Php 30K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q3 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. 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.

CPU

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.

Screencaptured from PC Hub’s Online Pricelist.

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.

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

Intel

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.

AMD

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.

Memory

Intel

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.

AMD

Since RAM is much cheaper nowadays, we recommend getting at least a 3200MHz frequency RAM to maximize the performance in Ryzen builds.

Video Card

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.

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, 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.

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26 Responses

  1. JMS2019 says:

    Sir,

    I would like to ask if it is okay to replace MOBO by MSI B450M Pro VDH Plus (AM4) B450, mATX, 4*ddr4. As per feedback by PC HUB, MSI B450M Pro M2 V2 is already sold out.

    Thank you and God bless.

    • bistekph says:

      Hi, yes it is okay to use that one instead.

      • Jorim says:

        Sir I would like to ask your recommendation on what monitor should I buy for this build? I only have 8k budget left.

        FYI, I ordered all items on this build (ryzen 5) and I’m very excited to play it with my favorite games. Thanks and God bless.

        • bistekph says:

          Hello, Jorim!

          For the 30K build, we recommend getting a 23(or 24)-inch, 1920×1080 resolution monitor. Panel should be up to you. Remember that IPS panels have great color accuracy, while TN panels have better response time. There are also VA Panels which are kind of between the two.

          • Jorim says:

            Sir, Complete na build ko sir. Thanks to your guide. Pahabol lang po, what type/brand po ba ng AVR ang dapat kong bilhin? Or di really need to have AVR or not? Thanks po.

          • bistekph says:

            I personally use Panther Surge Protector similar to this. Pwede naman AVR, ‘wag niyo lang i-rekta sa wall socket, baka masira yung components pag may power outages or fluctuation.

  2. Kevz says:

    Sir tanong ko lang sa video card n galax GTX 1660 OC saang shop yung 11k lang yung price niya. Kasi mostly nakikita ko sa net 15k+ siya e

  3. Jm says:

    Sir good day sang shopangma e reccomend nu sa kin i prefer sana kung Gilmore. Im olanning to build a gaming pc. Ty

    • bistekph says:

      All our prices are based on PC Hub/EDGE in Gilmore, kaya dun na rin po kayo bumili. Pwede niyo rin po sila tawagan or i-chat sa Facebook para makapag check ng availability ng parts para hindi masayang ang punta ninyo.

  4. Ralph says:

    Ilan po fps nyan Amd pag csgo?

  5. Kim says:

    Hi Sir,

    I would like to ask for a recommendation in terms of a monitor for the ryzen build. It would be very helpful if it can be very specific as I am not very familiar with computer parts. Budget is around 7-10k.

    I tried researching but i did not fully understood what i read. Thanks for your help sir.

    • bistekph says:

      Hello, Kim!

      For the 30K build, we recommend getting a 23(or 24)-inch, 1920×1080 resolution monitor. Panel should be up to you. Remember that IPS panels have great color accuracy, while TN panels have better response time. There are also VA Panels which are kind of between the two.

      We do not outright recommend the following but I hope it helps you choose a monitor:
      23″ Asus VZ239HR (IPS) – Php 6,830
      – Reliable brand, good for most games and editing photos or videos. Also has the best viewing angle if that matters to you.
      24″ Invision GT24R18 (VA) – Php 8,399
      – Packed with features such as 144hz refresh rate, curved display and AMD FreeSync. Brand is quite unknown though and you may have difficulties when you encounter problems with the product.
      24″ BenQ GL2460BH (TN) – Php 6,530
      – Has the best response time, and best for competitive multiplayer games. The 75hz refresh rate is a good bonus too.

  6. Rob says:

    Sir, when will you post your 50k build ? Does 15 -20fps + really makes a difference in gaming ?

    • bistekph says:

      Hello, Rob!

      We’re still waiting for the new CPU prices to ‘normalize’, it was only available as a bundle at launch, and as of today, it is Php 1,000 more expensive than its original price during release day.

      Regarding the fps question, it really depends. 15-20 fps makes a huge difference but only if your monitor can keep up. For example, if you’re coming from stable 45 fps and you gained a 15-20 fps boost using a 60hz monitor, you’ll notice that motion is going to be smoother. But if you’re already above stable 60 fps and you gained the same 15-20 fps boost you probably won’t notice the difference or worse, you might experience tearing because a 60hz monitor can’t keep up with a higher number of frame per second.

  7. Shane says:

    Sir, ano po ba ang best suitable na gpu sa ryzen 5 2400g?

  8. rogean says:

    Ayos po b lahat nung assassins creed series sa mga build na to at high settings

    • bistekph says:

      The previous ones, yes. As for the recent entries like Origin at Odyssey, I think it’s still capable of playing in high settings but may suffer frame drops since those games are bad PC ports.

  9. ken says:

    okay lang po b n rx580 4gb ang vc instead 1660? mbbwasan po b ang fps? thanks

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