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!

 

Blog, QA tips

What are basic difference between computer and consoles?

It’s non sense if I list down all component parts here, compare here and that. You’ll not appreciate it.  you just need to choose your side first. PC or Console.

We will talk about components Flexibility Mindset.

Let’s start with PC:

pc

If you are a hardcore gamer, PC enthusiast, content creator, blogger or video editor and also wanting to have some more FPS for your $ and the “mindset to upgrade” later on down the line well you should be proud.

Structural differences may differ from its size and usage but usually consoles are a bit smaller than the PCs

Consoles:

consoles

Consoles has motion sensing devices that can be use for dancing, interactive games, exercising and recreational activities.

It is also are more into “just game” mindset, I know some of kids will react but the capability of consoles cannot just overcome or even outperform PCs because of its components flexibility.

Yes it can have more FPS compare to the old PC ones but what type of game are we comparing? consoles cannot match all PCs well not all.

If a gamer wants a wireless control stick, PC can have that too.

Bottom line, It is just the personal preferences of a gamer. you can have both and then compare it with your own styles.

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

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Gaming PC Philippines Part 2: P25,000 Pesos Budget Build

Alright! Welcome to our PART 2 of Gaming PC Philippines Build Guide featuring GTX 1050 TI! Yes there’s a comeback!

Mr. Enzo emailed me asking for help for his Gaming pc that will fit under 25k.

Enzo Email gaming pc
gaming pc

Thank you for sending us an email Sir Enzo and I am glad to help you with that and also our community here in GamebuildPC would definitely help you too for your gaming pc.

To be honest, 25K budget for a gaming pc setup is a bit confusing especially for die hard gamers and builders. This is also a challange for me but I’ve come up with an idea on how we can fit Gaming pc under 25k.

Take note that this is just the main PC. This doesn’t include the monitors and other peripherals.

So without further ado, here’s the parts for 25k Gaming PC Philippines Build Guide:

CPU 

Intel Core i3 6100 3.7 ghz 2-core 

“i3 You say? I’d better get an i5!..” You think it’s funny? No. This bad boy only features two-cores but take note 6100 also employs hyperthreading. It’s basically adds an additional logical core for each physical core, which is handy for streaming, video editing, and multi-tasking CPU-intensive tasks. This help close the gap between it and a 4-core i5. You don’t need a third party cpu cooler with this one. Stock cooler will do just fine.

 

Motherboard

Too many choices for a motherboard but I would like to emphasize MSI B150M Bazooka. It’s not just supports i3 6100 but also it’s the cheapest among all B150M series.

It also include 4 DIMM slots supports for 64 GB of DDR4 RAM for future expansion.

However, We will choose H110 chipset: ASRock H110M HDV, this also supports i3 6100 but you won’t be able to upgrade for 64GB DDR4 memory. The good thing is this mobo will suits for our 25K budget and MSI B150M will exceed for another 1k.

 

Memory

8GB is the sweet-spot for most of games right now. We could get (2x4GB) sticks or (1x8GB) stick.

Avexir 8GB (1x8GB) Blue LED is our choice (because it’s cheaper compare to 2x4GB sticks). With this selection, we still have space on the motherboard for additional 1 more stick of RAM, leaving room for another 8GB expansion.

 

Storage

This is always a debate whether to get SSD or HDD. I’ve featured it on the previous build guides but I’ll still explain it here:

“HDD will give you a lot of space with a cheaper cost. While SSD yielded faster read/write speed performance that definitely speed up your computing experience which is costly compare to HDD.”

Now it’s your time to decide. For me, I’d go for SSD which gives me 6-10 secs boot time when pressing the Power button. Sounds great right? and later on, I’ll have enough money to buy 2TB HDD for my movies and demanding games.

So, our Storage choice for this build guide is HDD. Seagate 1TBNow you’re bit confused but for a budget gaming rig you should have a lot of storage space for your games and files which is the champion for our benefits vs cost ratio.

 

GPU

Now! The most discussed GPU of the year. Just kidding but seriously: GTX 1050 Ti

In my previous article Is GTX 1050 Ti worth it? Where I discussed is it actually worth it compare to GTX 1060? Well it is. Just don’t get the mini series of this card. In my experience, mini cards won’t do great and often overheat. I always ask this to myself. Why would someone get a mini if they could get the big brother with just a small price difference?

In our build guide I would recommend ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti Dual Fan 4GB

 

PSU

Now for our PSU, we should get the relatively-ok PSU in the market. You may get SEASONIC for your build which I would always recommend due to its solid reputation in terms of PSU quality and performance but you may also try different brands like Corsair and Cooler Master.

