Best Gaming PC Build Under $700 in 2021 (Ultra 1080p): Custom & Prebuilt Systems
Best Gaming PC Build Under $700 in 2021 (Ultra 1080p): Custom & Prebuilt Systems
Before we breakdown, the individual components of our AMD build path, let’s discuss what you can expect from an $800 gaming PC. While this is considered the mid-range of budgets, you can still guarantee an excellent gaming experience. These components are sure to cope with any AAA game titles you throw at them, especially in 1080p.
Our main goal with our build is to give you the best gaming experience we possibly can for the $700 budget. Before we break down each individual component, we should first discuss what you can expect from a gaming PC of this caliber. Many would argue that the $700 mark is on the cusp of budget, but with our build, you can count on a high-quality gaming experience.
As you go further down the budget ladder, more and more compromises have to be made. Despite this, we have managed to create a build you can be proud of and to stay on budget, make compromises in areas that affect your gaming less. The build includes CPU and GPU combinations that are sure to bring you a lot of joy, whether you are gaming or not, and these are supported by fast-acting RAM. At this price category, we have had to sacrifice SSD space and this should be the first area you look to upgrade in the future. That being said, there is still plenty of room here for your operating system and favorite games to get you going. This mid-level PC not only handles games in 1080p with ease but it looks good too!
Regardless of whether you go for AMD or Intel, you are going to get surprisingly good gaming performance from our $700 gaming PC. This PC handles 1080p gaming in max settings without a hitch and has capabilities at 1440p too (with a few tweaks). While both the AMD and Intel build paths will provide you with a decent FPS count and gaming experience in general, only the AMD build takes it a step further. The AMD CPU brings multithreading into this build, giving it excellent multitasking performance and improving your system overall. Along with its six extra virtual cores, the AMD build path also brings in a higher out-of-the-box clock speed of 3.6GHz!
To bring you better gaming components, an area we compromised on was the SSD storage. Despite this, the 480GB SSD we recommend is more than enough to get you started and it will actually enhance your gaming too. This SSD boots the operating system much quicker than an HDD and will even give you extra FPS in some games. To improve performance and further future proof the system we have included 16GB of 3600MHz RAM, which when tested, brought an increase in the FPS count.
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How We Choose
Our team has years of experience behind them building PCs for a range of needs and budgets. 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 gamer’s needs to make sure our builds are the best your budget can buy.
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 Gamezbyte offices.
How We Test
We build each of our selected PC’s 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 of the components themselves.
We know how much some of our readers enjoy overclocking their PC’s, 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. But, please make sure you know how to overclock before trying to over-task your builds.
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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.
Things To Consider
As mentioned, the $700 custom gaming PC sits at the lower end of our mid-level builds. An important area for your consideration is the budget, as a gamer, you need to ensure that the PC meets your requirements. This gaming PC excels at 1080p resolutions and despite what some may think, won’t be smashing 4K any time soon. That being said there is going to be some 1440p ability, but 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 the budget 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 budget, 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. Both the AMD and Intel processors have room for overclocking and the other components in the build will support such tweaks. 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 that is capable of running at 3600MHz. 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 if you chose AMD or Intel, you are going to get joy out of those 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.
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.
Our Prebuilt Gaming PC For Under $700
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’s our best-prebuilt recommendations.
So if you are one of those who would prefer to buy a prebuilt for whatever reason, here’s a list for you
Upgrade Path for Custom Build
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.
There we have it, our top to bottom manual for building the best gaming PC for under $700. In the event that you have followed this guide you would now be able to make the most of your AAA games in high detail at 1080p. This gaming PC is more than equipped for playing VR games and ought to give you some respectable FPS checks. Obviously, at this value bargains must be made however in the event that you go with the AMD assemble way, you make certain to get an adaptable gaming rig that brings you fantastic execution at the cost.
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