Tech Guide

Gaming PC Philippines 2018 PUBG ready

Gaming PC Philippines 30k-35k Ryzen 1080P 

Hi there Gaming PC Builders! Welcome to our latest build guide for 2018! Gaming PC Philippines 30k Ryzen gaming pc!

I know it’s been a while now. I’ve been busy this past few months about NodeJS and Machine Learning (new career my friend). For those who I haven’t yet replied, please accept my apology. I’ll try to make it up for you.

For all that, have you ever wondered about being a gamer and a streamer playing PUBG? Well, thanks to Ryzen and GTX 1050Ti you can do it without breaking the bank.

Without further ado, here’s the PUBG gaming pc setup for 2018:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Quad-Core Processor – (affiliate link) View here

Assuming you’re the kind of guy/girl who need to gain more performance (I know what you’re thinking) in your setup without spending too much, AMD Ryzen 3 1200 will definitely suits your needs.

It’s a quad-core 4 threads pure cpu and doesn’t have integrated graphics core. So, I’d recommend when buying AMD Ryzen 3 1200 consider buying GPU as well.

You see, when buying cheap products what do we get? Yes, cheap quality and poor performance. Bro, not in this CPU. I’ve been using this for months, overclocked it in just 5 minutes and boom it became coco-crunch. JK.

It runs pretty well! Running at 3.8Ghz with 1.21 volts. Some of you might work well @ 1.21-1.25v. Don’t forget to run CPU stress test for every changes. This is for us to check and verify if we are on the stable voltage & speed.

If you don’t want to overclock, it’s ok. It will do just fine.

  • GPU: GIGABYTE Geforce GTX 1050Ti – (affiliate link) View here

Now that’s already 2018, GPU prices inflated like a freaking balloon. Some guys from PC gaming community blames it to the hype of crypto mining and some because of the increase of tariff on semiconductor products. I just don’t know the whole story but yeah sad.

Although performance-wise, I cannot tell anything wrong about it. It works really well, temperature is between acceptable range and fans is not audible even in full load.

PUBG PlayerUnknown’s Battleground optimized

In spite of that; Recent Feb 2018 updates PUBG runs @ 60FPS most of the time (using this build). PUBG optimization is real and it’s really good.

  • Tips PUBG gaming pc settings :
    • Set everything to Low except Textures. I maxed textures at Ultra and still getting 60FPS. ( You can thank me later hehe)
    • Don’t use reshade. you might get banned.
    • Adjust your screen manually in scene/night mode preset settings on your monitor for better color and view
  • Motherboard: MSI B350M Bazooka – (affiliate link) View here

There’s a lot of motherboard with B350M platform. You can choose whatever you want. I just like the color and its upgradability with less cost. Not just it’s compatible across Ryzen variants (I’m not sure about recent release of Rzyen APU though) but also, it can support high frequency RAM which will benefit Ryzen CPUs.

It also supports overclocking with user-friendly interface.

 

  • RAM: GSkill Ripjaws V 8GB Dual DDR4 3200 – (affiliate link) View here
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EZEX – (affiliate link) View here
  • PSU: Seasonic S12II 520W – (affiliate link) View here
  • Case: Tecware Edge – (affiliate link) View here

However, the last 4 parts that I listed is already depends on your personal preferences. You might want to have 16GB 3200Mhz RAM instead of 8GB which is better. Just don’t get 4GB RAM nowadays.

And in terms of storage, you might want to get SSD first before getting HDD. No problem.

  • Streaming 
    • Note that having a high-speed broadband (download & upload) or fiber connection will boost you when streaming. It means, for you to stream with ease in facebook live, youtube gaming or twitch you might need to have fiber connection with atleast 20MBps upload.
    • Use OBS for your streaming software.
    • Try publishing your stream in facebook live, adjust resolution or bitrate and play around with it.
    • I’ll post my PUBG gameplay and pics here soon. Stay tuned with that! : )

 

If you have questions or suggestion about the build, just comment below and please don’t be shy to ask here: Say Hi : ) I’ll try my best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks and see you around! Check more gaming pc here (affiliate link): View here

 

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How to Build a Budget Gaming PC Philippines 2017

How to Build a Budget Gaming PC 2017

Building your first gaming PC on a budget can seem like a daunting task. It can take hours and hours of research to find the best parts for your gaming PC. This guide will teach you what to look for, and give you a sample build for a budget gaming PC in 2017.

Gaming PC Components

When trying to understand a computer’s components, it helps me to think of the complete rig as a central nervous system. Everything that happens to our bodies as humans is communicated to the brain through the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain and the spinal cord. Things that we see are processed through the occipital lobe of our brains, which is responsible for vision. Everything that we see or experience is stored in our short and long term memories. A computer functions in a very similar way.

The Motherboard: A Computer’s Spinal Cord

A computer’s motherboard acts as a spine to the rest of the computer. Everything that makes up a computer is connected together through the motherboard. At the heart of the motherboard is the central processing unit, or CPU. The CPU is used to process all of the information coming to the motherboard from other parts of the computer. For your gaming computer to run smoothly, is it important to have a quality CPU. The most common types of CPUs are AMD and Intel. Generally, AMDs are a more economical choice as a CPU. However, their performance generally lags behind that of more expensive Intel models of the same generation. For this reason, many stand behind Intel as the best choice for CPUs in gaming computers, although that may be changing soon with AMD’s release of their Ryzen CPUs.

It is important to know what kind of CPU you would like to use in your computer when it comes to choosing a motherboard, because you will need to choose a motherboard with an appropriate socket type for that processor. For the purposes of this guide, I am going to recommend the Gigabyte GA-B250M-Gaming 3 motherboard.

Gigabyte GA-B250M-Gaming 3 Motherboard – (affiliate link) View here

At as low as 4,432 PHP, this motherboard gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Most AMD motherboards in this price range are fitted for DDR3 memory. However, this Intel motherboard supports DDR4 memory, which will give your computer an important extra boost in power when it comes to gaming. Also, since gaming computers can get quite heated from all the work they do, it is especially appealing that this motherboard comes fitted with 4 fan headers as well as 6 temperature sensors to ensure that your computer is staying cool. Its full specs can be found on Gigabyte.us.

CPU: The Brains

Now that we’ve chosen a motherboard, we need to choose a central processing unit (CPU). If the motherboard is the spine, then the CPU is the brains of the operation. It will help to regulate the essential functions of the computer. Remember, the CPU has to match the socket type of the motherboard that you have chosen. For the purposes of this guide, we will need to choose an Intel CPU.

 Intel Pentium G4600 – (affiliate link) View here

For a starter build, the Intel Pentium G4600, at a price of about 4,382 PHP, is a great pick because it offers a processing speed of 3.6 GHz at a fraction of the cost of similar CPUs. However, if you have a little extra cash to invest in your new PC, then remember that the higher the processing speed, the better.

 

RAM: Short Term Memory

Next, we’ll choose some RAM, or random access memory, for our new budget gaming PC. RAM works as the computer’s short term memory. The more short term memory a computer has, the more tasks it can keep up with at one time. Have you ever noticed that some computers tend to slow down significantly when you open more than one or two programs? The solution to this problem is having plenty of RAM for the computer to work with. I would recommend purchasing at least 8GB of RAM to start with, and then adding more as your budget allows.

 Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM – (affiliate link) View here

A great brand of memory that performs very well is Corsair, and specifically their Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM, which retails at about 3,777 PHP for 8GB (2x4GB). At speeds of 3000 MHz, it is better to buy this RAM in a 2 pack of 4GB rather than a single stick of 8GB RAM at 2400 MHz if you don’t plan on upgrading your memory any time soon.

