Best Gaming PC Under $700
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Back in the hardware scarce days of 2022, building the best gaming PC under $700 would have been considered blasphemy by many, and for good reason. Fortunately, today however, times have changed, and $700 will happily get you a gaming PC more than capable of pumping out some significant framerates at 1080p and above, is it the best build in the world? Well no, but then we’re running on a limited budget here, if you want something that can tackle the likes of 4K and beyond, we highly recommend checking out our Best Gaming PC under $2000 guide. That said, chuck this rig up against any AAA game title today, and you’ll easily hit 60fps and beyond.
As always, our goal with a build like this is to get you the best possible gaming experience we can, for just $700. Each component is carefully selected and debated by our team of in-house experts, to maximize value and performance, while also ensuring that any compatibility issues, are non-existent, and your build experience is flawless. Speaking of, not a fan of the custom build life? Perhaps just an off-the-shelf pre-built is what you’re after instead?
What you get for your $700
The more you move down the price ladder, the more the value of the $ changes. The less you have to spend, the more every cent counts. You can’t just spend an extra $50 on a flashier memory kit, or $100 on a more potent cooling solution, what you’re looking for is the best bang for the buck for all of your hardware. Despite those limitations, we have, however, managed to create the best custom PC build that we could for $700. One that’s easy to put together, that performs at the highest levels at 1080p gaming, and doesn’t break the bank in the process. Of course, compromises had to be made, but we’ve made sure that the impact on gaming wherever possible is minimal to non-existent. The CPU and GPU powering the heart of this build, can easily handle pretty much all titles at 1080p without fault, however more recent AAA titles, or those requiring raytracing to really make them pop, may need the odd tweak in settings, to really shine.
One area we have had to compromise on, however, is storage space, specifically with the SSD. Ideally, we recommend you look at updating this later down the line. That said, there is still plenty of room here for your operating system and favorite games to get you going. This mid-level PC can not only handle the latest and best games at 1080p with ease, but on top of that, it also looks the part too!
Despite that $700 price tag, you are absolutely going to get some seriously impressive gaming performance from this beauty. This custom PC handles 1080p gaming in max settings with most titles. In fact, in our testing we saw all of our game benchmarks, sit steadily above the 80 fps mark across the board. Admittedly some titles were below that average of course, Hogwarts Legacy, was one, along with CyberPunk. Although these still cruise in at the 60fps mark, meaning you’ll be more than set for Liberty Phantom DLC launching later this year.
The Intel Core i5-12400 isn’t the absolute monster that its 13th gen younger sibling is, but it is more than potent enough for this build, coming complete with six cores, and 12 threads. Its hyper-threading grunt makes it ideal for any workload, whether gaming or otherwise, you’ll be all set. Combine that with 960 GB of PCIe 3.0 Western Digital M.2 goodness, and this custom PC will be sailing.
We have had to compromise in a couple of areas, however, most notably the memory. We would have loved to stretch for a full 32 GB kit of DDR4, perhaps at 3600 MHz instead, but 16 GB is more than enough for the time-being. It is one of the areas we would recommend upgrading in the future, however, particularly as games become more memory hungry, such as Forspoken.
Team Red or Team Blue?
So why Intel over AMD? Well honestly, there really isn’t a huge amount of different at this price-point, at least, not at the moment anyway. Both AMD and Intel provide some seriously impressive budget options. Whether that’s the Intel Core i5-12400F featured in this build or the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, you’ll be more than set. It really is down to preference. If we’re honest, both platforms are great, AMD does slightly pip Intel on its latest generation of processors and motherboards, but mostly for PCIe 5.0 SSD support, which we’re still waiting for SSDs for in general.
One slight caveat to bear in mind when building an AMD system is that they do prefer higher spec memory. AMD’s Infinity Fabric (the interconnecting data medium that transfers data between its cores on the CPU) loves higher frequency memory. There is a cut-off on that however (where the Infinity Fabric disconnects from the memory controller) For 5th gen AMD Ryzen processors and DDR4 that’s 3733 MHz, and for 7th gen Ryzen and DDR5 it’s 6000 MHz
How we choose
Our team has years of experience behind them building PCs for a range of needs and budgetary requirements. All this knowledge combined with hours of research, user feedback, and onsite benchmarking is what goes into choosing the best components for our builds.
We look for value for money, how the components perform together, and focus on gamers’ needs to make sure our builds are the best bang for your buck.
We build all these PCs ourselves, in-house, so trust us when we say we want to make them as good as possible. We actually use all these builds ourselves day-to-day in the WePC offices.
How we test
We build each of our selected PCs from scratch to make sure all the parts we recommend work well together, fit into the selected case, and provide the best performance possible for the price range.
