The Best Gaming PC Build For $700 in 2018 PC Game Haven

PC gaming can be an expensive hobby, but it doesn’t have to completely empty your bank account. For around $700, you can build a gaming PC that completely blows away consoles, and will consistently deliver great performance. Keep in mind that prices change daily, and this build could be cheaper or more expensive depending on when you’re looking at it.

AMD’s 2nd generation Ryzen 5 2600 is a 6-core/12-thread beast with a price that can’t be matched. It won’t have any issues with modern gaming, light content creation, or anything else. The R5 2600 has a max boost clock of 3.9GHz under load, but since it can be overclocked you can push that much higher. Luckily, the 2600 comes with a really decent Wraith Stealth cooler from AMD that works pretty much just as good as your average $30 cooler does.

So, if you want to upgrade cooling, aim higher than a Hyper 212 EVO or Cryorig H7.

We’re going with a 3GB GTX 1060 from EVGA that offers up some of the best price vs performance out of any currently released card of the same tier, especially when the GPU shortage is considered. EVGA’s 3GB GTX 1060 SC is one of the best options right now and it’s definitely the one to go for if you’re trying to save as much as you can on your build. It’s capable of 60fps on at least high settings in pretty much any AAA game and significantly higher frames in less intensive games like CS:GO, LoL, Overwatch, Fortnite, etc.

8GB of RAM is really all a gaming PC at this level needs, so I loaded in 2x 4GB 2666MHz DDR4 sticks of Kingston’s HyperX FURY lineup. This leaves you with lots of room for future expansion and if you wanted to run more than 8GB that’s completely possible – when you do upgrade try to stick to the same speed as your RAM will automatically change its speed to match your slowest stick.

The power supply used is an inexpensive yet reliable unit from EVGA’s semi-modular BQ lineup. It’s rated for 600W at up to 85% efficiency and will easily power everything in this build plus anything extra you might add! It’s also coming with a 3-year warranty just in-case the worst were to happen. Want to personalize your cabling even more? Check out some Cablemod PRO packs!

When it comes to storage, there’s just a 1TB 7200RPM HDD loaded in this build that’ll work great as is, but running an SSD, even just a 120GB SSD as a boot drive, is something you should also consider. Solid State Drives are wayyyy faster than normal HDDs and anything stored on it will load insanely fast in comparison, but they’re a lot more expensive /GB.

Just finished putting together this build. I bought all you listed except the graphics card. I found a new gigabyte geforce gtx 1060 3gb for 180 dollars, so I went with the cheaper option. Thought i made a huuuuuuge mistake doing that. After assembling all the parts and plugging everything up, all seemed to come alive but the display. So after troubleshooting some I figured out if I took out the gpu and plugged directly to the motherboard it booted straight to the bios using the onboard graphics. So my first thought was that I might need to disable the onboard graphics in the bios for the card to work. Well that made it to where nothing worked and had to take out the battery on the motherboard for it to reset. At that point I thought dang, I bought a bad graphics card, and I don’t have another computer to test it in. So I’m feeling pretty discouraged now, although being my first build, I had a pretty high level of confidence. So as a last resort I start looking through my junk parts to see if I have for an old graphics card to try to further diagnose the problem in hope that I’ve made a mistake somewhere instead of it being a bad graphics card. Well I didn’t find a graphics card, but what I did find was an unused dvi cable in a box under my bed. So I decided what the heck I’ll try the dvi cable instead of the hdmi and bam, I had success….booted straight to the bios. Long story not so short, dvi worked where the hdmi didn’t. Do I have a bad hdmi port? Or cable? I have no idea, your thoughts??