A much Sweeter ‘Sweet Spot’ Php 25K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q1 2020]
Every now and then we get a request for a build that’s cheaper than our 30K builds but are more powerful than the Under 20K builds. With newer parts available in the market, along with more stable stock and prices, we revamped the ‘Sweet Spot’ 25K Gaming PC Build Guide. 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.
25K Gaming PC Build – Total: Php 24,200
LAST UPDATED: February 14, 2020
Prices are based on PC HUB Online PL (Bought with PC)
The Intel Core i3-9100F is the perfect processor for this price segment. This i3 chip has been extremely improved to stay competitive at this price point against its AMD counterpart. It’s even better than the more expensive 7th generation Intel Core i5-7500 in most cases. The only downside is that this processor doesn’t have integrated graphics which means it wouldn’t work without a dedicated GPU.
This processor 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 especially in our country’s warm weather.
The H310M is most basic micro-ATX (mATX) motherboard where you could put the Intel Core i3-9100F. It has the most basic features a motherboard could have and doesn’t really have much aesthetic value. It’s the most budget-friendly and that’s it. It’s just what you need for a “budget build”.
More RAM lets us work smoothly with multiple applications running simultaneously.
For now, we’re only going to put a single stick of 8GB DDR4 ADATA XPG D30 3000Mhz RAM. you could upgrade it to a 16GB memory whenever your budget allows it.
The GTX 1650 Super is the latest entry-level gaming GPU from Nvidia and it is the best card for this price range. Currently, this the best value for money video card you can buy in the less than ten thousand pesos price range. It also the cheapest GPU that uses the latest Turing NVENC, which is great for content creators.
Storage – HDD
For the storage, we will simply get the most reliable HDD in the market, the Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB.
Storage – SSD
The Patriot Burst 120GB SSD SATA is the cheapest 120GB solid-state drive available in the market. Just enough capacity and speed to get snappier performance from your basic apps and, of course, boot times.
The new Corsair CV450 is reliable power supply that’s appropriate for this build. It has a better efficiency rating than our previous recommendation, the Corsair VS450; a great value upgrade for just a hundred peso difference.
As for the case, this should be entirely up to you. In the video below, we took the Raidmax Neon LED (PhP 1,520), but that’s just because BJ probably wanted something new (As mentioned, he’s had “two or three” Tecware Nexus Ms in his life). Still, we’d recommend the Tecware Nexus M for just PhP 30 more than the Raidmax case. It looks good, has USB 3.0 (pretty much a standard now in 2020), and it comes with three 120mm Tecware case fans, so you don’t have to worry too much about airflow.
This build is capable enough to play popular esports games such as Apex Legends, Fortnite, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch, PUBG and CS:GO along with NBA 2K and GTA:V at high to ultra settings at 1080p at 60FPS.
If you want a sneak peek on our thought process on how we made this build, you can check out our latest video:
If you have any questions about this build or need recommendations, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.