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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!

 

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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.

 

 

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

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!