The Best Gaming PC Build For $700 in 2018

Updated: August 8th, 2018Author: BrantonCategory: Mid-range Builds856 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/12-thread AMD R5 2600, 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: August 8th, 2018
  • case

    Phanteks Eclipse P300

    ATX mid-tower case with a tempered glass side panel and a PSU shroud.
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  • MSI B450M Pro-M2

    AM4 socket mATX motherboard, B450 chipset. Equipped with 6x USB and 4x SATA + 1x M.2, built in audio and integrated ethernet.
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  • processor

    AMD R5 2600

    6-core/12-thread 2nd generation AMD Ryzen 5 CPU with a 3.9GHz boost clock. Comes with a good 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 650 BQ

    650W semi-modular power supply, up to 85% efficiency, 5-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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The Tools You Need:

That’s really all you need to assemble your new desktop. All of the mounting hardware and cables will come with the parts listed above. The only time you might need something extra is if you’re modifying the build on this page.

Recommended Add-ons

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.

For this build, I've picked the ATX mid-tower Phanteks Eclipse P300. It features a tempered glass side panel, a sleek PSU cover, hidden storage drives, and clean cable management options. Phanteks consistently makes some of the best looking cases and the P300 is just another example of that.

That said, one downside with the P300 is that it only comes with a single 120mm fan - installed as an exhaust by default. That might be adequate for now, but you will want to consider adding 1-2 intake fans before too long; this will promote better airflow inside of your case and lower your internal temps.

AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen 5 2600 is a 6-core/12-thread beast with a price that can't be matched. It won't have any issues with modern gaming, light content creation, or anything else. The R5 2600 has a max boost clock of 3.9GHz under load, but since it can be overclocked you can push that much higher. Luckily, the 2600 comes with a really decent Wraith Stealth cooler from AMD that works pretty much just as good as your average $30 cooler does. So, if you want to upgrade cooling, aim higher than a Hyper 212 EVO or Cryorig H7.

The motherboard in this build uses the B350 chipset and comes equipped with everything you'll need for an AM4 socket build, and then some. It comes with integrated audio, a built-in Ethernet controller, 6x USB ports, 4x SATA ports, 1x M.2 slot, and room for 2x 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 if you wanted to run more than 8GB that's completely possible - when you do upgrade try to stick to the same speed as your RAM will automatically change its speed to match your slowest stick.

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 650W 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 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.

Operating System

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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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

CasePhanteks Eclipse P300
MotherboardMSI B450M Pro-M2
ProcessorIntel i5 8400
GraphicsZotac GTX 1060 SC (3GB)
Power Supp.EVGA 650 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 there! I'm Branton, the founder and lead editor here at PC Game Haven. Since our launch in 2015, we've helped thousands upon thousands of gamers build their dream desktops, find the perfect peripherals, and more. Thanks for stopping by!

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wait what are the differences between the different models of graphics cards?

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would an rx 580 fit in this? Thanks in advance

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Me again, I’m wanting to build this pc a second time and I’m wondering if a evga geforce gtx 1070 ti will fit with this build? Found an awesome deal on a new one and want to make sure it’s compatible? Thanks in advance!

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Sorry to waste your time, I figured it out. It will fit.

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Just finished putting together this build. I bought all you listed except the graphics card. I found a new gigabyte geforce gtx 1060 3gb for 180 dollars, so I went with the cheaper option. Thought i made a huuuuuuge mistake doing that. After assembling all the parts and plugging everything up, all seemed to come alive but the display. So after troubleshooting some I figured out if I took out the gpu and plugged directly to the motherboard it booted straight to the bios using the onboard graphics. So my first thought was that I might need to disable the onboard graphics in the bios for the card to work. Well that made it to where nothing worked and had to take out the battery on the motherboard for it to reset. At that point I thought dang, I bought a bad graphics card, and I don’t have another computer to test it in. So I’m feeling pretty discouraged now, although being my first build, I had a pretty high level of confidence. So as a last resort I start looking through my junk parts to see if I have for an old graphics card to try to further diagnose the problem in hope that I’ve made a mistake somewhere instead of it being a bad graphics card. Well I didn’t find a graphics card, but what I did find was an unused dvi cable in a box under my bed. So I decided what the heck I’ll try the dvi cable instead of the hdmi and bam, I had success….booted straight to the bios. Long story not so short, dvi worked where the hdmi didn’t. Do I have a bad hdmi port? Or cable? I have no idea, your thoughts??

Ps. I have shown several of my gaming friends all the builds and guides you have put together, and they(me included) were very impressed and have started builds of their own based off your information. Thanks a lot!!

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What would be the performance difference between the i5 with a gtx 1060 3gb and the i3 with a gtx 1060 6gb?? And is the i5 with the gtx 1060 3gb more cost efficient?

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Hi do you know how to increase frame rate for fortnite