Best $700 Gaming PC Build (2020 Guide)

If you have the budget for a $700 gaming PC buildyou really are in for an awesome computer.

This build was put together after many hours of research and making sure that it was well optimized and we are pleased to say this gaming build will really 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 a Pre-Built One?

Before we get into this build we are going to field a common question.

For most people, buying a prebuilt desktop is cool, but when you’re a gamer and buying a PC, you are really getting a much worse PC. These prebuilt PCs are usually way overpriced and the same PC can be built for much cheaper. If that’s what you want, that's fine, but most people want to get as much power for their gaming PC as possible 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. The process 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.

Here are the supplies you will need in addition to your computer components:

  • Screwdriver
  • Guidance
  • (Optional) Static Wrist-Band

A static wrist band isn't necessary unless you aren't using a hard surface such as a desk or hardwood floor to build your PC. If you are going to be building on carpet (why though?), then get one.

Building a PC can be difficult without any instructions, fortunately for you, with the dawn of the internet there are plenty of helpful videos and helpful people around who are more than willing to help. Below is a video that will help you build your first gaming computer. It’s short and concise, but if you would like a more in-depth video, check out our How To Build A PC Page.

Best $700 Gaming PC Build: The Big Leagues

When planning this PC build, we looked for something that could really take you into the big leagues of PC gaming. With this build,  you will be able to play all but the most graphically intense games on ultra 1080p settings and can even start looking into higher resolution monitors if you would like to.

By the big leagues we basically mean with this build you are starting to move up to a build 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 by 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 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 we 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.

The Build

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  • x2 120mm LED fans
  • Dual universal drive bays
  • Dust filtration system built-in
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  • Comes wit 3 month Xbox Game Pass
  • Wraith Spiral Cooling built-in
  • 19MB combined cache
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  • 4th gen GCN graphics core
  • XFX double dissipation cooling system
  • AMD VR ready
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  • 9 power phase design
  • AMD Promontory B450 chipset
  • x2 PCI-Express slots
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  • Designed with a low profile heat spreader
  • Compatible wth Intell 100 -300 series & Intel X299 processorsd
  • High performance overclocking
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  • Thermally controlled 4.72" fan
  • 5 year warranty
  • Decreased heat output
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  • Acronis True Image cloning software
  • 2 year warranty
  • 2+TB cpacities
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  • Acroniz HD data migration software
  • Ultra low power usage
  • Improved OS boot capabilities
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  • Efficient sharing and storage
  • Can delete data on rewritable discs
  • Power saving drive
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Build Breakdown

Fractal Design Focus G White Window

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 we chose this case was due to the design elements. 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 is 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.

This case might not be for everyone and in response to that, we've included a link below that has similar cases that you can pick from and use in this build.

Corsair CX Series 550 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Modular Power Supply (CP-9020102-NA)

We chose the Corsair 550-watts power supply because it is made by the same amazing developer of the case above, The dimensions are 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. This PC will use more power and is especially useful if you are gaming long hours daily and it will save you money in the long run on electricity.

XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition 1386MHz OC+, 8GB GDDR5, VR Ready, Dual BIOS, 3xDP HDMI DVI, AMD Graphics Card (RX-580P8DFD6)

We are finally to the MVP of the build, the XFX Radeon 580! First off, unlike the other video cards in our cheaper gaming PC builds, this thing is a legit beast. This card is small, but that doesn't mean you should discount it. This card was only just recently released and features RX 580's archetype.


There's also very little noise, 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.

We really have nothing but praise for this graphics card.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler - YD260XBCAFBOX

The AMD 2600x has been featured in many of our more expensive builds. It 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! However, 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 a heatsink, which will save you more money in the long run.

ASRock B450M PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

This is another amazing ATX motherboard by ASRock, the B450 motherboard. They are known for their high-quality motherboards and drivers at 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 series CPU if you want to upgrade.

Where this motherboard really shines is with the BIOS. ASRock is a company that focuses on gamers and their BIOS totally reflects that. It allows you to easily modify your gaming experience.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz C16 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2A2400C16), Vengeance LPX Black, 16GB (2 x 8GB)

For RAM, we present the Corsair LPX Vengeance 16 GB pack. Unlike our $400 PC build, at this price range, 16 GBs of RAM is vital or you will not be able to draw out the power of the rest of the components. It might even be better to get 32 GBs of RAM in the future (there's no real need for this at the moment).

