700 Dollar Gaming PC Build 2019, This PC Is Next-Gen Ready

So you’re trying to build yourself a 700 dollar gaming PC build for 2019? 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.


700 Dollar Gaming PC Build


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: July 22nd, 2019

* = Optional. Read below for more details.

Final price includes optional part.


 CaseCorsair Carbide 100R

 ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 2700

 MotherboardASRock B450M PRO4

 Video CardSapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 590 8GB

Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single  RAM – Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single DDR4 2400

EVGA 600W BR PSU Power SupplyEVGA 600W BR PSU

WD Blue 1TB HDD Hard Drive – Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD

asus * CD Drive (Optional) – Asus 24x DVD-RW


Final Price: $689.13


Build Details

Pretty amazing build if I do say so myself! 🙂

The main difference between this build and the $600 build is the processor. The Ryzen 5 1500x has a bit more power per dollar spent in comparison to the 1200. After a slight overclock, you’d be outperforming the i5-7500 which is what used to be shared when doing a build at this budget.

If you’re looking to play games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Grand Theft Auto V or Overwatch 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 a 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!

A Ryzen 5 2700 is the ideal CPU if you’re spending ~$700 on your build.

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

With the new Ryzen CPUs on the market you not only get good gaming performance but they’re also a good line of processors when thinking in terms of rendering projects as well.

The Ryzen 5 2700 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 i5-7500. The 2700 is the next generation up in AMD’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 is able to be overclocked and although that isn’t an essential thing to do, I’d highly recommend doing so. That’s what gives it an edge over the i5-7500 – you’re able to overclock it to a point where it’ll perform better in gaming while also already being significantly better at rendering processes such as video editing.

Sapphire Nitro 590

We’re finally able to use an 8GB version of the RX 590. If you’re looking for high FPS on higher graphics settings at 1080p then a RX 590 is the perfect card to do exactly that. You’ll also be able to handle a decent amount of VR experiences!

Now for the video card on this build… This 8GB RX 590 card does wonders for gaming at 1080p resolution. As of right now, the current price point of a 8GB RX 590 makes perfect sense for a build that you’re aiming to spend around $700 on.

Other versions of this same type of card vary at different price ranges. This one from MSI is the one that makes the most sense with the current update to the build because the price point is at a nice spot and MSI makes awesome video cards.

It wasn’t too long ago when pretty much all video cards were overpriced so it’s nice to see that things are looking up in terms of fair prices for video cards.

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 590 combined with these other specs will really show you what it’s like.

I wouldn’t expect to run the highest demanding titles at maximum settings with 60 FPS but you’re definitely going to have a much better experience than you would on consoles.

Before the recent build updates I had the GTX 1060 listed above instead of the 590 which is lucky for us because the 590 is the better card, though only by a small bit. AMD used to have a problem with keeping them in stock for the longest time. Hopefully future updates will continue to be able to use the RX series video cards, they’re awesome!

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.

* When it comes to the CD drive you have to plan how you’re going to be getting your operating system and drivers installed. If you know what you’re doing when it comes to using a USB drive for your OS and getting the correct drivers online then it’s not necessary to add in a CD drive.

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!

Keyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator 3

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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940 Responses to 700 Dollar Gaming PC Build 2019, 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!

      • Hey Colton!

        I apologize for such a late response. Got held up with work. -_-

        As for the drive, can I use something like 120GB SSD for booting, and another 2TB HDD for storage? How many SSD’s and HDD’s does the motherboard allow at once?

        I would be using this laptop mostly for heavy programming, running a lot of resource-intensive application at once, like a few virtual machines etc, and of course for playing games. 🙂 Do you think that this build will serve my needs well?

        • Colton P says:

          Yes, you’d be able to do that. I would recommend something like these SSDs from SanDisk since they’re available for a good price right now and they perform well!

          You’ll be able to have 3 drives with the motherboard as is. What do you mean using this “laptop”? Both PCs are desktop computers.

          If you’d rather have a 4GB 480 rather than an 8GB 480 then I guess I can see the value in that other build. Personally, it’s not much more power at all to sacrifice using the 6500 so that you can have 4 more GB of video memory on the video card. In terms of gaming and graphical resources, that’d be the better move!

  17. Michael says:

    Will these parts be compatible with this case

    Cooler Master D29.
    MSI Z170A PC MATE LGA1151 Z170A.
    Msi radeon Rx 480 8gb.
    Evga 600w.
    Ballistic sport Lt 8gb single.
    And also will the cm d92 be good for oc’ing. If not what cooler do you recommend under $50.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Michael,

      Based on the dimensions of the case, it’ll fit the D92 cooler. Everything will be compatible and you’ll be good to go!

