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Do you want to acquire a new gaming PC for a budget of 700€  ? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we are going to present to you, component by component, the gaming PC configuration that we consider the most optimal for 700€. This PC configuration is to assemble yourself, which means that we present the components of the computer to you, but that you will then have to assemble them together to create the complete PC. Obviously, it is possible to buy already assembled gaming PCs, but this may cost you more.

The purpose of a gaming PC being to play video games, we have included at the end of the article the performance obtained by this computer at 700 € on several games.

So without further ado, here are the components of our 700€ gaming PC  :

Processor – AMD Ryzen 3600

For a PC at 700€, the choice of processor is quite limited. Clearly two options are available to us. The first is to go on a last generation Intel Core i5, and the second is to go on a last generation AMD Ryzen 5. The second is less expensive, without offering less performance. We therefore selected the Ryzen 3600 for our config, a model that can be found around 180€.

It has a total of 6 physical cores and 12 threads. It is therefore positioned within current standards, and its overclockable frequency of 3.60 GHz allows it to offer excellent performance in gaming, when we know that many games tend to exploit more particularly single-core performance than multi-core performance.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Ryzen 3600 comes with AMD’s Wraith Spire fan. This offers sufficiently efficient cooling for conventional CPU use, but should be replaced by a better model in the event of an overclock.  

Graphics Card – Nvidia GTX 1660 Super

In addition to RTX graphics cards, Nvidia offers a range of GPUs without Ray-Tracing, and therefore cheaper. It is therefore in this range that we came to draw the GTX 1660 Super, a card located between the 1660 Ti and the 1660. This is also in direct competition with the RX 5500XT, but offers a better quality / performance ratio. price.  

With its 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM and its TU116 chip, the 1660 Super is capable of running absolutely all current games at 1080p. The latter should also have no trouble running future games in the coming years, by lowering the graphics on the most demanding games.

Here we offer you a custom model from MSI. This is the Ventus version, which offers two cooling fans as well as a rather aesthetic backplate. We will appreciate the price of this custom version, which is among the cheapest 1660 Super, as well as its factory overclock.

Motherboard – MSI B450 Gaming Plus

Obviously, a gaming PC cannot function without a motherboard. For this part, we went with a model from MSI, the B450 Gaming Plus Max. This motherboard is nothing extraordinary in itself, except for its price which is quite good. This model offers all the basic connections to build a good gaming computer, all running under a stable and relatively well-optimized BIOS. At the back of the card, we will find 6 USB ports, an Ethernet port, as well as several jack ports for your audio devices. Two video ports are also present, however we will not use these since our PC has a dedicated graphics card. The design of this motherboard is also quite successful, with a dominance of red and black on the entire card. This MSI motherboard supports up to 64GB of RAM clocked at 4133MHz, which is fine with us. This motherboard therefore has all the necessary features for our 700€ PC to work perfectly.

RAM – 16GB DDR4 RAM

Our gaming PC also needs RAM to function. Since our computer is intended for video games, this part should not be overlooked. Indeed, a RAM deficit generally causes big jerks in game, and completely ruins the gaming experience. clocked at 3200MHz. You should know that the frequency of your RAM has an impact on your performance. Generally speaking, the higher the frequency, the better the in-game performance will be. The RAM sticks we have selected come from Corsair, a brand recognized as reliable in the industry.

Storage – 120GB Kingston SSD & 1TB Seagate HDD

When buying a new gaming PC, it is extremely important to choose a large storage capacity. Indeed, today, video games tend to take up more and more space on your hard drive. For example, Red Dead Redemption 2 occupies no less than 150GB of storage space on your disk. This trend will continue to grow in 2020, and you have to be ready to deal with this by taking on a large hard drive. For our configuration, we started with two different storage drives, a 120GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The SSD will mainly be used to install Windows, as well as some frequently used software, such as your browser for example. The HDD will be used to store the rest, such as your video games for example. Obviously, this storage capacity is to be adapted according to your needs. For example, if you want to be able to store more games, you can go on a 2TB or even 3TB HDD hard drive. Just keep in mind that 1TB costs between 30€ and 40€.

Regarding the models chosen, we went with an HDD from Seagate and a 120GB SSD from PNY. The HDD drive model we have selected spins at 7200 RPM and therefore offers better read and write speeds than 5400 RPM hard drives.

Power supply – Corsair VS450

Our 700€ gamer configuration also needs to be supplied with electricity to operate. So we went with an 80+ Bronze certified power supply from EVGA to run the machine. This power supply delivers a power of 450W to the computer, more than enough to power the entire PC. The 80+ Bronze certification guarantees you a certain energy efficiency, allowing you to save electricity. Unfortunately, for budget reasons we could not choose a semi-modular power supply. You will therefore have to do cable management work when assembling the PC in order to hide the excess power cables. EVGA is a fairly reliable power supply brand, so this model should not cause you any problems for long-term use.

Case – Corsair Carbide SPEC-05

At this stage, we only need a box to assemble all the components together. We chose the Corsair SPEC-05, a case that is elegant, inexpensive and quite efficient in terms of cooling. Regarding the general appearance of the case, this SPEC-05 is completely black, and a huge window is present on the right side of the case allowing you to observe the inside of the PC. On the front, you will find two USB ports and two jacks. In total, it is possible to install up to 5 fans on this SPEC-05, perfect for optimizing the airflow through our case. Be careful though, the side window is plastic, not glass, which makes it scratch quite easily.

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Bradford Stokes

After a bachelor's degree in computer science and an express experience as a web developer, Bradford joined the FrontWire team to share his knowledge of accessories, peripherals, and high-tech gadgets through detailed shopping guides.

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