If you have the budget for a 700 dollar gaming PC build, you really are in for an awesome computer.
I researched for hours putting this build together and making sure that it was well optimized and I’m pleased to say that the gaming build I’ve chosen really will impress anyone who decides to build it.
If you’re interested in seeing what you can get with a change in budget, we have a full list of our other gaming pc builds here.
Now without further ado, it’s time to jump into this build and show you what really makes this build high-end.
Why Build Your Own PC, Instead Of Buying One A Pre-Built One?
Now before I get into this build I’m going to field this question that I’ve been asked many times.
For most people, buying a pre-built desktop is cool and I get that, but when you’re a gamer and buying a PC you are really getting a much worse PC. These pre-built PC’s are usually way overpriced and the same PC can be built for much cheaper. If that’s okay with you then I understand, but personally, I would want to get as much power for my gaming PC that I could for the money. That’s where building your own gaming PC comes into play.
Yes, you have to put in some hard work when making your own PC, but that just makes using the PC all the better because YOU put it together and made it. Not someone else, but you did it. If you’re anything like me then the feeling you will have when you finish building your gaming PC will be something that you will remember for a long time. Oh yeah, you will also officially be known as that computer person that can fix all tech-related issues, by all of your non-tech friends who are astonished that anyone could somehow build a PC, so get ready for that.
Finally, I want you to know that even if you are intimidated that I will be here with you every step of the way and I will answer any questions that you may have about PC building. Just leave a comment below and I will answer it as soon as I see it.
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BEST 2019 700 DOLLAR GAMING PC BUILD: THE BIG LEAGUES
When planning this PC build, I was looking for something that could really take you into the big leagues of PC gaming. With this build, I’ve made you will be able to play all but the most graphically intense games on ultra settings 1080p and can even start looking into higher resolution monitors if you would like to.
What I mean by the big leagues is basically with this build you are starting to move up to those builds that will last you for years without having to upgrade much. Even if you do end up upgrading this build can easily be upgraded to be even more future proof in the future due to this build including an ATX motherboard and also a nice spacious case. This build is easily worth every penny and by getting the parts, you will have the best value you can get for your money.
Below is the Build and also the build description if you would like to learn even more about the parts you are spending your money on (something I encourage). Just so you know this build is updated very often and will always be up to date to make sure you are buying the most optimal parts.
CASE – Fractal Design – Focus G (White) ATX Mid Tower
A Big Case, With An Awesome Design. Also has Great Build Quality
CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
The Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor Gaming for our $700 build!
Graphics Card/GPU – XFX RADEON RX 580
An Amazing GPU That Makes This Build 10 Times Better!
MOTHERBOARD – ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX
Great ATX Motherboard! Up to 64GB’s of RAM and plenty of BIOS options!
RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4
Two 8GB Sticks Of RAM, really affordable and good RAM
POWER SUPPLY – Corsair – CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze
80+ Bronze, Will Power Up The Build!
STORAGE – WD Blue 1TB HD
A Very Reliable Hard Drive and a size required to fit games. 7200RPM
OPTIONAL SSD – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III
Not required, but if you want a snappier system, I’d recommend getting one – this will break our budget of $700 though
For the price the Fractal Design Focus G series case is definitely worth the asking price. Not only is the design nice, but you are also getting a lot of space and most other comparable cases are going to cost you almost double what this costs. One of the main reasons I picked this case was due to the design elements. For me, a good looking PC really is important especially if you are already shelling out a good deal of money for it. The front of the case looks like a furnace and that was a really appealing design choice.
This case also has enough space for any upgrades you want to have in the future making it perfect for upgrading. You also have to add to the fact that this is also not too bulky and you have an all-around awesome case.
I know that this case might not be for everyone and in response to that, I’ve chosen to include a link below that has similar cases that you can pick from and use in this build.
I chose the corsair 550 watts power supply because of it being made by the an amazing developer of the case above, The dimensions will be better due to it being made specifically for this case. It’s also a bronze power supply.
So what does a bronze power supply do differently than a regular one? Well, it’s more efficient and uses less voltage over time. I chose this due to this PC using more power and this would especially be useful if you are gaming long hours daily and it will save you money in the long run on electricity.
We are finally to the MVP of the build, the XFX Radeon 580! First off unlike the other video cards in my cheaper gaming PC builds this thing is a legit beast. This card is small, but that doesn’t mean that you should discount it. This card was only just recently released and features RX 580’s archetype.
There’s also very low noise level so if you’re a fan of silent gaming rigs this is definitely a plus, but what really sets this card apart is the amazing value for the performance. You are getting an awesome card that will easily last you for years before you even have to think about upgrading.
I really have nothing, but praise for this graphics card, so I’m just going to move on.
TLDR: This card is awesome and worth every penny, get it.
The AMD 2600x has been featured in many of my more expensive builds is the best CPU you can get for under $200. It’s just a complete beast for gaming and for processing tasks in general. The 2600x will easily last you for a few years of intense gaming.
One hot topic is that processors need more cores to keep up with the processing demands of modern gaming and the RX 580 has six! but AMD’s threading makes this the equivalent to a 12 core processor which is insane! The RX 580 is also very good at running multiple applications at once due its high core count and threading making it ideal for people who love multi-tasking
This processor also comes with a fan and heatsink which will save you more money in the long run.
This is another amazing ATX motherboard by the company, ASRock b450 motherboard. I’ve been using their motherboards a lot due to them making high-quality motherboards and drivers for a great price.
The B450 is a little expensive for this build, but is required to support the new ryzen 5 2600x. This board will allow you to add in any “Ryzen 5” CPU if you want to upgrade.