      Let me know if I can help more!

  18. Michael says:

    Ok thx.

  19. Michael says:

    Btw will the cooler master D92 be able to cool my CPU with out overheating while overclocked

    • Colton P says:

      Since you didn’t reply to our last comments I can’t remember if you’re using a CPU that’s able to be overclocked or not..? Sorry, there are a ton of comments that I go through.

      With that, if you’re using the above CPU then there is no need for using an aftermarket CPU cooler. If you’re using a different CPU that you’ll overclock then you’ll want a cooler like that but I’d suggest getting a wider case. I’m not sure if the D92 would fit the above case.

      Let me know if you need help finding one that would work!


    This build doesn’t include a heats ink and I burnt out the processor -_- why leave an incomplete build and a video lacking the parts you specified.

    • Colton P says:


      Which processor did you get? If you got the i5-6500 like listed above then it came with a stock Intel CPU cooler that you should have used. They talk about it in the above video.

      Every build has a similar process. If you didn’t use the stock heat sink that comes with the Intel i5-6500 then that’s on you. The above video talks about the stock cooler. Did you go through it step by step or did you try to rush things..?


        My i5 6600k didn’t come with a heat sink lol

        • Colton P says:

          Then there’s your problem. I have had the i5-6500 linked above for a long while, you must have gone through an Amazon listing or maybe was looking at the other builds?

          If you’ll see the other builds I have listed here with the i5-6600k you’ll see that I include an aftermarket cooler since I know the 6600k doesn’t come with one.

          • teddy neubauer says:

            ordered a stock intel fan. much cleaner install assembled works great. 40 dollar fan too bulky not needed, and definitely didnt come with the right mount, tryed them all both ways .unsure about blinking red led.

          • Colton P says:

            I suppose I won’t be recommending that cooler anymore. Be sure to upgrade to one in the future if you decide to overclock. That cooler states that it’s going to work for those types of motherboard but apparently not.

            You never mentioned a blinking red led?


        I actually don’t know how I have this one. Imy pretty sure I ordered it right from your suggested list.


        I didn’t even know I got a different one:( last night I was downloading league of Legends and over clocked briefly and that’s when it turned off. I had my socks off and on hard wood during the build but I probably still shocked everything. Is anything else besides the cpu dmged? My friend suggested that it didn’t need a heats sink

        • Colton P says:

          Goes to show that your friend doesn’t really know what’s going on with a build… 🙁

          I doubt you short circuited anything.

          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

            He said he worked on computers for his momsecond company but I learned later it was for cash register computers

          • Colton P says:

            Gotcha. Yeah desktop PCs are just a bit different lol

          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

            Should I get the cpu and cooler and install? Or is the motherboard and ram and gc fried? They weren’t nearly as hot. Computer still runs. It looks like I’d be able to replace the cpu apply tpaste and screw down a fan. What fan comes with the i5 6500?

          • Colton P says:

            A stock Intel CPU cooler comes with the i5-6500.

            I think it’d be worth a shot to install an aftermarket cooler on the 6600k since you said the computer still runs. Keep it turned off for now, you shouldn’t be trying to run the computer without a heat sink on the CPU.

            Look at the cooler on the $1,000 build – that’d be a good pick to go with!

          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

            Okay, ignore those comments. Found your stream. What does over heating the cpu do? Like 100c is its highest before shutting down as a safety feature for the cpu? I ordered the fan you have suggested.

          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

            I don’t understand, I looked briefly on Google and most people say after 15 seconds the cpu will start smokeing… I put w10, chrom and gdocs, Norton, and started to download league before the computer showed signs of having a problem. Also it over heated 3 times I bet. The first when I left league updating (taking far too long) and thought the computer auto shut down after so many hours…the second when I trI’d loading league and third when I freaked and looked at everything and turned it on again and looked at the cpu lvls rise and shut it down manually, turned it on today to see if it worked and then off.

          • Colton P says:

            If it turned back on and you could get to your main desktop then odds are that you might still be able to use it. You’ve ordered the cooler, now just wait and install it before you go to turn it back on again!

            Make sure you watch a tutorial video on that exact cooler for installation as well, take your time don’t rush anything and make sure it’s installed correctly. Come back here afterwards and let me know!

          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

            Why did you recommend a cooler that doesn’t mountil to the motherboard

          • Colton P says:

            It fits just fine, you’re not installing it correctly then if it’s still not mounting!

          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

            Am I not suppose to mount it? Just paste it?


    Did I actually ruin everything?