 

Storage: Long Term Memory

Hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) act as a computer’s long term memory storage. From your computer’s operating system (OS) to every game you install, it will all be stored on a drive. HDDs used to be the go-to for computer storage. However, SSDs have risen in popularity. Choosing an SSD over an HDD will dramatically cut the time it takes for your computer to simply boot up and to launch video games.

 

 Crucial MX300 525GB SATA Internal SSD – (affiliate link) View here

An easy pick for an SSD in 2017 is the Crucial MX300 525GB SATA 2.5″ 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal SSD for around 8,058 PHP. There are cheaper alternatives with less storage capacity if you want to shave a little off the price of your rig, but this one will be able to store your games and files for a good while before you’ll need to do a spring cleaning.

Graphics Card: The Computer’s Occipital Lobe

If the CPU is the brain, then the GPU (graphic processing unit, otherwise known as a graphics card) is the occipital lobe in the brain. The occipital lobe processes visual information and interprets it for the brain.

 EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti – (affiliate link) View here

Coming in at under 7,555 PHP, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti offers beautiful graphics at high and ultra settings and has no problem outputting stunning 1080p HD+ video. As an added bonus, it is built to be overclocked for that extra boost in power that will help it keep up with pricier GPUs.

 

PSU: The Food Supply

Last but not least for internal components, we need to feed electricity into our newly crafted brain. That’s where the power supply unit (PSU) comes into play.

 EVGA 500 B1, 80+ BRONZE 500W Power Supply – (affiliate link) View here

Like their graphics card, EVGA offers an economical but quality PSU for under 2,518 PHP. With an 80+ Bronze certification, the EVGA 500 B1, 80+ BRONZE 500W Power Supply works out to be a powerful yet efficient power supply. What is more, EVGA is a company that most are happy to buy from, with high quality service in both products and customer support.

 

Case: The Exoskeleton

Finally, we need something to hold all of our components in. Unlike humans, computers generally employ a hard exoskeleton, or case, to hold and protect the inner parts. While there are a ton of options to choose from out there according to your taste, my personal favorite on a budget is the Rosewill Redbone.

 Rosewill Redbone – (affiliate link) View here

The Rosewill Redbone is an ATX Mid Tower case that will be a bit bigger than our micro-ATX motherboard but will have plenty of room for fans and cables. Most importantly, this case will keep your brand new rig nice and cool.  It comes equipped with 2 fans, but can accommodate up to 5 fans. In addition, it has front and side air vents to help regulate your computer’s temperatures. To top it all off, it is water cooling ready for those adventurous souls who might want to take that extra step in keeping their rig at optimal temperatures. All in all, this case will keep your computer cool, is aesthetically pleasing enough, and can be found at prices as low as 1,511 PHP.

At the end of the day, these essential components come down to a rig that costs less than 33,000 PHP and should serve as a powerful budget gaming pc for 2017! All that’s left now is for you to choose a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to your liking, if you don’t have them already. Check out our website for great reviews and additional information on excellent gaming mice and keyboards!

If you want to view where to buy your gaming PC parts, you may want to check it here: (affiliate link) View here. Fill up and search the parts you want to assemble, click checkout and you’re good to go.

Check out our latest 2018 build guide: Gaming PC Philippines 2018 PUBG Ready!

 

Tech Guide

Gaming PC Philippines: Php 40k Ryzen 1600 and RX 580

Gaming PC Philippines:  Php 40,000 Ryzen 1600 and RX 580 Gaming PC and Workstation

Hi GameBuildPC Builders, Kevin here! Welcome to May 2017 Build Guide worth 40k PHP Ryzen 6-core Gaming PC with RX 580.

Some of you from facebook.com/gamebuildpc page asks me how to build a PC using the newest Ryzen CPU with and without CPU. Hold on for sec to make it clear for everyone Ryzen CPU doesn’t have an integrated gpu core. So if you’re planning to build a PC without a GPU, Ryzen isn’t for you. You might consider buying A10 series apu here: A10 Series APU for PC.

So without further ado, let’s dive in to our 40k PHP Ryzen Gaming PC for 2017:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.20-3.60Ghz 6-Core Processor – (affiliate link) View here

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 was built with six cpu cores ready to handle today’s computing tasks, for gaming, even for rendering and video editing purposes.

Many people argue what’s the best budget cpu that can handle ultimate task and has a future-proof capability. Well my friends, here’s what you’re looking for.

For me, AMD Ryzen 5 particularly this 1600 6-core CPU has a huge advantage compare to Intel’s i5 7th Gen 4-core CPU.

Although the latter has higher FPS in latest games compare to Ryzen 5 well it is because game developers optimized their games using Intel CPU resources, the future capability of Ryzen is epic. Why? you might ask, AMD promises that it will support AM4 socket up to 2020 and is not planning to replace the socket until DDR5 and PCI Express 4.0 are available.

So we can expect to play future games without having to worry about bottleneck issue with the future GPU and sooner or later we will reap the benefits of having 6-core because game developers will use the Ryzen’s resources.

 

GPU: Gigabyte RX 580 4GB Gaming (GV-RX580GAMING-4GD) – (affiliate link) View here

Many of you are looking to spend around 10k-12k GPU on a new graphics card. Well to make this clear, if you’re “upgrading” from your good ol’ PC setup possibly from last decade, Gigabyte RX 580 4GB is absolutely great option to install on your new PC setup.

Kev, why not the 8GB version? you might ask. It still performs better, GPU performance depends on far more than the amount of VRAM available. With that logic, a GTX 1070 should perform the same as an RX580 8GB, which it obviously doesn’t.

And Kevin with that explaination, why not the GTX 1060? you might ask. The RX 580 4GB doesn’t have less stream processors than the 8 GB unlike the GTX 1060 3 GB vs the 6 GB with the 3 GB having less CUDA cores.

So Kevin, when should I buy the 8GB model?  you might ask. If you’ll be playing at over 1080p. I’d recommend pushing for the 8GB model.

 

Motherboard: MSI B350M Bazooka – (affiliate link) View here

People asks me on facebook.com/gamebuildpc page what motherboard to choose. It’s overwhelming to think what to suggest because there’s a lot of cheap and expensive options.

If you’re a budget builder and want to build a PC using a motherboard with a fancy and expensive RGB lighting that doesn’t do anything, SLI/Crossfire and a bunch of USB 3 and SATA ports that you wouldn’t need then you’re not a budget builder after all.

A budget builder want something that is reliable, cheap and supports Ryzen CPU. MSI B350M Bazooka is perfect for a budget builder. It supports main functionality of a motherboard. MSI B350M Bazooka is a VR-Ready and which can also do minor overclocking, supports M.2 storage and RAM slot capacity up to 64 GB.

If you’re an enthusiast builder/gamer, you’ll choose X370 series motherboard for more overclocking power.

 

RAM: GSkill Ripjaws V 8GB Dual DDR4 3200  – (affiliate link) View here

Before I would always recommend the 8GB variant either to buy 8GB single/dual stick and add another stick later on. But now, greater than 8GB is over kill. Unless you’re a video editor that uses Adobe Premiere, AutoCAD and other rendering software. 16GB up to 32GB might be the sweet-spot for you.

And for budget builder gamer that want to play Dota2, CSGO, BF1, GTA5, Overwatch and latest 2017 games. You might need the 8GB DDR4 3200 Mhz RAM.

Why highlight the 3200 Mhz? What is that?  is it speed?. you might ask.