But for our Build guide SEASONIC S12II 520watts 80+ Bronze is our main buddy.

 

Case

Ok, to be honest I am not certainly happy with the choice of our case which I found that cost around 1k. Tecware F3 because we would exceed on our 25k budget if I’ll choose different case. Now I am giving you the floor to select and decide what kind of Case you want for you PC. 🙂

 

Components List and Prices

Parts Components Prices
CPU Intel Core i3 6100 3.7 ghz 2-core  Php 5400
MOTHERBOARD ASRock H110M HDV Php 3060
MEMORY Avexir 8GB (1x8GB) Blue LED Php 2540
HDD  Seagate 1TB Php 2350
GPU ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti Dual Fan 4GB Php 7960
PSU Seasonic S12II 520watts 80+ Bronze  Php 2570
CASE Tecware F3  Php 1100
TOTAL Php 24,980

View and compare prices here: 

view and compare

You can view all compatible parts here:

 

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!
Kind Regards,

Kevin

 

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EXCEL Basic

A Series of MS Excel Basic Tutorial

excel-1

 

So here’s my first try in writing blogs. Actually I had a hard time starting, thinking of a perfect topic that would interest readers. So, to get over that writer’s block…I decided to observe people around me… ooohhh I’m a teacher by profession by the way, been teaching computer subject for quite a while.

For a week now I’ve observed both colleagues and students (our 3 year technician program, our bachelor’s degree and newly opened senior high school STEM track), what I saw is that most were having problems working with spreadsheet software (Open Source or MS Excel) though most have already been using it since High School- or since they’ve started studying ICT subjects. Conclusion is that, most users were aware of the basics but not the programming part, where it can make working with spread sheets a lot better.

With that, I am hoping to create a series of online articles that would help my readers in navigating through different computer or mobile applications. Like I said, I better start off with Microsoft Excel, where we can REALLY use it to make a lot of database type of data be processed easily. So here’s my try:

NAME NAME NAME

Do you know that you can name a cell in particular, or a group of cells?  Yes!!! How?

Let me show you the way…

1

Yep, the name box, there is really a reason why it is being called a name box. Well, besides the fact that it gives you the column letter and row number a.k.a Cell Name as what most call it, you can absolutely rename a cell, give it a nickname (I know my sample is lousy because I named my cell B3 as NAMES well guess what I normally apply it in my teaching thingy so please bare with me). Giving a cell a name normally gives you an advantage in searching, because all you have to do is go back to our friendly Name Box and type the cell’s name.

2

Or in this case (from the figure above) you can use that handy dandy drop down arrow in the name box and choose the name of the cell you needed. From the example above you can see that I’ve named 3 cells. Viola!!!

 

How about doing it in a group of cell? Here’s how…

3

What you have to do is highlight that group of cells that you want to reference, then go to the name box and rename it… on my example from the figure above I named my cell group as details. And again whenever I need to go back to it, all I have to do is go to the name box and type the name of the cell or the group of cells, or use the drop down arrow in the name box to choose from the list like what you see from the figure below.

 

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If you have a sheet with a lot of data, (unlike the samples I have in this online article) it would be very convenient if you give it a name, rather than scrolling your worksheet up and down or from left and right and get frustrated in the process, because at time we overshoot scrolling right?

 

This ends my first article of how to’s, I do hope you liked it and watch out for more. I know this article is kind of basic, yet can be an essential help for computer users like you.

Tech Guide

Gaming PC Build Guide: Entry Level Gaming PC

PC Build Guide: Entry Level Gaming PC

While making a build guide for our gamebuildpc builders something struck to my head that how can someone afford 30k-ish or even 40k-ish gaming pc while you’re a student or a decent man working from 8-6? So it made me think of that having an entry level gaming pc will definitely help you to put you up in gaming community.

Now before I discuss why I chose this or that parts. Please think of this first:

  • What am I going to do with the PC aside from Gaming?

Being a PC enthusiast since grade school, I already experienced having a typical Home PC (Pentium, 1GB ram with 512MB video card) with a cathode ray tube monitor (until last year) doing it for school work, basic programming, browsing and gaming like the good ol’ days counter strike, red alert and dota1 but it took me a lot of time to get things done because that pc can’t handle multi-tasking and intensive task.

Until recently, got a job and worked from 6-6 day shifts got some money that I saved to use it to build my own gaming pc and I always think of this way: How can I ugrade this thing for later years to come?

But for what I know, most of the non-techie: “They just want to have it right now using the fixed budget that they want to spend”. Question: Is that you?

