The market for computer components is on a full blown scale this year as we enter yet another new generation of technology. Despite the struggles that almost everyone in the world is going through due to the threat of COVID-19, most of us still find a way to shop and complete our computer builds. One particular situation that blows my mind is how some of us can buy computer components despite the lockdowns. But none of these matters anymore as we embrace the new normal.
With that being said, it’s that time of the year again where we lay down the bare minimum of what you can call, a gaming PC. If you’re planning to buy a budget-oriented gaming PC, then you’re in luck. In this article, we listed down the best possible gaming PC that you can build for a Php20,000 budget. Do note that our selection of computer components does not include the peripherals, monitor, and the operating system. We will, however, try to squeeze in those items but doing so may turn our bare minimum gaming PC to a farfetched build.
A quick note though, the best way to build your PC right now is to work with your local store. For us Manila folks, we have a few stores operating like EasyPC and PC Express offering their services during the quarantine. For Bacolod City folks, we have Strategic Technologies. Lastly, for other regions, kindly contact your local store to find out how they can best work with you. Due to the matter of availability, we took it to have the most available parts as a factor to consider these builds versus outright. Do note, that these builds revolve around a performance Window and will assume gaming and work-from-home office applications and light productivity as well as enterprise client apps to be the majority of the workload. If you’re an online video editor or content professional, you can refer to the later part of this document for something that might fit your need but for a better fit, you can contact us on Facebook and we’ll help you scale your build to your budget as well as refer a store than can provide you the parts you need for your work-from-home PC.
Php20,000 Gaming PC Build Guide 2020
Let’s be honest here for a moment, a Php20,000 budget is considerably calling it. Yes, we can build a PC with that budget but for a gaming-oriented PC, that’s a tight budget to have. Nonetheless, we scour the local market to find the best hardware component for each of our build. But of course, with the budget in mind.
So without further ado, here’s the best budget gaming PC that you can build with a Php20,000 budget.
Intel 9th Generation Build
For this Php20,000 Gaming PC build, we considered our budget to focus around an Intel i3-9100F, a 9th Gen Intel Processor. So our hardware selections are:
*NOTE: The motherboard requires a BIOS update for it to work with a 9th Gen Intel processor. You can ask the shop to update the motherboard since it will require an 8th Gen Intel processor to do so.
Our Intel budget gaming PC build is focused around on a 9th Gen i3 processor of Intel. The 10th generation Intel processors are not available yet as of this writing. We encased the system with a Xigmatek Eros RGB case that will give this build a modern and stylish look that many gamers will love. We then picked a cheap 2 pieces of 4GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM from Apacer that only cost Php1,000 for each DIMM. Giving us an 8GB RAM system build with 2 DIMMs for an affordable price.
We wanted to get this build at least a GTX 1650 but the current market pricing of it is way off the scale. Furthermore, a GTX 1650 consumes 38% of our budget which is not ideal for a budget-oriented PC. So we settled for an RX570.
When it comes to storage, Seagate 1TB hard drive is still the best budget storage drive on the market. The 500GB ones are way too expensive for its value. You’d be paying more per GB for something less.
With this setup, you can expect a frame rate of around 100 frames per second on Overwatch with ultra settings at 1080p. The only issue with this build is that it eliminates any form of value for futureproofing. For example, it will not support the 10th generation Intel processors.
There are other alternative options for this build. If you so desire to save more money and squeeze in every ounce of performance you can get for your budget, then here are a few things you can do:
You can opt to purchase a cheaper 80 plus power supply.
Purchase a cheaper case that costs less than Php1,000.
This will roughly save you around Php2,000 to 3,000. Giving you more budget to purchase higher-end components like a GTX 1650. However, we do not recommend this. Korean surplus models are second-hand components that usually came from mining units. You also will not get any form of manufacturer warranty for such cards.
Ryzen 3rd Generation Build
Unfortunately, entry-level Ryzen 3rd Generation Processors are not yet available in the Philippines. Making it slightly difficult to build a budget Ryzen gaming PC. Using 2nd Generation Ryzen processors at this point is quite impractical. Most especially that the Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 was already launched in the market. But we won’t be seeing PC builds set around these processors anytime soon since they are not yet available in the Philippine market.
With that in mind, here’s our Ryzen budget gaming PC build for the first quarter of 2020:
*NOTE: The motherboard requires a BIOS update for it to work with a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor. You can ask the shop to update the motherboard since it will require an older Gen Ryzen processor to do so.
For our Ryzen build, we decided to use the same case, storage drive, and power supply that we mentioned with the Intel build. We focused the build around Ryzen 5 3400G with a build-in RX Vega 11 graphics processor. For this processor to optimally perform in games, AMD recommends using DDR4 RAM running at least 2933MHz. Taking AMD’s recommendation into consideration, we opted with a Gskill dual kit running at 3200MHz. Not only that this will provide an ample amount of breathing space for the processor, but it will also take advantage of dual-channel technology.
In terms of actual gaming performance, you can expect a framerate of around 40 to 60 frames per second for a game like APEX Legends at 1080p. The performance may not be so great at first glance but these are demanding games. For games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends, you can expect around 100 frames per second as an average on mid settings.
And that’s about it for our Php20,000 budget gaming PC build. It’s best to note that these builds will require an operating system, a monitor, and peripherals which will cost you more. Otherwise, squeezing in those items within the mentioned budget is implausible. We can build a complete PC with Php20,000 but don’t expect a desirable experience when playing games with it.
Php30,000 Gaming PC Build Guide 2020
For a Php30,000 budget, we concentrated on performance over aesthetics. We wanted to put value and money on performance over anything else. Since in real-world scenarios, performance has more impact than a potato PC with every RGB in it. So our Php30,000 budget gaming PC build is made of:
So our selection of hardware components for this budget build is focused on getting the best performance for gaming. We disregarded other aspects of the build to solely get every possible ounce of performance poured down to gaming.
In terms of gaming performance, this setup can give you an average of 140 frames per second on Apex Legends at 1080p high settings.
Php40,000 Gaming PC Build Guide 2020
As a bonus, here’s how we will do things with a Php40,000 budget.
Total Build Cost: ₱41,570.
For this build, we still used most of the components that we listed for the Php30,000 build. The only difference is that we spent more of the budget for a more powerful processor and graphics card. So instead of a Ryzen 5 3500X, we opted for a 3600X. It’s the same with the graphics card, instead of GTX1650, we chose GTX 1660Ti. With this, you can expect a much more immersive and pleasurable gaming experience. At this point, you can throw any games at it and yes, it can run Crysis.
And that’s about it for our budget gaming PC build in certain budgets. We hope that our guides helped you in your journey building your ultimate gaming PC. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, do hit us up in the comment section below. You can also PM us on our Facebook page.
Last but not least, please do note that the prices of each component will vary from store to store. Furthermore, we checked every price listings from different stores. We then picked the cheapest listing for each component listed on each build.
Again, your best course of action is to work with your local store and coordinate with them what is available. With our guides, you now have a nice, performance-oriented template on what parts to select but don’t be afraid to ask us based on what your local seller is offering. If online is your only option, Lazada ships nationwide with the parts you need.