Best Gaming PC under $700
AMD Ryzen 5 3600
XFX RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro
Corsair Vengeance LPX
Samsung 860 EVO
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB
Gigabyte B450M DS3H
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600.
This is a fairly standard looking CPU that has a sleek polished silver color with the logo in a darker gray on the front.
You are going to be getting a CPU from the best series on the market, and the Ryzen 5 3600 features six cores with 12 processing threads to give you the ultimate in performance.
With the included Wraith Stealth cooling system, you will never have to worry about overheating, even when running the most demanding games.
This AMD CPU is able to overclock to a blazing-fast 4.2GHz for speeds that will keep up with everything you throw at it. You might want to get a Cooler Master cooler though rather than the stock Wraith.
As it is PCIe 4.0 ready, you are going to get even more bandwidth for your graphics.
The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 also has an extra-large game cache memory of 35MB to ensure optimal performance for your graphics.
With the capability to deliver over 100 frames per second, you won’t find a better processor for the price.
GPU: XFX RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro.
This is a fairly mean looking graphics card that comes in all black with just a hint of red and a glossy black logo on one end.
With this powerful graphics card, you will get six gigs of GDDR6 memory that runs at a lightning-fast 16Gb per second.
This GPU has been designed with cooling as one of the top priorities. The GPU and heatsink are made entirely of copper, it has an open-air build, four copper heat pipes, and a dual-fan system with two 100 millimeter ultra-quiet fans.
With the ability to reach clock speeds of 1560MHz while gaming, this offering from XFX is going to give you the best cost to performance ratio out there for gaming.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX.
The Corsaire Vengeance series of RAM sticks look fairly standard in dark gray with yellow and white for the logo.
This is the random access memory that you want for gaming or creation, as it is specifically made to do major overclocking. They have a low-profile heat spreader to better dissipate the heat buildup, and they run super fast at 2133MHz.
With this purchase you will get two 8GB RAM sticks, for 16GB of DDR4 SDRAM in total. This will ensure multitasking is never going to be an issue on your new PC.
The Corsair Vengeance LPX is also very flexible as it is compatible with various Intel series, so upgrading or switching components will never be an issue.
Storage: Samsung 860 EVO.
This SSD from Samsung looks more functional than anything else in black with the white Samsung logo, but don’t let the look fool you.
With this ultra-fast solid-state drive, you will get 500GB of storage, which is going to be plenty for the average gamer. Games do have fairly large file sizes these days, but this will allow you to have many of them ready to go at the same time.
The speeds of this solid-state drive from Samsung will blow your old hard disk drive out of the water. It can read and write and 500 and 520MB per second respectively. This means that your computer will boot up in seconds, and loading times are going to decrease exponentially.
When you buy the Samsung 860 EVO you will also get a five-year manufacturer’s warranty. Samsung truly stands behind their products, and this should give you major confidence.
If you’re on a tight budget you can go for the 240GB SSD version of this as its more budget friendly. With the money you save, you can upgrade your gaming keyboard or get other peripherals.
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB.
This PSU from Thermaltake looks a little different than average in dark gray and black, with an LED-lit fan on the top.
The Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB is an 850 Watt power supply that is 80 Plus gold certified. It has been tested to give you efficiency up to 90 percent, which is going to give you major consistency.
With just the press of a button, you can change the LED light colors on the fan from a selection of 256 different choices.
Along with the performance and quality, there are a host of safety features as well. You are going to get over current, overpower, over-temperature, over-voltage, short circuit, and under-voltage protection.
Having a fully modular PSU is amazing and helps save on having unnecessary cables, which is a huge benefit compared to a semi modular power supply. The price tag isn’t too much more and it makes your own computer look so much cleaner inside.
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H.
This offering from Gigabyte looks like most other motherboards you will come across in various shades of gray and white.
The Gigabyte B450M offers support for both first and second-generation AMD Ryzen graphic processors, so you will always be able to switch things up if needed. It will also support a multiple display setup for those who need it.
With this motherboard, you are going to get all the connectivity you could ask for. You get six USB 3.1 and eight USB 2.0 ports for all of the connections you may need.
It is also designed with space in mind at 9.6 x 8.4-inches, so it can comfortably fit in any mico-ATX style case.
For a personal touch, it does come with a seven-color RGB light strip that will illuminate the inside of your gaming PC with the color of your choice.
Your wired internet connection is easy to setup with this MOBO and you’ll be getting high speeds. You can install Windows 10 with the B450M and the build process is relatively easy.
In the future you may want to upgrade to a normal sized ATX motherboard, but for now this will suffice. It has enough space for everything we need, although you may want to add on a WiFi adapter and optical drive.
Case: Thermaltake S100.
The Thermaltake S100 comes looking slim and seductive with various dark grays and a tempered glass side to be able to view your components in all their glory.
This is a case that is a micro-ATX size for smaller builds, and it is made entirely of metal to ensure durability and protection of your crucial components.
The tempered glass panel on the side measures 4 millimeters thick and is extremely sturdy.
You are also going to get a lot of heat reduction features with the S100. It has a magnetic fan filter on both the top and bottom for dust reduction. As well, it has a 120 millimeter rear fan built-in, as well as a ventilated power supply cover.
With the ability to hold two 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch drives, this case from Thermaltake is going to give you a lot of bang for your buck.
A Thermaltake chasis is also used in our build under $600 with the Versa H18.
Is $700 enough to build a good gaming PC?
Yes, you’ll be able to build a good starter to mid range gaming PC for this amount. You won’t be able to run games on ultra settings or even high settings, but you’ll be able to play games on medium settings. As you can pick your own PC components, you can upgrade in the future. This build has more than enough power for AAA game titles on lower settings.
Should I get a prebuilt gaming PC or build my own?
Gamers always say to build your own. PC Gaming is constantly evolving, therefore to keep your build at the top, you’ll have to keep swapping parts out. The best thing about having your own gaming PC that you built, is you know every part inside. If you want to change the video card or add in an aftermarket cooler instead of the stock cooler, you can do that. With a prebuilt gaming desktop this can be harder. The benefits to a prebuilt option is they come with an operating system ready to go, all the parts are usually tested and of course you save time building, so you can jump into whatever modern games you want right off the bat.
What parts could I swap out to?
- CPU: Intel Core I5
- nVidia Geforce GTX 1660
- Note: Changing the CPU requires a motherboard change, currently AM4 sockets help future proof your build, so recommended to stay away from Intel CPUs
How do I get the best gaming performance from my build?
Overclocking is the only way to get more gaming performance out of your gaming computer than what you pay. If you have a new gaming PC you might want to stay away from overclocking until you know what you’re doing. To overclock you need to check if your motherboard permits it, if it does you can and you’ll see performance increases in most games. Running games on max settings and overclocking all the time can tax your gaming rig and reduce the lifespan of components so beware, although you will get a better gaming experience.
What kind of games can I run with this build?
You’ll be able to run most modern gaming titles. Games such as:
- League of Legends
- Apex Legends
- CoD Warzone
- World of Warcraft
all work great on this. For competitive gaming you may want some better parts and to work on future upgrades. A mid range GPU upgrade would be smart or high end graphics cards that are on sale. Less demanding games can be run on high ultra settings without changing parts. The RAM won’t require any changes and won’t make a difference on how many games you can play.
Testing how much FPS you get will let you decide if anything needs changing. I recommend you try your favorite games, VR games and then the most demanding titles, to see how your PC shapes up. You might need more processing power, SSD storage increases or better performance from your graphics card.