700 Dollar Gaming PC Build 2017, This PC Is Next-Gen Ready

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So you’re trying to build yourself a 700 dollar gaming PC build for 2017? Well, that’s awesome for you. Because today I’d like to share how to get the most bang for your buck while staying within this specific budget.


An Awesome Build Awaits You

Being on a $700 budget to get started into the PC gaming world is a blessing and trust me you’ll never regret the day that you decided to invest this amount into a gaming PC! 🙂

This build will run extremely smooth with everything. Games will be able to run on the higher graphic settings while still keeping a very good frame rate while playing them.

If you’ve never built a computer before then I highly suggest that you watch the video I have posted below before AND during your building process once all of your parts come in the mail. This is the same video that I watched while I built my first computer and I must say it was the best tutorial out there that I could personally find. Newegg does a fantastic job making sure that they leave no detail out for this process.


How To Build A Computer

That video should definitely shed some light on the illusion of confusion when it comes to building a computer for yourself. What I mean by that is that a lot of people think that building a computer from scratch would require a bunch of computer smarts and techy know-how in order to get it done when in reality it’s actually a simple plug n’ play process! 😀

Now that you have an idea of how you’ll be building your computer, let’s go over which parts would be best with a $700 budget.


Optimal Hardware For $700


Last Updated: January 17th, 2017


caseCase – Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Galaxy-03

cpuProcessor – Intel Core i5-6500

mobo Motherboard – Gigabyte Intel H110 Micro ATX DDR4 GA-H110M-A

 Video Card – MSI GAMING Radeon RX 480 GDDR5 8GB

 RAM – Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single DDR4

600Power Supply – EVGA 80PLUS Bronze Certified 600W

 hd Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

asus CD Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW


Final Price: $733.09



Pretty amazing build if I do say so myself! 🙂

The main difference between this build and the $600 build is the Intel processor. The i5 has a significant amount of better performance with single core performance as compared to a FX-8350 making it more valuable in that regard.

If you’re looking to play games such as Dragon Age: Inquisition, Grand Theft Auto V or Dying Light on higher graphic levels then this is definitely a great build just for that. The hardware that comes with this build is outstanding and I can’t imagine that you wouldn’t be baffled by the power behind this hardware once you have experienced it for yourself.

A computer case is a part that is entirely up to the person buying the case. The one I have listed above gives you ta pretty big bang for your buck and is completely compatible with this entire build. The above case really goes in between $40-$70ish so if you’re wanting to have your total cost be a bit less then it might be a good idea to go with a compatible case that is a bit cheaper.

If you want to browse other computer cases that are available online then you can Click Here to check out more mid tower cases!

Having an Intel processor for your build is always a good decision because Intel has done a great job of providing super high quality and dependable processors for many years now.

The Intel Core i5-6500 is an awesome CPU and is sure to surprise any user with its processing speeds. This quad-core processor is totally up for today’s demands for computer games/software/programs and then some. You can’t go wrong with this CPU and you’re basically guaranteed an amazing experience for years to come.

It’s a bit of an upgrade from the last CPU which was the i5-4590. The i5-6500 is the next generation up in Intel’s CPU family and since the pricing is making more and more sense as we move forward I figured that it was high time to add it into the build.

This CPU does not overclock but I still want to recommend getting a motherboard that allows for overclocking incase you’d want to upgrade to a better CPU down the road that does offer overclocking!

Now for the video card on this build… 😀 This RX 480 8GB card does wonders for displaying textures and 3D models. As of right now, this is the greatest RX 480 for the amount that they ask for this card.

Other versions are priced at a bunch of different price ranges and for a while the pricing made no sense hence why those cards haven’t been shared for the longest time. Now that the pricing is a bit more fair, it makes sense to go for the newer hardware.

If you’re currently a console gamer and you want to experience the ultimate joys of owning a powerful PC gaming system then the RX 480 is going to show you how that vision can become your reality. Its power is something to see for yourself! 😉

The 600 watt power supply is manufactured by EVGA. There are some power supplies out there that simply cannot deliver the power that they say they have but EVGA will always deliver a high quality product especially with their power supplies.

Now also don’t forget that you’re going to need a keyboard, mouse and monitor in order to finish everything out for your build. If you’re in the market for a keyboard and mouse then you should definitely check out this awesome combo!

cm-storm-devastator-ii-reviewKeyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator II

Now for a monitor, you’re definitely going to want to go with a 1080p choice. Simply because this build is more than capable of running some of the tops games at that resolution and games look pretty great at 1080p!

71r1E7x7PlL._SL1500_Monitor – Asus VS228H

All in all, this is a perfect setup for anyone that’s on a $700 budget.