Once built, the PCs are used in the office for everyday work as well as a range of games from light to heavy-duty. While we test, we also run benchmarking tests to see how well our builds perform, all while keeping an eye on the temperature and power draw of the components themselves.
We know how much some of our readers enjoy overclocking their PCs, so we made sure to test that out too. So, you can feel safe knowing that these machines can be pushed beyond their basic capabilities where possible. But, please make sure you know how to overclock before trying to over-task your builds.
Our prebuilt gaming PC for under $700
ViprTech Rebel RTX 3060 Gaming PC
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
For those without the experience of building a custom PC or the necessary time to do so, a prebuilt option could be the best way to go. Custom PC companies often bring the advantage of warranties and they will test your system before sending it. That being said, we always recommend you build your own but either way here are our best-prebuilt recommendations.
Our Recommended Custom Build Details
This $700 1080p Ultra Gaming PC is designed to thrash anything in its path. Let’s see what makes up the best gaming desktop under $700.
Our $700 Custom Gaming PC Build
The $700 price point is that prime sweetspot with custom gaming PCs where you’ll begin to see some impressive performance at 1080p. Combining powerful multi-threaded CPUs and a reliable graphics card will provide you with an exceptional gaming experience. This is the best bang for the buck build by far.
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The Core i5-12400F is a true beast of a processor, coming packed with some of the best budget tech Intel can pack into a chip of this size. With six cores, 12 threads, and a beefy turbo clock speed topping out at 4.4 GHz, this Alder Lake chip will be more than enough to drive your GPU through all the latest 1080p games and beyond for the foreseeable future. All of which makes it the perfect pick for our $700 budget busting build.
MSI PRO B760M-P
PCIe Gen 5:
DDR4 at 4800 MHz
MSI’s PRO B760M-P is admittedly on the smaller side when it comes to mobos. For one, it’s Micro-ATX, and you will be popping this beauty into an ATX chassis, and secondly the plethora of ports it has, is somewhat limiting.
It’s another area we’d definitely recommend upgrading in the future, or even splashing out a little extra for in the beginning, as the lack of rear I/O ports could limit you later down the line. Alternatively, you could grab a cheap USB hub instead.
So why pick it for our $700 custom PC Build? A combo of price, and on-board features, easily mitigates that lackluster rear I/O. With support for DDR4 up to 4800 MHz, and 2x M.2 PCIe 3.0 slots, pop your hardware in, and you’ll see performance on par with boards 4–5 times as expensive.
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Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200MHz
4GB - 16GB
DDR4 2400Mhz - 4000Mhz
At this price, the CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16 GB kit is just too good to pass up for our $700 custom PC build. With a frequency of 3200 MHz, and a CAS latency of 16, these sticks will sing through any application you can throw at them.
16 GB of DDR4 is ideal for if you’re just gaming at 1080p, however, it’s the one area we’d really recommend upgrading later down the line. Fortunately, because the MSI B760M features 4x DIMMs, you could buy a second kit of these later down the line, and double your capacity, for a very small outlay if you need it for more professional oriented tasks.
MSI Ventus 2X Black RTX 4060 8GB
1x 8 pin EPS
198 x 41 x 120
The RTX 4060 is a punchy powerhouse of a graphics card, ideal for anyone looking for the perfect budget GPU for their $700 custom gaming PC. With average frame rates sitting around the 80 fps mark, across our testing suite, the RTX 4060 is more than capable.
Couple that with MSI’s impressive Ventus 2X cooler and card design, and the 4th series improved Ray Tracing and DLSS performance and, at this price, it’s the perfect pairing with our Intel Core i5-12400F processor.
960GB Western Digital Green SN350 PCIe 3.0
Read / Write
2,400 / 2,400 MB/s
M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4
3 Year Limited (US)
In 2023, is there any $700 custom build that doesn’t have an SSD? Scratch that, without an M.2 SSD? Yeah, we don’t think so.
Our build takes advantage of an exceptional offer on the Western Digital Green SN350 960 GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD. Coming in at sub $50 for what’s effectively 1 TB of superfast storage makes it a no-brainer.
This’ll be more than enough to get your OS installed and a fair chunk of your gaming library downloaded as well. It may well be one of the best budget SSDs on the market.
CORSAIR 3000D AIRFLOW
ATX Mid Tower
ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Maximum GPU Length
2x 2.5", 2x 3.5"
462 x 230 x 466
CORSAIR’s latest chassis the 3000D flew well under the radar, when it first launched. But it’s without a doubt one of the best budget PC cases you can buy right now, even given the prestigious 4000D a run for its money.
It’s aesthetically pleasing, has good airflow all round, supports ATX motherboards, fairly sizable GPUs, but doesn’t take up the entirety of your desk either.
