PhP55K / $1080 Editing and Gaming PC Build Buyer’s Guide (September 2017)
Instead of getting the expensive iPhone X, why not just build this one?
You are always telling yourself, geez, my computer bottlenecks my creativity and ideas – it hangs, it lags really bad and I cannot scrub on the timeline properly when I’m editing my videos. And as a content creator myself, I really feel bad about that.
But not anymore, because we will not let your wallets bottleneck your ideas with this budget-friendly productivity / editing / gaming PC build, that you can save up your hard-earned money into, instead of getting the expensive iPhone X.
By the way, this build doesn’t include the monitor, peripherals, and price of an operating system – so you decide whichever you want and which route you want to use (paid Windows 10 retail copy, free Linux OS, or using cheap Windows OEM keys which you can buy here).
Arguably the best combo (for now) when it comes to multi-taskers and content creators is AMD’s Ryzen platform, no doubt with that – so, we’re sticking out again to an AMD Ryzen build.
If you are asking why, well, the Zen architecture is a really good one especially when it comes to multi-core performance (which most editing and rendering / simulation software utilizes the most than just of a single-core), so that’s why it blows up almost all of its Intel counterpart, while giving a great price-to-performance ratio.
CPU / PROCESSOR
Before we go into that, let’s see what the 3 SKUs of the Ryzen 7 family has to offer.
|Ryzen 7 1700||Ryzen 7 1700x||Ryzen 7 1800x|
|Cores / Threads||8C / 16T||8C / 16T||8C/16T|
|Cooler Included||Yes / Wraith Spire RGB||No||No|
Table 1.1 (Ryzen 7 SKUs basic specifications)
Learn more about the Ryzen 7 family HERE.
Now, going back to our build guide – more like a “form of a quotation” – we chose the Ryzen 7 1700 over the 1700x due to a number of reasons:
- You can overclock the Ryzen 7 1700 to go up to 3.7GHz using the stock provided Wraith Spire cooler – which is on par or over the 1700x stock speeds. (some even reported they can hit over 4GHz using a third-party air or AIO cooler).
- It is cheaper compared to the 1700x, considering also the fact that they offer ALMOST the SAME features and specs aside from the difference in clock speeds.
We have the Ryzen 7 1700 available on both PCHub and DynaQuest PC for around PhP16,000. The money we saved from picking up the 1700x instead would go to much better components, such as graphics card, which if paired with a powerful CPU like this one, gives you much better performance on both editing and rendering, like Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, DaVinci Resolve or some little dose of Maya / AutoCAD. Well, if you use SolidWorks, too, you can do some of your work with this one.
We always choose the one we have the experience with and the one that we think is the ‘bang for the buck’ among all these budget-oriented AM4 motherboards – the AsRock AB350M Pro 4 which is now priced at PhP 4,620 – PCHub.
But why not go with X370? UNLESS you’ll need some enthusiast-level features such as SLI, more PCI-E slots and more ports, I think, you should stick into the cheaper B350 chipset – they still offer the same overclocking capabilities, anyway – so there’s nothing to lose on that.
Back to the motherboard, the AB350M Pro 4 from AsRock is a microATX motherboard with a black and white theme that also comes with a USB-C 3.0 port and RGB headers for you to control your RGB lighting setup, in case you want using AsRock’s proprietary software.
It also has 4 DIMM slots of DDR4 RAM (supports Dual channel memory mode) with support for RAM speeds from 2133MHz up to 3200MHz (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 finally, this motherboard is AMD Quad Crossfire™ certified.
MEMORY / RAM
We are aware of the fact that RAM prices are going up due to some sort of a worldwide supply shortage – that’s why RAM prices blew up just like how graphics cards prices went up.
But, we’re not sacrificing anything including RGB lighting so that’s why we pick the G.Skill TridentZ RGB (8GBx2) DDR4 2400MHz CL15 (F4-2400C15D-16GTZR) – priced at PhP7,650 (DynaQuest).
And if you want to, overclock this to either 2666MHz or higher and you’ll get a much faster performance out of it.
We opted for 16GB of RAM because editing software like Adobe Premiere and After Effects are ram-hogs and works smoothly when there’s more of it – 8GB of RAM isn’t ideal for this purpose, to be honest.
We also liked its fantastic RGB lighting option which would basically complement with the rest of the system if synced correctly and its signature TridentZ design which will look good on no matter what case you pick.
If budget allows, we recommend you to invest to a higher-end GPU for this build like the GTX 1070 or RX 580, but for the sake of the good price-to-performance ratio, we thought that we should use a GTX 1060 6GB instead to achieve fairness between performance and budget.
Remember that graphics cards higher than 1050Ti are still pricey and won’t returning to their normal SRPs anytime soon, still due to both cryptocurrency mining and memory shortage. However, there’s a good read here on how to beat out of this problem. Take those suggested route in case you can’t find any better prices of our suggestion below.
For our GPU/Graphics Card choice, we choose the Galax GTX 1060 OC 6GB (PhP14,120 – PCHub, PhP14,290.00 – DynaQuest).