Gaming in Ryzen CPU benefits with faster RAM. 3200Mhz seems to be sweet spot right now since it’s not that much expensive than other frequency and it works for Ryzen somewhat well and believes further gains in performance will come via game optimization in the future.

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EZEX – (affiliate link) View here

PSU: Seasonic S12II 520W 80PLUS Bronze – (affiliate link) View here

CASE: Tecware F3 Mini Tower Gaming Case usb3.0 – (affiliate link) View here

The rest of the build is always depends on your preference. I don’t want to recommend something you wouldn’t like. I want you to choose for your own build and aesthetics. Ask me here: Say Hi 🙂 and I’ll guide you in the process.

In terms of storage, you can always buy for more than 1GB or jump with SSD first. Click here to know why: Build a PC for VR.

When we’re talking about PSU, my first recommendation is the Seasonic S12II. Not just it’s cheap but also it’s realiable and make your components safe from sudden fluctuations. I also don’t use AVR/UPS. I just plug it in the AC slot.

My current PC setup, I used the DeepCool PSU and it seems fine for 2k PHP 80 plus bronze PSU. I don’t know about you but it works for almost 3 years.

Like what always said. You can always choose for your own PC Case. This is something very personal and I want you to choose your own case aesthetics. If you’re using ITX or M series motherboard. I would suggest to choose the best mini case out there to fully utilize your money.

Parts Name Lazada (affiliate links)
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.20-3.60Ghz 6-Core Processor View
GPU Gigabyte RX 580 4GB Gaming (GV-RX580GAMING-4GD) View
Motherboard MSI B350M Bazooka View
RAM GSkill Ripjaws V 8GB Dual DDR4 3200 (F4-3200C16D-8GVKB) View
HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EZEX View
PSU Seasonic S12II 520W 80PLUS Bronze View
CASE Tecware F3 Mini Tower Gaming Case usb3.0 View
Total ₱38,540.00

If you want to view where to buy your gaming PC parts, you may want to check it here: (affiliate link) View here . Fill up and search the parts you want to assemble, click checkout and you’re good to go.

Check out our latest 2018 build guide: Gaming PC Philippines 2018 PUBG Ready!

 

Tech Guide

Ryzen Gaming PC: 30k Budget Build Guide with 1050Ti

Hi GameBuildPC Builders! Welcome to our new Gaming PC Build Guide. Today, we will discuss something we’re all waiting for. Here it is, a 30k quad(4)-core Ryzen Gaming PC with 1050Ti Budget Build for 2017!

Oops, hold on for a sec. Before diving into the build guide, I’d like to discuss few things with you, my personal ideas and some facts I’ve researched. You might be thinking “Kevin, what is the big deal about the new AMD’s Ryzen CPU? Is it just a hype? or what?” Well to answer that, here’s my few thoughts about the new Ryzen CPUs.

You might consider it a hype but personally, it’s not a hype or what. To cut it short, it just proved that these CPUs (Ryzen 5 and 7) can nearly compete with Intel’s i5 and i7 processors. Yes, not in today’s standard but Ryzen has a promising future development that can overcome its competitor in upcoming years.

“But for how long?” you might ask.

AMD promises that it will support AM4 socket up to 2020 and is not planning to replace the socket until DDR5 and PCI Express 4.0 are available. Source: LinusTechTips

So we can expect more future upgrades and DDR5 RAM support!

You see, based on popular benchmarks out there, Gaming in Ryzen 7 1700 can’t beat the Intel’s i7 7700k in specific games but in terms of rendering? Ryzen used as workstation is faster compare to i7 7700k!

Workstation with Ryzen Source: GamersNexus

Recent AAA games are designed to work with Intel’s processors, threading, memory cache, etc. So gaming developers are now seeing AMD’s Ryzen as a resource to make their games optimized and make use its additional cores for better performance.

Gaming with Ryzen Source: PCPer

As concluded by PCPer, “Gaming performance isn’t anything to scuff about, especially for an 8-core 16-thread CPU that beats the i7 7700K in almost all non-gaming benchmarks. For pure gaming though, single-thread and higher clock performance is still king.”

So here’s a couple things you need to consider when buying Ryzen. Before typing any non-related comments, I know some of you do. I’d suggest to read this and comment down below your ideas and suggestions so we can learn together as we go along with it.

  1. Ryzen CPU is not for everyone. If you are an enthusiast PC builder(for workstation and gamer), the good spot for you is the Ryzen 7 1700 and 1800x series. I know that i7 7700k is a bit cheaper and you might want to consider buying it because it will give you more FPS on recent AAA games compare to Ryzen 1700. But if you look closely, 1700 has a huge room for future development having its 8-cores and 12 threads. While a 4-cores cpu might not.
  2. If you just want a fair performance, as we called performance-wise PC Builder. Ryzen 5 1600 is the best for you. With its 6-cores and 12 threads will easily overcome the i5 series and almost beat the i7 processor in some games.
  3. if you want Ryzen right now that could fit with your allocated budget which is less than 30k, You might want to consider having Ryzen 5 1400. A quad-core 8 threads that can compete with i5 7400 & 7600 by having more threads but less money to spend.

If you want to have an Intel Gaming PC worth 30k, you might want to check it out here: 30k Kabylake Gaming PC

So without further ado, Here’s the 30k Ryzen Gaming PC build guide 2017:

Components Parts Lazada (affiliate links)
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.20-3.40Ghz 4-Core Processor View
Motherboard MSI B350M PRO-VDH View
GPU Gigabyte GTX 1050 TI OC 4GB GDDR5 View
RAM Gskill Aegis 8GB Single DDR4 2400 CL15 (F4-2400C15S-8GIS) View
HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EZEX View
PSU Seasonic S12II 520W 80PLUS Bronze View
₱30,010.00

There you go, let me know your ideas and if you want to know more build guides just comment below and we will discuss it.

Wait, as you can see there’s something I didn’t included in here: No case. Yes, it’s your preference as PC builder what kind of case you want to buy because I received a lot of questions what to get and the difference of those stuff. If you insist here’s a NZXT s340 case: (affiliate link) View here

If you want to view where to buy your gaming PC parts, you may want to check it here: (affiliate link) View here. Fill up and search the parts you want to assemble, click checkout and you’re good to go.

Check out our latest 2018 build guide: Gaming PC Philippines 2018 PUBG Ready!

 

Tech Guide

Gaming PC: a 28k Build with Intel G4560 and GTX 1060

Gaming PC Philippines: a 28k Budget Build Guide with Intel G4560 and GTX 1060

Hey GameBuildPC Builders! It’s been weeks since I posted my 25k Budget Build Guide. To be honest, that’s really insane. You guys really did a good job by posting your concerns and suggestions @ our FB page fb.com/gamebuildpc and below the comment section. I really appreciated it.

However, today we will discuss “what is a bottleneck” and how can it affect your gaming experience and the “worthiness” of your money (bring it on you grammar nazis. jk. keep smiling mate, just message me so I could correct it. Cheers!). Maybe some of you were thinking: “Kevin suggested the G4560 with B250m. Ok, since i7 are so expensive, I’ll just buy GTX1080 it is also  compatible with B250m maybe I could combine them both. Hmm right, I’ll just grab G4560 and freakin plug my GTX1080 and Yessss! I can play everything!”  Yep, I’m actually thinking that you’ve said that to yourself. Anyway, before diving into the depth of bottleneck topic, I’d like to talk about “is Kabylake really worth it?”. 