EVGA 600 GD
This affordable PSU from EVGA comes in with excellent levels of efficiency too. If you don’t get a certified PSU you seriously run the risk of endangering the build and potentially your investment.
The EVGA 600 Watt option as it offers both excellent reliability and decent efficiency, with semi-modularity, and will run your system for years without issue.
Things to consider
As mentioned, the $700 custom gaming PC use to sit at the lower end of our mid-level builds but due to the current market, it has slipped further down. An important area for your consideration is the cost, as a gamer, you need to ensure that the PC meets your requirements. This gaming PC will perform at 1080p resolutions and despite what some may think, won’t be smashing 4K any time soon. For anything higher, you may want to think about our $800 PC and above. It is worth noting that due to Amazon’s price fluctuations, the build price can sometimes change. We do our best to ensure we keep this build as close to $700 as possible, with regular updates.
Upgradability & Future-Proofing
Future upgrades are always going to be in the back of a PC builder’s mind. How easily upgradeable a PC is, makes things cheaper and easier when the time finally comes. While making compromises to get this PC within that $700 target, you leave room for future improvement. We have carefully selected components that we feel can handle future upgrades. While these components may not be the newest releases, they still offer excellent gaming performance that will last you for years.
If you were to upgrade anything on this build it would be to a larger storage solution. Remember, any upgrade will enhance performance but it will bring extra costs too.
Overclocking your PC can give you a free increase in performance. Boosting your clock speed or overclocking RAM has been shown to give you that little extra. Of course, when overclocking a CPU you bring about extra heat, so consider adding in a CPU cooler to your basket to keep things chilled.
This $700 gaming PC features fast RAM but, unfortunately, RAM kits don’t come at these speeds out of the box, so you will need to overclock them in the BIOS. Luckily motherboard manufacturers have made the RAM overclocking process significantly easier to do in the BIOS.
Ease of Building
First-time builders out there should always consider how difficult the PC build will be. With this in mind, we carefully selected a PC case that simplifies the whole process. The case is from a manufacturer you can trust and one that has building and cable management as a primary concern. The case does a good job of hiding cables with little fuss on your end, however, for those that wish to spend time on it, there is plenty of room to create something excellent.
Both of our recommended CPUs come with stock coolers as standard. These stock coolers will handle your cooling efficiently and reliably. The stock coolers come with thermal paste pre-applied, saving you a job. That being said, we recommend you purchase a tube of aftermarket thermal paste to replace what is already on your cooler. Replacing the thermal paste will often bring better thermal performance and provide you with lower temps, plus you will need to replace it in future intervals.
Gaming performance on the $700 build is a given, after all, it is a gaming PC. Regardless of the stock issues, you are going to get joy out of your favorite game titles, but how does this PC do in other areas? This is where the AMD build path starts to shine the most and this is largely down to its multithreading capabilities.
The extra threads (virtual cores) enhance this PC’s ability to tackle multitasking, streaming, and video editing. It is worth noting that the RAM kit in this build goes a long way when paired with the AMD CPU, giving you a well-rounded PC for every occasion.
While some gamers and enthusiasts tend not to bother themselves with aesthetics, it can be important to some. With this in mind, we wanted to include a case that features a tempered glass panel, just in case you fancied pimping the PC out. For those that would like to improve the aesthetics, this is only an RGB fan or light strip away from looking even more pleasing to the eye.
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Every recommended prebuilt gaming PC in this article is from a reputable manufacturer. You are probably wondering how we know what the best gaming PC brands are? Well, we have done our research and purchased PCs from these brands.
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Calculating The PSU Wattage
Making sure your PSU provides the correct amount of wattage to your custom build PC is an essential part of the build process. For that reason, we’ve created a handy PSU calculator which will work out exactly what PSU wattage your components require – no matter how many changes you make.
The $700 PC build already has the power to deliver a 1080p gaming experience with at least 60FPS on ultra settings, however, this is a custom PC build. There’s always room to ascend to an even higher level of processing power by making a few tweaks here and there. Below are what we consider to be the absolute best upgrade options for the current $700 PC build. The upgrades have been chosen based on their performance, price, aesthetics, and overclocking ability. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the prime contenders.
ASUS ROG Strix NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming
1755MHz Boost Clock (OC)
Axial-tech Triple Fan
2 x 8-pin
318mm x 140mm x 57mm
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB
Air or Liquid?
2000 RPM (+/- 10%)
Dimensions (with fan/height x width x depth)
12.87 x 11.02 x 5.55 in
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
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Operating System & Peripherals
If you’re buying the best $700 dollar gaming PC, you may already have a number of these things. However, we understand if you don’t, so we’ve written up this section in case you need anything within.
NOTE: These will raise the price of the build!
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