In this guide we will go over a midrange $700 PC build, one that will deliver 60 FPS on all titles at 1080P.
Thanks to AMD‘s amazing midrange CPU and graphics card prices, we are able to create a really powerful yet well rounded build for $700.
Our Gaming PC for Under $700
|$660 - $750|
No set price as pricing of components changes day to day *
Ryzen 5 2600
The hottest gaming CPU right now. Killer performance and value
Sapphire RX 580 Nitro+
A powerhouse at 1080P with a 1411 MHz boost clock that is higher than any other RX 580
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16 GB 3200 MHz
Fast 3200MHz RAM for the Ryzen CPU
A standard budget microATX B350 motherboard - nothing much else here
Kingston A400 240 GB SSD
Though the A400 isn't the fastest SSD, you get 240 GB of SSD storage at under the price of 1 TB hard drive
WD Blue 1TB SATA 7200 RPM 3.5"
Plenty of hard drive space for those with a lot of games and large applications
EVGA 500 BQ 80+ Bronze
Reliable budget option for a semi-modular power supply
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1
A good microATX case that won't bust our $700 budget
What is the Purpose of this Build?
Gaming performance is important, but there’s so many other factors that had a role in helping us decide what components we included for this build
1080P Gaming Performance
This build will run at 60 FPS on Ultra settings on basically every title today. The combination of 3200 MHz RAM, the Ryzen 5 2600, and the RX 580 allows this PC to destroy any game at 1080P. The limited VRAM on this 4GB RX 580 does make 1440P less viable, though.
We could have fit a 2600X and RX 590 in this build if we had really wanted to, but we would’ve been forced to sacrifice our SSD, half our RAM, and the quality of our power supply and case. Gaming performance is not everything for a PC as most gamers regard their PC as much more than just a engine that runs their games.
Good gaming PCs also function as good workstations. The multi-core performance of the Ryzen 5 2600 plus the 16 GB of dual channel RAM in this build allow this PC to function as well as a $1000+ pre-built workstation.
The Ryzen 5 2600 is the most popular mid-range gaming CPU right now for a good reason — it’s simply a much better value than the blue team’s i5 8400. The decent stock cooler than the 2600 comes with doesn’t hurt as well.
If you want to, you can even do a small overclock on this CPU as it has an unlocked mulitplier (as long as your AM4 motherboard has a B350 chipset or better) — something that like i5 8400 is unable to do.
There are three viable graphics cards for this build: the GTX 1060, RX 570, or RX 580.
The RX 570 is pretty afforable, but it’s a little weak. The GTX 1060 is overall a very nice card, but it’s hard to justify it’s price for a 6 GB model as the 3 GB 1060 is not that good. Though some compact ITX GTX 1060 6 GB models are around $230, they have a smaller and louder cooling system and still cost more than RX 580s.
Sapphire Nitro+ cards are generally regarded as the best AMD Radeon cards with excellent clock speeds and cooling solutions, but the 4GB of VRAM on this particular model does mean that it can struggle in games that are VRAM hungry. Consider spending a bit more for a 8GB RX 580 if that applies to you.
We really struggled to decide what RAM to put on this build. Had we picked only 8GB of RAM, we would have a lot of extra room in our tight budget, but the PC would struggle under a lot of workloads with so little RAM.
Therefore, we decided with 16 GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX at 2400MHz. Although the Ryzen architecture benefits massively from higher memory speeds, 3000 or 3200 MHz RAM is just a tad too expensive to fit in our budget.
Still, being able to use 16 gigs of RAM will allow this PC to be viable far into the future.
The GIGABYTE B350M-DS3H is a Micro ATX motherboard with the featureset of a full-sized ATX motherboard. It’s got two full-sized 16 lane PCIe slots, four RAM slots for up to 64 GBs of RAM and and M.2 slot.
Don’t worry too much about this board being B350 and the CPU being a Ryzen 2000 series. By early 2019, all of the stock that does not have the updated BIOS has been long gone. Now basically all new B350s on the market have the updated BIOS to be compatible with the Ryzen 2000 CPUs and APUs.
The board is not Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire compatible, though.
Standard SATA SSDs have become really cheap, and putting forty dollars of your budget towards 240GB boot drive will make your PC load times, game load times, and general speed of your much much better.
Obviously an SSD won’t change the amount of processing power your PC has as that is based on your CPU and GPU, but fast memory and storage make your PC feel much faster.
A standard 1TB 7200 hard drive if you have a lot of files to store. If you don’t need that much storage, you should forgo getting a hard drive and instead get a larger SSD instead of a small SSD+HDD.