Before the release of Kabylake in the market, I was highly negative with the rumors that i7-7700k will outperform its predecessor i7-6800k and like what I’ve expected, the rumors turned out to be nonsense.  You might say, what about… Optane? Optane is not really useful to almost anyone yet right?  Intel would like to give us an opportunity to become a member of PC master race again after G3258, Intel G4560: A gift for budget builders.

Let’s look at the numbers here courtesy to Tech Spot:

As you can see in GTX 1050 Ti level, the GPU is the bottleneck for the rest of the CPU. Sorry folks from the facebook comments but the G4560 and GTX 1050Ti might work but you may want to consider buying GTX 1050 or RX470 instead (due to its price/performance ratio) or just get GTX 1060. Moving up to the GTX 1060, the G4560 starts to bottleneck and if you try to drop the settings down to low – high quality, you might get a bit of increase in FPS. By the time you paired a GTX 1080 to our G4560, here’s the result. Obviously, it doesn’t make sense to plug GTX 1080 if we’re just using G4560. so clearly, – sky isn’t the limit.

But like what I’ve experienced with my GTX 960 and G3258, Overwatch isn’t that much demanding.

For those folks Gaming in Low – High Quality isn’t an issue, G4560 paired with GTX 1060 or GTX 1050 Ti (kung makulit ka pa din) .. is absolutely playable.

So without further ado, here’s a more or less 28k budget build guide for you using a G4560 with GTX 1060:

Components Parts Price Lazada(affiliate links)
CPU Intel Pentium G4560 3.5 ghz 2-core Processor ₱2,890.00 View
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B250M-HD3 ₱4,300.00 View
GPU Zotac GTX 1060 Mini 3GB GDDR5 (ZT-P10610A-10L) ₱9,700.00 View
RAM Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB Single DDR4 2133 (HX421C14FB2/8) ₱3,100.00 View
SSD Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD ₱2,190.00 View
HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EZEX ₱2,350.00 View
PSU Seasonic S12II 520W 80PLUS Bronze ₱2,750.00 View
CASE Tecware Raiden USB3.0 Black / White Mini Tower Gaming Case ₱1,420.00 View
Total ₱28,700

So that’s it, I hope you’ve learned something from me.

If you want to view where to buy your gaming PC parts, you may want to check it here: https://goo.gl/igySPX . Fill up and search the parts you want to assemble, click checkout and you’re good to go.

Check out our latest 2018 build guide: Gaming PC Philippines 2018 PUBG Ready!

Regards,

Kevin

Tech Guide

Gaming PC Philippines: 25k Budget Build Guide 2017

25k Gaming PC Budget Build Guide 2017 Philippines feat. Gigabyte H110M and GTX 1050 

 

Alright Gaming PC Builders Welcome to our new build guide. We’ll be building i3 6100 Skylake processor and Gigabyte’s H110M-H Motherboard with F20 Bios Update included. (No need for manual update!) well it depends, why? let’s find out.

Before we start, I’d like to thank DynaQuestPC for allowing me to feature their competitive price in the market and the team of Gigabyte Philippines for sharing my build guide last month.

 

So without further ado, here’s the 25,000 Php Gaming PC Budget Build Guide of 2017:

 

CPU

Intel Core i3-6100 3.7Ghz Skylake Processor – (affiliate link) View here

Seriously an i3 for Gaming PC? Yes, you’ve read that right it’s now possible thanks to its Hyper Threading Technology which delivers two processing threads per physical core. Highly threaded applications can get more work done in parallel, completing tasks sooner and has essentially one purpose: to tolerate memory latency.

 

 

But who are those people which will benefit from Hyper Threading?

  1. People who has workloads that want to keep the CPU under load for as close to 100% of the time as possible.
  2. Video Editing
  3. 3D Rendering
  4. Improvement in database performance (if you’re a sort of gamer slash system administrator who uses Linux and Shell scripting well you should get a CPU with Hyper Threading)
  5. Heavy Multi-Tasking workflows.
  6. If you are a google chrome +new tab abuser it’s good for you.

The biggest benefit of Hyper Threading is that it keeps your CPU busy. So if you don’t want to get i5 or i7 because you think it’s too overkill and a bit expensive and didn’t want to get G4560 Pentium because it’s too cheap, well this i3 is the best choice.

 

Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-H110M-H DDR4 – (affiliate link) View here

So you guys are probably thinking, “Okay, Kevin we got it. If we’re using Kabylake with H110 series do we need to upgrade the bios manually?”

To answer that: Yes, we’ll be using H110M series for our Skylake Gaming PC and that should work fine but if you’re using a Kabylake CPU you’d probably think twice. It is because recently I just saw at Gigabyte’s website that Gigabyte GA-H110M-H already has a F20 Bios Version which obviously supports 7th Gen CPU:

At the end, it’s a relieved knowing that this board is ready for 7th Gen. True, it has a compatible bios but it all depends on the retailers whether the board they’ve received was after or before the update. Better to confirm and try it first too to your sellers before buying.

Bottomline, Kabylake performs identically to Skylake at the same clockspeeds. Kabylake CPUs are clocked a bit higher, but the difference is basically irrelevant — especially if your focus is gaming.

 

GPU

Gigabyte GTX 1050 2GB DDR5 (GV-N1050D5-2GD) – (affiliate link) View here

Probably you’re wondering “Ohh I now get it, it’s a Gigabyte Build Guide.” Jk.

If you’re running in OC Mode it has a Boost frequency of 1493 MHz running at a base speed around 1379 MHz and a Boost speed of 1455 MHz with a Base of 1354 MHz in Gaming Mode.

How many screen does it supports?

If you have 3 monitors that comes with HDMI cables wondering around, you should have a spare cable or adaptor of Dual-link DVI, and Display Port so you could use all of them.

To answer your question: 3 monitors.

I’m a video enthusiast and I’d love to watch movies. How much resolution does it supports?

If you think you can download a 4K movie well this Gigabyte GTX 1050 2GB can support upto 8K Max digital resolution (7680×4320) running at 60hz.

Does it need additional direct power connector coming from my PSU?

Nope, just plug it in and you’re good to go. It draws power directly from the motherboard.

Can I use it for gaming?

To answer that: Yes, you can use it for gaming it has the latest architecture that supports AAA titles and if you’re enough having 40-60fps running at medium to high settings well this card is a great choice. To compare to it’s predecessor I have GTX 960 for my Dota2 gaming and I’m getting around 70-110fps.

How about if I like to edit videos and render stuffs?

Since we’re getting an i3 with HT paired with GTX 1050, Yes you can. Not to overwhelm but this card can also help you to edit and render a mid range video around 720p to 1080p. Editing 4k resolution would require you a stronger CPU with a lot of cache memory and hyperthreading.

 

RAM

GSkill Ripjaws V 8GB Single DDR4 2400 CL15 (F4-2400C15S-8GVR) – (affiliate link) View here

Have you experienced wondering at malls and saw a special package of complete PC system or laptop and got your interest?Well check the memory if it’s only 4GB, leave it.

I know it’s reasonable to put 4GB for starters but in today’s technology, multimedia-tasking is so relevant, that you may want to be at the sweet-spot of everything.

Just get any 8GB RAM of your choice and you’re good to go. If you’re very facinated about RGB styling like me, Try Trident Z RGB listed here.

 

Storage

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB – (affiliate link) View here

 

No need to explain this one, get 1TB instead of 500GB and you’re good to go. Just don’t forget also to consider having an SSD at first. It is better if you’re really interested with the speed of transfering data from your USB or external drive to your lovable PC. I’ve explained it here.

