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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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:
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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!
You can view all compatible parts here: (affiliate link) View here