Yes or No it is Fine, but there’s nothing wrong with that. The thing is, you may want to consider “What should I do with this PC aside from gaming”. When the time comes you want to use it for intesive work like video editing, rendering and content creation having this mindset will put you away from the headache sooner or later and this will help you to decide what kind of Motherboard, CPU, Videocard and RAM should you pick for now considering your budget.

 

Now for our Entry Level Gaming Build Guide:


 

1. Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor

 

This square-tiny little chip features only two cores but this 6100 utilizes hyperthreading that similarly close to i5 quad-core. Hyperthreading uses logical core to each physical cores which is basically help performs task like streaming, video editing and intensive cpu multi-tasking activities.

I chose this cpu knowing that it can handle more than gaming processing that can support your required task from day-to-day activities. Like browser tab abuse, streaming and video editing.

 

2. RX 470 4GB XFX Radeon

 

The nerfed version of RX 480 but I am telling you this videocard is relatively close to RX 480 with a lower price. I am not going to dive with its full spec details explaination but I’ll just give you a summary with this.

The RX 470’s clock speeds top out at 1,206MHz, with 4GB of onboard GDDR5 memory over a 256-bit bus. That’s pretty close to the RX 480’s 1,266MHz max top speed and the same amount of base RAM.

Behind the scene, RX 470 has only lacks four compute units than the RX 480 with 256 fewer stream processors with also 16 fewer texture units but the same amount of ROPs. (Raster Operations Pipeline, is a hardware component in modern graphics processing units and one of the final steps in the rendering process of modern 3D accelerator boards.)

rx 470 and rx 480

With its price, you can literally say that this video card is one of best option for budget build that is available right now.

 

3. MSI B150M Mortar Artic 

 

B150 chipset supports DDR4 RAM memory and 6th gen processor. Aside that it can perform what it should be this board is a mATX that can also fit with in small case that you want and not to mention it’s black and white color scheme just like from our previous build guide: Gaming PC: Never ending budget friendly guide

 

4. Avexir Core (8×1) 8GB 2400 RAM White LED

 

Like from the previous build I featured Avexir for our RAM and why not feature it again. This is a budget friendly guide and based to its price you can never say no to it. Not to mention that it comes from different color led that you can literally match with your gaming pc color scheme.

You can choose 16GB (8×2) 2400 RAM if you’re a content creator that uses basic after effects, 3dMax, Unity or Unreal Engine software but expect that this software eats a lot of RAM memory, CPU processing and graphics processing cores. I will be featuring it soon: PC build guide: Gamers and Content creators so stay tuned!

 

5. ZOTAC T500 120GB

If I can never say no to Avexir, how much more to SSD that cost less than 2k? Anyway, I am big fan of SSD quite recently because I actually owned one Kingston V300 SSD 120GB greater than 2k price which I installed with Win10 OS which yielded around 6-10 secs before it landed on the desktop from pressing the turn on button.

Zotac T500 is relatively cheaper compare to other brands which I selected for this budget build.

 

 

6. Seasonic S12II 520watts 80+ Bronze

 

I am a big fan of Seasonic not just because of it’s overwhelming acceptance on the market but to it’s design and build quality. If you have a case which has a built-in GENERIC psu with this kind of parts I’ve mentioned. Please ffs do not use it and save some money to buy a decent one like seasonic or from any reputable power supply manufacturers.

 

7. Tecware F3 (recommended by: R-Jay Del Rosario)

Just like most of the girls said: Simplicity is beauty. We have Tecware F3 to prove that. 

But this case not just can hold your motherboard together with your parts but also this case plain works and not to mention its cheap price but bottomeline, we have different preferences with the looks we wanted to see to our PC. Just consider your budget and the way it looks.

 

In summary, here’s the price list of our Entry level Gaming PC build available at PCHub:

PARTS COMPONENTS PRICES
CPU Intel Core i3 6100 3.7 ghz 2-core PHP 5400
GPU XFX RX 470 RS 4GB PHP 9710
MOTHERBOARD MSI B150M Mortar Arctic PHP 4740
RAM Avexir Core 1x8gb 2400 8gb white led (AVD4UZ124001608G-1COW) PHP 1670
SSD Zotac T500 120GB PHP 1999
PSU Seasonic S12II 520watts 80+ Bronze PHP 2570
CASE  Tecware F3 (recommended by: R-Jay Del Rosario) PHP 1100
TOTAL PHP 27,189

Hope you guys like this Entry level Gaming PC and feel-free to ask questions about this build and I will definitely respond to you as soon as possible 🙂

Here’s our forum: Forum | Gamebuildpc Ask anything about computers and join our community 🙂

Thanks,
Kevin

Tech News

AMD launches 7th gen APUs and AM4 platform: Is it already late?

