This is the #1 best gaming PC under 700 dollars for your money in 2018. All of the parts have been hand picked with the best price to performance in mind.NOTE: GPU & RAM prices are soaring sky high, and some of the components below may be overpriced because of this. Prebuilt gaming PCs are still cheap and they're a great way to save money if you're looking to get into the PC gaming community. Check out our guide on prebuilt gaming PCs! Otherwise, you're going to overspend on parts that you could get for a lower price.
|CPU||Ryzen 5 1400||$157|
|MOBO||ASRock - AB350M||$63|
|RAM||G. Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB 2400 MHz||$80|
|HDD||WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200rpm||$50|
|GPU||EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GAMING, ACX 2.0||$305|
|CASE||Bitfenix - Comrade||$51|
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Prices fluctuate daily. All budgets are within a $50 threshold
This build is named the Phoenix for a reason. If you know anything about a phoenix, then you know they’re awesome, as is this gaming PC. It’s the best gaming PC under $700.
It’s sporting a Ryzen 5 1400 which is a quad-core CPU with simultaneous multithreading.
This means it has 8 threads which is awesome for gaming and much more. If you want to record, edit pictures and videos, stream etc. this CPU can do it all.
It also has a GTX 1060 3GB, great for gaming in 1080p and beyond. You’ll see 60+ FPS with high-ultra settings in nearly all titles.
You can expect to see 100+ FPS in competitive eSports titles like CS:GO and LOL. We know every frame counts, as it can be the difference between a win and a loss.
The main purpose of this PC is gaming, and the parts were picked accordingly. I’d like to address two things.
First of all, I chose 8GB of RAM for this build. I know some newer games are recommending 12GB and even 16GB of ram. I also know that right now, RAM prices are through the roof. When push comes to shove, the GPU is far more important than RAM.
Furthermore, 8GB of RAM is still plenty for a gaming PC under $700. You won’t suffer a notable loss of performance in-game. Most importantly of all, with the money you save on RAM you’ll be able to spend on the GPU. From a gaming standpoint, it’s the best move.
Second of all, we skipped the SSD. In a perfect world, we’d be able to fit one in the budget. Ideally, you’d load your Windows OS and drivers onto the SSD, and a some of your favorite games.
Even though an SSD provides faster loading times, it doesn’t actually have any performance in-game. Sure, your loading times would be much lower, but this doesn’t mean your framerates will be higher, nor does it mean you’ll be able to turn up your graphics.
Since this PC was designed with gaming performance in mind, we skipped the SSD. If you have the extra money, you can probably pick up a 120GB SSD for $50. That’s enough for Windows and some of your favorite games. We recommend Kingston SSDs, as they’re affordable and high quality.
Don’t worry about the hard drive in the build being slow. It revolves 7200 times per minute, much faster than a 5400 RPM hard drive.
Overall, it’s a great 700 dollar gaming PC build. As of right now, it may be a bit over $700, as the price of RAM and GPUs are through the roof. Have no fear, they’ll level off soon.
Custom vs. Prebuilt Gaming PCs
Most prebuilt gaming PCs come with a powerful CPU, like an Intel i7. They have lots of RAM and a huge hard drive. Unfortunately, the manufacturers don’t tell you the truth.
Those things don’t matter. They put crappy components in a nice case and market it as a “gaming PC”.
Well, we have news for you. These overpriced and underpowered prebuilt “gaming PCs” don’t deserve the title. Video games aren’t really processed by the CPU. In fact, they’re processed by the GPU. The GPU is responsible for just about all of the 3D rendering and graphical processing. Hence the name “Graphics Processing Unit”.
As long as your CPU is fast enough to keep up with the GPU, you’re in good shape. This means you can save some money and buy a cheaper CPU. With the money you saved, spend it on a more powerful GPU. Your powerful GPU will handle all of the 3D rendering in game, resulting in great FPS.
However, this doesn’t mean you can buy the cheapest CPU on the market. If your CPU is too underpowered, it’ll hold back the GPU. This is called bottlenecking.
Anyway, back to the parts of a prebuilt gaming PC. Remember how I told you the GPU does all of the heavy lifting? Well, if you bought a prebuilt desktop with an Intel i7 and a GTX 750, you’re out of luck.
A Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $700
Though most prebuilt gaming PCs are a ripoff, there are some viable prebuilt options. In this section, we’re going to be taking a look at the best prebuilt gaming PC for $700. Note that prices fluctuate daily.
We think the Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme VR is the best prebuilt gaming PC for the money.