 

 

 

 

PSU

Seasonic S12II 520W 80PLUS Bronze – (affiliate link) View here

I’d like to feature more PSU for our gaming pc but I haven’t got the physical items yet so I couldn’t give you a solid information and feedback. You can suggest so I could try by sending your ideas here at my Say Hi to me page.

This Seasonic S12II will give you enough power to your PC component’s needs. Not to mention that it’s a reputable PSU in the market and running on 80+ Bronze certification for better efficiency and reliability.

 

CASE

Lastly, this one. I know just like what I’ve always said. This is the time that you decide for yourself and for your gaming pc but don’t forget that there’s 4 case categories in the market: Full Tower, Mid Tower, Mini/Cube and lastly Modded cases. So to complete our PC build, Tecware Edge compact size mid tower is my choice.

 

 

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Enjoy and Goodluck to your build!

If you want to view where to buy your gaming PC parts, you may want to check it here:(affiliate link) View here. Fill up and search the parts you want to assemble, click checkout and you’re good to go.

Check out our latest 2018 build guide: Gaming PC Philippines 2018 PUBG Ready!

 

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Gaming PC Build: Looks and Performance 2017

Gaming PC Build: Looks and Performance 2017. (Nevermind my Budget Edition)

Welcome GameBuildPC Builders! Another Gaming PC Build guide but this time, we’ll talk about looks, quality and performance with itsy-bitsy budget “friendly” mindset.

I’ve been wondering and day dreaming about building RGB setup Gaming PC, you know those blinking and glowing colors but everytime I look at my wallet it stares back at me and says “Stay away. That’s a Nope AF”. *cries*

So for the meantime, we’ll just talk about our build guide and let’s try to discuss even without thinking our allocated budget for our Gaming PC.

 

Like what I’ve always said, let’s clear our minds first:

  1. This Gaming PC build guide is not for people who can’t play below 60 FPS. Sorry not for you overly sensitive gamers, Jk but seriously. Some of you might only consider this build guide as a mid to high tier but this build guide is for people who just want to have a Gaming PC that not so overkill, not so over dramatic and not so expensive but also that has a room for overclocking, minor upgrades and a quite considerable price range.
  2. This build is for people who want to experience versatility for both hardcore gaming and serious workstation mode.
  3. Lastly, this build guide is for people who can nearly afford. I know it’s funny but that’s the way it is.

 

So without further ado, let’s dissect our Good looking and Performance-wise Gaming PC 2017:

CPU

Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8-4.2 Ghz 4-core Kaby lake Processor – (affiliate link) View here

Released early this Q1 of 2017, an Unlocked processor, Supports Turbo Boost Techonology 2.0 but lacks Hyper Threading. I don’t know about you but this upgrade from Intel, a step up from Skylake was not that exciting. Unlike the upcoming release of Ryzen from AMD that created a hype since its announcement late 2015.

This CPU has a base frequency of 3.80Ghz that can max up to 4.20Ghz using it’s Turbo Boost Technology with 6Mb cache that allows its 4 cores to share access to the last level cache (LLC).

Key Features

  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0:  Dynamically increases the processor frequency up to 4.2 GHz when applications demand more performance. Speed when you need it, energy efficiency when you don’t.
  • Intel Smart Cache: A technique that is used for increasing the level of parallelism when LLC is shared between multiple cores, including slicing it into multiple pieces which are addressing certain ranges of memory addresses and can be accessed independently. Which means having more of Cache memory is helpful for multi-tasking.
  • CPU Overclocking Enabled (with Intel Z270 chipset): Fully unlocked core multiplier, power, base clock and memory ratios enable ultimate flexibility for overclocking.
  • Graphics Overclocking Enabled (with Intel Z270 chipset): Unlocked graphics multiplier allows for overclocking to boost the graphics clock speed.
  • Integrated Memory Controller: Supports 2 channels of DDR4-2400 and DDR3L-1600 memory with 2 DIMMs per channel. Support for memory based on the Intel Extreme Memory Profile (Intel XMP) specification.
  • PCI Express 3.0 Interface: Supports up to 8 GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking with up to 16 lanes configurable as 1×16, 2×8, or 1×8 and 2×4 depending on the motherboard design.

i5-7600k -is already an Unlocked processor which means having Z series motherboard, we can easily be Overclock. So we could get more out of this CPU.

 

CPU Cooler

Corsair H100i GTX Hydro Series CPU Cooler – (affiliate link) View here

Since we’re going to overclock our CPU, i5-7600k then CPU Cooler is a must.

Corsair H100i GTX Hydro Series CPU Cooler is my choice because it has All-in-one liquid CPU cooler for cases with 240mm radiator mounts. The 240mm radiator and dual SP120L PWM fans provide the excellent heat dissipation you need for highly overclocked CPUs. Corsair Link is built in, so you can monitor temperatures, adjust cooling performance and customize LED lighting directly from your desktop.

Personally, it has a good reputation not just in gaming but also in normal workstation desktop PCs. Compatible with Intel’s LGA 1150, 1151, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3 and AMD’s sockets FM1, FM2, AM2, AM3.

A good choice for looks, quality and performance CPU Cooler.

 

Motherboard

MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon – (affiliate link) View here

While Core i5 series processors are intended to be the more budget friendly offering from Intel, for a more mainstream consumer. MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon is the best pair.

This also means that IF you are in the market for a new series 7000 processor, your H170 or Z170 motherboard can be compatible with Kaby Lake after a motherboard BIOS upgrade.

The new series Kaby Lake processors are energy efficient. Now I’m going to ask you: “Are you interested in new technologies like Intel Optane?” If yes, you should need to upgrade to a Z270 or H270 range motherboard. This new Z270 platform offers supports for Optane SSDs and offers support for slightly faster DDR4 memory.

With the release of Z series motherboard in the market, this MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon outshines all of his Z-series brothers. Its aesthetically black design, metal and dark layouting and few RGB color gives the minimalist approach for the consumers to come and think of it. What I like the most is it doesn’t  have any frills. It feels normal and balanced.

MSI is offering this motherboard at a pretty competitive price level, making it as a first choice not just for looks and performance but also for being budget friendly.

 

GPU

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 – (affiliate link) View here

You can run this 1070 with nearly any game at full max details in 1440P resolution with a solid 60FPS, and 4K is possible on most games with only minor things turned down a little, sometimes in animation at the end of the game but it’s not that noticeable.

AA at 4K isn’t as important as AA at 1080P, so dialing that back a bit is enough to bring most games in line for a solid level of performance.

I can detail everything you need to know about GTX 1070 but we’re after the looks and performance not the frills behind it. It’s also an excellent reliable card at a good price. So for serious content creator, this comes only worth it if you’ll use a 4K monitor or edit/render 4k resolution video but if you’re more likely to edit a 1080P might as well get GTX 1060. It will be more budget friendly. *wink*

 

RAM

G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB (8×2) – (affiliate link) View here

For me here’s the answer to my question “What should I buy for my RAM this 2017?” Performance-wise, it’s pretty good but it has a limited warranty.

Key Features

  • Trident Z RGB will display a rainbow of colors in a wave-style lighting effect, illuminating any system
  • XMP 2.0 Support– Programmed with the latest Intel XMP 2.0 profiles, the only thing between you and extreme performance is a simple setting.
  • Trident Z RGB series is capable of reaching speeds of DDR4-4266MHz.

I really like to have one of this even just for a while and take some pics of it. 😀

 

SSD | HDD

Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD

Personally, I’ve installed my OS with Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD and I got an amazing 6-8 secs boot time. If you think of it, it’s just a small metal that can read and write faster compare to HDD but has limited storage capability. So I would recommend that you should install only important application here and give the documents and raw files to HDD.

