This build proves that you don’t have to spend enormous amount of money to get a very capable gaming PC. For just $700, you can put together a powerful and reliable machine capable of playing the latest games now and for years to come.
In this article we’ll provide you with the parts list that will construct a formidable gaming PC which has been custom-optimized for the $700 price range.
The parts we recommend are not only chosen to provide you with optimal performance but also outstanding reliability. Remember, it’s not worth saving $5 on your HDD if it dies every 6 months!
We’ll also touch on optional extras and give a run-down on the upgradability of the recommended hardware, so you’re all set for now as well as the future.
If you’re interested in this gaming build, be sure to read our commentary on the individual parts below and why we think each of these is a good fit in this build.
If you like the idea of this level of performance but aren’t as confident when it comes to building it yourself, you might want to check out a great prebuilt system in the $700 price range that we would recommend. To find out more about this, check out our full CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A review here.
Last Updated: October 2016
|Graphics Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Superclocked Version||Check on Amazon|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-6500||Check on Amazon|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB||Check on Amazon|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-H110M-A||Check on Amazon|
|Storage||120GB Kingston HyperX Fury SSD||Check on Amazon|
|Storage||1TB Western Digital Blue HDD||Check on Amazon|
|Case||Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition||Check on Amazon|
|Power Supply||EVGA 500 W1||Check on Amazon|
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Obviously one of the most important parts in terms of performance for a gaming system is the Graphics card. We have chosen the GTX 1060 for this build. EVGA have kitted this superclocked version out with their own cooling system as well as a slight factory overclock.
The cooling on this card consists of a singular dual ball bearing fan with a copper core heatpipe to ensure the card runs cool. The card itself is small but packs a big punch when it comes to performance.
As part of Nvidia’s latest 1000 generation means it can take advantage of the latest graphics card technology, including:
For this build, we’ve chosen the Intel i5-6500. This is a quad core CPU based on the latest Skylake architecture with a base speed of 3.2GHz and an Intel Turbo Boost speed of 3.6Ghz. The higher clock speed and 4 cores means this CPU is more than capable of serving the requests of modern games. These i5 processors are widely used by system builders for their performance and value for money.
The motherboard we’ve gone with in this build only supports DDR4 RAM, so we’ve gone with the Corsair Vengence 1x8GB stick. The benefit of DDR4 is that you’ll get similar performance to DDR3 RAM but with a slightly lower power consumption, which also means less heat inside your case. DDR4 also offers a higher clock speed for a comparatively lower price.
While the latency and speed of memory is not particularly important in a gaming build, it’s still nice to have some quality RAM installed. Installing a single 8GB stick instead of two 4GB sticks means you have room to install more memory later if you ever find you need it.
Again, this Motherboard is another one of our popular choices. The Gigabyte GA-H110M-A board is reliable, has a solid feature set and is excellent value.
This motherboard provides the basic connectivity you’ll need to support all of your components in this build and also has a super easy to use UEFI BIOS. In fact, it has two which means you have a backup BIOS if anything goes wrong with the first.
We definitely wanted to be able to squeeze in a SSD into this build, even if it’s only a small one. In this build we sacrificed a little more budget towards the GTX 1060 graphics card, but there was still enough left over for us to be able to fit in a 120GB Kingston HyperX Fury SSD. Kingston are a well-known brand, and while their HyperX Fury SSDs may not be the fastest SSDs out there, if you are coming from a hard drive, they are insanely quick in comparison.
While 120GB is probably not enough storage space to fit all your games and data, the most effective use of this SSD would be to install your operating system and potentially one or two of your most used games on this drive, and enjoy the super-quick load times during general computer use.
We’ve also chosen a 1TB Western Digital Blue SATA hard disk. This will act as a place to store all of your extra files and programs which may not require the performance of the Samsung SSD. When it comes to regular hard drives, these Western Digital Blues have basically become the standard choice for system builders everywhere and with good reason.
Even if you choose to run games of this hard disk, you’ll still see great performance. See our SSD section for more information about HDD / SSD in gaming systems!
If you want to further customize the look of your case, check out our post on case lighting kits for some ideas.
Finally, to power all of your gear we’ve included an EVGA 500W power supply. This offers plenty of power for your new system with enough capacity to support future additions and other extras.
In our budget builds we typically don’t include optical drives – e.g. DVD / BluRay drives. These days, many people install their operating system (usually Windows) via a USB drive and games via digital download (e.g. Steam). We have a guide up in our blog here showing how. If you’d rather use an optical drive or just find them handy to have we’ve included an option below which will suit most builds.
Blu-Ray – LG Electronics 14x Internal BDXL Blu-Ray Burner
DVD – Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive
Case Fans – Cooler Master SickleFlow 120
Add some extra airflow to your case, especially if you live in a hot area. These Cooler Master fans are a good balance between airflow, noise and price. They also come in a choice of several colors so try to match any other lighting you may want to add to your case.