A big surprise for AMD to launch its seventh generation APU and its latest AM4 platform to mainly support DDR4, latest I/O standard and its newly announced Zen processors which will be arriving hopefully early next year.

From the previous tech guide which you can read here I featured the AMD Godavari 7890k APU but this time I am pretty excited about the seventh generation APU: The highest end A12- 9800 that has four Excavator CPU cores that has been clocked up to 4.2 Ghz combined with Radeon R7 graphic cores clocked at 1108Mhz running as one at a TDP of 65W. But not just that, they also have the energy efficient version known as A12-9800E that runs with a TDP of 35W but obviously with step-down CPU and GPU clocks.

 

AMD 7th gen apu

 

Enough with the APUs and let’s talk about its latest platform : “AM4” which was built with a unified infrastructure, providing compatibility for AMD’s entire upcoming processor range, from the A-series to the upcoming Summit Ridge Zen processors. Meaning that this board will support the latest Zen processor that will be released next year.

But the thing is, maybe they are far behind with their competitors with releasing of latest support for DDR4 but the big surprise is about the AMD’s Zen processor boosted them up from everyone’s lips.

However, I will not be surprised if their competitors will release another CPU Gen or that can match up with Zen just like what happened with RX480 faced with GTX 1060.

AM4 platform has new features include

  • DDR4 memory support
  • PCIe Gen 3
  • USB 3.1
  • support for NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory express / a non-volatile memory like SSD that runs on PCIe bus)
  • SATA Express.

 

AMD 7th gen apu

 

Bottomline, this launch only applies to OEMs, so expect to see some new systems featuring AM4 and the new A-series APU with the different manufacturers so stay-tuned!

 

Give me your ideas and comments about the latest AMD launch and do you think is it late for AMD or there’s still a comeback?

Here’s our forum: Forum | Gamebuildpc Ask anything about computers and join our community 🙂

 

Tech Guide

AMD Godavari Gaming PC: Ultimate PC Build Guide

AMD Godavari Gaming PC: Ultimate Value Build Guide

 

Alright! Another build guide for our Gamebuildpc builders but this time, We’ll feature AMD and to tell you frankly, This build doesn’t need a graphics card.

AMD’s Godavari architecture CPU not only have Quad-core CPU on board but 47% of its Die(integrated circuit) area was powered by very powerful DirectX 11 Graphics processor. A scaled-down version of the same GCN architecture that you can also found from desktop radeon graphics cards.

 

Now, you might ask what is this built-in graphics” on AMD cpu? Why do I need an APU?

To answer that question, AMD’s system architecture (HSA),  Heterogeneous System Architecture. An improved processor design that exposes the benefits and capabilities of programmable compute elements, CPU and GPU working together seamlessly. It has the ability to treat both CPU cores and integrated graphics processing cores as equal that they can work together rather than working separately. Basically, our computers CPU and GPU communicate through relatively slow PCI-express bus.

hsa architecture
Image Credit: HSA AMD.com

But through HSA, these two processor can now access the same system memory to collaborate and work together as one. It also need an updated software to fully utilize its function to achieve it’s performance.

So with all that in mind let’s start with our parts!

  • #1.) A10 7890K 4.1-4.3 ghz 4-core.

This CPU or rather APU is not your grandpa’s CPU. But seriously, again a reminder APU contains both CPU and GPU components. On the CPU componet side, technically Steamroller microarchitecture does not signifacantly improved compare to previous Richland microarchitecture but this bad boy delivers low-power consumption without losing any performance.

While on GPU component side, this integrated graphics processor gives you an access to some serious performance features, aside from DirectX11, is AMD’s Mantle API that allows game developers to better optimize games like some triple A titles to make the most of their cpu and gpu power they have. A combination of DirectX11 and AMD Mantle API drivers.

And also, AMD True Audio DSP technology or Digital sound processor. This piece of processor on-board revolutionize audio technology that you can actually achieve out-game special effects, noise cancellation, echoes and also with in-game that bounces realistically on the objects accurately according to the players surrounding compare to some cheap software technology.

Lastly, the Dual-graphics capability to crossfire 1 GPU on your PCI-e bus with your APU. Basically it will run your APU on crossfire with your supported desktop graphics card for optimum performance improvements.

 

  • #2.) G.Skill Ripjaws Z (4X2) 8GB 2400MHz

Like what most of our build guides here in Gamebuildpc, I always suggest to grab yourself an 8GB RAM and call it a day. But in this AMD Godavari build guide, not just that we’ve found out that 8GB is the sweet-spot for most people unless you’re a content creator, video editor and uses heavy task but also that in addition to Dual-channel, DDR3 1600MHz there is a huge signifance and benefit using up to 2400MHz Dual-channel DDR3 memory.

