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UPDATE ON 2018.01.07: Corrected wrong price of RAKK Hawani – from PhP4,000 to PhP1,995 only.
SECTIONS (Click link to jump into)
CPU / PROCESSOR CHOICES STORAGE CHOICE
MOTHERBOARD CHOICES CASE / CHASSIS CHOICES
MEMORY / RAM CHOICES MONITOR CHOICES
GRAPHICS CARD CHOICES TOTAL BUILD PRICES / TOTAL DAMAGE
POWER SUPPLY / PSU CHOICE CONCLUSION

If you are wondering why we didn’t publish PC Builds Buyer’s Guide for the months of November and December – it’s because we can’t completely tell when will the prices of vital components like graphics cards and RAM/memory to fall back to its original state.

However, to keep us back in track for our monthly buyer’s guides this 2018, we’re jumpstarting off our January with a different taste in helping you to decide which parts do you need to start your gaming journey.

But before we proceed on our parts list, you might want to check out our previous buyers guides as well from the links below:

PHP 35K / $680 RYZEN 5 PC BUILD

PHP 25K KABY LAKE STARTER PACK BUILD GUIDE

ULTIMATE YET BUDGET-FRIENDLY RYZEN 3 PC Build

PhP55K / $1080 Editing and Gaming PC Build

ASUS ROG ‘PAYAMAN EDITION’ COMPLETE Coffee-Lake PC Builds

We also added a monitor to complement the setup – so that you don’t have trouble when it comes to picking out from an array of display vendors out there. However, we don’t include the price of an operating system but in case you want to use Windows legitimately, you can purchase an OEM key from eBay and activating your Windows through this LINK.

FINAL REMINDER: Prices may vary among stores. Most of the prices are retrieved from DynaQuest and PCHub as of this writing.

Now let’s proceed.


CPU CHOICES


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Platform Intel AMD
Model    
A. Core i5-7400 B. Ryzen 3 1200
Socket Support LGA1151 AM4
Cores / Threads 4C / 4T 4C / 4T
Frequency (Base/Turbo) 3.0GHz / 3.5GHz 3.1GHz / 3.4GHz
Integrated Graphics Intel HD 630 N/A
TDP 65W 65W
Cache 6MB SmartCache 8MB L3, 2MB L2 Cache
Cooler Included Yes, Intel Stock Yes, Wraith Stealth
Unlocked/Overclockable No Yes
Price (PHP/USD) PhP8,690 / $180 PhP5,600 / $120

Table 1.1 (CPU choices, basic specifications)

Explaining CPU choices

  1. The Core i5-7400 is ideal for users who do light to medium gaming, especially e-sports titles. Given that it boasts a new 4 cores and 4 threads (4C/4T) configuration, it should pair up to AMD’s Ryzen 3, especially the Ryzen 3 1300x. Sadly, it’s not unlocked (means you can’t OC it further than its turbo) and there’s no multi-threading option here, so we’re stuck with 4 threads as well. Learn more about it HERE.
  2. The Ryzen 3 1200 is ideal for gamers and lightweight content creators who like to play and work on their PC at the same time but restricted on a certain budget. As some of you might not know, you don’t need to get an i7 chip for gaming. You will be pleased to get this chip especially knowing the fact that you can get more with it by overclocking at a certain clock speed. Just take note that it doesn’t have multi-threading as well, so we’re also stuck with 4 threads. Learn more about it HERE.

We don’t need to buy a separate CPU cooler after all in order to make this PC work, since two of these processors do come with their own coolers (although I’ll give AMD credit for their impressive stock cooler than Intel’s ‘meh’ one.), that’s why we’re going on the next part.


MOTHERBOARD CHOICES


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Platform Intel AMD
Model    
A. Gigabyte GA-B250M-HD3 B. Gigabyte GA-AB350M-HD3
Socket LGA 1151 AM4
Chipset B250 B350
RAM Slots 2 (DDR4, Max 32GB) 2 (DDR4, Max 32GB)
Form Factor Micro ATX Micro ATX
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP4,000 / $80 PhP4,500 / $90-100

Table 1.2 (Motherboard choices, basic specifications)

Explaining motherboard choices

    1. We’re going with Gigabyte this time, since it was well-known for being affordable yet sturdy enough. Not only that, it also sports minimalistic brown and black design, support for Intel Optane memory and so much more. Learn more about it HERE.
    2. Our most-picked motherboard ASRock AB350M Pro 4 gets replaced with Gigabyte’s budget B350 offering. Although there’s the fact that there are A320 motherboards if you want to go much cheaper – we wouldn’t let you restrict the overclocking potentials of AMD Ryzen processors. It’s cheaper, looks decent, and gets the job done. Learn more about it HERE.

