Time for another gaming PC build guide for 2016 this time. The Intel Skylake processors have been around for quite some time now since their day of release in Q3 of 2015 and our budget build for the first quarter of 2016 will be based on the cheapest Skylake processor that you can get.
Related: Php15,000 Budget Gaming PC Build Guide December 2018 (Athlon 200GE)
A new, updated guide can be found here:
So to make things simple as is, there are about 6 different Skylake processors that you can find here in the Philippines and our gaming PC build is based on the cheapest one, the Intel Skylake Pentium G4400.
BossMac’s Notes: Many have asked for this build since last holiday season and we really didn’t provide one given that Skylake board and processor prices aren’t meeting our target price range. So for this particular build, we’re shifting our usual build prices from 15k and 25k to Php20,000 for this Skylake Gaming PC build. As always, this is a basic cookie cutter approach to building your own PC but again you need to be aware of the capabilities of this setup meaning that this is intended for higher entry-level hence the GPU choice. Also, prices are estimated from the average store prices we can source as of this writing (e.g. Lazada, DQ, PCX, PCHUB.)
And our Choice of Components are…
Intel Skylake Pentium G4400
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- Number of Cores: 2
- Frequency: 3.3 GHz
- Price: ₱2,950
Zotac GTX 950
- VRAM: 2GB
- Memory Type: DDR5
- Inteface: 128Bit
- Model: ZT-90601-10L
- Price: ₱7,530
- Memory: DDR3-1600
- Chipset: H110
- Price: ₱2,450
Gskill Aegis 8GB 8gbx1 DDR3 12800 CL11 (F3-1600C11S-8GIS)
- Frequency: 1600 MHz
- Timings: 11-11-11-28-2N
- Voltage: 1.5V
- Price: ₱2,190
WD Blue 1TB
- RPM: 7200
- Cache: 64MBSata
- Interface: SATA
- Price: ₱2,480
- Certification: 80+ Bronze
- Wattage: 520W
- Price: ₱2,600
Tecware Infinity USB3.0 Mid Tower Gaming Case
- Type: Mid Tower
- Price: ₱1,240
|GPU||Zotac GTX 950||Php7,530.00|
|RAM||Gskill Aegis 8GB DDR3-1600||Php2,190.00|
|HDD||WD Blue 1TB||Php2,480.00|
Well yeah, as you can see we exceeded our target budget but you have to weigh the benefit of that additional cost. We just can’t sacrifice to grab a 500 GB hardrive if you can get a 1 TB for a few hundreds difference. Also, we could’t find an 8 GB Crucial RAM that offers a cheaper price that what we listed.
Either you can get this build for a higher price than we listed or lower depending on where you bought the it. We won’t consider an operating system within the price since Windows 10 is currently free until this June of 2016. Otherwise, you can save more if you already have a harddrive with your OS on it.
If this is your first time building a gaming PC (or just a PC basically) you can check out our PHP13,000 build guide with step-by-step PC assembly instructions. Also, as mentioned earlier we really couldn’t beat our Php15,000 target goal but you can still opt to check out the following:
We feel these builds are still relevant for today’s needs.
If you want a rought idea how this setup performs, check out this youtube video of witcher 3 that runs on G3258 and GTX 950. The performance of this build should be similar or better.
We’re still testing the performance of this build and will release a performance guide highlighting the capability of this build in our own test environment. If you have suggestions, recommendations and requests kindly leave them in the comments.