Seven-Hundred dollars. Now we’re talking. Maybe you’ve been eyeballing some $500, or even $600 gaming pc build guides and have decided to spend just a few bucks more. You’re curious. Where can another couple of dollars take me? Well, I have some good news for you. Seven-hundred dollars is a fantastic budget for someone looking to put together a new computer that won’t have any problem flexing its muscles on the latest games and software.
Best Gaming PC Under 700
Seven-hundred is still considered sort of a “mid-range” budget, but don’t let that moniker fool you. We’re going to be packing some seriously cool new hardware into this machine, and we’re going to see some benefits from our larger budget. Keep reading to discover the best build you can get for $700.
1)AMD Ryzen 5 2600
The AMD Ryzen CPU is an amazing 6-core processor, tailor made for our build. It is well built and sizeable than the 3600, when it comes to the size of the build as well. However, it still holds up; with a boost of 3.9GHz and a clock speed of 3.4GHz you will be sure to run games with a smooth performance.
Since its gone down in price, You might feel its budget price as low once you pay, you’ll explore how little it cost when you open the box and put it into your machine… but when you load up a game, you won’t find a trace of that bargain pricing anywhere. Definitely recommended, and the money we use here will benefit the machine down the line.
Games will be a breeze at 1080p, and the onboard graphics means you will be able to do some system configuration if you get stuck waiting for your graphics card to arrive. Finally, the aforementioned higher core count means multi-taskers, streamers, and content creators are going to be able to comfortably get their work done, browse the internet, game, stream, and do whatever they desire without breaking a sweat.
2) Motherboard: AS Rock B450M PRO4
It’s hard to beat the B450M AS Rock PRO4 for our purposes. It’s a great budget offering from a well-known company, and gives the builder an opportunity to upgrade the setup down the line. And it’s a Micro ATX board, so even if you want to get a more compact case, this motherboard will be ready.
Technically speaking, the B450M has everything we need for our price range and offers a whole lot of stability when it comes to involving other PC components. With enough PCI express slots, SATA support, it gives space for current and future upgrades as well as fully supporting all components.
3) Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
RAM remains to be one of the most expensive components in computing lately, even though it shouldn’t be. (We have some alleged price fixing on the part of the world’s largest memory manufacturers to thank for that.) We’re going to have to stick with a 16GB limit for our RAM, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get something nice. I’ve selected the Corsair Vengeance LPX for our gaming pc under 700 build. Our selection of Corsair Vengeance LPX comes in the form of two 8GB DDR4 , running at a speed of 3200MHz. With its size supporting different size builds, together with it's aluminium solid heat spreader you can get this performance product in a majority of colors that may suite your build design.
4) Samsung 860 EVO 500GB
At $700, we’re finally going to be able to get some serious speed in our gaming pc build. The addition of an SSD (Or Solid-State-Drive) is going to dramatically decrease our boot-up times and loading times for certain applications and games. The only drawback of SSD’s is their low capacity and high price. Don’t worry though, we’ve found the right balance between the two. However, we’re going to quickly talk about some more traditional storage first.
Because of the limited size of more affordable SSD’s, we’re going to need an auxiliary hard drive. (Also known as an HDD or “Spinning Disk” Hard Drive.) These “spinning disk” drives have the advantage of being a tried-and-true technology, and their age means savings for us. Hard drive prices continue to fall, and I can’t think of a better example for this phenomenon than the Samsung 860 EVO.
This deal just keeps getting better and better. With a 2.5” form factor, it’s a compact hard drive for a compact price.
Now onto the fun part, the SSD. Due to their high price-per-gig, high-capacity SSDs some might believe not to be a good idea for any gaming pc build at this range. But with current change in times and availability of more quality branded ones in the market, I am going to use a smaller, more affordable, 500GB SATA III SSD from Samsung.
The Samsung 860 EVO 500 is an affordable package at around 50 bucks, but don’t let its affordability fool you. This SSD is packing sequential read and write times of 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively, which places it firmly in the competition among rival manufacturers like Corsair. The 2.5” size means we’re going to have plenty of space to share with our secondary drive.
Adding this SSD is going to take our OS boot times from minutes to seconds, just remember if possible to set up your documents, pictures, movies, and music folders, so they are routed to your secondary drive.
At around $30 - $40 (in 2018), the Silicon Power 120GB S55 is a good second-choice for builders who can’t get their hands on the Samsung EVO for whatever reason. Just as long as they don’t mind going a dollar or two over budget.
That extra dollar and a half buys Silicon Power’s ECC (Or Error Checking And Correction) technology, as well as a 3-year warranty when you register the drive on Silicon Power’s website.
6) Phanteks Eclipse P350X (PH-EC350PTG_DBK) Compact EATX
We’ve got some hard-hitting hardware in this build, so we want a case that reflects that, and has the durability to stand up to any forces that would threaten the precious components inside. That’s why we’re going with the Phanteks Eclipse P350X Mid Tower for this gaming pc build. Before we get in to the specifics, a quick note about the price: The black version of the Phanteks seems to be the cheapest right now at $69.99, with white hanging around the $90 range.
The PS350X IS go-to for builders looking for something with bold styling that reflects the personality of their rig. For some, the price tag adds to that reflection, for others, the affordability is just the icing on top of an already very nice-looking cake. The Phanteks offers support for ATX, uATX, mITX , with 2x USB 3.0, Mic, Headphone, D-RGB LED SW at the front and Tempered Glass on the side. It also offers D-RGB illumination modes.
7) SilverStone Technology 550 Watt
Whether your build is classified as being reasonably low-power, it doesn’t give us an excuse to buy a low-voltage or cheap power supply. We’re going to want an electrical safety net to make sure out processor, graphics card, and other components can run comfortably without worrying about receiving a steady supply of power. To that end, we’re going to go with the SilverStone Technology 550 Watt power supply. Previously seen in my $500 and 600$ PC Build Guide we used the Thermaltake as our options.
The SilverStone Tech 550 proudly calls this product "reliable”, and I tend to agree. If you’re still not convinced, this unit features a silent running 120mm fan with an 18 dBA, as well as a 80+ Bronze certification for it high efficiency. Efficiency and Reliability in this build is all you need.
8) PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
The final piece of the puzzle, the cherry on top- the graphics card. In a $700 budget, we’ve finally got a little bit of room to breathe when making our selection, and room to breathe is certainly something we need in this hellish market of crypto mining and inflated prices. To that end, we’re going to choose the PowerColor AMD 6GB for our $700 PC Build.
This is argurably the best at its range when compared to the 5500XT as well as the GTX 1660. 6GB is going to be more than enough for seamless 1080p gaming performance and you’ll even be able to push 1440p on games like Doom, Fortnite, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as well as step into some VR games. Featuring a base clock of 1560MHz and a boost clock of 1620MHz, the PowerColor AMD for its cost is the right reliable high performance pick.
At $649.19 (as of October 19, 2018) we have managed to stay in budget, but we’re getting the absolute most we can with the parts we’ve selected. This build will dominate 1080p gaming and push the boundary at 1440p. Gamers willing to take the next step up on the graphics card and processor will find that their build is even VR ready. For now though, we’ve managed to put together the ultimate gaming computer for under $700, and look good doing it.
Thanks for reading this build guide! All of the parts mentioned in this article can be found on Amazon and other retailers. Happy building!
Guide Written By Roman De Simone