Let’s take a look at the specs:
- Intel Core i5-7400 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
- 8GB DDR4 RAM
- 1TB HDD
- AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
- Windows 10
For $700, you’re getting a PC with a 7th generation i5 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and an RX 580 4GB, not to mention a full version of Windows 10.
This is a great deal, considering you’re also getting the PC prebuilt and shipped to your door. It comes in an awesome case too!
You can expect to see 60+ FPS in most new titles with this PC, running at high-ultra settings.
Some spend lots of money on their case. A good case NEEDS to have these aspects:
- Good cable management
- Good airflow
- USB 3.0 Support
- Plenty of Space
- Hard Drive Bays
That being said, many desire a good looking case as well. However, it is not necessary.
The case chosen for this build, the Bitfenix - Comrade, has all of the important aspects.
- Type: ATX Mid Tower
- Color: White
- Includes Power Supply: No
- External 5.25” Bays: 3
- Internal 2.5” Bays: 3
- Internal 3.5” Bays: 3
- Motherboard Compatibility: ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
Believe it or not, this case is as good as it looks.
A gaming processor does not need to be the fastest processor on the market, as gaming relies on the GPU. However, an adequate CPU is important.
The processor must be fast enough to keep up with the GPU; moreover, it is important to use a processor that can hold its own in CPU intensive titles, as well as some workstation tasks.
The Ryzen 5 1400 is a great budget gaming CPU. It is able to hold its own in CPU intensive games such as Arma and ARK Survival, while also keeping up with high end GPUs like the GeForce GTX 1070 without bottlenecking. Specs:
- Data Width: 64-bit
- Socket Type: AM4
- Operating Frequency: 3.2 GHz
- Max Turbo Frequency: 3.4 GHz
- Cores: 4
- TDP: 65 Watts
- Multithreading: Yes (8 Threads)
In the past few years, Intel has been the choice for nearly all gamers. In recent months, AMD has come out with a new line of processors: Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5.
While Ryzen 7 is a bit overkill most gamers, the Ryzen 5 line is an outstanding choice. The price to performance from a Ryzen 5 processor is absolutely unbelievable. In fact, they often outperform many of Intel’s CPUs.
Deciding which motherboard is right for you can be a daunting task.
With many things to consider such as chipset, socket type, ram slots, PCI-E slots, fan connnectors, etc. it can be a lot to tackle all at once.
Fortunately, we’ve done all of the heavy lifting for you.
For this build, the ASRock - AB350M micro ATX AM4 motherboard was chosen. It supports 2400 MHz ram, it has onboard USB 3.0 headers, and much more.
This motherboard pretty much has everything you need in a micro ATX form factor.
- CPU Socket Type: AM4
- Chipset: AMD B350
- Memory Slots: 2 x 288-pin DIMM
- Memory Type: DDR4-2133/2400/2666/2933/3000
- Maximum Supported Memory: 32GB
- Crossfire/SLI Support: No
- Raid Support: Yes
- Sata 6 GB/s: 4
- Onboard Ethernet: 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps
- Onboard USB 3.0 Headers: Yes
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Ram is an important part of every gaming PC. Moreover, higher frequency ram has the potential to increase the performance of the CPU.
This build utilizes 2x4GB 2400 MHz G.Skill Ripjaws V Series Ram for a total of 8GB.
- Type: 288-pin DIMM
- Speed: DDR4-2400
- Size: 8GB (2 x 4GB)
- Color: Black/Red
- Heat Spreader: Yes
Though some games recommend 16GB of ram, 8GB is plenty for gaming, and the difference in performance between 8GB and 16GB is virtually zero.
Due to the motherboard’s B250 chipset, 2400 MHz ram is supported. This will help our CPU under heavy load.
The Hard Drive
The WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200 RPM HDD is today’s standard mass storage drive for good reason.
1TB of storage is plenty for your OS, drivers, video games, music, videos, etc. Furthermore, this HDD is known for its reliability and dependibility.
It is a 7200 RPM hard drive, meaning load times are signficantly quicker than a 5400 RPM hard drive.
Unfortunately we were not able to include an SSD in this build. However, you can find SSDs on eBay at a low cost.
The Graphics Card
The GPU is easily the most important part of any gaming rig. Any well optimized PC game will primarily harness the power of your GPU, followed by your CPU and your ram, respectfully.
For this $700 build, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GAMING, ACX 2.0 was chosen.
This GPU boasts 3GB of DDR5 memory, dominating in 1080p resolution. This card easily plays new titles in 1080p resolution with max settings, achieving 60fps.
At a budget like this, the GTX 1070 is preferred, but due to ethereum mining, the price of this GPU has gone through the roof.
