“Whether or not you know Red Velvet, we’d love to have a red-themed computer on our desk, right?”

It’s the season of the month again where everything turns red – from smartphones, to special edition gadgets and accessories, as well as to our timelines on social networking sites. Wanting to achieve that ‘red velvet’ look on your next PC build while still having that performance pump? Read on, and see what you can build from a budget of PhP75,000 or ~$1500.

We didn’t include any monitor and peripherals this time as well as an operating system, giving you the freedom to choose whatever you like to install or use (but we still recommend Windows, though – which you can legitimately get for only around $5-10 from this LINK). You just need to add your budget, though.

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 [JUNE 2017]

PHP 25K KABY LAKE STARTER PACK BUILD GUIDE [JULY 2017]

ULTIMATE YET BUDGET-FRIENDLY RYZEN 3 PC Build [AUGUST 2017]

PhP55K / $1080 Editing and Gaming PC Build [SEPTEMBER 2017]

ASUS ROG ‘PAYAMAN EDITION’ COMPLETE Coffee-Lake PC Builds [October 2017]

PhP40K / $800 ENTRY GAMING PC BUILD BUYER’S GUIDE [January 2018]

FINAL REMINDER: Prices may vary among stores. Most of the prices are retrieved from DynaQuest, PCHub and Amazon as of this writing. Prices are subject to change and this article might be or might not be constantly updated to reflect price changes.

Now let’s proceed.

CPU CHOICE

Platform AMD
Model  
A. Ryzen 7 1700
Socket Support AM4
Cores / Threads 8C / 16T
Frequency (Base/Boost) 3.0GHz / 3.7GHz
Integrated Graphics N/A
TDP 65W
Cache L3: 16MB, L2: 4MB, L1:768KB
Cooler Included Yes, Wraith Spire (with LED)
Unlocked/Overclockable Yes
Price (PHP/USD) PhP16,000 / $329

Table 1.1 (CPU choices, basic specifications)

Explaining CPU choice

  1. The Ryzen 7 1700 is ideal for users who do content creation, productivity and gaming at the same time. Given that it boasts 8 logical cores and 16 threads (8C/16T) configuration, it should render performance-intensive tasks with ease, such as video rendering (CPU-based), streaming and so much more. 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 the Ryzen 7 1700 includes an impressive Wraith Spire stock cooler (with RGB). We just have to plug the RGB header to the dedicated RGB header of our motherboard so that we can set the light to color red, sticking to our ‘red velvet’ theme.

MOTHERBOARD CHOICE

Platform AMD
Model  
A. Asrock X370 Gaming X Fatal1ty
Socket AM4
Chipset X370
RAM Slots 4 (DDR4, Max 64GB)
Form Factor ATX
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP7,990 / $150

Table 1.2 (Motherboard choices, basic specifications)

Explaining motherboard choice

  1. While we are still attached to our most picked motherboard for our Ryzen builds (ASRock’s AB350M Pro 4), we’re now selecting a different one to match our theme from a different brand. We seriously like its design, gives you more overclocking power and multi-GPU options, it looks decent, and gets the job of having red LEDs or colors done. Learn more about it HERE.

MEMORY / RAM CHOICE

Model  
A. G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB Dual DDR4 3200 CL16 (F4-3200C16D-16GTZR)
Platform/MHz DDR4-3200 MHz
Features XMP 2.0 support, RGB lighting
Capacity 16GB (8GB x 2)
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP12,950 / $245

Table 1.3 (Memory / RAM choices, basic specifications)

Explaining memory/RAM choice

  1. We didn’t bother to find another contender for this aside from G.Skill’s Ripjaws series. However, we opted for the illuminated ones, and to have it set to RED is actually the best treat from this kit. We’ve also doubled the power from the 8GB standard among basic builds and system requirements for games and applications, so that you can do more with your ‘red velvet’ themed build. Just add more RAMs when you need to, or when prices went down. Learn more about the said kit HERE.

GRAPHICS CARD CHOICE

Model  
A. MSI GEFORCE GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G
GPU/VRAM GTX 1060 / GDDR5 6GB
Graphics Clock 1809 MHz / 1594 MHz (OC Mode)
CUDA Cores 1280
TDP/Power Output 120W
Memory Clock 8008 (8108 – OC) MHz
Memory Interface 192-bit
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP21,880 / $445

Table 1.4 (Graphics card choices, basic specifications)

Explaining graphics card choice

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. Yeah, we know – our pick for this isn’t the most economical solution out there. Let me iterate this again, this is a special edition build, so this pick could be reasonable. Ditch the RGB parts, we don’t need that anymore. Learn more about it HERE.