So I went to G.Skill Ripjaws Z (4×2) 8GB 2400MHz cheapest memory card I’ve found in PCHub. This plain works why not give it a try. You can also select with the same specs from different manufacturers like Corsair and Kingston.

Remember that we’re using DDR3 not DDR4.

  • #3.) GA-F2A88XM-HD3P

For our motherboard, I wasn’t picky on selecting a motherboard here on our AMD Godavari build guide, I just went to PCHub page and select this FM2+ board. Please just make sure that youu should get the FM2+ and not the FM2.

FM2+ CPU’s are not backward compatible with FM2 boards, where as FM2+ boards will work just fine with FM2 CPU. So make sure before going to your favorite PC parts shop, FM2+ and FM2 labels should clearly identified before buying it well if you’re not sure just go ahead to your manufacturer’s website.

This board supports:

  1. for DDR3 2400(OC)
  2. for RAID 0
  3. for 4k UHD Display
  4. multiple independent display outputs simultaneously through AMD Eyefinity Technology

 

  • #4.) Cooler Master Hyper 212x

We could use the CPU cooler that comes free with your APU but this one Hyper 212x will give us a headroom for overclocking (if you want), this also looks better and sound quieter as a whole.

 

  • #5.) Zotac T500 120GB SSD

This is my personal choice. If you’ve read my previous build I highly suggest having an SSD right now and if you have few cash saved up you can buy a 1 or 2TB hard disk mainly for your movies and compilation of games. You’ll feel better as your loading / boot time roughly will take up to 6- 10 secs if your OS installed on SSD.

 

  • #6.) Optional ( R7 250 ) Graphics Card

This is an optional pick because this will fall under “upgrade-later” since we’re going to build a value optimized gaming system. But this R7 250 will work perfectly fine running on crossfire with your dedicated on-board graphics. This will improve your fps and performance on running some high end games later on down the line.

Thanks to Ace Cabusas, for bringing this up that using R7 370 series wouldn’t work crossfire / dual graphics with APU.

  • #7.) Seasonic S12II 520watts 80+ Bronze

Alright for our PSU, I went to Seasonic S12II a non-modular  power supply but has 80+ bronze certification. My entry level for a PSU that gives me confidence that my system will work just fine. They’re quiet and seasonic has a fantastic reputation in terms of their powersupply.

  • #8.) Cooler Master N300 Window Edition

It doesn’t have many frills but it looks pretty nice and decent for its price not to mention it is also window type case where you can see your build inside.

 

TL;DR:

Here we go, to sum it up- I hope you still read why I chose these components but if you have questions, recommendations, suggestions and any -tions just comment below we’ll discuss it and without further ado here’s the parts and price at PCHub :

 

PARTS COMPONENTS PRICES
APU A10 7890K 4.1-4.3 ghz 4-core PHP 7300
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws Z (4X2) 8GB 2400MHz PHP 2820
MOTHERBOARD GA-F2A88XM-HD3P PHP 3350
CPU FAN(optional) Cooler Master Hyper 212x PHP 1750
SSD Zotac T500 120GB PHP 1999
PSU Seasonic S12II 520watts 80+ Bronze PHP 2570
CASE Cooler Master N300 Window Edition PHP 2050
TOTAL PHP 21,839

In addition, if you’re going to use your stock fan and a Fractal design core 1000 USB3 case for Php 1660. The total price will become  Php 19,699 🙂

Here’s our forum: Forum | Gamebuildpc Ask anything about computers and join our community 🙂

Here’s a gameplay of Fallout 4 by youtuber:Soplox using AMD A10 7890k on 1080p. Btw, you can play this game through medium settings too and you’ll get a very satisfying results.

 

If you want me personally to build your PC, don’t be shy we’ll talk about that and I’ll ship it directly to you. 🙂 Click here to submit orders: https://goo.gl/forms/PtFGw5rtW6E2Q3SW2 Fill up the form and we will attend to you as soon as possible.

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Thanks!

 

Regards,

Kevin

Tech Guide

Gaming PC Philippines: P35k Never Ending Gaming PC Build Guide

Never ending Gaming PC Philippines


 

Start with CPU. If you don’t know how to overclock and don’t want to rekt it’s warranty. Maybe this guide is for you but it still your preference to pick what you want for your build.

If you’re a gamer, definitely go with the “K” CPU,  Overclocking basically allows you to run your cpu at a higher frequency turns out to increase its temp and obviously require good cooling. Some people can live without overclocking though.

