First published on July 4, 2017 as PHP25K PC Build Buyer’s Guide [July 2017 Edition]

Updated on April 17, 2018

Editor’s Note: Due to price / availability adjustments and for the purpose of accuracy of this buyer’s guide, we will regularly update this post and might change something from the parts list to make this recommendation better.


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.

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.

READ: [UPDATED] PhP 35k / $680 Ryzen 5 PC Build Buyer’s Guide [June 2017]

As this is only a drafted build, there will be 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 drafted build.

Browse through the prices and parts through the list below:


CPU CHOICE

For the brain of this system, we recommend 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.

 

Intel Kaby Lake Pentium G4560

While picking up an aftermarket cooler would be enticing, note that you cannot overclock it and it includes a stock cooler which might suck for overclocking, but for this, it should perform decently.

MOTHERBOARD CHOICE

The motherboard we recommend is MSI’s B250M PRO-VDH – a micro-ATX board that comes really cheap but with absolutely winning features.

MSI B250M PRO-VDH
MSI B250M PRO-VDH
MSI B250M PRO-VDH
MSI B250M PRO-VDH
MSI B250M PRO-VDH
MSI B250M PRO-VDH

The motherboard has 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 modeIntel Optane memory readywith (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.

GRAPHICS CARD

While our original recommendation states that GTX 1050 Ti are not affected by the rise of prices among graphics cards, we’re sad to inform you that even the budget gaming card is also affected by this epidemic already –  and the availability of our original recommended card couldn’t be confirmed. [April 7, 2018, Author]

We’ve originally recommended MSI’s GTX 1050Ti 4GB Dual Fan OC, but since we couldn’t confirm its availability on stores right now, we replaced it with something else.

Image: Gigabyte

 

With its boost clock of 1455MHz and a base clock of 1341MHz, the G4560 wouldn’t bottleneck the 1050Tion most cases so it suits enough for your decent 1080p gaming (mostly e-sports titles).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.

Learn more about the graphic card HERE.

POWER SUPPLY / PSU CHOICE

It may not be the best budget power supply in the world, but we recommend the widely available, relatively cheap but trusted PSU from Corsair – their VS450 80+ White. 

Corsair VS450 with cables
Corsair VS450 with cables
Corsair VS450 fan
Corsair VS450 fan
Corsair VS450
Corsair VS450

This would be enough to supply the juice of our system and you’ll be pleased to hear that its fan is thermally controlledso 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.

MEMORY / RAM CHOICE

Corsair Vengeance LPX Black (Image: Corsair)

Memory / RAM modules are still high now and our original recommendation, theHyperX Fury Black DDR4 2400 8GB(single stick) module, is way too overpriced for this build right now. Instead of that, we recommend an alternative yet same-caliber module from Corsair – their Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 (CMK8GX4M1A2400C14) Black, 8GB (single stick). [April 7, 2018 – Author]

STORAGE CHOICE

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, a 7200-RPM mechanical hard drive for storage of your games and other files.

 

And if you want to go around and break 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 DRAFTED guide for you to help decide, anyway.

CASE / CHASSIS CHOICE

UPDATE: Replaced Tecware Edge with Tecware Edge TG (Tempered Glass) variant [April 7, 2018 – Author]

Leaving out nonsense, we are ending this up with the chassis/case. This time, we will pick something that will let you show the beauty of what’s inside – the Tecware Edge Gaming Case.

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” drives3x 2.5” drives (SSDs) and 1x 5.25” (for optical drives).

Finally, you’ll love the PSU chamberrouting holes for effective cable management, the magnetic air filter at the top and of course, the clear side panel window.

TOTAL PRICE / PARTS LIST

ITEM PRICE PRICE BASED FROM
CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 Kaby Lake @ 3.5GHz PhP2,990 PCHub
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Dual Fan OC PhP13,530 PCHub
MOBO: MSI B250M PRO-VDH PhP3,870 PCHub
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 (8GB x 1) PhP5,110 PCHub
PSU: Corsair VS450 80+ White PhP1,930 PCHub, DynaQuest PC (PhP1,720)
HDD: WDC Blue 1TB (7200RPM) PhP2,120 PCHub
Case: Tecware Edge TG Gaming Case PhP2,000 PCHub
TOTAL PhP31,550 $605

*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.


CONCLUSION

So, for around $600 bucks or 30 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 pathin 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 Coffee Lake (8th Gen) platform.

We expect this build not to be used for heavy content creation like 4K video editing or 3D-renderingand 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 Dinneryou 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.