$700 Dollar Gaming PC Build For 2017, Great Mid-Level PC


Looking to build the best gaming computer for $700? Well I’ve got great news for you because I’ve got that perfect gaming computer build right at the $700 dollar price range. And trust me, when I say that this will be able to handle your gaming needs and more.

Before we get deeper into the build, I would like to congratulate you because the $700 dollar budget range is seriously an amazing budget to start from. With this budget, you’ll get the most out of every single component and you won’t really need to sacrifice any component’s performance for another. When you finish building this beast PC gaming machine, you’ll never look back. You’ll forever be a PC gamer. 😉

Who is this “$700 Dollar Gaming PC” for?

Well, this gaming PC build is for anyone who is on a mid budget range that likes to experience the awesomeness of PC gaming. If you are coming from consoles, then I can promise you that you’ll be blown away at what you’ve been missing this whole time as a gamer.

Playing games with this build will most likely give you way better gaming experience than with a console. In my opinion and probably for almost every PC gamer, the gaming experience of PC gaming is just not comparable to console gaming.

So if you’re looking to join the PC gaming community, this build is a great way to start. You’ll be able to dominate games with this build.

How To Build The Computer With The Components

Before you get into the build itself, I would like to share with you on the difficulty level of building your own computer. From my personal experience, the difficulty of building your own computer is really small or none. This is because building a computer is actually really really reeeaaaallllyy easy! You really don’t need to be an expert or professional in order to build yourself an amazing computer.

Building a computer is simple and fun. That is why when I first had built my computer I’d totally fell in love and it became a hobby for me. I personally had no idea what I was doing until I eventually figured some things out on my own.

However, you don’t have to go through it alone! You have me and the internet to help you out. That is why I came up with this computer building guide to help fellow gamers like you to build your first computer.

Find Out How To Build

The Amazing $700 Dollar Gaming Build

This build offer you a whole lot for the price tag of just $700 dollars. You’ll get amazing performance in games and for daily computing activities. The processor and graphics card match up perfectly which will give you the power you need for gaming. The motherboard in this build fits perfectly well with other components and will perform nicely. And all of this all fits in nicely in the Zalman case.

Once this build is complete it will look like a beast from the outside AND inside. You’ll probably find yourself staring at it without you even noticing (well a least that was the case for me haha 🙂 ).

Alright lets get into the actual build itself!

The Optimal Parts For $700 Dollars

Updated for Jun 2017
The Build Overview
Case: Zalman T4 Ram Memory: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB
CPU Processor: Intel Core i5-7500 Power Supply: EVGA 500 W1, 80+
Motherboard: MSI B250M PRO-VD Hard Drive: WD Blue 1TB
Graphic Card: EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC CD/DVD Drive: LG Super Multi Drive
Total: $700~750
Note: Component prices fluctuate daily. Check the current pricing here
part case
zalman t4
Zalman T4
My Recommendation:
(Great Case + Low Cost)
part cpu
Intel Core i5-7500
Intel Core i5-7500
My Recommendation:
(Great Performance CPU)
part mb
My Recommendation:
(Great Price & Performance)
part gpu
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SC
My Recommendation:
(Great Performance)
part ram
Ballistix Sport LT
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB
My Recommendation:
(Best Ram For Budget)
part psu
EVGA 500W 80+ PSU
EVGA 500 W1, 80+
My Recommendation:
(Best Cheap PSU)
part hdd
WD Blue 1TB
WD Blue 1TB
My Recommendation:
(Cheap & Good)
part odd
LG Super Multi Optical Drives
LG Optical Drives
My Recommendation:
(Just An Optical Drive)
part monitor
Acer G246HL 24-Inch
Acer G246HL 24in LED Monitor
My Recommendation:
(Great Price & Very Slim)
part mice&key
CM Storm Devastator
CM Storm Devastator
My Recommendation:
(It’s A Good Deal)
part os
window os
Windows 10
Operating System:
You’re going to need an OS to operate the computer.
part network
Wired or Wireless
Internet Connection:
I would highly recommend using Ethernet cables

Brief Details


Since this is a great budget to start with, you don’t have to cheap out on a case. The case in this build is the Zalman T4 which is a mini tower case. All the components should fit in nicely in this case. You have room for 250~300mm graphics card room space. And plus, this case gives you some extra storage areas where you can store SSD’s or HDD’s. This case has a 3.0 USB port so if you use 3.0 USB ports you’re good to go.

