Its been a while since we updated our original ₱15,000 Gaming PC build guide and for good reason, we intended that build to be as market-relevant for at least 2 years but as the PC industry progresses, new releases will phase out older ones and this brings in fresh new level of performance for the same cost we work with. It might not be an big bump but still a highly appreciated one.
Related: Php15,000 Budget Gaming PC Build Guide December 2018 (Athlon 200GE)
A new, updated guide can be found here:
Today we’ll give our 2015 take on our recommended gaming PC build for a budget of Php15,000, give and take a few hundred Philippine pesos. Let’s start of of with a quick introduction to the build for those just starting out:
Ever wanted a gaming PC but you are on a budget? Are you thinking to buy those so called “Gaming PC” that are bundled as is? Wanted to build your own Gaming PC but you are still on a budget? or nahihirapan ka lang umintindi ng mga gabay sa google kasi ingles ang sulat nila? Anyway, here’s our updated build guide that you can use as a guide in building you own gaming PC.
Check out our updated 2016 Gaming PC Build Guide for Php20,000
Previous version: ₱20,000 gaming PC building guide.
This time, we decided to roll out a ₱15,000 gaming PC guide where every penny counts. We will be outlining 2 possible builds: one is for an Intel build while the other will be an AMD build. As we outline the components per build, we will also be detailing why we chose those components for the build.
First off, our AMD budget build:
AMD ₱15,000 Gaming PC Build 2015 (Option 1):
In an situation where money is really an issue but the will to have a gaming PC is over 9000!!!, we have to stand to a point where every bit of money is worth spending for this build and it counts. For our AMD budget build, we went for an FX-4300 that features 4 cores processor paired with an R7 250 from Power Color. Why go for FX-4300? Why not an APU? say an A8 6600k? Well we did took that into consideration since the price point of FX-4300 and A8-6600k are almost the same as well as the performance. However, we decided to go for FX-4300 since we want every helpful feature available on our processor for faster processing. The FX-4300 features L3 Cache, Virtualization Technology, 32bit instruction set and a bigger L2 Cache memory which the A8-6600k doesn’t have. FX-4300 is also cheaper in the market.
Now the rest of the components for this build is on the low-end/cheaper/best price performance ratio side because we already spent an amount for getting an FX-4300 and an R7-250.
If you want an idea of the actual performance of this build perform. Check out this video of Battlefield 4 running on FX-4300 and R7 250.
Intel ₱15,000 Gaming PC Build 2015:
For this build, we went on with an Intel G3258 processor. It’s a Pentium-class processor but it is built on Intel’s Haswell architecture giving it excellent efficiency and performance per watt. That means that it consumes less power but still carries plenty of processing capability. If you want to see how this processor performs on high demanding games when paired with a high-end GPU, go ahead and visit TweakTown G3258 Review for the actual benchmark in numbers. The G3258 can perform well on some demanding games but it does bottleneck a high-end GPU when a game demands processor power intensively. For games like Dota 2 and LOL, you don’t even have to worry about bottlenecks. We also like to discourage grabbing a processor less than G3258 in terms of performance, you will regret it.
Editor’s Notes: We are not factoring in the overclocking capabilities of the G3258 in this article. We are taking it as it is with out of box specifications. For those who are willing to overclock, from our experience, we have managed to bring the Pentium G3258 to 4.5Ghz at 1.25v in some chips but our average is 4.3Ghz at 1.2v. All overclocks are achieved using the stock Intel cooler only. We highly recommend a beefier aftermarket cooler or AIO water cooler for overclocking though.
You can see footage of how this build performs from video below showing League of Legends running on a G3258 and GT 740.
Now here’s what I call “At your own risk gaming build”. This next build is a personal idea of mine and information of how well does it perform is so few but you can find some in Google.
AMD ₱15,000 Gaming PC Build 2015 (Option 2):
My next build is composed of an APU and an R7 GPU in which I would like to utilize the Hybrid Crossfire idea. The downside of this build is that it is not future proof and the upgrade option is very very limited.
For benchmarking and how it compared to the first two builds. Check out this video of Metro 2033 running on A8-7600 and R7 240. Do also take note that AMD has released their OMEGA Catalyst Driver that greatly improved the scaling performance of crossfire/multiple GPU setup.
We would love to show and test all this builds in different games and genre to show performance in numbers when gaming however due to limited resources we’re still working on it and we’re urging brand sponsors to assist us in delivering components for the cause. The third build should be more powerful the the first two build but the downside is that upgrade options are very limited and you will have to replace majority of the components if you want to upgrade to a higher-end gaming PC.
NOTE: The prices of each components stated in this guide may differ on the market or on the store you are about to visit. The prices we got here are the cheapest offered based on the pricing of DynaQuestPC, PCHUB, PCNetMiles, PCExpress, Octagon, and Premium Members of TipidPC as of 4/10/2015. Prices may also change overtime without prior notice. Back2Gaming would also like to inform our readers that this is just a guide to help you in deciding what parts to buy when upgrading or building your own gaming PC. We do not intend nor have any intentions to dictate that this build is the right one. You may change every components as you see fit. The build guides stated here are just the CPU itself and does not include peripherals and a monitor. The author would also like to state that it really is tough to make a gaming build lower than ₱20,000 and we have no on-hand testing. The performance of each build may be different from the performance you expect to get from this build.