Operating System And Internet Connection

Now for the operating system of your build I have to say that it is entirely up to your when you go to pick an operating system.

Personally, I use Windows 10 because it has given me the best experience not only with PC gaming in general but also just the usage for a personal computer. If you don’t have the money right now for Windows then you can always download a free Linux based operating system called Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is an open-source computer OS that lets users customize it how they see fit. The only reason why I don’t use Linux is because most of the Steam games I have aren’t compatible with Linux but that is soon to change!

Steam is releasing their own operating system called SteamOS and it’s Linux based and supposedly supposed to be compatible with every game that is available on Steam. I’m pretty pumped to see the final product and best believe that I’ll be using Steam’s OS for my gaming PC once they finally have it finished!

There are also other ways of obtaining Windows without having to go through a purchasing process but it’s super frowned upon not only by most everyone in the world but myself included. It makes more sense to get a legitimate copy of the operating system that way you can know, going forward, that everything is going to work the way it was intended to.

Also, if you’re looking for ultimate wifi connectivity then I highly suggest getting the wireless network adapter listed below. It’s got the fastest and most reliable connection you could have with a desktop on USB! I always recommend going with a direct connection if you’re able to but if wireless is your only option, make sure you get a high quality adapter to get the job done.

wI’ve also got a link to a 64bit version of Windows 10. It’s extremely important to always grab the 64bit version otherwise you won’t be able to use the full 8GB of RAM that you’ve got within your PC build!

windows 10 64bit Windows 10 64bit – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit

81CsUmlJ+iL._SL1500_ USB Wireless Network Adapter – Panda 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter

And if you need a mouse and keyboard for your build then it doesn’t get any better than the CM Devastator combo! Seriously, it’s the best combo for a mouse and keyboard as far as value per dollar spent is concerned.


To Conclude

The next few years will be filled with exciting times for PC gaming and I can’t wait to see how it all evolves for the years to come! 😀

So what do you guys think of this $700 dollar gaming PC build? Does it seem like a system that is up to par with today’s demands for gaming? I sure think so!

Let me know in the comments below!

If you have any questions, I’m all ears! 😀


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680 Responses to 700 Dollar Gaming PC Build 2017, This PC Is Next-Gen Ready

  1. Garick Mylo Dodson says:

    Hey Colton, thanks for staying with this chat for so long haha. what do you think about this build?

    TP-Link Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter

    Intel 3.70 GHz Core i3-6100 3M Cache Processor

    XFX RADEON RX 480 8GB Custom Tuned OC Graphics Card w/ Backplate

    Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Mid Tower Gaming Case

    CORSAIR CXM series CX550M 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply

    MSI Intel Skylake B150 LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard

    Kingston Technology HyperX FURY Black 8 GB 2133 MHz CL14 DIMM DDR4 Internal Memory

    WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive

    Comes out to 657.40 USD

    • Garick Mylo Dodson says:

      if anything could be better for the price or is conflicting please let me know. I am not sure that graphics card works with the motherboard mainly.

      • Colton P says:

        I mean I could point out that a 4GB version of the RX 480 is going to be more than enough if you’re only gaming at 1080p – the 8GB version would be better for higher resolution and/or VR gaming. I’d recommend this one from Asus if you’d rather save a bit and go with the 4GB version.

        Both cards would fit and work just fine with the board!

    • Colton P says:

      Everything looks great to me Garick, you’ve got plenty of upgrade room for down the road and it’s all going to be ready for today’s standard of gaming for sure! I think you’re good to go 🙂

  2. Garick Mylo Dodson says:

    Your setup without a dvd drive and with a wifi card is 696.14 USD so whichever one you believe has more power for value I am likely going to purchase and assemble! 😀
    Thanks again

    • Colton P says:

      If you know that you won’t need the CD drive for driver software, meaning you’ll be able to get the right ones online and installed, then you don’t need it!

  3. Matthew says:

    Would this be a good case for this build?

  4. Matthew says:

    What difference would upgrading the mobo have?

    • Colton P says:


      You could go with a better board such as this one by Asus if you wanted a bigger board and a board that would be able to overclock a better processor upgrade down the road. Otherwise there really wouldn’t be a specific benefit other than having a bigger board to work with that has more slots for more extras which are essential for the build anyway.

  5. Joseph says:

    Would any of these Thermaltake full tower and two mid tower cases work with this build or perhaps any other of your sub $1k builds?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Joseph,

      All of those cases would work with both this build and the $1,000 build but there are some points I’d like to make about them.

      The first case, the N21, might have some drive bays blocked off from the graphics card on both builds. Still useable, just might not be able to access other drive bays if you wanted to add more down the road.