    • Colton P says:

      PCs are made to know when something is overheating. Your PC turned off because it knew that there was a heat problem, there’s a chance that the CPU can still be used. Did you see any smoke or is there any clear signs of damage on the CPU?


        No still starts. Cpu was at 90+ before shutimg down. Burned my knuckle on it, everything else was cool, ram was a little too warm. Would you advise that I replace the cpu with a i5 6500?

        • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

          I also should be getting 8gb of ram for free soon

        • Colton P says:

          I suppose you could replace it if you wanted to but like I said in my last comment might be worth it to try using an aftermarket cooler on the 6600k – that’d be a lot cheaper if the CPU still works which is probably still does.

          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

            What coolers should I look at? How badly do you think the processor is damaged?

          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

            How would I know Ifor it still works and how badly it’s damaged ? I wouldn’t want to buy a aftermarket cooler realize the cpu is damaged more than just a little extra resistance or minor than have to buy the other cooler, is there a universal cooler I can buy? What is a liquid cooler?

          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:


          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

            Hello? Ga-h110m-a isnt compatible with Geminll m4? This is really shifty. Please help

          • Colton P says:

            They’re compatible with each other Theodore, did you get it figured out? Have you looked up videos for that cooler specifically?

          • THEODORE NEUBAUER says:

            No it doesn’t fit, theregardless are no videos for this mother board and fan. I have the part and the mother board I have tried every bracket every way. I ordered (9 $ thanks for that recommendation) there are only two fan ports lol and three fans odds are you know as much as my friend Colton p.

          • Colton P says:

            Odds are that you’re not doing something right because from looking at the motherboard and the cooler, what it needs to be compatible, you should be fine. Using the above case as well?

            I’ve helped people build hundreds and hundreds of PCs now on this site and I’ve helped over 10 friends/family put together PCs, odds are I know what I’m doing compared to your friend that didn’t think you needed to keep a desktop computers processor cool with a fan. It was your mistake buying the 6600k instead in the first place. As far as the fans, I haven’t heard from anyone else about that problem but you’d need a fan hub if you wanted all of the fans to work.


    Hello? Ido like to get this junk off my mother’s table. What am I suppose to do with this fan that can’t mount to the mother board

  23. jo says:

    Im a bit sketchy on the msi gpu posted here due to a lot of complaints i see with drivers and was wondering if for $40+ more if going with the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 6G would be better or not? Getting ready to build my first P.C and am trying to figure out as much as i can. Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Jo,

      You’re referring to this exact card – right?

      If so then yes you’d be able to use it and as far as overall performance, both cards are very similar. Though in terms of driver support nVidia has a great track record compared to AMD so if driver support is more so what you’re after then you’ll probably want to go with that card instead!

  24. Uber says:

    Any solid state hard drive compatible with this build

  25. jo says:

    Yes that’s the card! That card and this build can push Crysis 2,3 high/max 1080p 50-60 fps? *fingers crossed*

    And thanks for the response 🙂

  26. jo says:

    I was looking at your higher builds and noticed i5 7600 vs this i5 7500, is the only difference over clocking or is one better in raw as well?

    Also seeing as i may have a few $ more to play with
    I was looking at some current game specs on steam and noticed a lot of AAA titles some from even a year or two ago recommend i7. If there was one of the three major parts that you could bump up a level would it be, 1060 to 1070 or i5 7500 to an 17 7700 or add another 8 gb of ram? i can probably pay to do one but not all three, which would serve me better in terms of game frames, graphic ect. Assuming Arkain upcoming Prey is optimized right and other Cryengine stuff like crysis 2,3 OR am i fine without having to go that far?

    Dude ty so much, sorry for the wall of noob text!

    • Colton P says:

      The difference in power between the 7600 and the 7500 is pretty slim, a few extra frames at most hence why I share a cheaper CPU. The 7600k is the version that’d be able to be overclocked and you’d have to add in an aftermarket cooler as well for that purpose.

      Some games will try and recommend the i7 but I really feel like that it a play to try and get the i7 sold more. Today’s i5’s are more than enough to handle today’s and the future games to come. The upgrade you should go for if you have that extra bit is the video card to the 1070. It’d be a bit overkill when thinking of 1080p gaming but that’s the first upgrade that should come to mind, makes the most sense! You’ll run basically everything flawlessly at 1080p with that card and then it’ll prepare you for the far future as well!

  27. Jesse Clara says:

    Hi, I’m new to the whole building a gaming pc thing and I’m looking to build my first one. I was wondering which builds could run world of warcraft at ultra settings and 60fps?

  28. Henrique Rio says:

    If i change the gpu to a gigabyte gtx 1060 will i have to do any other alterations??

