The Best Gaming PC Build For $700 in 2018

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Looking to build the best gaming PC for around $700? It just so happens that this particular build delivers everything you could hope for and more, without completely destroying your wallet.

This $700 DIY build features the brand new 6 core/12 thread AMD R5 2600, a 4GB GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB of 2666MHz 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. 

Competitive shooters like Overwatch and CS:GO or MOBAs like DOTA2 and LoL won’t pose any problems for this build when it comes to putting out consistently high frame rates. This cheap but powerful build is exactly what you need if you like to play a variety of games. 

Have a question? Ask me in the comment section!

Summary

This mid-level gaming PC build is perfectly suited for 1080p 60fps gaming on high settings in most AAA titles. In competitive shooters where high frame rates are crucial, like CS:GO, you can expect this build to put out well above 100fps without any issues whatsoever. 

The Hardware
CaseCooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1
MOBOMSI B350M Pro-VDH
CPUAMD R5 2600
GPUEVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC
PSUEVGA 550 B3 80+ Bronze
RAM2x4GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
HDDWD Blue 1TB 7200RPM
SSDOptional
Features
  • 1080p 60fps AAA gaming
  • Great for eSports
  • Supports overclocking
  • 10x USB ports total
  • Integrated audio 
  • Easy to upgrade
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  • Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG

    mATX case, front USB 3.0 & audio jacks, great cable management & an awesome 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 2600

    3.9GHz core clock speed, 6 cores/12 threads. Comes with a good CPU cooler.
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  • EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming

    4GB GDDR5 VRAM. Good 1080p gaming performance!
    See below for notes on GPU shortage
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  • EVGA 500 BQ

    500W semi-modular power supply, up to 85% efficiency, 3-year warranty.
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  • 8GB Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4 RAM

    2x 4GB dual channel sticks of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM. More RAM can be added if you want without a problem.
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  • WD Blue 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, quiet & reliable!
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Estimated
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Add-ons/Upgrades

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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  • 120GB PNY CS1311 SSD

    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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  • LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 External DVD drive

    Supports rewriting CDs and DVDs as well as M-DISCs. External optical drives are quickly becoming the standard as more cases move away from internal 5.25″ bays.
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  • Archer T4U WiFi Adapter

    If you have to use WiFi you’re also going to need a WiFi adapter. Read more about WiFi below!
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Warning: GPU Shortage

Although the 2018 GPU shortage is finally coming to an end, most graphics cards are still priced a little higher than they once were. 

That being said, the GPU you want might be overpriced by a fair margin.

If you want to avoid overpriced graphics cards, your next best option is buying a prebuilt gaming desktop.  

Below you’ll find some gaming desktop options that I’ve hand-picked for this level of build based on their specs and price. They range from $600-$1000 and are ordered from cheapest to most expensive. 

Be careful if you’re picking your own prebuilt desktop as there are A LOT of really bad options that offer practically no value at all. I’ve put together a post on why you should buy a prebuilt gaming desktop right now, and in it you’ll find a list of the specs to look for at various price points.

Alternative Options:

– HP Pavillion – i5 7400 + 3GB GTX 1060 + 8GB RAM
– CYBERPOWERPC GXIVR8020A4 – i5 7400 + 4GB RX 580 + 8GB RAM
– CYBERPOWERPC GXiVR8060A5 – i5 8400 + 3GB GTX 1060 + 8GB RAM 
HP Pavillion 580-068 – i7 7700 + 3GB GTX 1060 + 16GB RAM


Build Breakdown

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 this build I’ve picked the awesome MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG from Cooler Master. It offers great cable management, lots of room for expansion, 3 different trim colors,  enough room to support a 380mm graphics card and wide enough for a 158mm CPU cooler. It comes with a single 120mm fan mounted in the rear for exhaust which is more than sufficient, but it does have support for another 2x 120mm fans in the front or a 240mm radiator for liquid cooling. The large side window is tempered glass so you can easily view all of your shiny new components without worrying about the scratches prone to acrylic windows.

That all said, almost any mATX or mid tower case will work well for this build. So, why not check out what I think are the 5 best mATX cases

AMD’s new 6 core/12 thread (16MB cache) Ryzen 5 2600 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. The R5 2600 comes with good CPU cooler that will be more than sufficient for gaming and light overclocking, so you won’t necessarily need an aftermarket one. However, if you want to push the limits of overclocking, or if you just want a better CPU cooler, check out what I consider the 5 best CPU coolers

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!

400-series chipset: Since this build is running a new R5 2600, you could opt to pair it with a 400-series chipset motherboard instead of a 300-series. However, the options for 400-series boards are very limited right now outside of the most high-end options. That said, once more 400-series options start to release I will update this build with a new mobo. 

