Php 50K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q4 2018]
The goal is to build a middle-end gaming setup while trying to keep the cost close to the Php 50,000 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.
50K Gaming PC – Intel – Total: Php 44,810
50K Gaming PC – AMD – Total: Php 47,120
LAST UPDATED: December 29, 2018
Prices are based on PC HUB Online PL (Bought with PC)
The Intel Core i5-8400 and the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 are the two best candidates for this price range. I’d say that right now, the Ryzen 5 2600 is a better deal than the Intel Core i5-8400 simply because you can do more with the Ryzen chip.
The only thing that makes the Core i5-8400 appealing is that it’s cheaper and a bit better at gaming. The Ryzen 5 2600 will perform better on tasks that utilizes multiple cores or simply put heavy productivity tasks. Also, if you have to, you can overclock the Ryzen 5 2600 unlike the Core i5-8400. For more information, check out Tweaktown’s Ryzen (2000-Series) Overclocking Guide
Besides, if you don’t have a high-end gpu and will only play games at [email protected], Intel’s advantage over AMD at gaming is basically non-existent.
Both AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and Intel Core i5-8400 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. A CPU cooler will help preserve the CPU’s hardware quality specially in our country’s warm weather.
If you want to get the Ryzen 5 2600 and you’re planning to overclock right away, you should invest on something a little more expensive like the Hyper 212 LED Turbo CPU Air Cooler or Cryorig H7.
For the Intel build, 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 motherboard where you could put the Intel Core i3-8400. 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 if you’ll be able to replace or upgrade in the next five years, then that’s all you need.
A B360M Motherboard is also a microATX(or mATX is basically what we call the size of the somewhat smaller motherboard) 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 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 ECS H310H5-M2.
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.
We only need to get two of the cheapest 4GB DDR4 2400 RAM. 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.
Unlike the Intel build, Ryzen builds benefit greatly with high frequency RAM. As of this writing, the cheapest 8GB DDR4 3200 RAM available is the Patriot Viper RGB.
Nvidia’s Zotac GTX 1060 6GB AMP! SE is no doubt the best card in this price segment for 1080p gaming. AMD RX580‘s low availability and inflated prices makes it a poor choice at this time.
If you want to maximize your budget you could opt to get the Palit GTX 1070 Super Jetstream or Palit GTX 1070 Ti Dual Fan while it’s still on sale.
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.
The Seasonic S12II 520w seems to be the most appropriate PSU for this build.
As for the case, this should be entirely up to you. I would suggest the Tecware Nexus M purely based on its appearance and because it has USB 3.0 (it’s 2018, every USB ports on PC cases should be at least USB 3.0).
For this price segment though if you can spend more on a PC case you could checkout the Phanteks P300 TG.
These setups will be able to handle every game you’ll throw at it even on high to ultra graphics setting at 1080p. Play PUBG, Fallout 4 and even Battlefield 1 while maintaining consistent FPS. The GTX 1060 is arguably the best card you could get if you’re only gaming in 1080p. Casual streaming is also viable with these builds.
Check out other build guides:
- Gaming PC Under 20K Build Guide [Q4 2018]
- 30K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q4 2018]
- 75K Gaming PC Build Guide [Q4 2018]