Building a good, mid-range gaming PC doesn’t have to be difficult. In this guide, we’re going to show you the absolute best parts to use when building a $700 gaming PC.
This $700 PC build will get you smooth, 60fps 1080p performance without a problem in all but the most demanding games.
This custom build is equipped with an AMD R5 2600 CPU, an 8GB RX 5500 XT graphics card, and 16GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM. This hardware lineup will deliver awesome 1080p gaming performance in basically every game out there. The only way to get a better build, would be to spend more money!
With that out of the way, let’s check out the build!
$700 Prebuilt Gaming PC Option
Skytech Blaze II
This prebuilt gaming PC from Skytech, the Blaze II, is a great option and similarly specced to the custom DIY build this post is all about. It’s giving you almost as much power and comes completely assembled with Windows 10 already installed. All you have to do is plug it in and turn it on!
The Best $700 Gaming PC Build
Updated: January 23rd, 2021
Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L
A great entry-level mATX sized case. Features a large tempered glass side panel, multiple USB connections, and comes with 1x 120mm fan.
Asus Prime B450M-A/CSM
A good entry-level AM4 socket, B450 chipset, mATX motherboard (supports AMD Ryzen). Features 4x SATA data, 6x USB ports, basic onboard audio, and 4x DIMM slots for DDR4 RAM.
AMD R5 2600
Although the 6-core/12-thread R5 2600 isn’t AMD’s newest CPU, it’s undeniably an excellent choice at this level.
Comes with a CPU cooler
XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro
The 8GB GDDR6 RX 5500 XT is the best performer and best priced option in this class.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3000MHz
2x 8GB sticks of C15 DDR4 RAM clocked at 3000MHz.
EVGA 600 BR 80+ Bronze
A great choice for an entry-level, 80+ Bronze-rated, 600W non-modular power supply.
Crucial MX500 SSD (500GB)
A great 500GB SSD with blazing fast read and write times. This build can support up to a total of 4 storage drives.
You might be thinking that it'll take a lot of tools to build a PC... But that's not the case.
To build a PC, you generally only need 1 tool, a #2 Phillips screwdriver. However, there are a couple of other items that might help make the build go a little smoother.
- #2 Phillips Screwdriver
- Anti-static wristband
- Small flashlight
How To Build Your PC – Simplified Steps
- Install your power supply into your case
- Seat your CPU in your motherboard – make sure to close the retention bracket
- Mount your RAM – make sure they click!
- Mount your CPU cooler – Don’t forget thermal paste
- Install your motherboard’s rear I/O plate into your case’s rear I/O slot – it snaps in from the inside
- Mount the motherboard in the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
- Mount your graphics card onto your motherboard’s top PCIe x16 slot
- Mount and connect all storage drives
- Plug all power and data cables in where they’re required (storage, case, motherboard, graphics card, etc)
- Ensure that your power supply is turned on and press your “Power on” button
- Install your Operation System
- Install and update ALL drivers
It's often easier to watch someone else do it first. LinusTechTips has always made some of the best content on Youtube and also has one of the most comprehensive PC build walkthroughs that exist.
Complete Build Breakdown
This $700 gaming PC build is essentially guaranteed to plow through 1080p gaming without a problem. You’ll be able to play your favorite games on AT LEAST medium settings, if not high to ultra depending on the game.
In graphically demanding AAA titles, you can expect this build to put out a consistent 60fps on medium to high settings. In less demanding games, don’t be surprised if ultra settings give you 60+ fps on average.
Case: The Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L is an awesome entry-level mATX case that gives you all of the necessary features that you’ll need for this build. That includes a spacious layout which lends to clean cable management and plenty of options for cooling.
The MasterBox Q300L comes with 1x 120mm fan by default which is just good enough for a basic cooling setup, but more fans can be added as needed. In fact, I would suggest adding at least one more 120mm fan like this one.
CPU & Cooler: The R5 2600 might not be the newest CPU from AMD’s Ryzen lineup, but it’s still an undeniable solid choice for this level of build. Coming in at around $150, you simply cannot beat the price to performance ratio when comparing vs any other CPU. As an example, the much weaker R5 3400G is about the same price as an R5 2600.
Packing 6 cores and 12 threads, this 3.9GHz beast was amazing when it released and it’s still amazing today. You will not be disappointed by this CPU.
MOBO: The Asus Prime B450M-A/CSM is a great mATX motherboard with all of the options required for this build, and then some.
It’s equipped with 4x SATA ports for storage, 4x DIMM slots for DDR4 RAM, and a total of 8 USB ports including Type-C. It also comes with a handful of onboard fan headers which makes upgrading your cooling profile that much easier.
GPU: When it comes to great entry-level graphics cards, the 8GB RX 5500 XT is a great choice hands down. It can readily handle 1080p gaming without an issue and will have no problems in all of your favorite games.
The XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro used in this build is one of the best options you could pick in terms of cooling, overall performance, and in my opinion looks.
RAM: Ideally, you want to be running 16GB of RAM in 2020. With that in mind, this build is running 2x 8GB sticks of 3000MHz, C15 DDR4 RAM from Corsair’s Vengeance LPX lineup. As this kit is in a 2x8GB configuration, that leaves you with 2 more slots for additional RAM, just in case you think you might need more than 16GB.
PSU: Power supplies are undeniably one of the most important parts of a PC. Without a strong power supply running quality components, you run the risk of damaging your parts. At the very least, you want a power supply that is rated 80+ Bronze.
The PSU used in this build is a 600W 80+ Bronze rated unit from EVGA’s BR 80+ Bronze lineup. This supply is non-modular which means all cables are permanently attached and there is no room for expansion beyond using connection splitters.
Storage: This build is running a basic storage setup comprised of a single 500GB SSD. This isn’t a huge amount of storage, but it’s enough to get going and install a handful of games without a problem.
Adding more storage drives is simple and only requires that you supply them with SATA power and SATA data connections.
Keyboards, Mice, and Audio
Picking out a keyboard, mouse, headphones/speakers, and everything else you might need for a complete PC setup can be difficult. Not only that, but it can be completely overwhelming since there are just so many options available.
With that in mind, here are some suggestions which I feel are suited for this level of build. All of them have been hand-picked to compliment the build on this page.
A good full sized mechanical keyboard with RGB backlighting and a very attractive price point.
Logitech G502 HERO
One of the absolute best gaming mice you could buy. The G502 is a tried and true platform that’s only been improved to where it’s at now with the HERO.
HyperX Cloud 2
The HyperX Cloud 2 headset is undeniably one of the best you could own. They use audiophile-grade headphones with a high-quality detachable microphone.
This 400W set of satellites with a sub is what you buy when you want to annoy your neighbors, parents, or whoever else. You won’t be disappointed.
Operating System Options
When it comes to picking out the perfect operating system, you basically have 2 core choices: Windows, or Linux. Beyond that, there are multiple versions of both Linux and Windows which can make your decision more difficult than it needs to be. With that in mind, I’ll limit the choices to the best options.
When it comes to compatibility, Windows is always the easiest to setup and start gaming with. But, on the other hand, Linux is great for the more advanced users – the other upside is it’s completely free. However, Linux has the downside of not being compatible with some programs/games without some form of emulation – typically a VM, or Virtual Machine.