Php 30K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q3 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 29,760
30K Gaming PC – AMD – Total: Php 31,830
LAST UPDATED: July 10 2019
Prices are based on PC HUB Online PL (Bought with PC)
If you’re torn between the Intel and AMD build; The Intel build is a bit cheaper and gets the job done for its price, if you only care about gaming and don’t have any plans to upgrade within the next two years, then the Intel path is the way to go. The AMD build is a little pricier, but it’s actually better for casual streaming and other productivity tasks such as video editing. The B450M motherboard also allows you to upgrade to the latest Ryzen 3000 series in the future. So, if you’re into upgrading your rig from time to time, the AMD build might serve you better in the long run.
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.
On the AMD side, now that the Ryzen 3000 series is out, previous generation Ryzens are getting a major price cut. If you are more flexible with the budget you could get the 6-core, 12-thread processor AMD Ryzen 5 2600 in this price segment. While it wouldn’t make any significant performance gain in gaming the additional cores would let you do some better casual streaming performance. Also, if you have to, you can overclock the Ryzen 5 2600. The Ryzen 5 2600 is known for having a lot of overclock headroom, even more than the its upgraded version the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X. For more information, check out Tweaktown’s Ryzen Overclocking Guide.
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 i3-9100F. 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 disables 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.
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.
Since RAM is much cheaper nowadays, we recommend getting at least a 3200MHz frequency RAM to maximize the performance in Ryzen builds.
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
SSDs are dirt cheap right now so we won’t have any excuse to skip on getting one for the 30K Gaming PC build. We recommend the Western Digital Caviar Green SSD 120GB SATA version and then reserve the M.2 slot for a more high performance SSD in the future.
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 Far Cry New Dawn, Metro Exodus, Anthem and Battlefield V in medium to high graphics settings.
Check out other build guides:
- ‘Sweet Spot’ Php 25K Gaming PC Build Guide
- 50K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q3 2019] – Coming Soon
- 75K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q3 2019] – Coming Soon
If you have any questions about this build or need recommendations, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.