35K SRZ BZNZ Build Guide [Q1 2020]

The last time we did a 35K build, we were just having fun and challenging ourselves to make something that costs PhP 35,000.00 down to the centavo. We’re also glad that most of our readers liked that build and have asked us for other 35K variants. So, this time, we were a bit more serious in picking out parts for both AMD and Intel 35K builds that are, for the lack of a better term, “sulit”.

Like the previous 35K build, this box should suit the needs of most gamers and content creators while offering a substantial upgrade path.

Please be reminded that these builds include the system unit only and does not include monitors, peripherals, and software.  

35K Gaming PC – AMD – Total: Php 34,970

35K Gaming PC – Intel – Total: Php 34,940

LAST UPDATED: March 6, 2020

Prices are based on PC HUB Online PL (Bought with PC)

CPU

The Ryzen 5 2600 is a capable workhorse that is a great option for most mid-range AMD builds. This six-core, twelve-thread processor running at 3.4Ghz has enough power for decent gaming and productivity workloads. Even more exciting is it’s unlocked for overclocking, so you’ll get more free performance if you know what you’re doing.

On the blue side of the fence, we have the Intel Core i5-9400F. Intel has been reduced to the processor market’s whipping boy nowadays because of their lackluster offerings and security issues, but there is still some value to the 9400F. It’s also a hexacore but it does have a bit of a handy cap with only six threads and a base clock of 2.9Ghz. However, what the lack of hyperthreading takes away from productivity is made up for in pure gaming performance. Unlike its AMD counterpart, it’s locked and not overclockable, but, like most Intel chips it does Turbo boost to a much higher frequency; 4.1Ghz to be more specific.

Motherboard

Just like in the previous 35K build, the Gigabyte B450M DS3H (PhP 3,890) will be the base board for Team Red. Gigabyte because it’s the cheap but feature-packed. B450 because it’s just a very well-rounded chipset that has everything an AMD system user/owner/builder needs. And with AMD ensuring support for the AM4 platform up until this year and, possibly, beyond, the prospect of upgrading to Ryzen 3000 is always in the picture.

For Intel, we’ll simply get the B365 version of the same board: the Gigabyte B365M DS3H (PhP 3,850). Pretty much identical to its AMD counterpart but without the overclocking support or the deep processor upgrade path. Though, upgrading to an i7-9700, whether vanilla, F, or K, is still a possibility.

Both boards have four RAM slots for board for upgradability; 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.

RAM

Both builds will be using two sticks of 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz ADATA XPG D30 (PhP 1,800 each if bought as a pair). The Ryzen system could use better speeds, as it is known to perform best with RAM at 3200Mhz and up, but it will do given the budget. The Intel system, on the otherhand, will be fine as even 2666Mhz is more than enough for it, and going any faster won’t grant any performance gains.

GPU

Again, either AMD or Intel build will have an identical GPU: 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.

STORAGE

Both motherboards support 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).

PSU

The AMD build had a little bit more space, budget-wise, to go for a full-modular PSU: the Seasonic M12II Evo 520watts 80+ Bronze (PhP 3,450). A full modular PSU may not give us “extra performance” but it does make the building process easier and cleaner. Sure, we also had to knock 30W from the usual 550W that we’d usually recommend to give this system a bit more upgradablity. However, 520W is more than enough to allow upgrades for up until an RTX 2070 Super.

Intel’s had a little bit less space so it was a debate of efficiency (80 Plus rating) vs. wattage. We of course went with efficiency and decided to go with a Cougar VTE 500W 80+ Bronze (PhP 2,220). The 500W rating still sees the RTX 2070 as a possible future upgrade, but it would be at the bare minimum of that GPU’s power requirement.

Case

Again, at the risk of sounding like Tecware fanboys, we’re recommending two Tecware cases: the Tecware Nexus M2 TG (PhP 1,510) for the AMD build and the Tecware Nexus M TG (PhP 1,550) for the Intel build. Both cases have enough space for all our components, has front USB 3.0 I/O, has decent airflow, and comes with three 120mm case fans.


Both builds are 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 and video editing/ encoding is very viable with this build, especially with the 1660 Super’s Turing NVENC technology. The Ryzen system may have an edge in terms of productivity given that it has 12 threads but the Intel CPU has enough single-core power to keep up.

If you have any questions about this build or need recommendations, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

RoninVampire

Not quite a sire-less creature of the night. Not quite a miserable pile of secrets. Carpe Noctem.

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