POWER SUPPLY / PSU CHOICE

Model  
A. Seasonic M12II-520 EVO 520w 80+ Bronze
Watts 520w
Modular Yes, Full
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP3,350 / $80-85

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

Explaining power supply / PSU choice

  1. Both CPU and GPU draws a decent amount of power, only 65W as well as 120W for the GPU. It’s also 80+ Bronze certified, so we can benefit from at least what the standards does translates to in terms of power consumption. We can get rid of unnecessary cables (thanks to its modularity), and sleeve them in red in case you really like to, although it’s going to be covered under the PSU shroud, anyway. Learn more about it HERE.

STORAGE CHOICE

Model    
A. Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SSD A. Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM010 HDD B. 1TB Seagate FireCuda SSHD (ST1000LX002)
Storage Size(s) 250GB 1TB 1TB
Interface SATA SATA III (6Gbps) SATA
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP4,990 / $100 PhP2,390 / $50 PhP3,750 / $75

Table 1.6 (Storage options choice, basic specification)

Explaining storage choices

  1. We know that SSD + HDD is still the trend in terms of storage configuration nowadays, so that’s why we opted for this option. The combination of renowned Samsung 850 Evo (while not the fastest SSD out there), as well as a decent 7200RPM 1TB Barracuda drive from Seagate appeals to the builders out there who are wanting to have a fast performing computer while not shelling out tons of money for a single, huge capacity SSD. Games and other files should be stored in the 1TB, though, so that the SSD doesn’t get full easily.
  2. Yes, we’ve included a hybrid drive as an option. 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

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. Tecware Void B. RAKK Hawani
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, EATX
Color(s) Black Black
Features Tempered Glass (Left Side Panel, Front), Black Cables, 4x Orbis Spectrum 120mm Fans included Tempered Glass (Left Side Panel, Front)
Dimensions (LxWxH) 400 x 203 x 435mm 435 x 201 x 453mm
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP3,500 / $70 PhP1,995 / $40-50

Table 1.7 (Case choices, basic specifications)

Explaining case choices

  1. Another contender for the budget tempered-glass front side panel comes from Tecware. Their new Void series appeals to those who are looking for a case splattered with tempered glass on both left and front sides, or for those who are really invested into showcasing their rig’s internals. It also includes 4x 120mm illuminated Orbis Spectrum fans, for that RGB immersion. Learn more about it HERE.
  2. 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.

OPTIONS / ADD-ONS

Model  
A. SilverStone SST-LS01-R Red LED Strips
RGB LED No, RED LED only
SRPs (PHP/USD) PhP600 / $13

Table 1.8 (Add-ons, basic specification)

Explaining add-ons

  1. To add more ‘red velvet’ flavor to our build, we must sparkle it with some LED strips – and this one from SilverStone could help us do the trick. It’s compatible with most RGB headers on a motherboard, and since our board comes with multiple headers, we won’t run out of place to plug this thing in I’d recommend buying more than one if you think one isn’t enough. Learn more about it HERE.

TOTAL DAMAGE / PRICES

Primary Build

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

ITEM PRICE WHERE TO BUY
CPU: Ryzen 7 1700 PhP16,000 / $329 Philippines:

PCHub, JDM, DynaQuest, EasyPC, etc.

US/Other Countries:

Amazon, Newegg & your preferred computer stores

MOBO: Asrock X370 Gaming X Fatal1ty PhP7,990 / $150
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB Dual DDR4 3200 CL16 (F4-3200C16D-16GTZR) PhP12,950 / $245
GPU: MSI GEFORCE GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G PhP21,880 / $445
PSU: Seasonic M12II-520 EVO 520w 80+ Bronze PhP3,350 / $80-85
SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SSD PhP4,990 / $100
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM010 HDD PhP2,390 / $50
Case: Tecware Void PhP3,500 / $70
Add-ons: SilverStone SST-LS01-R Red LED Strips (@PhP600 each, x2) PhP1,200 / $26
TOTAL (PHP/USD) PhP74,250 / $1500

Table 2.0 – Total Damages/Prices for Primary Build

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


Conclusion

We hope that these parts list helps you on deciding when you are building your computer for the season of love, or just for yourself. Just buy your monitor & peripherals, get your copy of an operating system whether it’s Linux or Windows, and you’re good to go.

And if you’re a fan or you ‘stan’ Red Velvet, well……….

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

PHP 35K / $680 RYZEN 5 PC BUILD [JUNE 2017]

PHP 25K KABY LAKE STARTER PACK BUILD GUIDE [JULY 2017]

ULTIMATE YET BUDGET-FRIENDLY RYZEN 3 PC Build [AUGUST 2017]

PhP55K / $1080 Editing and Gaming PC Build [SEPTEMBER 2017]

ASUS ROG ‘PAYAMAN EDITION’ COMPLETE Coffee-Lake PC Builds [October 2017]

PhP40K / $800 ENTRY GAMING PC BUILD BUYER’S GUIDE [January 2018]

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!