Where this motherboard really shines is with the BIOS. ASRock is a company that focuses on gamers and with that being said, their BIOS totally reflects. It allows you to easily modify your gaming experience.
For RAM, I picked the Corsair LPX Vengeance 16gb pack. Unlike my 400 dollar PC build, At this price range 16gbs of ram is vital or you will not be able to draw out the power of the rest of the components of this build. I might even recommend getting 32 GB’s of ram in the future (there’s no real need for this at the moment).
The hard drive I chose was western digitals 1tb hard drive. With this, you will have more than enough space to store many different games on your PC and still have space left over to do other things.
Western digital is a respected hard drive maker that makes quality products, which is the reason I chose to use their hard drive in this build.
I would actually recommend getting another hard drive or SSD in the future, but at the moment, this will do.
(Optional) Optical Drive
The reason I did not include any optical drive is that I don’t think they are necessarily important for any modern PC build. I’m not saying that they can’t prove useful in certain situations, such as installing an OS or a drive, to which you can also install via any USB. Other than that was real use do these have? I can’t remember the last time I’ve used a disc drive and I’m pretty most of you can’t either.
I’m including one below that is still very cheap so if you don’t feel comfortable installing the OS with a USB or are really going you can pick this optical drive up.
- Allows you to permanently delete the data on rewritable discs
- Power saving drive
Recommended Monitor: Acer R240HY 23.8 Inch 1080p Monitor
- 23. 8" Full HD IPS widescreen with 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Response time: 4ms, refresh rate: 60Hz, Pixel Pitch: 0. 2745mm. 178 degree wide viewing angle,...
- The Zero-Frame design provides maximum visibility of the screen from edge-to-edge.
If you are looking for a 1080p monitor on a budget, I would wholeheartedly recommend the Acer 21.5 inch monitor. Yes, there are better monitors out there, but for the price, this is an amazing monitor that has a lot of customizable features and also deep color contrasts.
One other thing that I really like about this monitor is the brightness. This monitor is very vibrant and sharp compared to other monitors and, This is also a good option if you are looking to have a multiple 1080 monitor set up.
- Provides an extensible design that enables Service prioritization for data. Network Standard :...
- Design that delivers high availability, scalability, and for maximum flexibility and...
- Instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi Upgrade for your desktop PC: no more messy Ethernet cables needed
We chose our 3 adapter choice from our top 10 wireless adapters list as it’s a little more budget friendly than the 1st or 2nd choice. Check out our post if you have a different budget in mind!
Operating System Options
After building your gaming PC and getting all your peripherals in order there is still one thing that needs to be done and that is installing your operating system. What I mean by an operating system is a program that basically manages all your computers specs and other applications you install onto your computer. There are many operating systems, but the one’s that are the most popular are Linux (Ubuntu) and Windows. These operating systems both have their pros and cons and below I will Talk about why you should or shouldn’t get one or the other.
Despite being popular among the tech savvy crowd Linux is still relatively unheard of. Linux does have it’s pros however and to discount it without giving it a fair shot would be a shame.
Some good thing about Linux is how customizable it is as an operating system. Linux was made more as a community project instead of something to sell. It was basically made by developers for developers and other like-minded individuals. So if you like getting down to the nitty-gritty aspects of computers then you will love Linux. Another thing that Linux has it is a free OS. Many people might no know that Windows costs money, but it does so having the option to use Linux until for free is awesome.
Sadly, Not everything is looking up for Linux. Linux also has major issues in that there’s since its more of a community project than an organization, there are many bugs that have yet to be fixed and take a great deal of time to get corrected due it not being run like a business. The biggest reason why Linux is still a little unappealing is that many game’s don’t even support Linux. While this is slowly changing due to Steam actually making their own Linux-based OS called SteamOS there are still major compatibility issues.
Windows is probably something that everyone reading this is familiar with and that’s no surprise considering they have complete and utter dominance over the marketplace when it comes to PC’s. Most of you are going to go with windows without a doubt and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I’ll still tell you some pros and cons of Windows.
The biggest pro’s of Windows is that almost every PC developer makes their games specifically for Windows which means you don’t have to worry about your OS not being supported. Another one is that since Windows is a major company, updates are quick and snappy compared to Linux.
The only real disadvantage of Windows is the price tag. Many people are simply not going to want to pay it and yes there are ways that allow you to get it for free. I’m neither for nor against it, but I won’t tell you how to do it on this post nor on my website.
What Version Of Windows Should I Get?
Windows 10 is my top recommendation as of now. Not only has Microsoft worked out all the major bugs with the OS, but games are actually starting to perform better with this OS making this the choice for gamers looking to max out their PC’s performance. Windows 7 and 8 are still ok, but I’d recommend switching over to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
Below, I’ve included both a USB version of Windows and also a disc version of Windows 10 depending on whether or not you have an optical drive.
- Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection - including antivirus, firewall, internet...
- 3D in Windows 10 gives everyone the ability to produce 3D objects with speed and ease
- The Start menu is back and better than ever so you can expand and customize it
- Fast and responsive Technologies like InstantGo let you boot up and resume quickly;Video Game...
PC gaming is evolving at an astonishing rate and having a Build that can handle these awesome games is a must for any serious gamer. This 700 dollar gaming PC build is easily comparable to a pre-built computer in the thousands and I know anyone who makes this will be in for an awesome adventure. If you are ready to enter the big leagues then this is the build that will do it.
If you have any questions about anything in this post please feel free to leave a comment below and I will help respond as I see the comment. Also, what do you plan on naming your PC? Tell me below.