Building your own Personal Computer is a very fun experience and at the same time, it’s a daunting task too. You get to choose from the very wide selection of parts from your favorite local PC shops and take them home then assembling it with your very own hands. But, before you begin, you must have of course, a budget. A working budget so you can base it from there what are the components you’ll put together for your own PC.
In this guide, we’ll use a P 20,000.00 or $ 400.00 worth of PC with productivity as main purpose. This guide assumes also that you already know the basic in terms of installing all the hardware needed. At the end of the guide, other optional items such as Graphic Cards, SSD, etc. will be shown together with its corresponding prices.
INTEL BUILD 101
PROCESSOR: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5Ghz Dual Core Kaby Lake
PRICE: P 3,500.00
- By far, the G4560 is the best entry level processor if you are building a PC from scratch with a limited budget. It runs on Intel’s Kaby Lake architecture, lower power requirement, Hyper-Threading support and best of all, just fit the bill perfectly. Although it has gone a price increase after Intel announced that it is killing the demand for their i3 processors. But despite the price increase, it can still live up to its own as the ultra budget king of Processors.
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212X
Price: P 1.840.00
- One of the best in terms of air cooling your CPU. It has 4 heat pipes to dissipate heat, solid mounting/bracket support, easy installation and budget friendly of course! This is optional or you can remove this and stick for the meantime using Intel’s stock Heat Sink Fan if you will only use your newly built PC for web browsing and Youtube streaming. But, this is highly recommended to prolong the lifespan of your Processor.
MOTHERBOARD: Asrock B250M Pro4
PRICE: P 4,300.00
- It’s a Micro ATX Motherboard from Asrock that supports Kaby Lake sets of processor available today. It has 4 RAM slots supporting DDR4 2400 up to 64GB of memory. It has crossfire support for your multiple GPU needs. 6 SATA and 2 Ultra M.2 for your storage requirement, 6 USB 3.1 connectors, just to mention a few of its many features.
POWER SUPPLY: Seasonic S12II 520W
Price: P 2,850.00
- Seasonic is one of the trusted Power Supply brands and the most recommended as well by all PC lovers. Aside from its being being efficient and budget friendly, it has a solid 5-year distributor warranty for your peace of mind.
HARD DISK DRIVE: Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB
Price: P 2,350.00
- We want to put in this guide its 500GB counter-part but for a few hundred pesos difference, it’s a no-brainer decision not choose the 1TB option. After all, most of the games available right now are at least 10GB of HDD requirement. Not to mention the updates it will have as you go on.
RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB (Single Stick)
Price: P 3,350.00
- 8GB is the new standard for RAM requirement when building a new PC. Lower than that might give you some headache such as slow loading of applications, lagging web browser if you open to many tabs. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a dual channel kit for a much better performance. Also, we still experiencing a surge price in all kinds of RAM.
CASING: Tecware Quad Cube Casing
Price: P 1,850.00 (Black) / P 1,900.00 (White)
- As discussed in my Tecware Quad review, this is one of the best looking and best budget orient case you can find today. You can’t go wrong with Tecware Quad Casing for just P 1,850.00 only.
- Additional stick of Kingston HyperX DDR4 8GB RAM – P 3,350.00
- Solid State Drive for faster boot up – Starting price is at P 2,200.00
- External Optical Disc Drive – Starting Price is at P 1,200.00
- Dedicated Graphics Card:
- Asus GT 1030 Phoenix 2GB OC – P 4,600.00
- Asus GTX 1050 Phoenix 2GB – P 5,900.00
- Gigabyte GTX 1050Ti 2GB DDR5 – P 5,950.00
- Gigabyte GTX 1050Ti 4GB DDR5 – P 7,950.00
We just want to give you an example about the possible GPUs you can add later on. Don’t be limited on the list we made as there are lots of GPUs to choose from and available right now in the market. If you want to save more and just planning to use this build for office and school works, you can remove the Aftermarket cooler and use the funds to buy a decent Keyboard and Mouse if you still don’t have the two.
This will wrap up our 20K Budget PC Guide (Intel Build) and stay tune for our next guide featuring its AMD counter-part.
Thanks for reading!
UPDATE: Budget Build Version 2.0
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