Php 30K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q1 2019]

30K gaming PC

The goal is to build a low-end gaming setup while trying to keep the cost close to the Php 30,000 budget range. The build guide only includes the System Unit. Remember that this is only a guide and you don’t need to follow it religiously. Please feel free to point out any mistakes and/or suggest what you think can improve the build/s within this price segment.

30K Gaming PC – Intel –  Total: Php 30,990

30K Gaming PC – AMD –  Total: Php 31,920

LAST UPDATED: Februar 14, 2019

Prices are based on PC HUB Online PL (Bought with PC)

CPU

The Intel Core i3-8100 is the perfect processor for this price segment. This 8th generation 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.

You could also choose to get an AMD Ryzen 5 1600, while it wouldn’t make any significant performance gain in gaming it would let you do some casual streaming. Also, if you have to, you can overclock the Ryzen 5 1600. For more information, check out Tweaktown’s Ryzen (2000-Series) Overclocking Guide

CPU Cooler

The both processors comes with a stock cooler and it does the job. Although not immediately nor necessary, I’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.

Motherboard

Intel

Here we will be able to choose between two motherboards that would depend on the upgradeability of the build which is entirely up to you.

The H310M is most basic microATX(or mATX is basically what we call the size of the somewhat smaller motherboard) motherboard where you could put the Intel Core i3-8100. It’s the most budget-friendly and that’s it, it’s perfectly just what you need for a “budget build”. It has two RAM slots and if you could foresee that you need more than 16GB in the next five years, then that’s all you need.

A B360M Motherboard is also a microATX board that offers more features such as M.2 slots, some has four RAM slots and maybe more USB ports. If you think you’ll need additional RAM slots for upgrading memory or you think you’ll be able to upgrade to an Intel Core i5-8400 or an Intel Core i7-8700 in the next two years then you should pickup a B360M motherboard. I’m highly against getting a B360M motherboard with only two RAM slots, so make sure to get one with four RAM slots.

The cheapest B360M with four RAM slots is the Asrock B360M Pro 4 while cheapest H310M motherboard is the MSI H310M PRO-D PLUS.

AMD

Unlike the Intel build, I would only recommend B450M motherboard for this price point. As I have mentioned in the 20K Build Guide, the A320 chipset makes no sense at all for Ryzen CPUs since it only disable its overclocking potential. Sure,it is cheaper, but in the long run when you need the performance boost, you’ll be paying more to get an OC-able motherboard or a better processor.

Basically, AMD’s B450M chipset is quite similar to its Intel counterpart, the B360M, in terms of features with the exception that it is possible to overclock with the AMD motherboard. Again, make sure to get a B450M motherboard with 4 RAM slots.

The cheapest B450M with four RAM slots is the Gigabyte B450M DS3H.

Memory

We only need to get two of the cheapest 4GB DDR4 2400 RAM which is the Geil Evo Spear. Don’t even bother getting one with a 2666 memory frequency unless you find one that is cheaper. The difference in performance is barely noticeable and not worth the extra money.

As for upgrades, we only need to get another pair of memory to get 16GB total in the future.

Intel

If you’re getting a H310M motherboard which only have two RAM slots, you might want to get a single 8GB DDR4 2400 RAM. It could cost you a little bit of performance but it would allow you to upgrade later on without spending more money for a B360M motherboard.

AMD

While it’s true that Ryzen builds benefit greatly with high frequency RAM, it’s up to you if the price difference(which is almost double) is worth the ~10% performance gain in gaming.

Video Card

Nvidia’s GTX 1060 6GB is arguably the best value for money video card for 1080p gaming. And with Nvidia’s recent announcement to enable G-SYNC on compatible monitors adds a little more value to this card.

Storage – HDD

For the storage, we will simply get the most reliable HDD in the market, the Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB.

Storage – SSD

If you don’t have a lot of files or you have other places to store them, and will mostly play esports titles, you might want to skip an HDD and get a Western Digital Caviar Green SSD 240gb SATA. Be warned though, getting an SSD does not really make your system perform better and the only difference in games are loading times. For me, an SSD is a luxury and unnecessary for budget builders, still a pretty sweet Quality of Life improvement though.

Power Supply

The Corsair VS450 seems to be the cheapest, reliable power supply that’s appropriate for this build.

Case

As for the case, this should be entirely up to you. For this price range, I would suggest the Tecware Nexus M purely based on its appearance and because it has USB 3.0 (it’s 2019, every USB ports on PC cases should be at least USB 3.0).