- Interface: PCI-Express x16
- Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
- Memory Type: GDDR5
- Core Clock: 1.50 GHz
- Boost Clock: 1.70 GHz
- TDP: 120 Watts
- Length: 6.81”
- DVI-D Dual-Link: 1
- Displayport: 3
- HDMI: 1
The Power Supply
This build is power efficient, only consuming 270 watts. This low power consumption is thanks to the low TDP ratings of the parts in the build.
Not only will this save the planet, it’ll save you money on your electricity bill too.
The EVGA 430 Watt 80+ certified power supply was chosen for the build.
A fully modular power supply wasn’t in the budget, but this PSU is a great choice. No need for any additional wattage, as there is no room for a second GPU in the build anyway.
- Type: ATX12V / EPS12V
- Wattage: 430 Watts
- Fans: 1
- Modular: No
- Efficiency: 80+
- PCI-Express 6+2-Pin Connectors: 1
Intel i3 vs. Ryzen 3
Up until recently, it was obvious that AMD’s Ryzen 3 line held the title of “The King of Budget Gaming CPUs”. Before Ryzen 3 was released, your only real options were the skylake i3 CPUs, or the Pentium G4560. Both choices didn’t sport four cores; only dual cores with hyperthreading.
At the time they were great, as the four threads did a great job. Of course, once AMD launched a quad core CPU for a lower price, it was game over. AMD’s Ryzen line outperformed Intel’s closest offerings in just about every category except for single-threaded performance.
As we all expected, Intel fought back. They released their Coffe Lake CPUs, the 8th generation of the Intel i3 line. They’re priced similarly to the Ryzen 3 line, and they have four true cores as well. In fact, they show similar if not better performance in most categories.
Unfortunately, the lowest-priced motherboards available for this chip at this time are all over $100. This makes it hard to consider them a “budget gaming CPU”.
Until cheaper motherboards are released for the new line of Intel CPUs, Ryzen 3 will remain our budget CPU of choice.
How to Build a Dirt Cheap Gaming PC in 3 Easy Steps
If you’re on an extremely low budget, there are still options for you if you’re interested in building a gaming PC.
eBay is an excellent tool if you know how to use it. If you follow this step by step guide, you can own a great gaming machine without breaking the bank.
Keep reading to find out how to build a 1080p gaming PC for $250!
Step 1: Find an old desktop for sale on eBay
The first step to building a dirt cheap gaming PC is finding an old desktop on eBay.
You’re going to have to filter through lots of desktops. This may take some time.
I’d recommend using eBay filters. Often you can find a listing that is advertised as “for parts or repair”.
Many think that just because their PC won’t power on, it’s garbage. Little do they know, there are many parts inside the PC that can be salvaged. This will help you to save lots of money.
Finding an old used desktop is also a good path to take.
After 10 minutes or so of browsing eBay listings, I found this PC for sale.
The PC is listed for $150 which is a pretty good price, but we’ll get this PC for even less.
Make sure the PC doesn’t have anything wrong with it, and check out the specs of the PC.
This Dell Optiplex 990 MT PC has:
- Intel Core i7-2600 3.4 GHz CPU
- 8GB of DDR3 Ram
- 500GB Hard Drive
Furthermore, you’re getting the case, power supply, and motherboard all for the low price of $150. Now it’s time for the next step.
Step 2: Negotiate a Price
The price of this PC is already low, but we want it even lower.
Most listings allow you to make a “Best Offer”. It’s always a good idea to negotiate for a lower price.
Once a price is agreed upon, make the purchase. Now we move on to our third and final step.
Step 3: Buy a GPU
The GPU is the most important part of any gaming PC. You really don’t need the best processor to game. You don’t even need a ton of ram. The GPU does all of the hard work.
This is why we purchased an older desktop PC and salvaged the parts. The older components are still more than capable of gaming. As long as the CPU won’t bottleneck, you’re good to go.
That being said, finding the right GPU is important.
Return to eBay, and search for your GPU of choice. For this example, we’ll use the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. This GPU is powerful, cheap, and great for a low end budget.
Don’t be afraid to buy a used GPU. I’ve bought many used GPUs on eBay with no problem at all. Just read the reviews of the seller and make sure they’re trusted.
Once you find your GPU for sale on eBay, repeat the last step and await your parts to arrive!
There you have it, a cheap gaming PC!
- The Phoenix
- Custom vs. Prebuilt Gaming PCs
- A Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $700
- Build Guide
- Intel i3 vs. Ryzen 3
- How to Build a Dirt Cheap Gaming PC in 3 Easy Steps