Previously for this build, I had the Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 case but I changed it out with the Zalman T4 so that I can upgrade the graphics card in this build. That way I was able to balance out the budget.

Processor (CPU):

The processing power for this build comes from the Intel Core i5-7500 which provides you with quad-cores action to help render your games faster. This CPU also gives great performance for just general computing needs. And the best part of this CPU is that it stays at a nice temperature so you don’t have to worry about it overheating.

The Intel Core i5-7500 is also new 7th generation processor so you know you are getting the latest.

Motherboard (MOBO):

For your CPU and GPU to work at it’s best, you require a motherboard that will be able to handle the work load. And the MSI B250M PRO-VD in this build is a great choice. You can save money with this board so I think it is best option with this build.

Also the price for this motherboard is pretty cheap so it’s really good for starter budget builds like this one.

Graphics Card:

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 will give you a great gaming experience without having to spend $400 or more for the best cards. The graphic card in this build is one of the latest new graphics card out in the market. The small one fan design on the graphic card will run pretty cool and fit in almost any case.

With this card, you will get high to ultra settings at 1080p in most older games. Newer games will vary between high to ultra settings which is great for gaming. You just might have to tweak some settings if need be. Also don’t mind the star rating and review on Amazon because most people just put up a bad review for the high price that it started off with. But I think the price is fairly good right now to buy.

Memory (RAM):

This build has one 8GB memory so if you want to upgrade to 16GB you can. 8GB should be plenty for all your computing and gaming needs but if you require more you can always go with a 16GB option.

Honestly, 8GB should be enough but if you run programs that require heavy usage of memory then you should get the 16GB ram for sure. I personally have 16GB because I’m power hungry, and I like to have it just to have it… You know. 🙂

Power Supply (PSU):

The EVGA 500 W1, 80+ would be plenty of power for this build. If you plan on upgrading or adding more stuff to your PC like fans, then I recommend getting a more wattage power supply. But for this build, 500W is good to run everything.

Hard Drive (HDD):

In this build, you get 1TB HDD which is plenty for gaming and everyday use. If you happen to be a file horder (like me), then you might want to look into getting another hard drive for just storage. You can never go wrong with having more space in your system.

Optical Drive or CD Burner (ODD):

The one in this build is cheap and gets the job done. That’s all I’ve got to say for ODD because to me their not that important.

Operating System & Peripherals:

When you’re looking for an operating system, try to get one that you’re most familiar with. I’m most familiar with Windows 7 64bit and Windows 8.1 64bit so I have those in my computers. Those are probably the ones I would recommend to you guys as well. I would wait on Window 10 because they currently have software bugs that need addressing.

(Note: I really don’t recommend you go with any pirated or bootlegged Windows. It just can’t be 100% trusted.)

Any peripheral options are up to your taste and preference. You can decide to go with anything that suits you. Monitors, keyboards, mouses, speakers, headsets, whatever. The choice is yours.

Internet Connection: (Wired or Wireless routes)

You have two choices for connecting to the internet. You can go the wired route which involves Ethernet cable, or the wireless route with PCI-E or USB adapters. I personally recommend the wired Ethernet cable route because it gives you the best performance and connectivity while gaming.

I know that you don’t want to have a rage while gaming because you lost connection or start to lag. I know the feeling… I’ve been there.

If ignore my recommendation and decide to go wireless, then you should check out these router options that will help improve your connectivity when you go wireless.

My Overall Thoughts on this $700 Dollar Build

If you’re looking for some great PC gaming experience for under $700 dollars, then this will most likely be your best bet. I promise you’ll have a great experience with this build!

I would like to hear what you guys think, and let me know if you have any questions, or concerns below!

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