Black Friday Gaming PC: Build a 1440p Desktop for Under $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), though you’d want to spend a bit more to get a consistent 50 to 60 fps at high settings. But to get smooth gameplay at 1440p resolution (2560 x 1440, also known as 2K), you usually have to spend closer to $1,000 on parts. Not today: with all of the Black Friday deals on components such as graphics cards, CPUs and SSDs, you can build a gaming PC that achieves 60 fps at 1440p resolution and ultra settings.

Below, we’ve put together a parts list for a sub-$700, 1440p gaming PC build. These prices are based on sales that are current at publication time so your mileage may vary slightly depending on when you read this. Also note that we do not include the price of the OS (you can get Windows for free or cheap) nor any peripherals. As is often the case, building your own PC saves money. We checked various retailers and a prebuilt desktop with similar (but not exactly the same) specs costs at least $999. 

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Component Model Sale Price Old Price Notes
CPU Ryzen 5 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 (2 x 8GB) 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