UPDATED ON 2017.09.17: Changed some of the components such as processor and RAM to the recommended and much better ones as well as updated the pricing of parts.
Probably the most intriguing question when it comes to building a gaming PC nowadays is – should I keep loyal to team blue (Intel) or make the switch to AMD’s Ryzen platform?
But how good is it and how far could the Ryzen platform can stand up against Intel’s 6th generation and 7th generation processors which most gamers, creators, enthusiasts and professionals prefer? These are the questions we’re trying to answer when we’re doing this build guide other than the main question – where our decent amount of penny can bring us?
By the way, this guide doesn’t include the price of an operating system – so you decide whichever route you want to use (paid Windows 10 copy, OEM keys, or free Linux OS distros)
This build guide doesn’t include the step-by-step tutorial of building the PC (you can use Google and YouTube for that case – don’t worry, its easy) and also includes other options/alternatives for you to choose, so read the rest if you want to see.
Since we’re always on a budget here – we handpicked the parts which would fit our budget with care (because we don’t want to compromise performance, too) and after careful deliberation and canvassing on some popular Philippine PC Parts store (at Gilmore in Quezon City), we came up with these items.
CPU / Processor
Our processor, of course is the highlight of this build guide – and we’ve picked up the six-core / twelve-thread (6/12) AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (PhP11,310 – PCHub). Running at the base clock speed of 3.20GHz (turbo boosted by up to 3.6GHz), this unlocked (means you can overclock it) CPU can perform medium to heavy AAA gaming and play some popular e-sports titles without a sweat plus some video editing with ease (since gamers nowadays might want to record and edit their gameplays and upload it on YouTube). Not to mention that the 1600 also includes the ‘Wraith Spire’ stock cooler but the fact that it doesn’t have the RGB LED illumination (which you can only get if you purchase Ryzen 7 chips) was a little bit disappointing. Learn more about the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 HERE.
Our motherboard pick was carefully decided – we came up across different options like the ones from MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte before, but their motherboards especially the AM4 ones were priced way too high that might compromise our budget. Luckily, we’ve come up across ASRock’s AM4 motherboard lineup and picked up their AB350M Pro 4 AM4 motherboard – (PhP4,620 – PCHub) – a microATX motherboard with a black and white theme and not to mention that it already comes with a USB-C 3.0 port and RGB headers (because it’s 2017, you know) for you to control your dope AF RGB lighting setup. Learn more about the AB350M Pro 4 HERE.
It has 4 slots of DDR4 RAM that can support RAM speeds from 2133MHz up to 3200 (OC) and 2x M.2 slots for your M.2 SSDs. It also has one 1 PCI-E x1 and 2x PCI-E x16 slots (one with PCI-E 3.0 and the other one with PCI-E 2.0) – and we’re certain that this motherboard is AMD Crossfire™ certified.
Graphics Card / GPU
This one is the main factor when it comes to making gaming PCs, IMO. Because games nowadays are graphics-intensive, a decent GPU should be powering the build. Although graphics cards tend to be expensive, we’re lucky that there are brands who make graphics cards targeting budget-oriented people like us yet without compromising performance.
Our pick for the GPU was Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB OC (PhP7,790 – PCHub). Since it is designed to only have a smaller footprint, our build was actually spacious given that we’re building on a microATX case (although you get what you pay for because it doesn’t come with fancy RGB stuff and there’s even no CD for drivers tho – because who use CDs in 2017, anyway?). The card is also PCI-E power pinless (means that it doesn’t need any PCI-E 6-pins/8-pins to power) – but that doesn’t mean it’s a low-powered GTX 1050Ti. Also, it has dual fans for cooling and a DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.4 for display connection. Lastly, you‘ll also love the extended warranty that they offer.
Read more about the Zotac GTX 1050Ti HERE.
Memory / RAM
Our first RAM pick was supposedly (and highly recommended) Kingston’s HyperX 8GB DDR4 2133 single stick (PhP3,480 – PCHub) (because it’s KINGSTON, and comes with a black heat spreader which would fit our theme) However, there was no stock when we got there so we’ve chosen an alternative – GEIL’s EVO X RGB DDR4 2400 RAM for only PhP3,190.
But, when we’re building it, the RAM ended up not working with the board (our fault because we didn’t checked the QVL list). We ended up going back again to Gilmore (watch our vlog below) to see if we can replace the RAM with another one or check if we have any parts which were DoA (Dead on Arrival) – but luckily, we don’t have any.
So we’ve paired it with another 4GB HyperX DDR4 from Kingston and the GEIL RAM worked.
