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Holidays 2017 Budget $700 Gaming System Build Guide

By: Steven Bassiri | Guides | Posted: Dec 19, 2017 4:16 am

The Final Result

 

We put the system through our typical gaming benchmarks to see how it did. While we can always change the resolution and quality profiles down to get higher FPS (frames per second), we used the same levels as in our reviews. However, our review configurations are typically over $2000, so it wouldn't be fair to pit a system that uses a $700-$800 GPU against a whole system that costs $700.

 

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The results look pretty good, especially at our affordable price point. GTA:V is definitely playable with this system, and GTA:V is a good indicator of game performance. You can also overclock the graphics card to give your system a bit of a boost, but the pairing of the GTX 1050 Ti with the i5-7400 works well. You can always go for a stronger GPU with a few extra dollars as the CPU isn't too much of a bottleneck here, but the GTX 1050 Ti is doing well in these tests.

 

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I have also posted our Fire Strike and Cloud Gate benchmark scores so you can compare with other scores on the internet.

 

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We also ran CINEBENCH and AIDA64, as those results tend to be comparable. You want to see AIDA64 memory bandwidth scores between 29GB-35GB/s for read, write, and copy. That bandwidth score is typical of DDR4 in dual channel.

 

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HandBrake is a real-world application that can transcode video and it logs average work speed in frames per second; we chime in around 30FPS. It's also not a bad idea to check CrystalDiskMark to ensure your drive is operating at correct speeds; you can look at the product specifications for reference scores.

 

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Overall, our $700 gaming build worked out pretty well. The system is extremely quiet, even while gaming. The case and the components went together flawlessly, and there is a lot of room for upgrading the system down the line. Right now, it's the holiday buying season, and good deals are easy to find, even if you missed out on Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. The i5-7400, C7B250-CB-ML, GTX 1050 Ti, Ballistix DDR4, and Samsung 850 EVO went together flawlessly. There were no compatibility issues, and the system ran very smoothly, so if you are in the market for an affordable gaming rig, we highly recommend our configuration.

 

We want to thank Supermicro for sponsoring this build and the system giveaway (starting next week).

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