It has a nice design that complements with our motherboard, 1×6-pin PCI-E power, dual fans for cooling, and a DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4 for display connection.
POWER SUPPLY / PSU
Because we are planning to overclock this system and to make it ready for further upgrades, we will stick with the known “bang-for-the-buck or PSU ng BAYAN” (the Seasonic S12II 520 80+ Bronze [PhP2,780 – PCHub]) – this is because 520 watts is more than enough for this build and it’s a reputable PSU after all, so let’s continue.
But, a friendly reminder – this PSU comes with so many cables that you might not need and might be troublesome to hide, so for that, you might want to check out its FULLY MODULAR version, the M12II, which costs a thousand peso more.
Next is the storage. Now, we finally picked up some SSDs, because it really HAS an impact when it comes to work and productivity, especially on speeding up almost everything you do on your computer.
Of course, we shelled out a little bit with this one, but we know that this is the best pick out of everything else, considering performance and durability as well as price at the same time – and our contender, no other than Samsung’s 850 EVO 250GB SATA SSD (PhP4,740 – PCHub). It has the max read and write speeds of 540MB/520MB, respectively, due to SATA interface limitations.
But, if you have some spare cash to shell out, you can pick up instead the M.2 variant of the 850 EVO (much better) but will cost around PhP2,000 more – which promises blazingly fast performance than its SATA counterpart.
For additional storage, we added the popular 1TB WD Caviar Blue 1TB for PhP2,350 (PCHub/DynaQuest). This is a 7200-RPM mechanical hard drive which is ideal for storing your finished projects, and access them anytime you need with its much faster performance than a normal archive drive.
We believe that on this part, it is a matter of choice because we all have different taste and fetish, so, instead, we picked up a case that will give you so many options, and because of being popular among modders – we picked up the Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 (PhP2,650 – PCHub) – a microATX case that has a small footprint but with so many customization options.
You can learn more about the MasterBox Lite 3.1 through this link HERE.
TOTAL DAMAGE / PRICES
Simply, our total damage for this particular build is PhP54,910
|ITEM||PRICE||WHERE TO BUY|
|CPU: Ryzen 7 1700 8C/16T @ 3.0-3.7GHz||PhP16,000||
PCHub, JDM, DynaQuest, EasyPC, etc.
|GPU: GALAX GTX 1060 6GB OC||PhP14,120|
|MOBO: AsRock AB350M Pro 4||PhP 4,620|
|RAM: G.Skill TridentZ RGB DDR4 2400MHz (8GBx2) [16GB]||PhP7,650|
|PSU: Seasonic S12II 520w 80+ Bronze PSU||PhP2,780|
|SSD: Samsung 850 EVO SATA 250GB||PhP4,740|
|HDD: WDC Blue 1TB (7200RPM)||PhP2,350|
|Case: CM MasterBox Lite 3.1 microATX||PhP2,650|
*pricing may vary in other stores
- AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (6C/12T, AM4, 65W @3.2GHz – 3.6GHz) (PhP11,040 – PCHub/DynaQuest)
- MSI B350M Pro VDH (PhP4,580 – PCHub)
- G.Skill FlareX 16GB (8GBx2) 2400Mhz (F4-2400C15D-16GFX) – PhP7,450 (DynaQuest)
- Palit GTX 1060 DUAL FAN 6GB (PhP15,170 – PCHub, PhP14,300.00 – DynaQuest)
- 240GB GEIL Zenith R3, SSD, SATA, R|W: 550|500 (PhP3,999 – PCHub)
- 1TB Seagate Barracuda (64MB, ST1000DM010) (PhP2,320 – PCHub)
- Tecware Alpha, atx, white/gray, x-side, 3x120mm, USB3.0 (PhP2,410 – PCHub)
- Corsair 550watts, PSU, VS, VS550, 80PLUS White (PhP2,260 – PCHub)
For the monitor, we recommend you the “bang-for-the-buck” and popular ASUS VC239H, a 23-inch FULL HD IPS LED display which gives you great viewing angles, color reproduction and so much more. If you want to, you can also get an ultrawide but don’t settle with higher refresh rates like 120-144Hz unless you’re also using this pc for competitive gaming.
This PC build is ideal for editing mostly FULL HD (1080p) videos and/or minimal 2K/4K compressed videos, or doing minimal rendering on their desired 3D animating/design software. It is also ideal for content creators who are looking for a budget-friendly workstation for editing their vlogs, gaming videos and other related media.
Although we focused much on the word ‘productivity’ and ‘editing’, we can also say that this build is ideal for 1080p gaming at HIGH to even ULTRA settings, given that we have the GTX 1060 6GB and a hefty amount of RAM. If you’re on a budget but want to start-up your game as a content creator on YouTube, that also considers streaming on Twitch and doing most work on PC – this is your way to go. Simply, this is the ideal content creators’/gamers PC Build, for starters.
We hope that this simple build list helps you on deciding which parts to buy for a content-creator friendly editing/gaming PC. You might want to check out our previous PC builds which are linked below.
And if you think this helps, share this with your friends so that they also have a better idea on which parts to buy for their next system if they’re also within the PhP55K budget.
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