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[dropcap letter="T"]here's this perception that PC gaming is either bare-bones budget or break-the-bank expensive. While not untrue, there are safe middle grounds to choose from. Last time, we showed you how 30,000 pesos gets you ready for "next gen." This week, we'll show you how 50,000 can net you a complete system that can run with the high end club.

The same ground rules as the P30,000 guide apply: The total below doesn't include the cost of the OS, a mouse, and a keyboard.

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PHP10,000

Technically, this processor's a generation old, but in terms of cost vs performance, it can't be beat. You can get the equivalent Core i5-4670k from the latest Haswell line for cheap, but has its own set of problems, namely higher operating temperatures and lower overclocking capabilities.

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CPU - Intel Core i5-3570k  - P1,0000-8V




 





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PHP4,600

Since you're getting a processor with an unlocked multiplier, you might as well get a motherboard that supports overclocking. The GA-Z77M-DH3 has a  Micro-ATX form factor, which means we can choose a more compact case. At the same time, it still has enough room for four memory slots, two PCIE slots for video cards, and support for SLI/Crossfire.

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Motherboard - LGA1155 Asrock Z77 Pro4-M - P4,800- 7VC




 





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PHP13,880

The GTX 760 is the best of both worlds: it's got the power of last year's favorite, GTX 670, but the price of the more affordable GTX 660 Ti. That's a price vs performance value that you'd normally attribute to their competitors.Of course, you're free to load yourself up with a 7950 if you're an AMD supporter. Personally, I'd hold off on getting AMD, as they're launching a brand new line this week.

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GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 Superclocked wACX Cooler - P13,880-6V




 





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PHP3,600

Gskill's known for affordable, yet solid performance. Get yourself an 8GB dual channel pair, and you should be covered for most games.

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RAM - Gskill Ripjaws X 8gb 4gbx2 DDR3 1866 CL9  - P3,495-5V




 





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PHP3,700

Since we're going for a smaller form factor, you're not going to have a lot of breathing space. A modular power supply means you only use the wires you'll need, giving you better airflow.

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4 PSU - Corsair CX Series CX600M 80Plus-Bronze APFC Modular Power Supply - P3,700-4V




 





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PHP3,890

The Caviar Black is still the fastest hard disk in the market, and 1TB should be enough for Windows, Office, and all your games.

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HDD - WD Caviar Black 1TB 64MB Cache 7 SATA 3 - P3,890-3V




 





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PHP3,900

Since we're going with the smaller micro ATX form factor, might as well go with a smaller case. The Precision 07 from Silverstone looks pretty, has plenty of room, cable management options. Best of all, it kinda looks like a fat PS2 when you squint.

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Case - NZXT Phantom 410 - P4,830-2VC




 





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PHP6,060

With a pretty powerful videocard, you might as well take advantage of higher resolutions. The GW2255 has pretty low input latency for fast-twitch gaming, and sports the current industry standard HD of 1920x1080.

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Monitor - Benq 22 GW2255 LED - P,6060-1V








Total Price: PHP49,630



(Editor's Note: Don't forget about Roman's 8List Guide to building a budget gaming PC for P30,000!)



Roman Cruz

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