The $700 Build That Could

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There are many levels of PC enthusiast. From those wanting to see how far they can go with as little spent as possible to those who will throw large amounts of money to get the best that exists. I’m more a middle of the road person although it’s nice to dream.

With the holidays around the corner we’re already beginning to see things drop in price. It’s also been a pretty exciting year with virtually every manufacturer releasing new generations of products or discounting past offerings. TechPowerUp published a nice article for a $700 build that could get the job done for 1080p/1440p.

  • AMD Ryzen 2600 6C/12T @ 3.4 Ghz Processor w/ cooler included
  • ASRock B450 PRO4 Motherboard
  • Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR4 3000 Mhz
  • Crucial P1 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1660 Super OC
  • Phanteks Eclipse P300 Case
  • Corsair CX550 80 Plus Bronze 550w

At present reported prices it rings up for around $719. Not too bad. Some users in their thread are even reporting the CPU as being sold even cheaper in some places now. It would be easy to bump this up to just around $1000 by upping the CPU to a Ryzen 3600x, increasing ram to 16GB, upping the PSU to a 600w model and still not hurt the wallet too much. We’ve actually got some in house reviews of some products to note.

  • Brent has done a review of the Geforce GTX 1660 Super OC here
  • Dan has done a review of the Ryzen 3600x here
  • Paul has reviewed a 80 Plus Gold 600w model PSU here

What would you do different?


Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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