Best Under $700 Budget PC Builds For Gaming:
Suppose you want to make a perfect Gaming PC and want it to be on a budget of only $500 (USD). In that case, I recommend you create a custom PC instead of buying a pre-built PC because the pre-built PCs are not valuable, and their performance is always significantly lower than the custom PCs. Pre-build PCs are cheap because of the low-end components used in them, and if you make a custom PC, you will be aware of the performance of each element in the mainboard. Whether it is GPU, CPU, RAM, or motherboard, everything will work great, but you will have to set up the PC yourself.
2 Best PC Builds Under $700 To $1000: (No GPU Included)
1st Build Estimated Cost= $550-$700
2nd Build Estimated Cost= $500-$540
Here we have the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X, a powerful 4 Core Gaming Processor, and this CPU can run many games above 100 frames per second. It has excellent gaming potential and is very affordable. This CPU can be paired with the MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX motherboard, which will make it a gaming beast also; the motherboard is very cheap and has excellent power delivery.
For a better and smooth gaming experience, SSD is necessary, so here you will have to get this Kingston 480GB A400 SSD which has super-fast data transfer speed and is very affordable and budget-friendly. You can buy TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 3200MHz RAM, which is a good DDR4 RAM for gaming, and it is also affordable, but if you want an RGB RAM, then you can go for Corsair dominator, but that is expensive.
We have used the Phanteks Eclipse P360A Gaming Case here, which is a very budget-friendly gaming case and has good airflow and RGB Fans support. The last main thing will be the PSU which we used here is the Corsair CV Series, CV550, 550 Watt, 80+ Bronze Certified, this PSU is suitable for this kind of less power consuming CPUs that’s why we have chosen it. Also, it’s not very expensive, so everything is budget-friendly and perfect here, making these builds the best $500 Gaming builds.
1. AMD Ryzen 3 3300X + MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX
(Total Estimated Cost: 700$)
AMD’s this gaming processor operates on 3.8 GHz, and AMD produces the processor for socket AM4. The processor has 4-core and 8-Threads. In gaming performance, this processor is 11% faster than the Ryzen 2600, but it’s 2% slower than the AMD 3600 processors. AMD Ryzen 3 3300X gaming processor is based on Zen 2 micro-architecture, a 7nm production Chip, and supports multi-threading technology.
It’s a series of AMD 3000 that offers excellent performance compared to its price. By default, This gaming processor operates on the best speed of 3.8 GHz but can be boosted up to 4.3 GHz due to Turbo Core technology. It features four incredible cores which offer excellent performance in gaming. Here in this gaming processor, The base frequency is 100 MHz while the Maximum Memory Bandwidth is 31.5 GB/s. It has 16 MB ( shared) of Level 3 cache, 512K (per core) of level 2, and 96K (per core) of level 1 Cache size.
Power Consumption and Efficiency:
The Thermal Design Power or TDP (the amount of power CPU needed for cooling) of AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is 65 W. This gaming processor is more power-efficient than AMD Ryzen 5 3600X and from the latest Intel 10 generation processors in performance. The processor produced low heat on normal usage. The unlock multiplier is easily adjustable on AMD Ryzen 3 3300X, overclocked easily, and can be easily dialed in any overclocking frequency.
- Great gaming performance
- Solder TIM
- Overclocking ceiling
- Uses PCIe Gen 4
- Overclocking ceiling
- Power efficient
- Lackluster bundled cooler
- Expensive for its performance
2. Intel Core i3-10100, 4 Cores up to 4.3 GHz
(Total Estimated Cost: 540$)
The second best $500 build will be this Intel Core i3-10100 with the MSI MAG B460 Torpedo Gaming Motherboard, which makes a perfect gaming pair, and they are the performance beasts. This CPU is also a 4 Core Gaming CPU, but it got higher frame rates in some games than AMD Ryzen 3 3300X. Also, in many games, the 3300X got higher frame rates, so the performance of both CPUs is not predictable.
The rest of the components we used in this Build are the same as the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X build. It has Kingston 480GB A400 SSD, and it has TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 3200MHz RAM. It also has the same Corsair CV Series, CV550, 550 Watt, 80+ Bronze Certified PSU, and the last thing which is the case is also the same as Ryzen 3 3300X build which is Phanteks Eclipse P360A Case.
|Specifications||Intel Core i3-10100|
|CPU Model||Intel Core i3-10100|
|Base Clock Frequency||3.6 GHz|
|Maximum Boost Clock||4.3 GHz|
|Maximum Number of PCIe Lanes||16 (Revision 3.0)|
|Socket Compatibility||Intel LGA 1151|
|Memory Support||DDR4 2666 MHz|
|Maximum Memory Bandwidth||41.6 GB/s|
|Maximum Resolution Support||4096 x 2304 at 60 Hz|
|Supported APIs||DirectX: 12|
|L3 Cache Amount||6 MB|
|Thermal Design Power (TDP) Rating||65 watts|
|Integrated Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 630|
|Integrated Graphics Base Clock||350 MHz|
|Bundled CoolerAMD Ryzen 3 3300X||Intel Stock Cooler|
This Intel Core i3-10100 is the most affordable and cheap gaming processor you can also use for streaming, but the performance will be only average. You cannot get top-class streaming and gaming performance at this budget but still better than nothing. I think it’s the most valuable pick for budget gamers because it has low TDP and can run games smoothly at 1080p, which is suitable for streamers also.
This CPU has a capable turbo and base clock, but L3 Cache is only 6 MB. In my opinion, 8 MB would be better but still good. The turbo clock of this CPU is 4.3 GHz, and the base clock is limited to 3.6 GHz. It uses PCIe gen three, which is now very outdated, but at this budget, it’s hard to find a PCIe gen 4 CPU, and you are a budget gamer, you won’t go for those High-speed SSDs because they are also expensive enough.
It comes with four cores and eight threads so the gaming performance will be good at this CPU, but it may not perform very well at streaming because of only four cores. This CPU also has an Integrated Intel HD Graphics GPU, so you can play some low-end games on it without buying an external GPU. So this was the most budget CPU for gaming and streaming.
- Has integrated graphics, versus non-G-series AMD Ryzens
- Cool and stable performance
- Most affordable gaming CPU
- Higher Turbo Clock
- Low TDP
- Great for 1080p Gaming
- More affordable than AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
- Intel UHD Graphics 630 Is now old
- Requires a platform upgrade to LGA 1200
- Uses PCIe Gen 3
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