, LoL, Overwatch, etc.

8GB of RAM is really all a gaming PC at this level needs, so I loaded in an 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 stick 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, when you do upgrade try to stick to the same make/model for 100% compatibility.

The power supply used is an inexpensive yet reliable unit from EVGA’s B1 line. It’s rated for 500W at 80% efficiency 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.

Extras

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
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  • DBPOWER DB-A8

    Mechanical-feel, under $30, overall a decent quality keyboard.
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  • Redragon M602

    Amazingly accurate 3000DPI / 4500FPS / 8G acceleration / 7-button mouse for under $20
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  • Creative Sound BlasterX H5 TE

    Simply a great headset with amazing sound quality and a great mic!
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  • Logitech Z623 2.1 sound system

    2.1 channel, 200W RMS/400W peak. If you like bass, these are the speakers+sub you want.
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About WiFi

Because the motherboard included in this build doesn’t come with any kind of on board WiFi, most don’t, if you have to use WiFi then you’re going to need an adapter.

There’s a plethora of options when it comes to picking WiFi adapters and it can be a relatively confusing process without knowing what you need. First you should determine what kind of router you have, does it support 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, or just 2.4GHz?

If your router supports both 2.4 and 5GHz, you will probably want an AC adapter to take advantage of the 5GHz band which is much better for gaming than 2.4GHz; but, if your router only supports 2.4GHz then you’ll be fine with an N adapter.

Keep in mind that your router and WiFi adapter can’t speed up your internet connection and going for the highest numbers won’t mean the lowest ping. Even N900 (basic) WiFi adapters and routers are capable of transferring data at much higher rates than the average internet connection requires.

  • TP-Link TL-WN722N

    A very affordable N150 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
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  • TP-Link Archer T4U V2

    A reliable AC1300 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of operating on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
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  • Rosewill AC1300 PCIe WiFi Adapter

    A good internally mounted (PCIe) AC1300 WiFi adapter.
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Conclusion

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

  1. Hello, I’m considering moving to PC gaming and this build seems quite affordable to me, but I do have some questions about it’s ability. I’m considering playing games such as Witcher 3, GTA V, and others of similar power, and I was wondering how effective this build would be at running these kinds of titles. Also, how often would this build need to be upgraded in order to keep up with the majority of up-coming games, would it last quite some time, or would I need to get better parts relatively soon. Thanks.

    1. Hey Nick,

      This build won’t have any issues pushing 60fps in the majority of AAA games. It won’t need to be upgraded for a couple of years, but it could be stretched even further.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Okay so I secured a evga gtx 1060 6b single fan for a little under $250. Now I’m still debating whether I go intel vs amd. It seems like i5 seems to be sufficient for my purposes and I’ve never overclocked before. The thought is appealing to me tho. Any particular reasons why you went with the 1500x vs. 1600 other than price point?

    1. Awesome! Good to hear. I picked the 1500x for this build due to price, I’d like to have a 1600 here but with the crazy GPU prices that’s almost impossible.

  3. Also, about motherboards.. does it matter so much which one I get? I want to go cheaper but I don’t want it to be the rate limiting factor in my build if that’s even the case.

    1. Unless you’re building a supercomputer running multiple graphics cards etc, the only things that really matter when it comes to a motherboard are the socket type and chipset. Intel and AMD have their own socket types that they use and they are not universal, the 6th and 7th gen Intel processors require the LGA 1151 socket and the AMD Ryzen processors run the AM4 socket. Chipset determines the capabilities of your motherboard, for locked (non-k) Intel processors the B250 or H270 chipsets are adequate but to overclock an unlocked (K model) processor you would need the Z270 chipset; Ryzen processors have similar chipsets but are named differently, the B350 chipset is the most common and supports overclocking as well as everything else you would need outside of Crossfire or SLI support which you would need an X370 chipset mobo for.

      Hope that helps! I tried to keep it short and simple so if you’d like me to explain anything in a little more detail just ask.

  4. Hello what graphics card would you recommend to replace the one in this build, as it is not available in my country ( only the brands: MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte), i was thinking this one “MSI GeForce GTX 1060 AERO ITX 3G OC” but has i am not really an expert, i would like your opinion.
    Also the power supply you recommend is not available, so i was thinking this one “XFX XT 600W”(also bronze), is it a good option?

    In my country the parts cost more so pls dont chose something more expensive than what you already have here, as i would not be able to afford it .
    I hope you can help me, thanks 🙂

    1. Hey Joaquin,

      That MSI GTX 1060 would work great, assuming its not priced too crazily – there’s a major shortage of GTX 1060 and pretty much every other graphics card right now and prices have gone through the roof for the few cards still available.

  5. Hey bro. Can i put wimdows 7 on any of these build because as i have seen before most of the games will run better if they are in windows 7. And my 2nd question is will it harm the computer if i run windows 7.