To fully optimized your motherboard’s Optane capability, here comes the M.2 SSD – Samsung 850 EVO M.2 500GB. Other than read & write speed increase (in layman’s term), I don’t see any more improvement that contributes more value to our gaming pc build.

Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 4TB 64MB WD40EZRZ – (affiliate link) View here

On the other hand, here’s your buddy when it comes to storage. It’s a lot cheaper compare to SSD having the same storage.

SSD’s are very helpful for transfering (read/write) and HDD’s are also helpful for storing huge chunk of raw or processed data. So I would recommend having both SSD and HDD.

 

PSU

Corsair RM1000i 80+ Gold Full Modular Power Supply – (affiliate link) View here

I’m a bit choosy when choosing PSU for this gaming pc build guide. “Why Kevin?” you might ask. I’m afraid that after a few months of gaming and editing/rendering it might shutdown due to faulty PSU. So I’ve come up with the RMI series of Corsair since it’s the top tier as it uses the best parts.

It might be expensive but it’s optimal to spend the extra money to invest in your hardware. Remember, it’s the PSU that powers the expensive GPU, CPU and motherboard and other peripherals. Any mishaps in the PSU might ruin our parts.

 

CASE

NZXT Source 340 (S340) Matte Mid Tower – (affiliate link) View here

I have one of this case but the shiny glossy ones. Here’s my Gaming PC as of Jan 2017 take a look.

It doesn’t have any frills and our CPU Cooler will perfectly fit with this case. By the way folks, it is for minimalist, so if you’re a kind of guy who want to see a honey mesh with fan RGB installed, well it’s not for you. It’s just stylish matte black that can perfectly do all the job for the case you want.

Components Parts Price Lazada (affiliate links)
CPU Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8-4.2 Ghz 4-core Kabylake Processor ₱12,390.00 View
CPU COOLER Corsair H100i GTX Hydro Series CPU Cooler ₱5,450.00 View
MOTHERBOARD MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon ₱10,600.00 View*
GPU EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 ₱25,950.00 View*
PSU Corsair RM1000i 80+ Gold Full Modular Power Supply ₱8,890.00 View
CASE NZXT Source 340 (S340) Matte Mid Tower ₱3,750.00 View
RAM
RGB RAM GSkill Trident Z RGB 16GB (8GBX2) DDR4 3000 - F4-3000C16D-16GTZR ₱ 8,350.00 View
Non- RGB GSkill Ripjaws V 16GB Dual DDR4 2400 CL15 (F4-2400C15D-16GVS) ₱5,000.00 View
STORAGE
SSD Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD ₱2,190.00 View
HDD Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 4TB 64MB WD40EZRZ ₱6,350.00 View
TOTAL: ₱80,570.00 * Substitute

So with that being said, here’s my question: “Did you read the contents above?” HAHA I got ya!

Well then,

Enjoy and Goodluck to your Gaming PC build!

Regards, Kevin

Do you have questions and want to post it here? Come post your question here on our community.

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Tech Guide

Gaming PC Philippines: 18k Starter Kit Budget Build Guide

Gaming PC Philippines: 18k Starter Kit Ultimate Budget Build Guide 2017

 

Welcome GameBuildPC Builders! Another week, another build guide review for 2017 but this time it’s getting cheaper than ever!

I’ve been thinking about doing product reviews, posting more build guides and answering your queries at Your Question, I Answer portion and it seems like you guys want me to make it cheaper.  Well here you go now less than 18k Pesos; a Starter kit for becoming a PC Gamer.

But before we dive in into our discussion, let’s make this clear first:

  1. This build guide is for Starters. I know it’s not for everyone but this will help you to decide especially when you’re on a very tight budget
  2. It is not for Hardcore Gamers. If you’re a kind of guy who can only play on “high to ultra” settings then it’s not for you
  3. This build guide is for Students but also a PC Gamer at free time. Luckily, I graduated having a 2GB RAM and 1GB GPU desktop PC. Back in the days when I’m starting to learn to code, repairing desktop PCs, playing DoTA1 and rendering basic wedding montages. I managed to do all of that with a lot of patience using my good old PC
  4. Lastly, as long as you don’t make intensive works like 3D graphics design, AutoCAD, Solidworks and Hardcore Video editing and Photoshop, this build is a way to go.

So without further ado, here’s the 18k Gaming PC Starter Kit:

CPU

Intel Pentium G4400 3.30 GHz Skylake – (affiliate link) View here

“OMG, Kevin it’s PENTIUM. Why?”

What do you expect, an i7 for starters? By the way, this CPU lacks hyper threading and turbo boost.

Even though it’s just equipped with two individual cores and two threads clocking with its base frequency of 3.30 Ghz, it can do all our basic jobs that we need to our basic activities and not to mention it’s quite cheap.

Question, “Why do you need an i7 and spend a lot for a bunch of cores, if you won’t be able to utilize all of it?”

Motherboard

MSI H110M Pro-VH PLUS – (affiliate link) View here

The MSI H110M PRO-VH PLUS features an Intel H110 chipset, compatible with 6th Gen CPU and also with 7th Gen (you still need to update the bios manually if you want to use 7th Gen CPU Kabylake). This may have more advanced features than a low-complexity board.

The MSI H110M PRO-VH PLUS is compatible with DDR4 RAM having  only two slots that may not exceed 32GB.

We’re only using 4GB RAM for our starter kit build guide and having 2 slots is enough.

The MSI H110M PRO-VH PLUS has basic Rear I/O features:

  • 2 USB 2.0
  • 2 USB 3.0
  • 1 LAN/Ethernet Port
  • 3 Analog Audio Ports
  • 1 VGA
  • 1 HDMI
  • 1 PS/2 (Mouse)
  • 1 PS/2 (Keyboard)

Question? “Why do you need to spend a lot for RGB mobo if this board can perfectly do the same main purpose?” JK! RGB boards are awesome. I also want to have one.

GPU

Palit GTX 1050 StormX 2GB – (affiliate link) View here

I’ve never featured PALiT GPU yet in our build guide. So for PALiT owners *bro fist*. From our previous post is GTX 1050 Ti worth it? I’ve discussed the GPU’s capability but this time our GTX 1050 only has 2GB RAM and obviously not the Ti ones.

GTX 1050 provides an up-to-date feature set, including DirectX 12 and Vulkan support, HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4. Unfortunately this card isn’t capable of VR-grade peformance.

Palit board uses the less expensive of the two chips, the GTX 1050 which features a 1455MHz Boost clock speed that’s actually a little higher than that of the GTX 1050 Ti, but comes with only 640 CUDA cores compared to the 768 of the Ti version.

It’s fine because you don’t need a lot of CUDA cores when you’re not into rendering and GPU intensive processing.

Palit GTX 1050 can put you up to very competent gaming setup. A good GPU card for starters.

RAM

GSkill Ripjaws V 4GB Single DDR4 2400 CL15 (F4-2400C15S-4GVR) – (affiliate link) View here

Basically, G.skill is my favorite brand of memory stick. Not just because it’s cheap but it’s also reliable. I like Corsair too but they’re bit pricey.

Storage

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EZEX – (affiliate link) View here

Don’t get the 500GB for our starter kit. Check the price comparison to 500GB, might as well get 1TB HDD.

PSU

DeepCool DE500 500W Power Supply – (affiliate link) View here

DeepCool might not be the top notch manufacturer of PSU. However, I accidently bought one and it’s been a year without having a problem. So I would recommend this.