Hard Drive:
WD Blue 1TB HD

WD Blue 1TB PC Hard Drive - 7200 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache, 3.5' - WD10EZEX

The hard drive for this is Western Digital's 1 TB 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 they are included in this build. Actually, we recommend getting another hard drive or SSD in the future, but at the moment, this will do.

(Optional) Optical Drive

The reason we did not include an optical drive is that they are required for any modern PC build. We're not saying they can't prove useful in certain situations, such as when installing an OS. Other than that, what real use do these have? When was the last time you used an optical drive?

We're including one below that is still very cheap so if you don't feel comfortable installing the OS with a USB or are really desiring an optical drive, there's one here for you.
Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST Black(user guide is included)
  • Allows you to permanently delete the data on rewritable discs
  • Power saving drive


Recommended Peripherals

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  • 23.8" HD IPS wide screen display
  • 4ms refresh rtae
  • 25W power consumption
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  • Ideal for Windows users
  • Connections up to 867 Mbps
  • No lag for gamers
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  • Produce 3D objects easily
  • Improved gaming capabilities
  • Comprehensive systems protections
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  • New and improved start menu
  • Downloadable apps that work across platforms
  • Fast & responsive technology
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Recommended Monitor: Acer R240HY 23.8-Inch 1080p Monitor

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Acer R240HY bidx 23.8-Inch IPS HDMI DVI VGA (1920 x 1080) Widescreen Monitor,Black
  • 23. 8" Full HD IPS widescreen with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Response time: 4ms, refresh rate: 60Hz, Pixel Pitch: 0. 2745 millimeter. 178 degree wide viewing angle, display colors: 16. 7M
  • 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, we wholeheartedly recommend the Acer 23.8-inch monitor. Yes, there are better monitors out there, but for the price, this is an amazing monitor with a lot of customizable features and also deep color contrasts.

One other thing that about this monitor is the brightness. This monitor is very vibrant and sharp compared to other monitors and is also a good option if you are looking to have a multiple-monitor set up.

Recommended Wi-Fi 

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ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter
  • Provides an extensible design that enables Service prioritization for data. Network Standard : IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Design that delivers high availability, scalability, and for maximum flexibility and price/performance
  • Instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi Upgrade for your desktop PC: no more messy Ethernet cables needed

We chose the third adapter from our top 10 wireless adapters list, as it is a little more budget friendly than the first or secnd 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. An operating system is a program that basically manages all your computer's specs and other applications installed onto your computer. There are many operating systems, but the most popular are Linux (Ubuntu) and Windows. These operating systems both have their pros and cons and below, we discuss why you should get one or the other.

Linux (Ubuntu)

Despite being popular among the tech-savvy crowd, Linux is still relatively unheard of. Linux does have its pros however, and to discount it without giving it a fair shot would be a shame.

One 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 about Linux is that it's a free OS. Many people might not know that Windows costs money, but it does, so having the option to use Linux until for free is awesome.

Sadly, Linux also has major issues in that since it's more of a community project than an organization, there are many bugs that have yet to be fixed and it takes a great deal of time to get issues corrected due it not being run like a business. The biggest reason why Linux is still a little unappealing is that many games 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

Windows is something probably everyone reading this is familiar with and that's no surprise, considering they have complete and utter dominance in the marketplace when it comes to PCs. Most people are going to go with Windows without a doubt and there's nothing wrong with that.

The biggest pro 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 for it. If you buy a prebuilt, Windows is often included in the price.

What Version Of Windows Should I Get?

Windows 10 is our 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 we recommend switching over to Windows 10 as soon as possible.

Below, we have 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 USB Version
  • Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection – including antivirus, firewall, internet protections, and more
  • 3D in Windows 10 gives everyone the ability to produce 3D objects with speed and ease
Windows 10 Disc Version
  • 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 Platform:PC

Conclusion

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 gaming PC build is easily comparable to a prebuilt computer in the thousands and 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.

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