Planning to build a high-end rig? Better think twice on just buying what’s most expensive or just because there’s an availability of high-end parts in your “suking tindahan” or favorite computer store, or just because money is no limitation to you. The parts you’ll be buying to assemble your rig my be too excessive and unnecessary to your needs….and also the release of latest or new versions of computers parts happen almost every waking hour, it would be impossible to really get the best, fastest, hard-core PC components.
However, we have some basic recommendations to guide you in your quest for the high-end rig that you really need.
PHOTO/VIDEO EDITING AND GAMING RIG
For a photo/video editing rig, processor performance is important. Search for processor benchmarks, especially ones for video encoding.
Next is RAM. It should be at least 4 GB, some even suggest 8 GB.
Don’t forget to use the 64-bit edition of your operating system (usually Windows 7) in order to access RAM over 3.5 GB.
Display should be at least 20 inches IMO.
As for gaming, check the minimum and recommended video card requirements for the games you want to play. You can use this video card hierarchy chart as a guide. Narrow it down to the tiers between the minimum and recommended cards. The higher up you go, the better the gaming performance will be.
AMD APUs are better than Intel, because the built-in Radeons are much more powerful than Intel’s HD Graphics.
Don’t skimp on the power supply, but don’t overspend either. Unless you use a very high-end video card, you don’t need more than a 500w PSU. Good PSUs are usually around 1700-2700 pesos.
Avoid generic PSUs like the plague. Generic PSUs omit many safety features just to keep costs low.Most don’t have thermal sensors, inadequate surge and over-voltage protection. Even a 350w True-rated branded PSU is better than a 600w generic PSU. It may be more than enough for average computer systems.
SAMPLE SPECS (Definitely Not High-End Yet)
CPU, i3-2120 – 4900php
MOBO, Asrock H61M U3S3 – 3100php
RAM, 4gbx1 DDR3 1600cl9 GSkill RJX – 1300php
HDD, 500gb SATA3 – 2850php
ODD, any DVDRW – 900php
GPU, 1gb HD7750 SApphire – 4700php
PSU, Antec VP450 – 1750php
ATX, Emaxx Rebel – 1300php
MON, BenQ 21.5″ LED full HD GW2250 – 6300php
TOTAL : Php 27,100
Bear in mind that recommended specs and their corresponding prices would vary and change almost every day.
You can refer your questions to the Unified Help Me Build My Rig thread at a Philippine online community website, TipidPC.