This build is capable enough to play popular esports games such as Apex Legends, Fortnite, Dota 2, League of LegendsOverwatch, and CS:GO along with NBA 2K and GTA:V at high to ultra settings at 1080p. It could totally take on current AAA titles and demanding games such as Resident Evil 2 Remake, Anthem, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Battlefield V in medium to high graphics settings.

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41 Responses

  1. RC says:

    Ok po ba at compatible po ba sa isa’t-isa ang setup na ‘to?

    HDD – 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue – Php 2,190
    GPU – Galax GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Exoc White – Php 9,450
    RAM – 8GB DDR4 2400 Kingston HyperX Fury White – Php 3,100
    Mobo – MSI H310M Gaming Arctic Intel H310 – Php 4,500
    CPU – Intel i3-8100 – Php 6,910
    PSU – Corsair VS550 80+ White – Php 2,670
    Case – Omega Aqua Acrylic Side – Php 1,200

  2. alo says:

    i would like to ask why you recommend B360M if i am considering getting an intel core I5-8400? is it not compatible with H310M?

  3. RC says:

    Thanks po sa reply. Last few questions na lang po:

    1. Ok lang po ba kahit walang cooler ang CPU? at
    2. Ano pong marerecommend niyong mouse at keyboard na hindi backlit?

    • bistekph says:

      Hello, RC.

      1. No, but if you meant if it’s okay to just use the stock cooler than buying an aftermarket cooler, then yes.
      2. Not really an expert on mouse and keyboards, but if you’re looking for cheap gaming peripherals, I have good experience with Dragonwar sold in Datablitz. If you’re looking for ‘normal’ mouse and keyboard set, you can’t go wrong with Rapoo or A4tech.

  4. Ari says:

    Hi. Pa-check lang po ako and if compatible po ba sa isa’t-isa ang set-up na ‘to?

    Processor: Intel Core i3-8100
    Mobo: ASUS TUF B360M Plus / MSI A320M Pro VD/S (not sure which is cheaper and better)
    Cooler: Deepcool Gammaxx 400
    Memory: (2) 4gb DDR4-2400 Kingston Hyper X
    Storage: Seagate 1TB 64 MB and Western Digital Caviar 240GB Green
    GPU: MSI Geforce GTX 1050 TI OC Dual Fans 4GB
    PSU: Corsair VS450 450 watts
    Casing: Tecware Nexus M
    Monitor: Acer 23″ R231 IPS

    Thank you po! 🙂

    • bistekph says:

      Hello, Ari.

      Only issue on your build will be the A320M motherboard because it’s an AMD motherboard. Otherwise, everything looks good. Although, I would suggest waiting until the GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Ti releases this month and see how it would affect prices or if it’s worth getting than the 1050 Ti.

  5. Chad says:

    Hi po balak qo po mag build at wla po aqo wla pa po aqo idea sa mga gamit, okay lng nmn cguro kung gayahin ko nlng ung sa inyu 🙂

  6. mse says:

    Hi po sir will it run po ba ung AMD build for average setting ng Witcher 3?

  7. BASTI says:

    Hi, ask ko lng kung compatible dto ung 6gb Galax GTX 1060 OC Dual Fan and san nkakabili for that price.. (11250)

    Other OS Description Not Available
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name DESKTOP-Q7H1KLE
    System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    System Model OptiPlex 9020
    System Type x64-based PC
    System SKU OptiPlex 9020
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
    BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A05, 05/12/2013
    SMBIOS Version 2.7
    Embedded Controller Version 255.255
    BIOS Mode Legacy
    BaseBoard Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    BaseBoard Product 0PC5F7
    BaseBoard Version A02
    Platform Role Desktop
    Secure Boot State Unsupported
    PCR7 Configuration Binding Not Possible
    Windows Directory C:\Windows
    System Directory C:\Windows\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Locale United Kingdom
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = “10.0.17763.404”
    Username DESKTOP-Q7H1KLE\yaLLa
    Time Zone Arab Standard Time
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 16.0 GB
    Total Physical Memory 15.9 GB
    Available Physical Memory 8.48 GB
    Total Virtual Memory 20.4 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 12.2 GB
    Page File Space 4.50 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys
    Kernel DMA Protection Off
    Virtualisation-based security Not enabled
    Device Encryption Support Reasons for failed automatic device encryption: TPM is not usable, PCR7 binding is not supported, Hardware Security Test Interface failed and the device is not InstantGo, Un-allowed DMA-capable bus/device(s) detected, TPM is not usable
    Hyper-V – VM Monitor Mode Extensions Yes
    Hyper-V – Second Level Address Translation Extensions Yes
    Hyper-V – Virtualisation Enabled in Firmware Yes

    TIA

    • RoninVampire says:

      Hi, Basti.