MEMORY / RAM CHOICE


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Model    
A. Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB Single DDR4 2400 CL14 (CMK8GX4M1A2400C14) B. Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB Single DDR4 2400 (HX424C15FB/8)
Platform/MHz DDR4-2400 MHz DDR4-2400 MHz
Features XMP 2.0 support, low-profile design XMP 2.0 support, low-profile design
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP4,750 / $125 PhP5,540 / $110

Table 1.3 (Memory / RAM choices, basic specifications)

Explaining memory/RAM choices

Take note that all of them are compatibility checked on the QVL for the motherboards we’ve selected. We also picked only single stick for now, so that you can add one another in case you demand more – and it’s also cheaper compared to it’s dual-stick kit counterparts.

    1. Forget RGB, it’s 2018. We decided to stick up with 8GB and the Corsair Vengeance LPX due to the fact that it costs cheaper than our RGB G.Skill counterpart, though we neglected the RGB support. Since 8GB is the now-considered standard among basic builds and system requirements for games and applications, this is the most ideal configuration for budget users who tends to upgrade in the future. Just add another one when you need to. Learn more about the Corsair Vengeance LPX HERE.
    2. I don’t know why you don’t like Corsair, but if you doTHEN WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS PART? Anyway, if you want the one from HyperX that cost a little bit, we’re sure to recommend HyperX as your next pick. It also works seamlessly with the selected motherboard and is the crowd favorite so unless you got a lemon unit, you sure got a good RAM out there. Learn more about HyperX Fury HERE.

GRAPHICS CARD CHOICE


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Model    
A. Galax GTX 1050Ti OC Dual Fan (OC) B. Zotac GTX 1050 TI OC Edition 4GB GDDR5 (ZT-P10510B-10L)
GPU/VRAM GTX 1050 Ti / GDDR5 4GB GTX 1050ti / GDDR5 4GB
Graphics Clock 1290 1290
CUDA Cores 768 1920
TDP/Power Output 75W 75W
Memory Clock 3504 (7008) MHz 8008MHz
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP7,510/$150 PhP7,950/$155

Table 1.4 (Graphics card choices, basic specifications)

Explaining graphics card choices

Graphics cards prices are still peaking in 2018, and we have no clue WHEN will it fall back to normal due to memory shortage, cryptocurrency mining demand, and upgrade demand due to PUBG. Yes, PUBG is now-sought as a reason for supply shortage.

    1. Drop all the hate at GTX 1050Ti. Yes, many enthusiasts hate it. However, for budget-oriented peeps, this card is their safe-haven if they want to enter the medium to high setting gaming. It’s Galax, one of the budget brands that built a good reputation for the past few years. Ditch the RGB parts, we don’t need that anymore. Learn more about it HERE.
    2. Our previous 1050Ti pick doesn’t leave the recommendation tier. ZOTAC, with its dual fan GTX 1050Ti, is an option as well because you love to have options right? Learn more about it HERE.

POWER SUPPLY / PSU CHOICE


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Model
A. Corsair VS450
Watts 450w
Modular No
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP1,750 / $45-55

Table 1.5 (Power supply / PSU choice, basic specification)

Explaining power supply / PSU choice

    1. To be honest, that is more than enough for what is required for this build. Both CPUs draws a decent amount of power, only 65W as well as 75W for the GPU. Send hate to its unsleeved cables, but if you are in a budget – you’ll never went wrong with this one. Forget about the mustard-looking cables and RGB features, it’s going to be covered under the PSU shroud, anyway. Learn more about it HERE.

STORAGE CHOICE


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Model  
A. 1TB Seagate FireCuda SSHD

(ST1000LX002)

Storage Size(s) 1TB
Interface SATA
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP3,750 / $75

Table 1.6 (Storage options choice, basic specification)

Explaining storage choices

    1. While SSD + HDD is still the trend in terms of storage configuration nowadays, we decided to left out the SSD and instead, opt in for a solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD). It’s like using an Intel Optane with your HDD, but already in one package. Ultimately, the benefit of picking up a SSHD is savings. You can learn more about the Seagate FireCuda HERE.

CASE CHOICE


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We believe that on this part, it is a matter of choice because we all have different taste and fetish. But still, adorable cases are now reachable through some budget-friendly brands and casemakers.

Model    
A. RAKK Hawani B. Tecware Edge Tempered Glass USB3.0
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, EATX Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
Color(s) Black Black, Black-red, Black-white
Dimensions (LxWxH) 435 x 201 x 453mm 455 x 205 x 482 mm
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP1,995 / $40-50 PhP2,050 / $50-55

Table 1.7 (Case choices, basic specifications)

Explaining case choices

    1. We love RAKK Gears, seriously. Although they don’t give us items for us to evaluate yet, we applaud them for their good products at a friendly price. The fact that it is only around PhP2,000 makes us excited about the future of budget cases. It sports legit tempered glass on the front and right as well as an opaque cover on the left. It is only available on a single color which is black. However, the lack of other HDD bays and fan filters might frustrate you, and be prepared to encounter out-of-stock frustration because RAKK items usually are sold fast. Learn more about the RAKK Hawani HERE.
    2. Another contender for the budget tempered-glass side panel comes from Tecware, and its well-received Edge series. Their new Edge TG (Tempered Glass) replaces their former Edge with acrylic side panel, for those who are really invested into showcasing their rig’s internals on a budget. Although it has lesser glass, it has the appealing internals especially for those who sticks out to color schemes such as black and white or black and red. Learn more about it HERE.