      The RGB case would fit everything except the CD drive since it doesn’t have a drive to hold a CD drive. This is fine if you know what you’re doing when it comes to installing an operating system via USB and that you also know what you’re doing when it comes to finding and installing all of the right drivers online. You could also opt for an external USB CD drive if you wanted to streamline the process.

      The last case, the full tower, would work for both builds though I only recommend going with a full tower if you know you actually need it for extra hard drives and what not. Full towers are huge and they cost a lot of money, that money might be better spent elsewhere if you are wanting to simply put a gaming build together.

  6. Nick says:

    I was looking at graphics cards and I was wondering if the MSI GAMING Radeon RX 480 GDDR5 8GB CrossFire would fit in this build

  7. Reno Messler says:

    I am having issues finding the ram you suggested, but I found this one: http://amzn.to/2hnyGMf

    Would this be comparable to what you suggested?

  8. Matthew says:

    Would the gtx 1080 ddr5 work with a ddr4 mobo?

  9. Matthew says:

    What ssd would you recommend on the lower priced side, like less than 60?

  10. Willy says:

    I found a deal including the graphics card in the build and the intel i5-6600K processor. Would that processor work in this build?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Willy,

      Yes it would but you’ll also need to add in an aftermarket CPU cooler if the deal doesn’t include one. The 6600k doesn’t come with a stock cooler.

  11. Manny says:

    Hello colton I went with a similar build but went with an enermax ostrog case and an msi rx 480 gaming x 4gb instead of 8gb since I play on 1080p but my case only came with one fan will that be goof enough or should I buy more case fans?

    • Colton P says:

      Hello Manny,

      Is this case the case that you went with?

      No need to worry about adding extra fans, there will be plenty of airflow with it! Let us know how that case is after you get everything put together!

      • Manny says:

        Sorry about that colton I should have linked the case it’s this one http://amzn.to/2hRBe2a it came with one fan in the back.

        • Colton P says:

          Usually cases have fans that are placed in the front for the HDDs/SSDs but I don’t think it’ll be much of an issue as long as the room that you are keeping the build in isn’t an extremely warm room. You won’t be doing any overclocking anyway so overheating shouldn’t be an issue!

  12. Tony says:

    Hi Colton, this is my first build and I already bought my case and ram from your list, but you updated it with new ram and I was wondering if the corsair vengeance would work for the rest of the parts. Also a lot of the reviews on the motherboard said the product came DOA, are there any other motherboard recommendations for these parts? Thanks.

    • Colton P says:

      Hi there Tony,

      Yes that RAM will still work, it’s basically the same performance wise. At the time, that RAM was out of stock hence the update.

      For another motherboard I’d recommend going with this one from Gigabyte since it has all of the features you’d need going forward!

  13. Jim says:

    Hi, Colton! Been reading your build articles for a few days now. My budget hovers around $700 and your recommended build seems legit, although Win10 will add another $100. Wanted to ask you how it would compare to this:

    Since it comes with Win10 and it’s pre-built, is it worthy in your opinion? Thanks in advance : )

  14. Matthew says:

    Just built, my pc runs for a few seconds then turns off, then turns on automatically again then turns off, does a few times, monitor keeps saying no connection. Any ideas?

  15. Peter says:

    Hey Colton!
    First Time PC builder here. Well im just wondering which grpahics card is better this one MSI GAMING Radeon RX 480 GDDR5 8GB or PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ? And do you think the gtx 1060 work on the motherboard?
    Thanks in Advance

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Peter!

      Those cards are actually extremely similar in terms of performance. Both would work just fine. I’d go with whichever is better priced at the moment of purchasing and which brand you’d rather support.

      Going forward, both cards have the tech needed for what’s coming in the industry.

      • Peter says:

        Hey Colton!

        Thanks a lot man. Im still confuse about how to set the bios even though i watch the video. I really dont know what to set up on it. Im using LINKYS AE600 Wireless-ac mini usb adapter.(2.4 or 5ghz dual band) do u think its a good usb for wifi? ( i dont have ethernet cable)

        • Colton P says:

          It’ll be easier if you’re in the BIOS while also watching the video – is that what you’re doing? You’ve got your build all set up?

          Also do you have a link to that adapter? I can’t seem to find a good link to it myself.

  16. Utkarsh says:

    Thank you for sharing this amazing build.

    Can you suggest some SSD drive for it too? I want to use SSD for booting, and another 500GB or so for everything else.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Utkarsh,

      No problem I’m glad that you dig the build!

      As far as a SSD I’d suggest this one from Crucial since you’d have just over 500GB extra after installing the OS for whatever else you’d need. SSDs help a lot with boot times and overall load times for everything else!

      Let me know if I can help any more as you’re getting your build together!

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