So you want to build a budget gamingPC? In this article we’ll guide you on how to maximize that Php15,000 budget and get yourself a machine worthy of being called gaming class. It won’t max-out Crysis 3 or Battlefield 4, but rest assured it will run them.
Building your own gaming PC is always the best option for your money
So you decided to go to your nearest computer store to check out computers that are built for gaming that those stores offer. Do keep in mind that most pre-built gaming PC offered on stores have additional charges like “Hey we built this configuration, so let’s add 5,000 pesos to its overall price!” or something like “Let’s put those decent components together and add 50% of its overall price because our store name is so big and famous“.
Building your own gaming PC is always the best option for your money rather than buying a package one from stores.
So we took the challenge to build a gaming PC that’s Intel-based for a very tight budget of â‚±15,000. Also, I have included all the prices of each component from different stores for price comparison which you can view at the bottom part of this article.
Why Intel? Its hard to answer that question without getting too much into detail but here’s the brief summary: power consumption. We’ll assume that you, the potential builder, has financial constraints that limit you from not only spending more on your build, but also consuming power beyond your capacity to support. In true Pinoy fashion, there is always the parental advisory that goes when powering up your PC:
HOY MALAKAS SA KURYENTE YAN! ISANG ORAS KA LANG DYAN AH!!!!
And thus starts the countdown to a parental tirade of verbal lashing about how you are not paying the household bills and so on. If these situations do not apply to you, then please disregard.
Also do note that this guide is for building a PC. The monitor and peripherals are not included as well as OS.
We would also like to acknowledge the fact that a big portion of our readership are classy, respectful and highly civilized PC enthusiasts that do not, in any way shape or form, criticize the inability of the remaining 99.98% of the population to acquire a $1200 gaming PC… and watercool it.
Without further ado, here are the choice components we’ve picked-out to help you in building your DOTA/LOL/HON/Granado Espada/Crossfire/MAT/Mercenary Online/World of Tanks/Ragnarok (classic!)/etc. gaming PC.
Here is my own configuration of an Intel based gaming PC with a tight budget of Php15,000.
Processor:Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz
Pentium G3220 3.0GHz is a Dual Core “Haswell” processor. Packing two cores, two threads and is clocked at 3.0GHz, this CPU fits well within budget gaming processors. With only a 54 watts Thermal Design Power, you shouldn’t worry too much about the limits of your power supply unit. Don’t underestimate this processor as well because it’s Pentium. This Pentium runs using the latest “Haswell” architecture from Intel. If you want some proof, here’s a graph comparison between an i3-540 and G3220.
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards support the latest 4th Generation IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ processors, bringing together a unique blend of features and technologies that offer the absolute ultimate platform for your next PC build. GIGABYTE has always been a trusted brand of most PC builder in terms of performance, reliability, and price.
Not your average standard DDR3 memory. The Enhance CORSA Series, tested at much higher standards of 1500MHz CL9 and 1700MHz CL9 instead of the labeled 1333MHz CL9 and 1600MHz CL9. The extra guard-bands of an impressive 10% are to provide enhanced performance and more importantly, enhanced reliability that defines the spirit of â€œGeIL Standardâ€. The Enhance CORSA Series are compatible with all of the latest platforms with the labeled speeds under standard settings, while the enhanced speeds are embedded in Intel XMP profiles. The Enhance CORSA Series provide users with performance, quality and compatiblity exceeding expectations. In gaming, a ram with a rated speed of 1600mhz and a CAS Latency timing 9-9-9-25 is known as the sweet spot because you won’t get anymore major performance gain if you go above that.
Editor’s Note: You can just go ahead and skimp on memory and get some Corsair or Kingston ValueRAM but we insist on keeping it at 4GB. It will save you a couple hundred but the performance that the Geil DIMMs provide is well worth it particularly if you like to multi-task.
The Power Color HD 7750 is one of those Video Card that is really positioned at a nice spot for price per performance ratio. This card is a great choice for a budget gaming PC. Personally in my opinion since we are aiming for a budget gaming PC, HD7750 can give you a great gaming experience on a 720p native resolution. You can play games that are running on DirectX9 smoothly with this card on 720p and 1080p but this is not enough to give you a good gaming experience on games using DirectX11 on a 1080p. To give you an idea about the cards performance, look at the graph below.
Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 2 is a game that utilizes DirectX9. In here we can see that HD 7750 can perform really well with 92 FPS on a 1280×1024 native resolution. However, do keep in mind that we may not get the same result as this graph is only displayed here to give you an idea how can this card perform.
Editor’s Note: If you can spare a bit more, the PowerColor HD7770 is now readily available for Php4,300. If you’re primarily gaming for a 1600×900 setup or just want to max-out everything on your 1366×768/1280×1024 monitor, then this should be your choice.
The VS450 delivers a guaranteed 450 Watts of continuous power. With 0.99 Active Power Factor Correction, you get the peace of mind from knowing that your components are protected from uneven power delivery. Corsair is one of the trusted brand in terms of quality PSU. This power supply also features Over-voltage, under-voltage, over-current, and short circuit protection provide maximum safety for your critical system components.
GZ-ZA, a new series striking a perfect balance between budget and quality, features a black-coating interior, providing the best visual enjoyment; high quality ODD bezel keeping the front look uniform; reset button for a easy system re-boot and a 12cm rear exhaust fan offering an ideal cooling environment.
Since we are in a very tight budget. I decided to sacrifice some GB for some extra money. Regardless, the performance is still comparable to the new standards of Storage devices. This storage is rated 7200rpm for faster and responsive computer.
*Note: Prices of each hardware may vary from location and store to store.
Total: Php15,070.00 est.
Here’s a price comparison** of the components we used for this build from different local stores.
With that budget and proper knowledge of components, we were able to build a 4th gen “Haswell” based entry level gaming PC.
This configuration can play games that uses DirectX9 smoothly on 720p and 1080p native resolution but for games that utilizes DirectX11 and that are graphics hungry, this configuration is definitely not enough to be able to play those games decently at low settings like Battlefield 3.
To give you an idea how will this configuration perform. Here’s a synthetic approximation benchmark results.
Do take note that this results are approximate. It may vary from hardware to hardware.
In terms of power consumption, this system will consume approximately 150-200w max load, while gaming should put it around 120-150w. Computing that based on our standard consumption formula , we can infer that the system consumes LESS THAN 45KW/hr.
For the sake of clarity, let’s say the system consumes 250W and you game for 6 hours a day for an entire 30-day month. Here is the computation:
Our build, consumes only PHP258.75 a month*. That is way less than what you students today pay for your cellphone prepaid loads.
In conclusion, we have a system here that will have excellent performance for today’s popular MOBA, MMORPG and MMOFPS games in 16 – 19″ monitor resolutions and will pay for itself in a matter of months compared to when you rent at a cybercafe or those lovely pisonet.
If you have any questions or in need of help in building your own gaming PC. Do not hesitate to ask B2G as we are way more than willing to help you out.
*Electrical rates vary by consumption volume. This article also does not factor in utility expense for Internet access.
** Prices are subject to change without notice. All values listed are valid at time of writing.