Case

Techware F3 Mini – (affiliate link) View here

I just like the design of this box and it’s also cool to see more and more cheap cases on the market. I’ve featured Techware F3 from my previous build guide and why not feature its cute brother here. It’s affordable and it works.

 

(Optional) For Complete Build:

Monitor

Asus VS197DE 18.5″ Led Monitor – (affiliate link) View here

The only reason I want this to be included to our build guide is not because it’s cheap but also it’s realiable. But you might like 24″ ASUS monitor VX series that’s the current monitor I’m using and also it’s an IPS panel so the viewing angle is perfectly fine which costs you around 8k.

Keyboard and Mouse

Logitech G100S Gaming USB Keyboard Mouse Combo – (affiliate link) View here

It’s just my preference because it’s combo. I don’t have to decide what to buy for mouse or keyboard. You can try different brands based on your preferences whether it’s basic or high end.

I’ve been to DynaQuest Makati Branch and as always they are friendly and approachable. I’ve bought some gaming parts last 2015 and also last year to add some peripherals like Razer Mano’war, Logitech C920 and additional 2TB HDD.

Allow me to show my personal Gaming PC Desktop:

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Kevin's PC 2017
Kevin’s PC as of Jan 2017

Enjoy and Goodluck to your build!

If you want to view where to buy your gaming PC parts, you may want to check it here: – (affiliate link) View here . Fill up and search the parts you want to assemble, click checkout and you’re good to go.

Check out our latest 2018 build guide: Gaming PC Philippines 2018 PUBG Ready!

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Build a PC for 2017: P30,000 Kabylake Gaming PC

Gaming PC 2017: How to build a Kabylake Gaming PC in the Philippines worth 30k?

2017 gaming pc

Alright PC Builders! As many of you requested for another 2017 Kabylake Gaming PC which is a budget-friendly and mainly focused only in gaming activities. I’ve decided to create a build guide featuring Intel’s 7th Gen CPU.


Let’s dive in our budget build guide worth 30k:

CPU: Intel Core i5 7400 3.0-3.5ghz 4-core – PHP 9,710 – (affiliate link) View here

From our previous build guide: 40k Gaming and Workstation I’ve decided to use i5 7600 mainly because of these two things from the specs compare to i5 7400, the former supports Intel® vPro Technology and Intel® Stable Image Platform Program  and the latter doesn’t.

Not to mention the gap between their frequency that ranges about .5-1.1 ghz when Turbo Boost Technology is being used.

Intel Core i5 7600 3.5-4.1

What’s this vPro technology from Intel and why does it matter?

Actually, based from it’s definition “Intel vPro™ Technology is a set of security and manageability capabilities built into the processor aimed at addressing four critical areas of IT security:

  1. Threat management, including protection from rootkits, viruses, and malware
  2. Identity and web site access point protection
  3. Confidential personal and business data protection
  4. Remote and local monitoring, remediation, and repair of PCs and workstations.
and how about the Intel® Stable Image Platform Program?

Well honestly, I still don’t know the importance of this feature since it’s relatively new but it promises that: “..instead of stressing over unexpected driver variations, software image management, and hardware support costs.

Upgrading to new 7th Generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor-based devices can ensure zero changes to key platform components and drivers for at least 15 months or until the next generational release, as backed by the Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)

To reduce our cost, I gave up .5-1.1 ghz frequency difference and finally decided to choose i5 7400. The absense of 2 additional features I’ve mentioned will not make any difference in our budget gaming setup.

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte B250M HD3 – PHP 4,300 – (affiliate link) View here

Gigabyte B250M HD3

One of the B250M and reliable motherboard not to mention that it’s also the cheapest board in the market that has VR-ready capability (with 6 USB 3.1, 4 in back pannel and 2 in front), supports 2400Mhz DDR4 RAM up to 32GB system memory (2×16 GB sticks) maximum.

With M.2 Connector which previously known as NGFF(Next Gen Form Factor) which uses PCI Express Mini Card physical card layout that allows different sizes of M2 SSD and OEM’s basic and standard features.

With Intel’s latest 200-series chipset to replace 100-series was introduced together with Skylake and “Optane ready” support which explains that Intel’s Optane (a non-volatile memory that promises much higher performance than SSDs) will go into an M.2 slot on the board.

Where it can be used as a traditional storage device or as a way to accelerate system performance, much like what’s done today with Intel’s Smart Response Technology, which uses an SSD to cache performance from a traditional hard drive.

This upgrade from Intel summarizes its improvement more like a support for “system acceleration” for it’s new 200-series chipsets.

 

RAM: Avexir Core 1x8GB 2400Mhz Green LED – PHP 2,410 – (affiliate link) View here

Avexir Core 1x8GB 2400Mhz Green LED

It is the cheapest 8GB DDR4 single stick in the market so might as well as add another 8GB stick later on for future upgrades.

 

GPU: Zotac GTX 1050 Ti Dual Fan OC 4GB – PHP 7,630 – (affiliate link) View here

Zotac GTX 1050 Ti Dual Fan OC 4GB

As I’ve discussed from previous article “Does GTX 1050 Ti worth it?” it actually performs great in almost all 1080p games out there. In terms of its price it’s much affordable if you compare this card to GTX 1060. So let’s stick for 1050 Ti in our budget build.

GPU Prices Lowest Price * Highest Price *
GTX 1050 TI 4GB DDR5 P7,300+ P10,000+
RX 470 (4GB-8GB DDR5) P10,530 (4GB) P11,900 (8GB)
GTX 1060 6GB DDR5 P13,450+ P19,000+

Storage: Kingston SSDnow V300 | 120 GB SSD – PHP 2,190 – (affiliate link) View here

Kingston SSDnow V300 | 120 GB SSD

I’ve been into a lot of decision making process whether to choose SSD first or HDD for my personal ultimate budget build last 2016. I’ve finally come up choosing this SSD.

It’s been a year since I got this storage and later on added 2TB HDD few months after I bought the SSD. You might ask: “Why did you picked SSD compare to HDD?”

The main reason was “I don’t need so much storage for the first few months of the year.” Well fortunately, it performs great. One thing that amazed me is the boot time and landed me on the Desktop for 6-10 secs after pressing the power button.

 

PSU: Seasonic S12II 520watts 80+ Bronze – PHP 2,570 – (affiliate link) View here

Seasonic S12II 520watts 80+ Bronze

I still don’t have Seasonic PSU. I started building a PC because I accidentally grabbed a Deepcool PSU way back 2015 and fortunately it still works.

But if you want to be complacent with your system build. You may want to consider this PSU or any Seasonic out there in the market.

 

Case: Techware F3 – PHP 1,100 – (affiliate link) View here

tecware f3

Techware has a unique sense of approach for the PC builder’s eyes. It is simple and stylistic in a way that brings new cheap but reliable option for PC building community.

Choose the case design you want for your build (your preference). This will be displayed on your living room or gaming room and I’m sure having your preferred PC case design, you’ll not regret it in the future. Unless you’ll just hide it under the table.

So key takeaway:

  1. This build will perform better on the previous year games that you can run in High/Ultra Settings
  2. You can also use it in Video editing using Adobe Premiere. You’ll notice a bit laggy when editing 4k resolution video but works perfectly in editing 1080p ones
  3. A little bit pricey compare to last year’s build guide 25K Gaming PC featuring i3 6100 but definitely works better.
  4. Small storage. You can always upgrade later on.
  5. This build doesn’t include peripherals and OS.

If you want to view where to buy your gaming PC parts, you may want to check it here: (affiliate link) View here. Fill up and search the parts you want to assemble, click checkout and you’re good to go.

