First published on July 4, 2017 as PHP25K PC Build Buyer’s Guide [July 2017 Edition]
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.
Notes aside. Sincewe’re always on a budget,we handpicked some componentsbased on their pricing and their efficiencyat 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:
For the brain of this system, we recommend perhapsthe king of Intel budget builds, theKaby Lake Pentium G4560.This isa dual-core processor with hyper threadingthat gives it a sum of4 threads(2/4) andruns on its base clock speed of 3.5GHz.
While picking up an aftermarket cooler would be enticing,note thatyou cannot overclock itandit includes a stock cooler which might suck for overclocking,but for this,it should perform decently.
The motherboard we recommend isMSI’s B250M PRO-VDH–a micro-ATX boardthat comes really cheap but with absolutely winning features.
The motherboard hasUSB 3.1 support (for both Type-A and Type-C),4-slots of DDR4 memorythat supportsRAM speeds of up to 2400 in Dual Channel mode,Intel 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.
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 recommendedMSI’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.
With itsboost clock of 1455MHzand abase clock of 1341MHz,theG4560 wouldn’t bottleneck the 1050Tion most casesso it suits enough for yourdecent 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 cardHERE.
It may not be the best budget power supply in the world,but we recommend the widely available, relatively cheap but trusted PSU fromCorsair– theirVS450 80+ White.
This would be enough to supply the juice of our system and you’ll be pleased to hear thatits fan is thermally controlledso thatit will only spin at max speeds when it’s pushed hard(just ideal for silent freaks like me) – and their3-year warrantyis really something they’re proud of.
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 fromCorsair– theirVengeance LPX DDR42400 (CMK8GX4M1A2400C14) Black, 8GB (single stick).[April 7, 2018 – Author]
Next is the storage.For budget builds,we believe that 1TB is already enough.To support that belief, we picked up again the widely usedWDC Blue 1TB,a 7200-RPM mechanical hard drive for storage of your games and other files.
And if you want to go around andbreak the 25-thousand-peso budget we have, go andpick up some solid-state drives (SSD)andmake that your boot drive–I don’t care, this is just a DRAFTED guide for you to help decide, anyway.
UPDATE:Replaced Tecware Edge withTecware Edge TG (Tempered Glass)variant[April 7, 2018 – Author]
Leaving out nonsense, we are ending this upwith the chassis/case.This time, we will pick something that willlet you show the beauty of what’s inside– theTecware Edge Gaming Case.
TheEdgeis acompact size mid-tower casethat ismodern and minimalist at the same time. It can supportup to standard ATX motherboardsand even a240mm water cooling radiator at the front.The Edge also comes with3 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 for2x 3.5” drives,3x 2.5” drives (SSDs)and1x 5.25” (for optical drives).
Finally, you’ll lovethe PSU chamber,routing holes for effective cable management, themagnetic air filter at the topand of course, theclear side panel window.
|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|
*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.
So,for around $600 bucksor30 thousand pesos, here is adecent Kaby-Lake systemthatcan 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 theCPU/GPU easilywithout changing motherboards (likeupgrade the CPU to an i5 or i7 ‘non-K’andswap the GPU for up to GTX 1080) unlessyou tend to buy Ryzenor upgrade to thenewer Coffee Lake (8th Gen) platform.
We expect this buildnot to be used for heavy content creation like 4K video editing or 3D-renderingand stuffbecause of our limited CPU. However,for gaming, we believe that the G4560’s performance is enoughto bring youup to the raceandgive you that Chicken Dinneryou want in PUBGand the victory in eitherDotA 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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