      While the 1060 is a good match for an i7-4770, the Dell Optiplex’s power supply (and the PCI-e power on the motherboard) may not be sufficient for a gtx 1060. That is even assuming that it will physically fit.

      Short answer is, sorry, no.

      As for the GTX 1060, we’re not entirely sure where to get the Galax ones anymore since they’ve been going on clearance sales since the 1660 was released. You may check with your favorite component retailers for any sales.

      • BASTI says:

        thank you for the reply, you mean i need to change my power supply? any recommendation?

        • RoninVampire says:

          We’re not sure if you can change the Dell Optiplex’s power supply outright. Assuming this is the more common SFF model, it will require an SFF power supply. And not only that, the Optiplex 9020 (All variants) uses a semi-proprietary 8-pin connector for motherboard power, so you’ll have to get a 24-pin to 8-pin adaptor, which is also quite uncommon, to make it work.

          In short, it will take some work and more research to change the PSU of the Dell Optiplex. Also, again, not sure about the issue of fitting the 1060 physically as the Dell Optiplex (except the MT model) only has room for a low-profile GPU.

          • BASTI says:

            you’re right I bought red dragon sideswipe, and some pin is not compatible. 😦 anyway thanks for the support.

  8. Rob says:

    Hello, Sir. What’s the difference between the ryzen 5 1600 vs the r5 2400g ? Is there any significant chnge in terms of performance ? Thank you.

    • RoninVampire says:

      The Ryzen 5 2400G has integrated Vega 11 graphics while the 1600 requires a discrete GPU. In terms of performance the 1600 has a slight edge because it has six physical cores and six threads. The 2400G has four cores and eight threads.

  9. Neil says:

    Ask ko lang kung okay ba tong build.
    GPU-zotac gaming geforce gtx 1660ti 6gb
    Mobo-msi b450m mortar amd sata 6gb
    Cpu-amd ryzen 5 2400g quad core
    Ram-8gb ddr4
    Hdd- 1tb

    Yun palang ang naiisip ko.
    Any suggestions ? Thanks. Sir.

    • RoninVampire says:

      We’d suggest getting a Ryzen 5 2600 instead because you already have a GPU. That said, we also suggest getting at least 3000mhz for your RAM; Ryzen benefits greatly from that. And, yeah, if you can extend your budget further, get an extra stick of 8gb RAM and an SSD.

  10. rein says:

    Would you recommend a 40k GamingPC??

    • RoninVampire says:

      For a 40k budget, just get a slightly better GPU and an SSD.

      Also, you may want to check out the updated Q2 buildguides on the site. Those are more current.

  11. Mary says:

    Hi. Ask ko lang if more on photo editing and graphics design ung purpose ko like photoshop or illustrator. Kaya yang build?
    Planning to buy sana kaso wala ako masyado alam dito. Thank you.

  12. Gilder says:

    Hello sir, any suggestion for 35k i7 gaming desktop. Wala ako idea sa lahat. Pero gusto ko rin ung 40k resolution.tnx ng marami sa tutulong.

    • bistekph says:

      Hi. An i7 gaming desktop is already considered as high-end gaming PCs and costs around PhP 80,000 (as it should should be paired with high-end GPUs as well) so your request is quite impossible. Also, if you meant 4K resolution, the recommended GPU for 4K gaming is the RTX 2080 which costs around PhP 40,000 alone.

  13. Shane says:

    Hello sir, ask ko lang po kung ung dalawang set po ba na yan ay available for upgrades? And alin po ang marerecommend nyo na sakilang dalawa? wala po kasi ako alam sa mga specs ng pc.

  14. Shane says:

    Ahm ask lang po ulet
    Pc lang po yan diba? Wala pang monitor keyboard mouse etc .?

  15. arnie says:

    Hi 🙂

    Ask ko lng po if this set up can withstand na 4-5 (pero 4 will do) android emulator na sabay-sabay 🙂

    Not planning to do a streaming channel but just wanting to enjoy all my character being in a same party.

    PS: I am playing Ragnarok M: Eternal Love

  16. Jake says:

    May suggestion po ba kayo na build for 25k price CPU na lang kulang. Thanks

  17. Benedict says:

    hello,

    What do you think if I am going to change the mOBO to Tomohawk & GPU RX580 devil
    ok lng ba?

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