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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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