But for the non-techie who just want to have a pretty good setup and latest gen cpu:

#1. Intel Core i5 – 6500

Might be good enough for you. If you ask me what is this, it’s skylake my friend. This one supports DDR4 RAM memory. Kindly note that. We’re not going to use DDR3 with this build.

# of Cores 4
# of Threads 4
Processor Base Frequency 3.2 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.6 GHz
Cache 6 MB SmartCache
Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
TDP 65 W

(Source: Intel.com

Remember: It’s still your choice whether to pick like a “K”(unlocked) processor for overclocking.

You can also have a separate CPU cooling system if you don’t want to use the stock cooling. CM Hyper T4 or 212x or Noctua Series if you want to have a silent cooling.

 

#2. GTX 1060 / RX 480

Next is the GPU. If you’re wondering what to pick whether Green team or Red team it’s really up to your preferences. In my experience, nVidia GTX are pretty good in terms of their drivers and opposite with AMD well kind of. Besides I used to have AMD with my previous setup (piso net) it works just fine. But most of the time I can’t play some games because they support nVidia GPU (4 years ago).

Right now, AMD can cope with the latest triple A titles especially with its RX 480! If AMD works perfectly fine with you that’s great! You’re pretty sure that having RX 480 will allow you to setup a VR build. Comment below especially your experience and games you’re playing with.

For budget concerned but willing to sacrifice a little bit cash for its performance. You can have GTX 1070 too. But this two option, GTX 1060/RX 480 is the sweet spot for your build.

 

#3. MSI B150M Mortar Arctic

For the motherboard. here we go, To be honest this is the hardest part of selecting for a budget build, why? because:

Someday, you’ll want to upgrade your CPUFor those who have read the previous build, I chose Z170 board. Yes, it’s a little bit expensive but I consider that someday you’ll want to have an i7 unlocked and try some overclocking.

But since this is a budget-friendly build(no title price included), I thought that it would be great to consider the discussion from the last post that having B150 motherboard will do the trick for us! – Thanks Luis and Ray!

Fernie, suggest this board from the previous guide and this motherboard looks nice for black and white color scheme. Try some B150 from different manufacturers for your build!

 

#4. Avexir Core 1x8gb 2400 8gb white led (AVD4UZ124001608G-1COW). 

For our RAM(memory). You might be wondering, what to choose: Dual channel or Single channel RAM. You can identify this by looking if you’re going to buy RAM: 8GB (4×2) | 8GB (8×1)

Dual channel vs Single channel? What to choose?

Having Dual channel RAM, theoretically, You will see a 10% gain at best in benchmarks, but you can’t tell the difference in real life and Single channel cost less compare to dual ram sticks.

The good thing about single channel is:
You can just add another 8 gb in to make it two channels. Although they don’t have to be the same brand and model, just make sure that they run the same frequency(hz) and timings(clock) or else your mobo might experience throttle or won’t be able to read the other module.

 

#5. ZOTAC T500 120GB.

For the storage. It would be great if we should focus on SSD rather than mechanical hard drive. I’m not saying you cannot have HDD but rather you may want to consider having SSD first and if you have some few cash and wanted to have a huge storage you can buy for 2 or 4TB HDD.

Moeka-Chan, suggest this SSD from the previous build and in my perspective based on the reviews it performs just like what it should be. I am counting on this one for my next gaming pc system.

 

#6. Seasonic M12II Evo 520watts 80+ Bronze Full Modular.

and for our PSU. Again and again I will never stop saying that never use the “generic psu” that comes free with your case please. Remember that we don’t know where the heck it came from and having a reputable PSU like Seasonic will give us the confidence that our gaming parts will be in safe hands.

You can choose for non-modular too! if you’re also with how it will look from the outside you may want to consider full modular so you can hide those cables lying around but also depends on your Case.

 

#7. NZXT RAZER case, Cooler Master, Corsair, Fractal Design, Cougar, Thermaltake.

Lastly, Case.  This is the case. Like what I’ve said from the previous build. It’s your own preference now. You can have the most expensive or cheapest one. Since our motherboard is mATX, you can have Full, Mid tower and Mini.

Just make sure that everything should fit inside and you’re ready to go.

 


TL;DR:

In summary, I’ve listed the price and parts here. I hope you still read why I chose those parts 🙂

*approx. equal

PARTS COMPONENTS PRICES
CPU Intel Core i5 – 6500 PHP 9370
GPU GTX 1060 / RX 480 PHP 13500*
MOTHERBOARD MSI B150M Mortar Arctic PHP 4740
RAM Avexir Core (8x1) 2400 8GB PHP 1670
SSD Zotac T500 120GB PHP 1999
PSU Seasonic M12II Evo 520watts PHP 3040.00
CASE Fractal Design Core 1000 USB3 PHP 1660

Total: PHP 35,979 – I manually computed this one. lol

View and compare prices here: 

view and compare

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!