Our word: If there’s a stock of the HyperX RAM and don’t care about RGB lighting on RAM at all, go pick up the HyperX – since it seems that there are compatibility issues between the GEIL RAM and the motherboard we’ve picked. It’s not like you can sync the other RGB stuff with the GEIL RAM anyway because the cable provided with the RAM is way too short to reach the motherboard’s RGB header.
Power Supply / PSU
Our pick for the PSU is actually an overkill – (yes, we know) However, since we’re planning to use it for future benchmarking and other budget builds, we’ve got the Seasonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze for PhP2,780 @PCHub Gilmore. Read more about the Seasonic S12II 520w 80+ Bronse PSU HERE.
And our comment on this PSU: SO MANY CABLES THAT WE’VE WISHED WE PICKED A FULLY MODULAR ONE (the Seasonic M12II EVO modular PSU with the same wattage costs only PhP3,460 – consider it if you want to get rid of unnecessary cables)
But for you who don’t need that amount of cables or don’t want to spend above PhP3k on a PSU, or let’s just say since we’re on a budget here and our graphics card don’t need any PCI-E 6/8-pins at all, we listed several alternatives (we’ve also tested before) for you to choose (see other options below).
For our storage, we went with the WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200 RPM mechanical HDD (Hard Disk Drive) [PhP2,350 – PCHub] – enough to store your games as well as some applications and probably, porn?
You might also want to consider getting SSD if you have some spare money for better performance.
Chassis / PC Case
We originally planned to pick up a PC case from RAKK (Panasque | Black @PhP999) [recommended for more space, full glass side panel and decent PSU shroud]. However, because it is so popular here that it runs out of stock very fast, we’ve decided to repurpose our months-old Tecware F3 (PhP 1,500 – PCHub) and do our build there temporarily.
The Tecware F3 is a micro-ATX case and has only space for 2x 3.5” HDDs and 1x 2.5” SSD/HDD. It has 4x 120mm fan slots (1 rear, 1 top, 2 front) for maximum cooling and a decent set of I/O with 1 USB 3.0 Type A port at the TOP.
Read more about the Tecware F3 HERE.
So, our total damage for this particular build is PhP33,830
|ITEM||PRICE||WHERE TO BUY|
|CPU: Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.2-3.6GHz||PhP11,310||PCHub/Dynaquest/JDM/Other PC Parts Retailer|
|GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition (4GB) – Dual Fan||PhP7,790|
|MOBO: ASRock AB350M Pro 4||PhP 4,620|
|RAM: KINGSTON HYPERX FURY DDR4 2133MHz (8GBx1)||PhP3,480|
|PSU: Seasonic 520w 80+ Bronze||PhP2,780|
|HDD: WD 1TB Blue (7200RPM)||PhP2,350|
|Case: Tecware F3||PhP1,500|
Now, for our RGB stuff (because it’s 2017, and RGB is a must) – we’ve picked out RAKK Maris [@PhP1,395 – EasyPC] (a RGB-lighting kit which includes 3pcs. 120mm RGB-illuminated fans plus 2pcs. of RGB LED strips for case illumination) – connected to a hub and both can be controlled using the included remote. However, do note that it doesn’t support your mobo’s RGB headers because it doesn’t have any connector for RGB headers, tho
If you’ve picked up the GEIL RGB RAM, please note that you can’t sync it with this kit – because it wasn’t connected to the motherboard, either – so prepare to get disappointed or just disable its RGB illumination or stick to one color if you’re that OCD.
Adding the RAKK Maris RGB Lighting Kit to our build, our total damage overall is PhP35,225
So, getting back to the questions that we’ve raised above – how far can our PhP35K / $680 can take on gaming? Well, this is our conclusion – this Ryzen 5 system is surely enough for some people who play e-sports titles as well as AAA games in 1080p at Medium to High settings without a sweat – and will serve its purpose if paired with a decent monitor as well. But if you care about more fps as well as more performance (High to Ultra settings), then raise your budget first because that will dictate your build. If you are heavily invested on gaming and productivity, set aside a big amount of your hard-earned money and choose either a Ryzen 7-equipped system or stick to blue team and choose their Kaby Lake Core i5/i7 CPUs.
And surely, Ryzen offers more options, cores, threads than its Intel counterpart for a lower price – giving more benefit for people who want more cores and more threads for their applications and games. Aside from the benchmarks telling the performance that these chips deliver, AMD actually did a great job on putting something competitive on the CPU market nowadays, which Intel have dominated for the past years. Not to mention the fact that you can overclock almost all Ryzen 5 & 7 chips without buying a CPU which is unlocked – unlike Intel’s ‘K’ CPU variants – which is way more expensive just to get a few more clock speed boost.
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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ACTUAL BUILD PHOTOS
ACTUAL Build VLOGS playlist + timelapsed build (part 2)