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. Hey Dylan,

      It’s hard to say, sometimes you’ll have extra space, and sometimes there won’t be any. That said, there’s no reason why you couldn’t run an external SSD! I use the Samsung Extreme 500 and I love it, it’s a little pricey but well worth it.

  1. Hey Branton,

    I was looking into this build. Would the Ryzen 5 1600 be ok? It’s only $30-40 more.

    I also played Ultima! I acutally play on freeserver now. It truly is a timeless game.

    Cheers!

    1. Hey Nick,

      The R5 1600 would definitely be okay to use, 100% compatible with everything else.

      I played on freeshards (mostly one named ABC) for quite a while right after the SE update and into HS, haven’t played in far too long though! I can’t imagine my old dexxer build is still relevant anymore anyway haha.

  2. I have a couple questions. Is the thermal paste pre applied? Does the build include everything i’ll need to build it? What ports does it have? Will I be able to record in 1080p 60fps? For windows 10, I looked for it on amazon, and I saw two versions, windows 10, and windows 10 OEM. Which one should I get? This is my first time building a pc, so is there anything I should know?

    1. Not a problem! Looks pretty good, I’d grab it before it goes out of stock – RAM at that price won’t last long! Hard to believe I’m saying that now, a year ago that was a $30-$35 stick of RAM…

      I believe I spent a few months on UO Forever a few years back, hard to remember now as I’ve played on so many freeshards over the years. I know what you mean! And just think, it’ll be 20 years this September since the first (non-beta) servers launched!!

  3. Hey i want to bulid this PC but on YouTube dont have benchmarks also i want to stream in the future and make you tube videos.So is this a good bulid i want to play Gta 5 Pubg and every other good game in the future. Also can you put benchmarks how much fps i woud get i will play at 1366×768 resuliton for a few months and then will buy new 1080p monitor for gaming. Thanks also sorry for my bad english because im not native english speaker.

    1. Hey Yukiko,

      Here’s a benchmark of the R5 1500X + a 3GB GTX 1060 in GTA:V (watch the middle one) – you can expect noticeably higher fps in 720p. Here’s a benchmark of BF1 (while streaming) on basically the same setup. Both benchmarks are in 1080p, since 720p is a relatively uncommon resolution barely any benchmarks use it outside of ones showcasing low-end components.

      As far as my own benchmarks go, they’ll be coming very soon to all of my builds 🙂

  4. I’m very new to this and looking for a first pc, im looking to play Overwatch, PUBG, and maybe CSGO. This should be able to run them on high graphics right? And I also don’t know anything about the wi-fi adapter and didn’t see anything explaining what the purpose of them are. Could you elaborate?

    1. Hey Connor,

      OW and CS:GO will easily run on ultra settings, PUBG should do alright on high – PUBG’s performance will progressively get better as it becomes more optimized. Most graphically intensive AAA games (The Witcher 3, Battlefield 1, etc) will run on very high-ultra settings @ 60fps without a problem.

      There’s a ~200-word section on WiFi called “About WiFi” found under the “Extras” section 🙂 It starts with: 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.

      Hope that helps!

  5. How much do you think (FPS wise) this rig would run most AAA titles? For example, GTA V, COD’s, Battlefields, and anything similar. Also, just to compare to another computer, what do you think it could get FPS wise in minecraft? (Trust me, I’m not getting a pc just to play minecraft :3)

    1. Hey Cole,

      I’m working on individual benchmarks for each and every build as we speak, for now my $600 build has a benchmark put together with the same GPU but a different CPU (I’m waiting on an R5 1500X to show up) – this build will perform similarly but slightly better than it in AAA games. In Minecraft, depending on your shader/texture packs, 60-70fps+ is easily achievable.

      It’ll run current VR no problem, but future VR might require more VRAM similarly to how higher resolutions need it now. Depending on when you’re planning to get your Vive, you might want to consider upgrading to a 6GB GTX 1060 instead of the 3GB GTX 1060.

      Hope that helps!

  6. Also, (forgot to ask), would this be able to run VR games as well? I’d love to get a vive in the future.

  7. I have a intel option for this build.
    Case:Corsair Carbide Series CC-9011085-WW
    CPU:Intel core I5 7500 Kaby Lake
    Motherboard:Asus ROG Strix B250G Micro ATX
    Ram:G.SKILL Rip Jaws V Series 8gb (2×4gb sticks)
    Graphics Card:MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
    PowerSupply:Corsair CX Series CX500 500W 80+ Bronze
    (Total $694.83)

  8. Hello Branton,

    I was just wondering don’t you need fans for these PC builds? And what Fans should i get for this build

    Thanks

    1. Hey Paul,

      Sure do! Luckily, enough fans come with the case (2x 120mm w/ blue LED) that you don’t need to add any more unless you want to (for extra customization).

  9. So once I click build and it sends it to amazon, it has everything I need correct ? This would be my first PC build… Im looking for something to get into PC gaming, something to play PUBG, Ark, and someother games. Im fine with having to upgrade somethings, ifs its a year or two down the road.

    1. also, wondering if the case is a good size if i plan on upgrading ? or should i get a bigger tower ?

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