Gaming PC Under Php 20K Build Guide [Q2 2019]
The goal is to build an entry level gaming setup without exceeding the Php 20,000 budget. We also need to clarify that the term “Entry Level” means that it should be a starting point, which implies that it does have an upgrade path. The build guide only includes the System Unit. Also, please remember that this is only a guide, and you don’t need to follow it religiously. Please feel free to suggest what you think can improve the build(s) within this price segment.
Gaming PC Under 20k – Total: Php 18,210
LAST UPDATED: May 4, 2019
Prices are based on PC HUB Online PL (Bought with PC)
The latest AMD Athlon 200GE processor packs quite a punch for such a cheap price. It’s a perfect entry-level CPU for both gaming and productivity tasks. And since it comes with Radeon Vega 3 graphics, gaming without a discreet/dedicated GPU is entirely possible.
The AMD Athlon 200GE comes with a stock cooler and it does the job. Although not immediately nor necessary, we’d suggest investing for a decent cooler like the Deepcool Gammaxx 400 (Php 1,090). A CPU cooler will help preserve the CPU’s hardware quality specially in our country’s warm weather.
Here we will be able to choose between two motherboards that would affect the upgradability of the system.
The A320 chipset is cheap, but like most cheap things, you get what you pay for. It cannot overclock, so that pretty much puts this system’s upgradability at the dead end, unless your upgrade involves changing the motherboard itself. But if you really are on a budget and you don’t intend to buy the overclockable Ryzen CPU in the future, then pairing it with a locked CPU like the AMD Athlon 200GE makes total sense.
Alternatively, we highly recommend a B450 chipset if you’re planning to slowly upgrade your rig eventually. Getting a B450 motherboard now would allow you to replace your processor with a Ryzen processor in the future without limiting its OC potential and without replacing your motherboard.
We previously didn’t recommend DDR4 2666 RAM, but for some reason they are actually cheaper right now. And we only need to get the cheapest compatible 8GB RAM for this build.
As for upgrades, if we get a B450 we can get another stick of 8GB RAM to get 16GB total in the future.
NVIDIA’s GT 1030 2GB DDR5 is a cheap GPU that could help you maintain a better FPS on most games specially on higher resolutions.
If you’re only into Dota 2 and CS:GO, you can skip out on a video card and let the Athlon 200GE’s integrated Radeon Vega 3 graphics processor handle it. Also, if you’re using this build as starter build, you might want to skip the GT 1030 save up for at least a GTX 1650 or RX 570 4GB.
Storage – HDD
For the storage, we will simply get the most reliable HDD in the market, the Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB.
The Corsair VS450 seems to be the cheapest, reliable power supply that’s appropriate for this build.
As for the case, this should be entirely up to you. For this price range, we would suggest the Tecware Nexus M because it looks good, has USB 3.0 (pretty much a standard now in 2019), and it comes with three 120mm Tecware case fans, so you don’t have to worry too much about airflow.
This build is capable of playing popular esports games such as Apex Legends, Dota 2, LOL, CS:GO, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and Fortnite as well as NBA 2K and GTA:V in medium to high graphics.
AMD Ryzen Starter Build – Total: Php 15,490
Unlike the previous build (Intel G4560), this build offers much more in terms of upgradability when bought with a B450 chipset. Again, specially for those who are planning to build their Ryzen gaming rig slowly, this is a great build to start with.
Check out other build guides:
- 30K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q2 2019]
- 50K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q2 2019]
- 75K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q2 2019]
If you have any questions about this build or need recommendations, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.