Black Friday Gaming PC: Build a 1440p desktop for less than $700

If you want to build a desktop that can play games at 1080p resolution, you can spend less than $500 (as we show on our best PC builds page), although you’ll want to spend a bit more to get a consistent 50 up to 60 fps on high settings. But to get smooth gameplay at 1440p resolution (2560 x 1440, also known as 2K), you usually have to spend more than $1,000 on parts. Not today: With all the Black Friday deals on components like graphics cards, CPUs, and SSDs, you can build a gaming PC that hits 60fps at 1440p resolution and ultra settings.

Below we’ve put together a parts list for a 1440p gaming PC under $700. These prices are based on current sales at the time of publication, so your mileage may vary slightly depending on when you read this. Please also note that we do not include the price of the operating system (you can get Windows for free or cheap) or peripherals. As is often the case, building your own PC saves money. We’ve checked several retailers, and a ready-made desktop with similar (but not exactly the same) specs costs at least $999.

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Element Fashion model Selling price Old price Notes
Processor Ryzen5 5600 $118 $135 Row 0 – Cell 4
GPU Saphire Pulse Radeon RX 6700 $299 $349 use promo code VGAEXCAA338
Motherboard Gigabyte B550M DS3H AC AM4 $99 $129 Row 2 – Cell 4
RAM Team T-Force Vulcan Z 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200 $42 $47 Row 3 – Cell 4
SSD Crucial P3 1TB $62 $73 Row 4 – Cell 4
Case Gamdias Argus M1 $39 $48 Row 5 – Cell 4
PSU Thermaltake Smart BM2 650W 80+ Bronze $39 $64 use promo code BFDBY2A335
Total Row 7 – Cell 1 $698 Row 7 – Cell 3 Row 7 – Cell 4

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