The EVGA 500 BQ is a really good power supply for its price. It’s basically the same as the higher end EVGA PSUs, just without the 80+ Gold certification.
A power output of 500W is sufficient for this build with an RX 580 and R5 2600.
This PSU is also semi-modular, so you can exclude the extra peripheral cables you don’t need from your build.
As our motherboard is the microATX form factor, we should get a microATX case to match our mobo that still stays within out fairly restrained budget. The MasterBox Lite 3.1 features a full sized acrylic side panel as well as three attachable trim colors that come in the box (red, black, and silver).
Upgrade Options for this Build
Options to Reduce the Cost of Build
We did a little false-advertising here for this guide, as we usually do.
So it’s only far that we give you some different component options so you can keep the cost below $1000 or possibly even $900.
Sorry if you thought that you could get everything you needed to build a gaming setup for $700. The $700 is only for the actual gaming PC. The monitor, keyboard, mouse, and audio aren’t technically part of your PC.
The peripherals do bump up the true cost of a gaming setup a lot more than what a lot of people anticipate, but here are some great monitors, mice, keyboards and more that won’t bust your budget.
The RX 580 should run most games 1080P at 60FPS reliably on max settings, but don’t be afraid to go up to 1440P if your games are less graphically demanding. If you go with 1080P, try to find a monitor with FreeSync to prevent screen tearing!
|Acer SB220Q bi|
1080 x 1920 | FreeSync | 75 Hz | 21.5" | 4ms | HDMI | VGA
The Acer SB220Q is a little small, but it's an amazing monitor for it's price coming with AMD FreeSync and 75Hz refresh rate at under a hundred dollars.
|Acer G257HU |
2560 x 1440 | 60 Hz | 25" | 4ms | HDMI | DVI | Display Port
The RX 580 can handle 1440P gaming depending on what games you're playing, but expect to not be able to run max settings.
Fans – Noctua SSO NF-S12 redux-1200
120mm | 1200 RPM PVM | SSO Bearing | 150,000 hours MTBF rating | 100,6 m³/h
The Cooler Master Masterbox 5 case in this review already comes with three fans. If you’re going to replace those fans, you’d better be replacing them with fans that a lot better or it would be a waste. The Noctua NF-S12 redux-1200 airflow fans are some of the quietest bang-for-the-buck fans out there.
Noctua doesn’t mess with the RGB crap so you’ll have to give up your pretty RGB lights if you use Noctua fans.
Mechanical keyboards are really affordable now thanks to new Chinese brands like Redragon. You can get a basic mechanical keyboard for under $30 and a full-sized RGB mechanical keyboard for around $60. These affordable mechanical keyboards are pretty high quality as well.
|Redragon K552 RED LED Mechanical Keyboard|
Mechanical | Blue Switches | 87 Switches | Red LED | Splashproof
The best selling keyboard on Amazon -- 87 mechanical switches for thirty bucks. A killer deal
|Redragon K557 RGB Mechanical|
Mechanical | Blue Switches | 104 keys | RGB | Waterproof | Anti-ghosting
Full-size mechanical keyboard with RGB and waterproofing
A good gaming mouse is a nice way to add the finishing touches to your PC setup.
|Logitech G203 Prodigy RGB|
RGB | 6000 DPI | Wired | 2 Custom Buttons
A really solid no-frills budget gaming mouse from a reputable manufacturer
|Razer DeathAdder Elite|
RGB | 16000 DPI | 7 Custom Buttons | 5G Optical Sensor
A perennial bestseller known for it's ergonomics and performance
Here are some budget headsets that match with our build.
|Mpow EG3 |
20-20,000 Hz | Noise cancelling design
A good looking budget headset. Even comes with a braided cable.
|HyperX Cloud Stinger|
18-23,000 Hz | Memory Foam
A higher-end gaming headset for better performance and quality.
Operating System – Windows 10
Buying an operating system sucks since it’s often a cost that doesn’t come to your mind until you realize your PC won’t run without a proper OS. While Linux is free, the vast majority of us use Windows — which with a proper license is far from free.
If you don’t feel the need to buy an official license from an official vendor, there’s many ways to get Windows 10 for very cheap or even for free.
If you’re ok with having an unlicensed version of Windows that has a small watermark and limited customization but otherwise is 100% fully functional Windows 10, you dont even need a product key.
Just click on the “I don’t have a product key” when you are booting Windows from a flash drive.
You Need To Build The PC
Building a new gaming PC in 2018 isn’t hard at all. It’s simply a matter of knowing where to place a few different crucial components and connecting them with wires and cables. There are so much resources online on how to build a PC. Here is a Youtube guide that does a great job of explaining the process of building a PC.