  29. Ian Herbert says:

    hey this is my first build and i wanna know do you think itl work well with gaming and streaming i wanna stream league of legends arma and pretty much any other game that comes out that people are gunna wanna see i just wanna make sure i wont have to spend alot more for streaming and playing with good quality

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Ian,

      This build would do pretty well with streaming gameplay! Keep in mind that streaming mainly depends on how solid your internet connection is. If you have a good ISP and you’re connected directly via an ethernet cable then you should be able to stream at a high quality with this build!

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build, I’m all ears!

  30. Potato man says:

    Hey Colton I was wondering does the core i5 need a cooler or it comes with one ?

  31. redaura says:

    Hey Colton. I did this build except I used a different monitor. The monitor I used was this
    When I plug in the vga cable it doesn’t fit in the graphics card slots. I am a first time builder and I don’t know if they aren’t compatible or if I did something Wrong.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Redaura,

      Have you tried using a HDMI cable instead? That should work and you’ll get a better overall quality using HDMI anyway! Let me know!

  32. Ian Herbert says:

    one more thing im wondering i wanna do upgrades what order should i go in in upgrades for this build? and are there any extras needed for building like those mounting brackets for the motherboard?

    • Colton P says:

      I always go for a graphics card upgrade first when I deem it necessary because almost all games depend more on the graphics card then anything else for performance. Then the processor, RAM etc!

      Nope, everything you’ll need is going to come with all of the different parts. Just need a screwdriver really!

  33. Darren says:

    Which is better a 1060 or 480

    • Colton P says:

      They are extremely close in comparison Darren, though the 1060 is better at some specific games than the 480 and the same for the 480, it performs better with some specific games.

      I’d suggest researching the games tat you know you’d want to get into and seeing what the performance is like for each card then making a decision from there. Let me know what you find!

  34. Christopher says:

    Would you recommend waiting and saving a little more to get this build or will there be a major difference between this one and the $600 build ?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Christopher,

      It really depends on what you’d be doing, an i5 would be a better CPU if you planned on doing a little more than gaming and when it comes to gaming it would have a bit better performance as well. If you don’t mind saving up the extra bit to get it then it’d be worth getting to further future-proof your build.

  35. Marco says:

    Hey, so I’m planning on doing this build for both gaming and photoshop (im a photographer). And it suggests a bit more ram for editing large photos. So I am thinking of swapping the 8gb for this


    However this brings the price up to almost $800 was there a change in price somewhere else… because my total is now $793.20 thanks

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Marco,

      Well adding in double the amount of RAM is going to also double the price of the RAM.

      If you use all of the exact parts listed above and use Prime shipping on everything then your total should be just a bit over $750, maybe you added in something else as well?

      I use Photoshop myself and honestly, 8GB of RAM is enough to get the job done. Though have 16GB of RAM would increase overall performance if you’re wanting that extra bit.

  36. Parker K says:

    hey! I have this really bad laptop and I’m looking into building my very first PC! I was wondering if this processor would also work? http://amzn.to/2nF5GCO and if it would make much difference. Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Parker,

      Sure, it’d be compatible but I’d only recommend getting it if you plan on doing other tasks other than gaming, such as tasks that involve a lot of rendering. Otherwise you’re really not going to see much of any gain of performance using that CPU over the above one. Games depend a lot more on the performance of the graphics card rather than the processor.

      With that said, if you’re looking for even more gaming performance than what is already here then I’d recommend looking into picking up a GTX 1070 instead of upgrading the CPU since you’d get a lot more gaming performance out of that than the i7!

  37. Christopher says:

    Would you be able to run a Ethernet cable from this case/computer ? ( I am not very knowledgeable on this ) and if so is there a certain size or type I would need to get ?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Christopher,

      There is an ethernet port on the motherboard that will be accessed through the back part of the case, you can use any ethernet cable such as this one to connect to it! You’ll also need to make sure that you install the ethernet drivers that come on the CD with the motherboard.

  38. Aaron Brooks says:

    Hey Colton, i love this build and i’m thinking about doing it in the next few weeks. I’m more so focusing on using my upcoming pc for school and trading stocks (which requires fast response time, so I’m thinking i may need an SSD?). Would you recommend this build, whilst knowing I may get back into gaming sometime soon, but also using it for school/stocks?

    Aaron B

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Aaron,

      It’s ideal for gaming but it’s also going to be able to do whatever else type of work that you’re wanting to do. As far as a SSD, it’ll speed up your OS and overall performance. I’d recommend any of these from SanDisk as they’re high quality and at a good price point right now!

  39. Matthew says:

    Would this build be able to run games like rainbow six siege and gta?