We’re going with a 4GB GTX 1050 Ti from MSI that offers up some of the best price vs performance out of any currently released card of the same tier, especially when the GPU shortage is considered. MSI’s GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G 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 2x 4GB 2666MHz DDR4 sticks of Kingston’s HyperX FURY lineup. This leaves you with lots of room for future expansion and appeases Ryzen’s need for fast sticks of dual channel RAM. 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.

best gaming pc build 700The power supply used is an inexpensive yet reliable unit from EVGA’s fully modular B3 lineup. It’s rated for 550W at up to 85% efficiency and will easily power everything in this build plus anything extra you might add! It’s also coming with a 5-year warranty which is more than most other bronze rated power supplies, which is just a testament to how reliable the 550 B3 is. 

When it comes to storage, there’s just 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 very first PC you’ve ever owned, chances are you’re going to need almost everything on the following list. If that’s you, put aside another few hundred for these peripherals to make sure you’re not coming up short. 

In any event, I’ve hand-picked the following components to match this particular level of gaming PC build, but that doesn’t mean they’re all you can use. There are plenty of choices for each peripheral you might like others more than my suggestions.

Picking a good display is one of the most important parts of ensuring you get a good experience, because of that I’ve put together an in-depth guide on how to pick the best monitor for gaming

Picking a comfortable chair is equally important as your monitor, if not more important. To fully enjoy your gaming sessions, you have to be comfortable. To be comfortable, you need a good gaming chair. That’s why I’ve put together this buyers guide containing 16 of the absolute best gaming chairs out there! 

  • ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" 1080p monitor

    23″, 1080p 60Hz, 2ms response time – Great for gaming
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  • CM Storm Devastator 3 KB+M Combo

    An awesome keyboard + mouse combo from Cooler Master for around $35!
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  • Corsair HS50

    Simply a great headset with amazing sound quality and a great mic! Easily one of the best under $50.
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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.

If you’re going to use this build for streaming, check out my guide on how to stream on Twitch

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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Hi! I'm the founder and lead editor here at PC Game Haven. The first game I ever played on PC was Ultima Online way back in 1999, since then I've been hooked on every facet of PC gaming! Thanks for stopping by!

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Alex Blank
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I asked my friend if stuff was compatible, just to make sure, and he said the mobo and the ram were not compatible… Is he right? I would rather buy this ram but im just checking to make sure.

Craig
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Do I have to change anything if I’m going to switch the GTX 1050 Ti with a GTX 1060?

Bob
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I built this pc and I want to upgrade the graphics card to a 1070 founders edition. Are they compatible with this pc?

Anonymous
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Can the pc run CoD and battlefield efficiently?

Israel
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Looking to build a 800$ budget, My question is, i want to be able to Run Ark and World of warcraft with no issues, doesnt need to be ultra settings, Just smooth gameplay, Currently have a lenovo Ideapad 730m nividea graphics with 1 tb hdd and 8 gigs of ram, When i comes to wow, i cant run @0 man raids, i get 5 fps.. And i cant move or stay alive long enough.. I need something better, Am i better off buying a HP omon, something in the 800$ range pre built?

Dom
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Hey!

Can you look at this build for me please, let me know of your opinion as I’m unsure if it would work or if I could improve anything.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/ZeskaOnPC/saved/4GnRGX

Thank you so much

Levi
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I’m having an issue with my PC. I used every part that you listed on your list. I built it in January and everything was working fine. About a month ago the sound would stop working and the sound would cut off completely for every application I had open. When I connect my headphones it works perfectly. There is also an issue with random stuttering every whenever something hectic is happening in the game demanding a lot. I have uninstalled and reinstalled drivers and nothing is seeming to work. I believe it is the graphics card but I don’t want… Read more »
Seth
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Hey i made some adjustments of this and i really dont know if this set up would work just want your opinion? thanks. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Billetboy/saved/#view=3nrgLk

Jose
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I have a GeForce GTX 750 Ti will it fit this build?

Divero
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Hey sir , i still dont get it ,, cause i dont understand english so good .
so my question is , if i want to play game like Dota2 , PUBG , GTA 5 in Ultra Video and not lagging , what specs should i buy ?
can you give the detail to me , cause im so confused , hehehe thanks

Taylor
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Hey first time building or even looking at a gaming PC. I mainly plan on building it for the purose of causal gaming like CS:GO, some LOL, and maybe WOW if i get the chance. That being said, do you think a Zotac GTX 1050 TI mini would work with this build since I have found them sold at a reasonable price? If not could a low profile 1050 work?

Duncan
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almost finished getting the parts together, after my next pay check it’ll be pretty much ready to build. but will I have problems if i install my OS into my HDD instead of a SSD?

Jose
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What other GPU would you recommend for this build? It’s been really hard to find this one at a decent price if at all.