Kevin

Tech Guide

Build a PC for Pinoy 2: P40,000 sweet spot Gaming PC

How to build a Gaming PC in the Philippines – Sweet spot (price to performance)

updated August 2016

(Edit “30k to 40k”- i missed out the processor’s price and the case from the 1st edit sorry for that.)

SWEET SPOT GAMING PC

I am glad that we had a good discussions about our last setup build for  P23,000 pesos budget gaming pc. For our new readers and PC Builders, kindly check it out for you to compare the difference for our P40,000 pesos sweet spot gaming pc 🙂

 

This time allow me to discuss the parts why I chose them and let’s have a good discussion whether why you agree or disagree about the build.

Without further ado, let’s dissect our featured “P40,000 pesos sweet spot gaming pc”.

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 P 9,370.00

From my previous guide: Build a PC for VR, I have discussed that the recommended CPU for VR-ready setup is i5-6500. If you’re having a dilemma whether 6500 or 6600. You may want to think of this, i5-6600 will cost you around P 10,400.00. Paying for additional P1,000 pesos to have an extra turbo boost, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t feel any difference. Since the only difference from their specs is the turbo speed for about 3.2-3.6 and 3.3-3.9 respectively.

Maybe some of you might think about pursuing to VR gaming. No worries! This is already VR-ready processor!

 

GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD RX 480 8GB

Galax GTX 1060 EXOC 6gb PHP 13590.00  |  MSI Radeon RX 480 8gb PHP 13640.00

Aha! Now I will let you decide whether Green Team or Red Team. But for now, let me discuss why I chose these two.

img src: nVidia.com
img src: nVidia.com

For our Green team, with a price range of P13590, Galax offers the cheapest but also built-in quality and high performance card on the market.

Galax GTX 1060:

Power Specs:

  • Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 120W
  • Minimum System Power Requirement (W) 400W
  • Supplementary Power Connectors 6-pin

 

This card is the latest ready for your VR gaming setup and you can still choose whether ASUS, MSI and depends on any other brands you like. Make sure they have the reputation that dominates the GPU industry. We typically stay for the brands we’ve known. That’s why you can choose any 1060’s you want.

Some of their price is a little bit higher but keep in mind that they offer unique features for their own brand.

AMD RX480 VR
img src: AMD

 

 

Next is the Red Team, AMD’s future of gaming concept and VR gaming revolution “VR is not just for the 1%” has dominated the world of budget gaming industry from the past few weeks.

I chose MSI because it’s well-known for their professional laptops to gaming pc parts and offers a very competetive price on the philippine market.

MSI RX 480:

  • Power consumption (W) 150W
  • Recommended PSU (W) 500W
  • Power Connectors 6-pin x 1

You can also choose XFX RX 480 too

Take note that we’re trying to squeeze in 40k mark of our budget and you’re free to decide any brands you like 🙂

Motherboard:  Gigabyte Z170 HD3P PHP 7230.00

The cheapest Z170 I’ve found on PCHub. Since our target is to have the sweet-spot and VR-ready setup. It supports DDR4 memory, more than three USB 3.0 and more than one USB 2.0 which we need for VR headset and tracking cameras and 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) for our GPU.

 

Storage:  Kingston HyperX Fury 120gb PHP 2480.00

You can’t go wrong with an SSD. I have an SSD Kingston V300 120GB and it really yielded faster read/write and boot speed. From booting up to Desktop it took me 6 secs. For now we will disregard the HDD for our build.

 

Power Supply: Seasonic M12II Evo 620watts 80+ Bronze Full Modular PHP 3660.00

Having a powerful and reliable power supply, you’ll feel confident that your lovable pc parts is safe from power failure and discharges. It’s kinda expensive for a power supply (take note it’s full modular) but just take it as an investment not just for power efficiency consumption but also its reliability.

 

RAM:  G.Skill Aegis 2x4gb 2400 8gb CL15 (F4 2400C15D 8GIS) PHP 2150.00

The sweet spot of most games out there is 8GB. You can have 8×2 16GB RAM if you’re a content creator and hard core video editor. This will allows you to have a lot of room to open hundreds of new browser tabs while playing your favorite game and at the same time editing your video project.

