The Best Gaming PC Build For $700 in 2018

Updated: June 14th, 2018BrantonCustom Builds, Mid-range Builds823 Comments

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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/6 thread Intel i5 8400, 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!

1080p-Destroying $700 Gaming PC Build

Updated: June 9th, 2018

  • Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG

    mATX sized case. Equipped with front USB 3.0 + 3.5mm audio jacks, great cable management and a good cooling profile.
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  • Gigabyte B360M DS3H

    LGA 1151 socket mATX motherboard, B360 chipset. Equipped with 6x USB and 6x SATA + 1x M.2, built in audio and integrated ethernet.
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  • Intel i5 8400

    6-core/6-thread 8th generation Intel CPU with a 4GHz boost clock. Comes with a CPU cooler.
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  • EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC

    3GB GDDR5 VRAM, 5 display connections. Great 1080p gaming performance!
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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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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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  • Kingston A400 120GB 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 V2 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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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.

700 dollar gaming pc buildFor 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?

Intel’s new 6 core/6 thread i5 8400 is a processor that won’t have any issues with modern gaming, light content creation, or anything else. The i5 8400 has a base clock of 2.8GHz that can stretch all the way to 4GHz under load. It is a locked processor and does not support overclocking, it also comes with a stock CPU cooler so there’s no need for an aftermarket cooler. That said, if you want a better CPU cooler than what Intel gives you, check out what I consider the 5 best CPU coolers for 2018!

The motherboard in this build uses the B360 chipset and comes equipped with everything you’ll need for an LGA 1151 socket build, and then some. It comes with integrated audio, a built-in Ethernet controller, 6x USB ports, 6x SATA ports, 1x M.2 slot, and room for 4 sticks of DDR4 RAM.

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, especially when the GPU shortage is considered. EVGA’s 3GB GTX 1060 SC 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, Fortnite, 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 under 700The power supply used is an inexpensive yet reliable unit from EVGA’s semi-modular BQ lineup. It’s rated for 500W 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 3-year warranty just in-case the worst were to happen. Want to personalize your cabling even more? Check out some Cablemod PRO packs!

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 vast majority of motherboards do not include WiFi – like the one used in this build – if you have to use WiFi then you’re also going to need a WiFi adapter. 

There’re a plethora of options available when it comes to picking WiFi adapters and it can be a relatively confusing process without first knowing what you need… Which is often just as confusing as picking the adapter in the first place.

To make it simple, you pretty much want an adapter on the AC protocol – it’s backward compatible with the previous protocols and will pretty much work regardless what kind of router you’re running. The speed you should get is based on both the speed of your internet connection and the capabilities of your router; somewhere around AC1300 is usually a safe bet. 

Keep in mind that your router and WiFi adapter won’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’re here looking to find the best gaming PC build for around $700 then I’m confident you’ve found exactly what you were looking for! When you take into consideration price vs performance, this build simply cannot be beaten without putting up more dough for better hardware. 

All of the components are going to be 100% compatible with one another and everything you need is included above. Unless you’re adding more hardware than what’s listed above, you won’t need any extra cables, screws, or anything like that. 

At the end of the day, this build is packing more than enough power to handle all of your favorite AAA games in 1080p at 60fps on around high-very high settings depending on the exact game. It’s also capable of putting out well above 100fps in games like CS:GO where high frame rates are crucial. 

Have any questions about this list of parts to use in a good 1080p 60fps gaming PC build? Or, maybe you’ve picked it up for yourself and are blown away by the performance? Either way, let me know in the comment section!

$700 Gaming PC Build

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. 

Hardware

CaseCooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1
MotherboardGigabyte B360M DS3H
ProcessorIntel i5 8400
GraphicsZotac GTX 1060 SC (3GB)
Power Supp.EVGA 500 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerStock

Features
  • 1080p 60fps AAA gaming
  • Easy to upgrade and customize
  • Lots of USB ports
  • Integrated audio and Ethernet
  • VR-Ready! 
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Hey Branton!
I am considering using this case:https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353130 just wondering if you have used it before

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Hello, I was looking at the case on Amazon and am not a fan of the mini tower and was wondering if this build would work with the mid tower version of the Cooler Master

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The price with North Carolina tax of 7% is $772.00 when I wrote this comment. As of now the best prebuild under $700 is the HP 580-130 at $679, no tax. Slightly worse but it saves you $20 from the $700 which you can use to buy games, a better mouse, put towards an SSD, etc. If you want to build your own computer that’s understandable but the aforesaid saves you the hassle and with the hike in GPU and RAM prices a deal like that is great since the manufacturers get parts at a normal price and an RX 580 is much more expensive to buy yourself than in the prebuild. You also get a DVD drive too and if need be with the warranty, you just send the system back to HP and they’ll fix it instead of you having to figure it out yourself. Tax should be factored in too when making a rig under a certain price because tax on $700 is $49 at 7% and some states are higher. In Tennessee sales tax is 10%.

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Hello Branton, i was thinking about purchasing either the 800$ pc or the 700$ pc, but i don’t know how to put one together, can i buy one pre built

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