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PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide – November 2017

PC gaming on a tight budget doesn’t have to be playing at 1280 x 720 using low image quality.

PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide - November 2017 - Budget

We are confident that our Gaming PC Build Guide for November 2017 gives the best value for the money for those who want to play the latest PC games without spending too much. However, PhP 26,000 is still out of reach for gamers on a very tight budget. Platform upgrade path had to be sacrificed to be able to go below PhP 20,000 but we can guarantee that this build guide will still enable a smooth 1080p gaming experience in selected games.

Update: Php15,000 Budget Gaming PC Build Guide December 2018 (Athlon 200GE)

The Components

Just some REMINDERS:

  • The prices are based on the item listing of retailers in Metro Manila. Price may change without prior notice so call the store to verify the updated price on your day of purchase.
  • Consider purchasing or looking for used or second-hand PC components to better achieve your desired Gaming Setup.
  • For the monitor, we recommend the ASUS VC239H as starting point since it’s a 1080p 60-Hz monitor with an IPS panel and can be had for under PhP 10,000.

PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide - November 2017 - Budget

Intel Pentium G4560
Socket – Intel LGA 1151
Number of Cores – 2
Number of Threads – 4
CPU Speed – 3.5 GHz
L3 Cache – 3 MB
TDP (Thermal Design Power) – 65 watts
On-die GPU – Intel HD Graphics 610

PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide - November 2017 - Budget

ASRock H110M-HDV
Socket – Intel LGA 1151
Chipset – Intel H110
Memory Type Supported – DDR4
Memory Speed Supported – up to 2,133 MHz
Max. Memory Amount Supported – 32GB
Memory Slots – 2
Form Factor – Micro ATX (23.1 cm x 20.6 cm)
Heatsink on VRM – yes

PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide - November 2017 - Budget

G. Skill Ripjaws V 4GBx1 DDR4 2400
Memory Type – DDR4
Memory Amount – 4GB
Speed – 2,400 MHz
Voltage – 1.20 V
Timings – 17-17-17-39

PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide - November 2017 - Budget

Inno3D GT 1030 2GB
GPU – NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030
Number of Cores – 384
GPU Base Speed – 1,227 MHz
GPU Turbo Speed – 1,468 MHz
Memory – 2GB GDDR5 @ 6 GHz
PCI-E Power Cable Requirement – none
Graphics Card Length – 167 mm
Display Outputs – DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b

PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide - November 2017 - Budget

Corsair VS450
Rated Capacity – 450 watts
Tested Max. Capacity – 498 watts
Form Factor – ATX
PCI-E Power Cables – 2x 6+2 pin
Input Voltage – 100 V to 240 V
Input Frequency – 50 Hz to 60 Hz
Modular Cables – No
80PLUS Rating – Bronze

PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide - November 2017 - Budget


Western Digital Blue 1TB (WD10EZEX)
Form Factor – 3.5 inch
Interface – SATA 6Gb/s
Capacity – 1TB
Cache – 64MB
Rotation Speed – 7,200 rpm

PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide - November 2017 - Budget

Deepcool Smarter
Form Factor – Micro ATX
Max. Graphics Card Length – 320 mm
Max. CPU Cooler Height – 166 mm
Drive Bays – 2x 3.5-inch, 1x 2.5-inch
Front Fan Provision – 1x 120 mm
Top Fan Provision – none
Rear Fan Provision – 1x 120 mm
Side Fan Provision – 1x 120 mm

Build Summary

Part Name Price (PhP)
CPU Intel Pentium G4560 3.5 GHz 3,500
Motherboard ASRock H110M-HDV 2,890
Memory G. Skill Ripjaws V 4GBx1 DDR4 2400 2,990
Graphics Card Inno3D GT 1030 2GB 3,370
Power Supply Corsair VS450 1,720
Case Deepcool Smarter 1,120
Storage Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB (WD10EZEX) 2,400

Gaming Performance

Gamers in this budget range probably won’t be concerned with frame rate graphs and what really matters are the games that can be enjoyed on a budget GPU such as the NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030. We’ve prepared a list of games wherein GeForce GT 1030 can provide a smooth gaming experience at 1080p using medium image quality.

