DISCLAIMER: This build guide isn’t sponsored by either MSI or PCHub.
Do you want to game on with the latest or modern titles but don’t want to break the bank at the same time? Well, if you are, then this guide is for you.
So we’re back with another budget build guide but with a twist – building a budget gaming PC with a theme and brand consistency – and we’re taking MSI here as our first.
And since we’ve previously posted a build guide for the red team, now, we thought that we should do a guide for the blue team this time.
Please note that this is only a guide and we haven’t actually built this one (so there’s no benchmarks and actual photos)
Notes aside. Since we’re always on a budget, we handpicked some components based on their pricing and their efficiency at the same time (as if we don’t want to compromise both) – so here’s the build.
For the brain of this system, we’ve picked up perhaps the king of Intel budget builds, the Kaby Lake Pentium G4560. This is a dual-core processor with hyper threading that gives it a sum of 4 threads (2/4) and runs on its base clock speed of 3.5GHz.
You can pick this up wherever you want on Gilmore for about PhP3,890 (from PhP2,890-RIP Pricing) (PCHub price) – and don’t think of picking up an aftermarket cooler because you cannot overclock it and it includes a stock cooler which IMO, performs decently.
Next is our motherboard pick, and since we said that we will stick to a brand consistency & theme, we picked MSI’s B250M PRO-VDH – a micro-ATX board that comes really cheap but with absolutely winning features. We also included an alternative if you want to save a thousand bucks, see other options below.
For only PhP4,030 pesos, this is what you are getting – USB 3.1 support (for both Type-A and Type-C), 4-slots of DDR4 memory that supports RAM speeds of up to 2400 in Dual Channel mode, Intel Optane memory ready with (1) one M.2 slot (that you can also use for a M.2 solid-state drive), Gigabit Internet, and whatever you’re looking for a decent motherboard on this price range.
**please note that if you’re going with this build, you cannot use Intel Optane because Intel Optane doesn’t work with either Kaby Lake Pentium or Celeron processors.
Laziness aside, next is our graphics card. Since this is a budget build, we will stick around to GTX 1050Ti (whose prices aren’t affected that much by the current cryptocurrency mining craze) – and for that, we’ve picked up MSI’s GTX 1050Ti 4GB Dual Fan OC for only PhP8,640 (PCHub price) – we also have an alternative in the other options as well. 🙂
Although I slam it for its long name, I respect its performance. With its boost clock of 1455MHz and a base clock of 1341MHz, the G4560 wouldn’t bottleneck the 1050Ti on most cases so it fits enough for your decent 1080p gaming. However, don’t expect to play games more than 1080p, as it will give you the performance that you would not like.
For output, you have (1) DisplayPort 1.4, (1) HDMI 2.0 and (1) Dual-link DVI-D which can give you a maximum resolution of up to 7680×4320.
And since there’s no PSUs around that is manufactured by MSI, we picked up a relatively cheap but trusted PSU from Corsair – their VS450 80+ White for only PhP1,720 (PCHub price) – that would be enough to supply the juice of our system. You’ll be pleased to hear that its fan is thermally controlled so that it will only spin at max speeds when it’s pushed hard (just ideal for silent freaks like me) – and their 3-year warranty is really something they’re proud of.
Next is our RAM or Memory module. Since there’s nothing on the market that is made by MSI yet, we picked up a relatively cheap but reliable stick – Kingston’s HyperX Fury Black DDR4 2400 8GB (single stick) – for only PhP3,370 (PCHub price). This RAM is chosen for its signature design and black heat spreader which gives that dope AF minimalistic look. You can also overclock this bad boy at around 2666MHz by default, although we’re uncertain as of this moment that the motherboard we’ve picked can support this feature.
Next is the storage. For budget builds, we believe that 1TB is already enough. To support that belief, we picked up again the widely used WDC Blue 1TB for around PhP2,350 (PCHub price). This is a 7200-RPM mechanical hard drive, which can be boosted optionally by an Intel Optane module (which makes mechanical spinning drives act like SSDs) and make read/write speeds faster.
And if you want to go around, break out the 25-thousand-peso budget we have, go and pick up some solid-state drives (SSD) and make that your boot drive – I don’t care, this is just a guide for you to decide, anyway.
Leaving out nonsense, we are ending this up with the chassis/case, and this time, we will pick something that will let you show the beauty of what’s inside – the Tecware Edge Gaming Case for only PhP1,600 (PCHub price).
The Edge is a compact size mid-tower case that is modern and minimalist at the same time. It can support up to standard ATX motherboards and even a 240mm water cooling radiator at the front. The Edge also comes with 3 x 120mm cooling fans (2 front, 1 rear) which might be enough for a decent cooling solution – and it has support for (1) 120mm fan at the rear, (2) 120mm at the top (could be a water cooling radiator, too) and (2) 120-240mm at the front. It also has support for 2x 3.5” drives, 3x 2.5” drives (SSDs) and 1x 5.25” (for optical drives).
Finally, you’ll love the PSU chamber, routing holes for effective cable management, the magnetic air filter at the top and of course, the clear side panel window.
|ITEM||PRICE||WHERE TO BUY|
|CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 Kaby Lake @ 3.5GHz||PhP3,890||PCHub Gilmore, DynaQuest PC (PhP3,190)|
|GPU: MSI GTX 1050Ti 4GB Dual Fan OC||PhP8,640||PCHub Gilmore|
|MOBO: MSI B250M PRO-VDH||PhP 4,030||PCHub Gilmore|
|RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury Black DDR4 2400 (1 x 8GB)||PhP3,370||PCHub Gilmore|
|PSU: Corsair VS450 80+ White||PhP1,720||PCHub Gilmore, DynaQuest PC (PhP1,690)|
|HDD: WDC Blue 1TB (7200RPM)||PhP2,350||PCHub Gilmore, DynaQuest PC|
|Case: Tecware Edge Gaming Case||PhP1,600||PCHub Gilmore|
*pricing may vary in other stores
OTHER NOTES: The Kaby Lake Pentium G4560 doesn’t support the Intel Optane memory – but we recommended it as a piece of upgrade if you’re switching your CPU to an Optane-compatible one.
Motherboard: ASRock H110M-HDV Micro-ATX – PhP3150.00 (Dynaquest PC) (notes: update the BIOS first or request to the shop to update the BIOS first before buying – this is to make your processor supported.)
GPU: Palit GTX 1050 Ti StormX 4gb – PhP6950.00 (Dynaquest PC)
**Monitor: BenQ 21.5″ GW2270H 1080p VA – PhP5650.00 (Dynaquest PC)
So, for around $500 bucks or 25-thousand pesos, here is a decent Kaby-Lake system that can be used to play games at least 1080p medium to high settings. However, if you aren’t satisfied with the performance, this build is actually designed to have a good upgrade path in the future – so you can swap out the CPU/GPU easily without changing motherboards (like upgrade the CPU to an i5 or i7 ‘non-K’ and swap the GPU for up to GTX 1080) unless you tend to buy Ryzen or upgrade to the newer X299 platform.
We expect this build not to be used for heavy content creation like 4K video editing or 3D-rendering and stuff because of our limited CPU. However, for gaming, we believe that the G4560’s performance is enough to bring you up to the race and give you that Chicken Dinner you want in PUBG and the victory in either DotA 2, League of Legends or CS:GO.
And that’s it. Thanks for reading this build guide and your opinions will be deeply appreciated – comment on this post using the Facebook comments module below and let us know what do you think of the build as well as what you can suggest aside than the items we’ve mentioned.
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DISCLAIMER: This build guide isn’t sponsored by either MSI or PCHub.