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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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Billie’s Gaming PC: Kabylake Full Setup

GameBuildPC Rig of the day: PC#1 from Billie’s Gaming PC

Good day!  GameBuildPC Builders, Kevin here. Remember when someone asks you “how to do this?” or “What might go wrong if I do this?” and you gave them the exact answer and didn’t expect in return?

Well this what I’ve got:

Snapshot from gamebuildpc email

For mobile users:

Sir thank you po sa help and advice sa pagbubuo ng my first PC..

eto po ung na buo ko ..
CPU : Intel core i5-7400
MOBO: MSI B250M Bazooka
RAM: G.skill Ripjaws V 2400 8gb
GPU: MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G
PSU: Seasonic M12II 620 Watts EVO 80+ Bronze ( Full modular )
CASE: Silverstone redline 05
HDD: WD blue 1tb
SSD: kingston hyperx fury 120gb
Monitor: Asus vc239h
sa uulitin po sir ..hehe
tyaka ko na pag isipan ung future upgrade kapag my budget na ulit..
Sir ung 7th generation pala nakalocked lang sa windows 10 ung os ??..
tapos po sir panu po ba alagaan ang video card.. kailan po ba malalaman if need ko ng lagyan din ng thermal paste ung heatsink niya ..
overall ang sarap magbuo ng pc hehe..

 

Isn’t fulfilling?

For me, Yup it is. An email or message saying Thank you from co-enthusiast or someone became an enthusiast of your passion is very fulfilling to me.

Even though, my average response time was almost one to two days it’s still surprising that people like you didn’t stop replying to me.

and if sometimes I probably missed something out or “Kevin should have done that!” moments in my articles, you guys still have the time to correct me and I really appreciate that because I know, it’s a part of our learning process.

I have to say ours because people don’t just learn by their own mistake but also from mistakes of other people as well.

To my future friends and PC co-enthusiast:

Keep the messages, inquiries, feedbacks and pictures from your rigs coming. I’d love to feature you on GameBuildPC and hopefully we could learn from each other.

Billie’s Gaming PC:

Before I end this blog, I’d like to feature Billie’s gaming pc:

Thanks Bil!

Contact me here if you want me personally to reply on your questions.

 

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

Regards,

Kevin

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Is it bad in the long term to fully overclock my video card?

Overclocking.

overclock

When we say overclocking in technical terms, you are increasing its component clock rate, running with a higher clock speed tends to increase performance operations per seconds but on the other hand it will dissipate more heat.

Make sure to read and watch some reviews regarding overclocking your gpu and take a review if its really worth it to overclock.

If it’s not worth it might as well as not do it. It’s just simply a waste of time and effort.

If it’s Yes, you can squeeze more performance out of your components with a good cooling system which is good but what are going to do with that? If you’re a hardcore gamer  wanting to get more FPS well  then go for it.

Remember that you must not supposed to do it without proper knowledge and capabilities. I am talking about experience, dedication and patience. This might void the warranty and burn out your card.

I have a question, have you experienced using”overclocking software”? that comes with the GPU. Basically you still need to download it from the manufacturer’s website. I don’t know about you but it doesn’t work for me at all. It makes everything laggy and put my gpu temp at risk. Maybe I don’t have the patience to learn it on my own way but still I had to uninstall it.

In long term “fully” overclocked videocard let’s say it was “stable”, What if it stop or slowed down without your mindset to monitor your vcard temp? It may decrease your vcard performance and increase its temp overtime. You cannot really depend on  those cheap and stock fans or rather from unreliable video card manufacturers.

Every component has it own shell life but keeping it in standard temps will help you to increase your gpu performance and also prolong its life.

Contact me here if you want me personally to reply on your questions.

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GTX 1050 TI is it totally worth it?

For a budget-oriented and humble gamer like me, is GTX 1050 Ti totally worth it?

GTX 1050 Ti still based from the same Pascal micro architecture that Geforce 10 series has. Like its big brother GTX1080, 1070 and 1060. It runs on 768 cuda cores, a 1392 Mhz boost clock(depends on the manufacturers, some of them has pre OC GPUs), a 4GB GDDR5 VRAM and runs on 128 bit memory bus. Although this isn’t compatible for other SLI GPU but you still get NVIDIA standard features like Ansel for amazing 360 degrees screen shots, supports for DirectX 12 and Vulkan.

GTX 1050 TI Specs
CUDA Cores 768
Boost Clock Speed 1392 Mhz
VRAM 4GB GDDR5
Memory Bus 128 Bit
Power Consumption 75W TPD (through PCI-E slot)

But the question remains, is it actually worth it?

Here’s how GTX 1050 Ti actually performs on the LinusTechTips test benchmarks:

GTX 1050 TI Crysis 3 - 1080p

GTX 1050 TI Battlefield 1 - 1080p

 

Based from the graph, GTX 1050 Ti performs quite well versus to its predecessor Geforce 9 series. However, if we’re going to talk about it’s price, RX470 and GTX 1060 has a price range of P10,000 to P12,000 and P13,000 to P19,000 respectively compare to GTX 1050 Ti that ranges to P7,000 to P11,000

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+

*based on PCHub Prices as of Oct. 30, 2016

Yes, it’s the cheapest and reasonable price that hits all 1080p high settings on most games and runs smoothly more than 60 fps and around atleast 40 fps on Max/Ultra settings but if you could wait and save up for a little bit, RX470 and GTX 1060 might be the two great options for you.

So for those folks who are really into budget-oriented PC gaming, GTX 1050 Ti is good enough to play AAA title as long as playing at medium to high settings doesn’t really bother you at all. For me, it’s kinda worth it.

For more PC build guides check out our Build guides here! 🙂

Thanks,

Kevin