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HWZ.MY gaming week: How much gaming can you get for your budget?

By John Law - 27 Oct 2016

The RM3,000 build (the entry-level build)

Buying a completed desktop PC is indeed a tempting thing to do, as you know that every component in the system will be compatible with each other, and if should anything go wrong, all you need to do is pick up your phone, and tech support will be there to ease your technical woes, one bluescreen at a time. But as many of you would know, you can save plenty of your hard-earned money by assembling your very own desktop PC. 

In this article, we're featuring three different builds with a budget of RM3,000, RM6,000 and RM9,000. These budgets represent an entry-level, midrange, and a high-end system respectively.

Bear in mind, the price points here are just guidelines. and there's always room for improvement to suit your budget. All you have to do is ask a friendly sales adviser from the many shops found in Plaza Low Yat. 

To keep things simple and easy to understand, each build on this list will (obviously) consist of the primary components, but neither of these builds will factor in the price of a display, peripherals, or even an OS.

The RM3,000 build (The entry-level build)

The RM3,000 build (the entry-level build)
Intel Core i3-6100 (CPU) RM487
MSI H110 Gaming RM369
ASUS Expedition GeForce GTX 1050 Ti / Sapphire NITRO+ RX460 OC 4GB RM759 RM689
Kingston HyperX Fury 2666 (RAM) RM233
WD Blue 2TB (storage) RM286
Corsair CX650W (Power Supply Unit) RM355
Cooler Master N300 (casing) RM249

With the ASUS Expedition GeForce GTX 1050 Ti: RM2,738

With the Sapphire NITRO+ RX460 OC 4GB: RM2,668

With NVIDIA’s introduction of their new entry-level GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, the choice of cards here are pretty much a no brainer. Of course, if you’re more inclined towards AMD’s Radeon graphics cards, then you can always go for the significantly cheaper Radeon RX 460.

Now, the choice of CPU may seem a little on the low-tier side of things, but just as a reminder: this is a just an entry level build, but with either of those cards, we can guarantee you that you’ll be able to run your favorite triple A titles on Full HD at their max settings.