Best $700 Dollar Budget Gaming PC Build, Mighty Power In 2017
With your computer you want top performance for your dollar. Keeping that in mind I have curated what I believe to be the best under $700 budget gaming PC build in 2017. I have spent a ton of time making sure to put together a list of parts that are compatible, good quality and provide an awesome bang for buck.
The main theme of this PC is gaming of course so we are basing things once again around the graphics card. A strong Intel Skylake processor heads up the pack with a solid supporting staff of additional hardware.
This will not be an overclocking build yet more focused on consistent overall performance and beastly video graphics. Later on I will include some options if you are more focused on overclocking. Although you will either be spending more on the CPU or keeping within the same price range you will need to tame some other components down, such as the GPU.
Like I said before this combination below really is the best overall option for the $700 price bracket. Please keep in mind prices for hardware tend to fluctuate from time to time in both directions. As new parts are released there may be better options for this build, so I will be updating this regularly.
Best Gaming PC Build Under $700
CPU / Processor – Intel Skylake Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Graphics Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Power Supply – EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply
Total Cost: $675-$750 Current Price: $748.36
Thinking back to my gaming PC for $500 build this one is very similar with a few differences. Getting to spend an extra $100 opens up a few things so lets get into those right now.
I still feel like jumping up to a more powerful video card, but the sacrifice would be mainly in the processing department. Let me show you what I mean.
In the budget you will have to downgrade some parts, go with slower RAM, get a cheaper case… you get my drift. Like I said before the sacrifice is just too much at this point.
With all that said this build showcases a beautiful Thermaltake Commander case, Intel’s Skylake i5-6500 3.2GHz processor, 2 sticks of 16GB DDR4-2133 RAM, 1TB HDD and a powerhouse EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB.
Speaking of the GTX 1060, it supports a max resolution of 7680 x 4320 and while it depends on what settings you prefer to play on you will have no trouble smashing through all of your current games.
The Skylake i5 will be plenty of CPU for years to come while still leaving you with an upgrade path to the i7 or even an unlocked chip for overclocking purposes down the road.
The processor we are using has a stock cooler. This is OK because there won’t be any overclocking going on with the i5-6500 so you wont need to worry about additional cooling.
Overall this is one powerful machine and you can feel good with money well spent.
Which case to use?
A computer case is kind of like a pair of shoes. There is style, there is functionality, but what is more important?
For this build I suggest using a Thermaltake Commander G42 ATX Mid Tower Case. The G42 is inexpensive, looks pretty dang awesome and has the room necessary to fit your large video card.
To me this case is perfect for this build, however, this is one of the areas where you can use whatever suits your fancy as long as there is room and compatibility for all your parts.
Why not an AMD processor?
Alright so like I said up above you could go with something like an AMD FX-8320, cut other corners and upgrade to a GTX 1070 graphics card. In this instance you will squeeze a bit more graphics power out of the system.
Another scenario would be to just swap out the i5-6500 for an AMD FX-8370 and corresponding motherboard of course. However you will not see any gaming performance benefits here other then possibly in multi-thread applications.
Either way I do not recommend it because of two reasons. The first being that the AMD chips are at the end of the line. Meaning there isn’t any upgrade path available with the motherboard chip set you will be using. The second reason is that in pretty much every instance Intel chips out perform AMD for gaming. They have greater per core power at this point in time.
These are some of the reasons behind my going with the i5-6500 in this build. Of course if you are an AMD fan then by all means go with those CPU’s. They will still do just fine but as the title of this article says I am designing the “best” for gaming. 🙂
Graphics Card Choices
My choice here is the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB video card. In a $700 build I think spending between $150 and $250 is appropriate. The GTX 1060 is the best bang for buck option in this range in my opinion.
Another option would be to use a RX 470 which will perform fairly comparable. To put it plainly the choice comes down to brand preference most of the time.
What else goes well with this PC?
Operating System – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Optical Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA OEM DRW-24B1ST
WiFi – Wireless USB Adapter
Keyboard – Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard
Mouse – Logitech G300s Gaming Mouse
Headset – Etekcity HIFI H7PX+ Gaming Headset
Speakers – Logitech Z523
In the next segment I will go over a suitable operating system for your PC but first lets go over some of the other things you may or may not need. Many of these you may already have and in that case you will be able to save some money. If you don’t then the above are some of my recommendations.
An optical drive is something that isn’t exactly needed in this day and age. You can download programs and games online and even order Windows 10 on a bootable usb drive. In most instances if there is a DVD-RW in your previous PC you can salvage it and use it in the next. This is why I don’t include it in the build. If you want one you can add it in very cheaply.
Another notable item is some sort of Wireless adapter for your internet connection. I personally prefer to be hardwired in but if WiFi is a must then you will need an adapter. They are also fairly inexpensive.
The rest of the items are your typical computer peripherals. I have listed some of my favorites above and if you poke around this website a bit you will find a lot of reviews for those things as well.
Ahh the age old dilemma for PC builders. No one wants to shell out $100 for Windows 10 OK Bill Gates?!
Here’s the thing. If you are primarily using your PC for high level gaming then you will want to go with Windows 10. First lets take a look at a couple other free options.
You don’t actually have to buy an operating system. The first free OS that comes to mind is Steam OS and while I wanted it to be good so very badly…well… it just isn’t for gaming. There have been studies done that show that it actually bogs down your machine compared to other operating systems.
The next option, which i’d like to promote harder, is Linux Ubuntu. Being one of the most popular open source operating systems I really do like Ubuntu and the idea of using it as a daily driver OS. While I have plans to do this in the future it is not newbie friendly nor does it have support for all of your AAA gaming titles at this point.
All of this brings us back to Windows. Your best bet for the modern gamer is to just bite the bullet and buy a legit user license from Microsoft. This way you are enabled to play all the PC games in the universe and have access to full support and updates.
How to Build a Gaming PC for Under $700 Dollars In 2017!
I have a page located at the top bar that will help you build a gaming PC. If this is your first build ever it will help out a lot. It is a compilation of videos that helped me learn how to get into PC building and some of my own advice as well.
Even if this isn’t your first rodeo it may be a good idea to check that out. A refresher never hut anyone and it could speed up the process a lot for you when it actually comes down to crunch time.
Why Build Your Own Gaming PC?
I will make this short and sweet. There are two main reasons I can think of why you should do this. First and foremost you should build your own PC because it is fun! It is a hobby that a lot of us have gotten a ton of enjoyment out of over the years.
That’s right it becomes a great hobby to go along with PC gaming. Getting to plan out your build, complete the project and then show it to buddies when your done is a great feeling.
The second reason you should build rather then buy a pre-built PC is because you get better ‘bang’ for your buck. You will know exactly what make and model of every single component and have access to seeing reviews from other people on those parts. The overall quality of the PC becomes much higher.
To wrap things up I hope to have helped you figure out a good build within your price range. I think you will be stoked at how well this thing will perform and it’s going to be a blast to game on for years to come.
It is hard to believe sometimes what an awesome machine you can put together nowadays but I really do believe this is the best budget gaming PC build for under $700 in 2017. Now get out there and create something great!
Are you planning on building your own PC soon? Let me know i’d love to help you out if you need anything. To see another article of mine check out this $800 build guide. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me one anytime at the bottom of this page. Likes, shares, tweets and +1’s are greatly appreciated as well.
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