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 DIY build features the brand new 4 core/8 thread AMD R5 1500X, a 3GB GTX 1060, 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!
GPU Shortage 2018
Due to a recent and major GPU shortage, almost all graphics cards from the GTX 1050 Ti and up have become all but impossible to buy. This includes both AMD and Nvidia cards and there’s no way to say when the shortage will end.
That being said, building a gaming PC is going to be difficult right now if you can’t buy the graphics card you need. So, you have 2 (maybe 2.5) options.
Option 1 is waiting until the shortage ends, whenever that might be. It could be a couple of weeks or it could be a couple of months, there’s no way of knowing.
Option 1.5 is buying a GPU from a scalper who’s trying to sell it for 100% more than the actual value. This option sucks.
Option 2 is buying a prebuilt gaming PC. Now, I know you might have heard all sorts of bad things about buying a prebuilt desktop, but not all of them are bad! There are actually some great prebuilt options that offer really decent value. It won’t be of the exact same quality as if you built it yourself, but it’ll come with Windows installed and ready to fire up right out of the box. Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad.
Below you’ll find some options that I’ve hand-picked for this level of build. They range from $600-$1000 in price and are ordered from cheapest to most expensive.
– 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)
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.
|Case||Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1|
|MOBO||MSI B350M Pro-VDH|
|CPU||AMD R5 1500X|
|GPU||EVGA GTX 1060 3GB|
|PSU||EVGA 550 B3 80+ Bronze|
|RAM||8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM|
|HDD||WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM|
- 1080p 60fps AAA gaming
- Can be overclocked
- 10x USB ports total
- Integrated 2.1 audio (Realtek ALC892)
- Easy to upgrade
- A small Phillips screwdriver – Size #2 works well as a general rule
- An 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. But, watching a video walkthrough or reading a guide always helps, so I’ve added both of those in the next tab! There’s also this checklist which you can download and use to make sure that you have everything you need
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 & drivers!
Instead of me typing out a ton of words 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.
Or, if you did want a ton of words, I’ve put together somewhat of a crash course to building your gaming PC that you might want to check out.
Keep in mind that it’s not the exact same build, but the process is really similar. There’s really only 1 way to do things, and it’s pretty hard to mess anything up if you’re being careful.
1080p-Destroying $700 Ryzen Gaming PC Build
Updated: January 1st, 2018
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG
mATX case, front USB 3.0 & audio jacks, great cable management & an awesome cooling profile.
MSI B350M PRO-VDH
AM4 socket motherboard, mATX size, B350 chipset, integrated 2.1 audio, built-in ethernet, 8x USB ports. View
AMD R5 1500X
3.5GHz core clock speed, 4 cores/8 threads. Comes with a good CPU cooler. View
Gigabyte GTX 1060 WindForce 3GB
3GB GDDR5 (256-bit). Amazing 1080p gaming performance & value!
**See above for info on 2018 GPU shortage View
EVGA 550 B3
550W fully modular power supply, 80% efficiency, 5-year warranty. View
8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM
1x 8GB stick of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, CL16.
WD Blue 1TB HDD
3.5 inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, quiet & reliable!
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.
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. View
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. View
Archer T4U WiFi Adapter
If you have to use WiFi you’re also going to need a WiFi adapter. Read more about WiFi below! View
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 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.
The R5 1500X comes with a Wraith Spire 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!
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. Gigabyte’s GTX 1060 WindForce 3GB 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 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.
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.
The 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 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.
ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" 1080p monitor
23″, 1080p 60Hz, 2ms response time – Great for gaming View
CM Storm Devastator II KB+M Combo
An awesome keyboard + mouse combo from Cooler Master for around $30! Available with red, green, or blue backlighting.
Creative Sound BlasterX H5 TE
Simply a great headset with amazing sound quality and a great mic!
Logitech Z623 2.1 sound system
2.1 channel, 200W RMS/400W peak. If you like bass, these are the speakers+sub you want. View
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.
A very affordable N150 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. View
TP-Link Archer T4U V2
A reliable AC1300 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of operating on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. View
Rosewill AC1300 PCIe WiFi Adapter
A good internally mounted (PCIe) AC1300 WiFi adapter. View
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!