 

Alright so right now we’ve reached our P38k without the case. We still have roughly P2,000 left to choose and I want you to decide what kind of case you want for your sweet spot gaming pc. If you think there’s something you can adjust well you’re free to choose from different manufacturers 🙂

Personally, I am a sucker for looks and I always make sure that this the apple of my eye:

Case: NZXT S340 PHP 3480.00 – ( Don’t count this one, you can choose whether a low or high end case)

View and compare prices here: 

view and compare

 

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!

See ya,

Kevin

UPDATE NOV 14, 2016:

PART 2 of our GAMING PC!

Gaming PC Philippines Part 2: P25,000 Pesos Budget Build


UPDATE JAN 21, 2017:

New build guide for 2017!

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


UPDATE JAN 22, 2017:

New 30k build guide!

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

(Edit “30k to 40k”- I missed out the processor’s price and the case from the 1st edit. Sorry for that)
Tech Guide

Gaming PC Philippines: P23,000 Pesos Budget Build

How to build a Gaming PC in the Philippines

updated August 2016

gaming pc dota2-bloodseeker
img credit: Dota 2

eSports, MMORPG and FPS Games is the tittle-tattle of the modern era particularly our gaming pc enthusiast of the year 2016.
Have you ever wondered if your PC could run some of these games?

  • Dragon Nest
  • Skyrim Elder’s Scroll
  • CSGO
  • Battlefield 1-4
  • DOTA 2

If not, don’t be sad because in less than P23,000 pesos you can have your own Ultimate Budget Build Gaming PC.

What to consider when buying a gaming PC in the Philippines?

When I was just like you reading tech tips and guides on the internet, I was very particular and most of the time  “choosy” on selecting parts of my budget build. It’s my hard-earned money! I don’t want to spend it on PC parts which is after few years I won’t be able to play future modern games because of bottleneck issues.

I always consider these few things before buying parts for my gaming PC:

  • #1, Price to Performance ratio. This is the top-most of my checklist when buying parts for my PC. Gather the data @(youtube) like benchmarks with different manufacturers with the same specs, select the highest performer and then compare its price on the market. Still, it’s your choice.

 

  • #2, Would it still run after few years? This is the hardest question so far and it will be on your own preferences and experience. I have a videocard that failed after few months of using and it’s really frustrating. My 1st videocard that I thought would last long because of its fabulous name. I didn’t buy anything from that manufacturer ever again. Maybe someday I will try it again but still a Lesson Learned me. Always make a research, ask through forums and read a lot about manufacturers of your selected parts. It’s your hard-earned money and you don’t want to waste it. Unless you don’t care about your money. Uhm, you can share it btw. 😉

 

  • #3, Compatibility. You have a girlfriend that has a different perspective and outlook in life and there you are, a hardcore FPS no-scope player, avid fan of DOTA 2 and diehard RPG gamer. I’m pretty sure that there might some compatibility issues will happen on the both of you. “Doubt” start to kicks in.

Well just like on your selected gaming parts, You don’t want to have that “doubt” because if there’s something wrong occurred on your PC it may lead to false identification of errors that may cause you a lot of trouble. LGA 1150 series board compatible parts is different from LGA 1151 series motherboard. Make sure to have some research before buying. 4 things you need to know when building a PC

 

and lastly 3 things to consider, your Budget, Preferences and Future-concept PC Build. If you think you can adjust your budget based from your preferences like additional LAG killer ethernet network, auto-overclocking features and Future-concept PC build that you can upgrade later on down the line is still up to you and your preferred budget.

Bottomline is there’s nothing wrong what to choose first “basic” or “adds on features” as long as at the end you’ll feel the satisfaction of having and building your own PC.

 


I am grateful to share my updated August 2016 Ultimate build guide for less than P23,000 pesos you can play most of the latest game with 1080p guaranteed gameplay!

 

Processor – Intel Pentium G3260 3.50GHz (Dual Core) Haswell Refresh ₱2,600.00
Motherboard – ASRock Z97 Pro4 ATX Motherboard ₱5,950.00
Graphics Card – Sapphire NITRO RX 460 4GB GDDR5 ₱7,050.00
Memory Card – Gskill RipjawsX 8GB Dual 1600 CL9 ₱2,150.00
HDD Storage – Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB ₱2,290.00
Power Supply – Corsair VS450 Power Supply ₱1,650.00
Case – Aerocool GT Black Gaming ₱1,250.00

View and compare prices here: 

view and compare

 

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!


UPDATE NOV 14, 2016:

PART 2 of our GAMING PC!

Gaming PC Philippines Part 2: P25,000 Pesos Budget Build


UPDATE JAN 21, 2017:

New build guide for 2017!

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


Cheers!

Kevin