Rocket League
F1 2017
Alien: Isolation
Life is Strange
Victor Vran
Day of Infamy
Serious Sam 3: BFE

DiRT Rally
The Talos Principle
Brutal Legend
Left 4 Dead 2

Borderlands 2
Hollow Knight
Immortal Redneck
Shadow Warrior
Assault Android Cactus

OS for First-time Builders

Ubuntu MATE is a free and easy-to-use OS (operating system) that can accommodate the needs of a PC gamer. The games we listed above are just some of the great games you can play on Linux. More high-quality games are coming to Linux every year and it made using Linux for gaming more viable. If you want to know more about playing games on a free OS, read this.

PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide - November 2017 - Budget

Besides being free and easy-to-use, another great thing about Ubuntu MATE is you are in control of the system updates. You choose when and what to download and there are no forced system updates when restarting the PC.


If you really want an affordable gaming PC and cannot wait anymore for the new AMD APU’s on AM4 platform, Intel Pentium G4560 paired with NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 is your only option right now. The big downside to this build is we had to sacrifice platform upgrade path. The fastest CPU you can upgrade to in the future is the Intel Core i7 7700K.

PhP 18,000 Gaming PC Build Guide - November 2017 - Budget

Intel Core i7 7700’s CPU usage is about 60% in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

The screenshot above was from a PC equipped with Core i7 7700 paired with Radeon RX 480. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was released in August 2016 and expect upcoming games to be more demanding on the CPU. Once you upgrade to a faster GPU in the future, you will have to switch to AMD Ryzen or to the upcoming Intel Cannon Lake in 2018. Overall, the build we presented is good for gaming but you just have to keep in mind its shortcomings.

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I'm a PC gamer and Ubuntu MATE is my recommended OS for gaming.



  1. Bryan Mark Fajutag

    November 23, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Raneel Aldwin Hernandez Bareng eto pakita mo sa kaklase mo

  2. Jason Jalou De Ramos

    November 23, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Sofia Chai Yin Estanislao yung esports pc mo, musta

  3. Joe Mark Ramos

    November 23, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Jp Ramos bili ka na.

    • Jp Ramos

      November 23, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Mas kailangan mo yan para di ka na lumabas ng bahay. Hahaha!

    • Joe Mark Ramos

      November 23, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      Bili mo ko haha

  4. Chan Pangan

    November 24, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Steven Drew Atkinson III

  5. Jeremy Raquiza

    November 24, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Tecware F3 much better than deepcool smarter

  6. Ron Edward

    November 24, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Alfonso Castillo

  7. Augustus Caesar Reyes

    November 24, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Read in the article that you recommend Ubuntu for the OS. Is it just me or does Back2Gaming do not know that you can use a legit OS of Windows 10 for free.

    • Back2Gaming

      November 24, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Its more of a recommendation. You can see plenty of guides and news from us showing people how ro shift to legit Windows 10 🙂

      • omega lynx

        January 25, 2018 at 8:08 pm

        how to get a FREE LEGIT ms win 10?

    • Pinoy Linux Gamer

      November 24, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Being free is not the only reason to use Ubuntu MATE. If you are using an NVIDIA GeForce GPU, why not try it?

    • Augustus Caesar Reyes

      November 24, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      But that’s the thing, the recommendation makes it more frustrating for the average individual and your articles are focused more on the average individual.

    • Back2Gaming

      November 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Ah I get your point. I’ll have this re-drafted anyways to include benchmarks as much as possible so I’ll consider those edits. Thanks for the feedback, man. Appreciate it

  8. Aperture

    December 5, 2017 at 2:59 pm


    This guide is great! However when I try to search it on each pc vendor website, some of the items are not available and some are much higher from your guide. Would you mind if you have any updates on this guide or if you can recommend a vendor that have the same price as this guide and its still available? Thanks!

  9. Dexter White

    January 2, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Is it okay that your motherboard only support memory speed up to 2133MHz and your memory has speed of 2400MHz?
    Thanks for answering. Newbie here. sorry.

  10. Romina Lucia Mandapat

    January 2, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Hi how to buy this?

  11. Mado

    August 26, 2018 at 3:38 am

    I tried building PHP 5k complete pc build here:
    What can you say about it?

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