‘Perfectly Balanced’ 35K All-Rounder Build [Q1 2020]
The current selection of parts and their respective prices have us PC builders spoilt for choice. There are really so many options that we were able to pick out parts for a nice All-Rounder build; so balanced that Thanos might cream his pants.
The build can pretty much serve the needs of gamers and content creators. All for the midpoint budget of PhP 35,000; no more, no less.
Apart from the amazing price-to-performance offered by this build, it also has a deep upgrade path.
Please be reminded that this build includes only the system unit. And all prices we’re taken from PC Hub at time of publishing.
35K Gaming PC Build – Total: Php 35,000
LAST UPDATED: February 18, 2020
Prices are based on PC HUB Online PL (Bought with PC)
When Ryzen 3000 rolled in, the previous generation’s mid-ranger, the Ryzen 5 2600 (PhP 6,280 if bought with compatible motherboard), took a bit of a backseat because of the Ryzen 5 3600. However, the resulting price drop of the 2600 (from PhP 10,000-ish at launch) gave undeniable value.
The Ryzen 5 2600 is still a six-core, 12-thread 3.4Ghz beast of the Zen architecture pedigree. It can still provide decent performance for multi-core workloads such as gaming, streaming, and video editing.
And, yes, overclocking it to up to 4.0Ghz is entirely possible if you know what you are doing–even on the stock AMD Wraith Stealth cooler that the processor comes with.
Housing the processor would be the ever-versatile B450 Chipset, specifically the Gigabyte B450M DS3H (PhP 3,890). We went with the Gigabyte board because it was the cheapest and it also had everything we need to give us just the right amount of performance and quality-of-life.
It has four RAM slots for upgradeability; an M.2 slot that supports both SATAIII and PCIe NVMe SSDs; and a four-pin 12V RGB header for when you want some RGB goodness in the future.
The B450 is also one of the best value chipsets because of support for Ryzen 3000, so upgrading to Ryzen 3000 would be painless.
The Ryzen 5 2600 feeds off fast RAM, so we went with a pair of 8GB Klevv Bolt X 3200MHz DDR4 RAM (PhP 2,000 each if bought as a pair).
Matching with our processor is the Gigabyte GTX 1660 Super OC (PhP 13,000). The 1660 Super is one of NVidia’s best bang-for-buck cards because it is much cheaper and almost as powerful as the GTX 1660 Ti. It also has a higher boost clock of 1785Mhz and higher memory bandwidth of 14Gbps (compared to the Ti’s 1770Mhz and 12Gbps, respectively).
But that’s just the base of the 1660 Super. As we do have a factory overclocked card, the actual boost clock is at 1830Mhz.
Some may ask why we didn’t go for the supposedly more powerful AMD Radeon 5600 XT. Well, aside from the PhP 3,000 price difference, the driver and BIOS issues plaguing AMD right now make it hard to recommend any of their new GPUs, especially to those building their first PC.
As mentioned, the motherboard we have supports PCIe NVMe, so we chose a 128GB Patriot Scorch M.2 NVMe SSD (PhP 1,500) as our boot drive, supplemented by a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue (PhP 2,070).
A 450-watt PSU is usually enough for our components, but we are thinking about upgradability. So that you won’t have to change PSUs in case you do decide to swap the 1660 Super to a much higher tier GPU we chose the Corsair CV550 80+ Bronze (PhP 2,710).
This 550W PSU can handle the power needs of up to an RTX 2070 Super with very minimal problems and will still have enough juice to power additional RGB fans should you choose to have them in the future.
As usual, we will be recommending the Tecware Nexus M TG (PhP 1,550). It has enough space for all our components, has front USB 3.0 I/O, has decent airflow, and comes with three 120mm case fans.
The tempered glass side-panel may not be too appealing because it will only show your bare un-illuminated components. But again, think of the future.
If you’re thinking about an AIO liquid cooler, a 240mm long one will fit comfortably.
The only real drawback of this case is that it can only support up to 155mm-tall CPU tower coolers. So if you plan to upgrade to the beefier 160mm to 170mm ones, you’d really have to change the case, or leave the tempered glass side-panel off.
This build capable of playing popular esports games such as Apex Legends, Fortnite, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch, PUBG and CS:GO at 1440p at around 100 or more FPS. It can also play mainstream games like NBA 2K and GTA:V at high to ultra settings at 1080p at 60FPS.
Additionally, streaming is very viable with this build, especially with the 1660 Super’s Turing NVENC technology. Paired with the hexacore Ryzen 5 2600, streaming at 720p at 60FPS is no problem at all.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly build please check out our “A much Sweeter ‘Sweet Spot’ Php 25K Gaming PC Build Guide 2020”.
If you have any questions about this build or need recommendations, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.