Php 30K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q2 2019]
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. 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.
30K Gaming PC – Intel – Total: Php 31,000
30K Gaming PC – AMD – Total: Php 32,710
LAST UPDATED: May 4, 2019
Prices are based on PC HUB Online PL (Bought with PC)
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
The both processors 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 H310M is most basic micro-ATX (mATX) 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 don’t need more than 16GB in the next five years, then that’s all you need.
A B360M Motherboard is also an mATX board that offers more features such as M.2 slots, some have 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 8th or 9th Gen non-OC-able Intel Core i5 or i7 in the next two years then you should pickup a B360M motherboard. We’re highly against getting a B360M motherboard with only two RAM slots, so make sure to get one with four RAM slots.
Unlike the Intel build, we would only recommend B450M motherboard for this price point. As we’ve 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.
We previously didn’t recommend a DDR4 2666 RAM, but for some reason they are actually cheaper right now.
As for upgrades, we only need to get an 8GB RAM stick to get 16GB total in the future.
If you’re getting a H310M motherboard which only has two RAM slots, you might want to get a single 8GB 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.
While it’s true that Ryzen builds benefit greatly with high frequency RAM, it’s up to you if the price difference is worth the ~10% performance gain in gaming.
Nvidia’s GTX 1660 is the GTX 1060 6GB‘s true successor which is arguably the best value for money video card for 1080p gaming. And with Nvidia’s 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 an SSD. Be warned though, getting an SSD does not really make your system perform better and the only difference in games are loading times. An SSD is a luxury and unnecessary for budget builders, but it’s still a pretty sweet Quality-of-Life improvement though.
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 enough to play popular esports games such as Apex Legends, Fortnite, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch, 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.
Check out other build guides:
- Gaming PC Under 20K 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.