MONITOR CHOICE


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Model    
A. AOC I2280SWD 21.5″ IPS Monitor B. BenQ 24 GW2406Z LED IPS Frameless
Panel/Backlight Type IPS LED IPS LED
Refresh Rate 50-75Hz (variable) 60Hz
Screen Resolution/Ratio 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Screen Size 21.5in 23.8in
Response Time 6ms (GTG) 5ms (GTG)
Inputs Analog VGA, DVI 1x HDMI (v1.4), 1x DisplayPort (v1.2), 1x D-sub, 3.5mm audio
Features Flicker-Free, Screen+ software and e-Saver Flicker-free, near-frameless, 8-bit color
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP5,850 / $115-120 PhP7,100 / $140-145

Table 1.8 (Monitor choices, basic specifications)

Explaining monitor choices

    1. Don’t want to get a larger monitor? We don’t see the reason why other than space issues, but this one from AOC is already Full HD with variable refresh rate and of course, IPS, so expect much great viewing angles with this one. The negative side, though is that it doesn’t sport modern display connectivity ports such as HDMI or DisplayPort. Learn more about it HERE.
    2. We’re surely recommending this one from BenQ. It’s feature-packed and for the price, we can’t ask for more. Design-wise, being frameless makes it ideal for multi-monitor setups as well. Since it’s also IPS (In-Plane Switching), we expect to get great viewing angles and visuals. Learn more about it HERE.

TOTAL DAMAGE / PRICES


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Build A (Intel Build)

*Note that the cheapest part among the options were selected. Options are just included to give you alternatives.

ITEM PRICE WHERE TO BUY
CPU: Core i5-7400 PhP8,690 / $180 Philippines:

PCHub, JDM, DynaQuest, EasyPC, etc.

US/Other Countries:

Amazon, Newegg & your preferred computer stores

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-B250M-HD3 PhP4,000 / $80
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB Single DDR4 2400 CL14 (CMK8GX4M1A2400C14) PhP4,750 / $125
GPU: Galax GTX 1050Ti OC Dual Fan (OC) PhP7,510/ $150
PSU: Corsair VS450 PhP1,750 / $45-55
STORAGE: 1TB Seagate FireCuda SSHD

(ST1000LX002)

PhP3,750 / $75
Case: RAKK Hawani PhP1,995 / $40-$50
Monitor: AOC I2280SWD 21.5″ IPS Monitor PhP5,850 / $115-120
TOTAL (PHP/USD) PhP38,295 / $810

Table 2.0 – Total Damages/Prices for Build A (Intel Build)

Build B (AMD Build)

**Literally the same parts except the motherboard and the CPU.

ITEM PRICE WHERE TO BUY
CPU: Ryzen 3 1200 PhP5,600 / $120 Philippines:

PCHub, JDM, DynaQuest, EasyPC, etc.

US/Other Countries:

Amazon, Newegg & your preferred computer stores

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-AB350M-HD3 PhP4,500 / $90-100
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB Single DDR4 2400 CL14 (CMK8GX4M1A2400C14) PhP4,750 / $125
GPU: Galax GTX 1050Ti OC Dual Fan (OC) PhP7,510/ $150
PSU: Corsair VS450 PhP1,750 / $45-55
STORAGE: 1TB Seagate FireCuda SSHD

(ST1000LX002)

PhP3,750 / $75
Case: RAKK Hawani PhP1,995 / $40-$50
Monitor: AOC I2280SWD 21.5″ IPS Monitor PhP5,850 / $115-120
TOTAL (PHP/USD) PhP35,705 / $760

Table 2.1 – Total Damages/Prices for Build B (AMD Build)

 

*** ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT PRICES MAY VARY IN OTHER STORES.

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Conclusion


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We hope that these parts list helps you on deciding when you are building your computer with a budget of PhP40,000 or ~$860 (in current exchange rate). We’re making a video soon and a follow-up update adding benchmarks in case we got access to these parts and build it ourselves.

Just buy your peripherals, get your copy of an operating system whether it’s Linux or Windows, and you’re good to go.

We hope that these simple build list helps you on deciding which parts to buy for that budget. And you might want to check out our previous PC builds which are linked below.

PHP 35K / $680 RYZEN 5 PC BUILD

PHP 25K KABY LAKE STARTER PACK BUILD GUIDE

ULTIMATE YET BUDGET-FRIENDLY RYZEN 3 PC Build

PhP55K / $1080 Editing and Gaming PC Build

ASUS ROG ‘PAYAMAN EDITION’ COMPLETE Coffee-Lake PC Builds

And if you think this really helps, share this with your friends so that they also have a better idea on which parts to buy for their next system. Thanks for reading and happy gaming!