Check out our latest 2018 build guide: Gaming PC Philippines 2018 PUBG Ready!

You can view all compatible parts here:– (affiliate link) View here

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Gaming PC Philippines 2017: 40K Gaming and Workstation

Gaming PC Philippines 2017: 40K Gaming and Workstation Build Guide

gaming pc philippines 2017


Hi Gaming PC Builders! Welcome to our Gaming PC Philippines 2017 build guide. If you want a workstation and a gaming pc for 2017 then you’ll read this build guide.

While browsing through the comment section and e-mails you guys sent me, Sir Jhunne from the comment section asked me if I could help him decide regarding his build so I texted him from the digits he provided and finally decided to create an article. Since everyone’s requesting for new gaming pc build guide, well here you go featuring Kabylake 7th Gen CPU.

 


Objective: To create a 50% workstation and 50% gaming pc that suits in 40K budget.

Before we start our discussion regarding why I chose those parts, please feel free to share your insights by posting a comment below or contact me here and I will do what I can to answer your questions. 

Note: This build guide doesn’t include peripherals and OS. 


 

So without further ado, here’s the 2017 gaming pc slash workstation featuring 7th Gen Kabylake CPU:

 

CPU: Intel Core i5 7600 3.5-4.1 ghz 4-core – PHP 11,580 – (affiliate link) View here

Image result for Intel Core i5 7600 3.5-4.1

Intel’s newest technology 14nm CPU was released recently this Q1’17. I chose this CPU not just because it’s the mid tier of Kabylake brothers but also on its price to performance ratio. Although you might noticed that I didn’t chose the “7600K” variant even if there’s 1k price difference. It is because we’re just using a B250 chipset motherboard and our build guide isn’t for overclocking.

Performance
# of Cores 4
# of Threads 4
Processor Base Frequency 3.50 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 4.10 GHz
Cache 6 MB SmartCache
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
# of QPI Links 0
TDP 65 W

 

For rendering and computing process, i5 7600 will do a great job for its price. Turbo Boost Technology that dynamically increases processor’s frequency when you need it and supports 4k resolution at 60hz but unfortunately it doesn’t support Hyper Threading. HT Technology was deployed at i7. As well as i3 but without Turbo Boost.

Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency 350.00 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.15 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory 64 GB
4K Support Yes, at 60Hz
Max Resolution (HDMI 1.4)‡ 4096×2304@24Hz
Max Resolution (DP)‡ 4096×2304@60Hz
Max Resolution (eDP – Integrated Flat Panel)‡ 4096×2304@60Hz
DirectX* Support 12
OpenGL* Support 4.4
Intel® Quick Sync Video Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology Yes
# of Displays Supported 3

source: Intel 

For gaming purposes, it’s fine without overclocking(you can’t overclock this cpu btw) but it needs graphics support from your GPU which mainly do the hardwork. Also it doesn’t need to have a 3rd party cooler unless you’ll want to spend more for it’s appearance.

 

GPU: Zotac GTX 1060 6GB AMP – PHP 13,480 – (affiliate link) View here

You can play any game out there right now that was released up to 2016 with High/Ultra settings at 1080p. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty neat and good card based on it’s price and reviews. You may also buy from different manufacturers but they’re a bit more pricey compare to zotac.

SPECIFICATIONS

• 1280 CUDA cores
• 6GB GDDR5 memory
• 192-bit memory bus
• Engine clock (base): 1556 MHz (boost): 1771 MHz
• Memory clock: 8000 MHz
• PCI Express 3.0

 

For rendering and graphics support, obviously it’s the sweet spot for budget build (50% gaming and 50% workstation)

I’m currently using GTX960, for editing 1080p videos using 1/4 video preview. It’s smooth, though it renders up to 1hr 20 mins for a 15min clip maximum 1080p quality and laggy when it comes to editing 4k videos due to my CPU G3258 dual core that turns out to be the bottleneck even if it’s overclocked at 4.2ghz and only having 8GB of RAM.

Based from my experience, having 16GB and a powerful CPU will give you an edge to edit 4k resolution videos (usually drone shot in weddings and events). However, if you’ll only edit 720p to 1080p, GTX 1060 paired i5-7600 will do perfectly fine.

 

Motherboard: MSI B250M Bazooka – PHP 4,680 – (affiliate link) View here

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H270 and B250 chipset motherboard products have a lower prices and comes with the same feature set as their Z-series (Z270)

Details for H270 and B250 range from product to product. Non-essential features such as Gaming feature design stuffs and RGB Lighting for some H270 and B250 motherboards will not be included but they will more or less function the same as the Z-series variants.

In our case, MSI B250M supports VR gaming setup and can last up to the next future upgrades.

You might ask: “Kevin, since i5-7600(7th gen) can fit with 6th Gen motherboards (B150M), why did you come up with B250M?”. Well if you’re going to ask me there are features that doesn’t support B150M. 

B250 gets four extra PCIexpress 3.0 lanes. This will allow B250M to configure PCI-E 3.0 with x8 ports or allows up to three M.2 ports to be configured with a PCIexpress 3.0 x4 connection.

So B150 is good! But B250 is better – IF you really use all this new features and btw you still need to update firmware and bios for B150M for the 7th Gen CPU to work without hiccups.

and B250 needs DDR4 with 2400MHz and supports 7th Gen without any issue.

 

RAM: Avexir Core (1×8) 8GB 2400Mhz – PHP 2,410 – (affiliate link) View here

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Like what’ve discussed in my previous build guide. 8GB RAM is still the sweet spot for budget gaming and workstation. I’d like to suggest 16GB since we’re on 50% workstation, you might need this for editing high resolution video like what I’ve mentioned earlier but due to our 40k cap budget I’ve decided that we might as well as downgrade our 16GB plan to 8GB. 

 

Storage: WD Blue 1TB – PHP 2,350 – (affiliate link) View here

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“Why 1TB? Kevin? 50% gaming and 50% workstation and 1TB was your suggestion?” I know, but let me give you a short story. When you’re building a budget gaming PC, it’s indeed stressful. Yes I know, because I’ve been there and one thing that I could adjust for it to align my budget: is the storage

Since I really want to have a gaming pc to play Overwatch, Outlast, Skyrim, Tomb Raider, DotA2, Dragon Nest, Battlefield 1, Rainbow Six Siege and a lot to mention. I’ve decided to step down my storage capacity and save a little bit for later future storage expansion. Which I did. After few months of having a small 120gb SSD for my OS(win 10) and 1TB, I bought another 2TB to support my storage.

So it’s up to your preference whether to get an SSD first or HDD, there’s nothing wrong with that. *wink*

 

PSU: Seasonic M12II Evo 520watts 80+ Bronze Full Modular – PHP 3,040 – (affiliate link) View here

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It’s kinda cringe to give you PSU suggestions since Seasonic is always featured here in GameBuildPC. Well they are reputable manufacturer of PSU and never fail to impress the PC builder community and like I always said, you can choose between Corsair and Cooler Master as your PSU.

You might ask:”M12II vs S12II” . Well M12II is full modular PSU and S12II is non-modular. So if you want to hide those unused cables might as well choose M12II.

 

Case: Deep Cool Dukase V2 Clear Side – PHP 2,200 – (affiliate link) View here

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Jhunne’s preference is this case, it’s cheap and looks pretty decent for gaming and workstation combined. You can still choose Tecware if you want to lessen the cost for our build. But in this part, it’s your preference matters.

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Check out our latest 2018 build guide: Gaming PC Philippines 2018 PUBG Ready!

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