  40. Christopher says:

    Hey Colton if I have a seagate Barracuda 7200.12 storage with 500gb 3sticks of 2gb ram couldn’t figure out what model and a Sony optiarc AD-7250H CD drive would I be able to use these instead of buying new ones and I so would they work just as a good as a new one ?

    • Colton P says:


      I doubt you’ll be able to use the RAM since it’s more then likely not up to date to the type of RAM you’d need with the above motherboard. As far as the HDD and the CD drive, I’m pretty sure you’d be able to use both. The CD drive is a traditional drive, comparable to the one listed above?

      Let me know!

  41. Alan says:

    Hi Colton,

    Quick question for you, I am thinking about keeping everything the same with the exception of the graphics card, what’s your opinion on the MSI GAMING GTX 960 2GB in place of the one listed.

    Appreciate all your work on this thread!

    • Colton P says:

      Hi Alan,

      I would high recommend not getting the card that you mentioned. It is outdated now and you’d regret picking it up when the performance available for other cards at lower prices exist.

      I would instead recommend picking up a 4GB RX 480 if you’re looking for something that is at a lower price point yet still has the power needed for what is to come in the future.

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build, I’m all ears! Thank you!

  42. David Mahoney says:

    I have a Seagate 1000 gig hard drive, from an old hp, will that work for the 700 dollar build?

  43. Christopher says:

    Hey Colton
    Thanks for the help and yes I’m pretty sure it is the traditional one.

  44. Christopher says:

    Hey Colton
    Sorry for so many questions but I was thinking ab getting a different monster especially one that was 144hz ik it will be a little more expensive but do you think this one would be work with the build? AOC G2460PF 24inch 144hz 1ms

    • Colton P says:

      No need to apologize Christopher, this is what I’m here for! 😀

      You’re referring to this exact monitor then, right? If so then yes, it’d be an awesome monitor to go with. Since you’d be using a RX 580 you’d be able to utilize the FreeSync technology as well.

  45. Alan says:

    I am wondering is this will be all compatible.

    Case: http://amzn.to/2q0dPEa




    CPU Fan:

    Hard drive x2:

    Ssd: x1

    Mobo: http://amzn.to/2pJxmaK

    DVD drive: the one you have listed above

    Here’s the question I will be overclocking the CPU and gpu and am wondering what power supply I gonna need. Surely a 600w PSU will not power this build I think.
    And will any of these specs bottleneck performance?.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Alan,

      All of those parts together would be compatible with one another! As far as the power supply, I would suggest going with the power supply listed at the $1,000 build to be on the safe side for overclocking both.

      Nothing will bottleneck, that’s going to be a powerhouse build for sure.

  46. Peter Pax says:

    Are these good parts for World of Warcraft

    Intel Core i3 7100
    Hyper X 16gb 1600mh ddr3
    Barracuda 2TB Hard Drive
    EVGA 500W power supply
    MSI 970 Mother Board
    MSI GTX 1050 ti

  47. Andy says:

    I’m new to gaming pcs, I never built or even seen one up in person, but I’m interested in getting one. Right now, I have roughly $950, enough to buy this build (monitor, keyboard/mouse and operating system makes it roughly $950. The problem is, I don’t know if I should get this build now, save up for a more expensive build or wait till the holidays for a build (I don’t know which build I’m gonna get if I’m gonna wait for the holidays. I’m kinda an inpatient sort of person when it comes to getting stuff like games and tech, so thank you for your help.

    • Colton P says:

      Hi there Andy,

      It comes down to whether or not you’d want to wait, there will be sales around Black Friday/Cyber Monday and what not but I could see why you wouldn’t want to wait that long as well.

      This build would be a great start when thinking of a build that’s able to handle PC games today while also thinking of what’s coming down the road. It’s a great time to get a build together!

  48. Marcos says:

    The video cards for both $700 and $1000 seems to have vanished from the market.
    Can you recommend a replacement.

  49. Jon A says:

    I have an Intel Core i7-3770 and I was wondering if it would be interchangeable with the i5-6500. If it is, would you recommend doing so, if it isn’t, what parts would I need to change to make everything compatible?

  50. Daquan says:

    Hey I wanna know can any monitor be use like one with 144hz. And how well can it handle some of the games today like Battleground, overwatch and many others.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Daquan,

      These specs meet up with basically all of today’s newer games so if you’re playing at 1080p you’ll get 60+ FPS for the most part. As far as a 144hz monitor, most of today’s AAA titles aren’t going to run much higher than 60 FPS due to how demanding they are so you won’t see the 144 FPS that a 144hz monitor can display. Many games, CS:GO for example, definitely would however.

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