    1. You can definitely run Windows 7, but 10 is honestly the better option as 7 is losing its support soon and does not support DirectX 12.

  6. Hey,
    I was looking at the prices for the 240GB OCZ Trion 150 SSD and it says around $350.00ish give or take a couple. However the 480GB OCZ Trion 150 SSD is just a little under $200.00. Is there any difference between the two? Would getting the 480GB OCZ Trion 150 SSD be better or would it not work with the build? I have never built a computer before so im not sure if it would break something. Thanks!

    1. Hey Anthony,

      That price would be due to the 240GB Trion 150 finally going out of stock, it’s been replaced by the 240GB OCZ TL100 which is just shy of $100. Going with the 480GB Trion 150 wouldn’t be a bad idea if you don’t mind spending another ~$60 for double the SSD storage.

  7. Hey I was looking in the older version of this $700 build, and I had been slowly purchasing the parts I needed for it, and so far I have the i5 core processor, the 1 tb hard drive, and the 8GB DDR4 Ballistix ram.

    My only problem is that you’ve updated this post and now I don’t know what the rest of the parts for the older version of this build were. Would it be possible for me to substitute the parts in the newer build for the parts of the old build that I haven’t purchased yet? Or do you have the old version of this build written down somewhere so I could see the rest of the parts I needed?

    Thanks!

    1. Hey Nate,

      It’s been quite a while since there’s been an i5 in this build, basically since AMD’s r5 line released. That said, other than the processor, the only component in the new version of the build that isn’t compatible with your current setup is the motherboard. Instead of the currently listed board, you’ll want one running the B250 chipset and LGA 1151 socket to support your i5, something like this one from Gigabyte (I’m pretty sure that’s even the old mobo) would work great.

  8. So all I have to do is get that mother board you linked and then I can still use the Graphics card, power supply, and case from the newer build and they will all be compatible with eachother?

    ,Thanks for the reply!

    1. Yep, exactly! Everything else will be 100% compatible.

      Not a problem and if there’s anything else I can do to help, just ask 🙂

    1. You can definitely use a GTX 1050 Ti, just keep in mind that a GTX 1060 will give you 30% to 80%+ higher fps depending on the game – in a really well optimized AAA game like Battlefield 1, the GTX 1050 Ti can just barely maintain 60fps on high in 1080p where a 3GB 1060 can maintain ~80fps on ultra.

    1. With the market the way it is, that’s a really decent price. I’d go for it if I were you, you’ll be happier with a 1060 than you would with a 1050 Ti.

    2. If you’re willing to wait it out a bit, you may be able to find a 1060 6gb for that price. I found a 3gb at Best Buy for about 219 but returned it when I found an evga 1060 6gb on amazon fo 249. Its like used car shopping. You can wait it out or snag it if it works for you. Prices do fluctuate regularly.

    1. Hey Sam,

      It’ll definitely run Rust on medium settings as well as modded GTA:V. Schoolwork won’t even be an issue 🙂

  9. How will this run VR? I’m trying to find a budget VR PC.

    If you don’t know just run the SteamVR Test on this PC.

    1. Hey Owen,

      It would work for VR as the 3GB GTX 1060 is technically minimum requirement, but you might want to consider saving a bit more for a 6GB GTX 1060 instead.

  10. Hey, so if i order this $700 this is all i need? It includes Operating sytem everything?
    So the only thing i need to get myself is mouse, a monitor, and like keyboard wifi etc? Sorry im new into pc components and stuff…

    1. Hey Franz,

      As it says above, the price listed is only for the “core components” of the tower. The other peripherals, including an operating system, are add-ons.

  11. How will this run rainbow six siege? I really want to run it with no lag and good graphics. Thank you

    1. Hey Riley,

      With every graphics setting maxed out, it’ll average about 55-60fps in 1080p depending on the map and what’s going on. With MSAA turned down to “temporal filtering” it’ll average more like 100fps and still look great.

      Hope that helps!

    1. lol really?

      Vega 56 = $600 GPU
      Threadripper (Ryzen 1950x) = $1000 CPU + $300-$500 motherboard

      Good troll attempt, though.

  12. Hey, im super new to pc.. So if I install the ssd I can just put it in the case? And also do I have to pay 100 to get windows, or is there like another operating system I can use.

    1. Hey Nick,

      Yep the SSD installs inside of the case, very similar to how an HDD installs. You can get cheaper copies from “gray market” sites like Kinguin.net which can also be risky (I don’t really recommend it), but outside of that you’re stuck paying ~$100 for Windows 10. Another option is a free Linux-based OS like Ubuntu, but then you’ll have compatibility issues with some games and programs (not everything supports Linux unfortunately).

      Hope that helps!

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