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Php10,000 Second-hand PC Build Guide

All of us wants to get the most out of our money. You could build yourself a decent low-end setup for Php10,000, but some people are not content with the performance as you just can’t fit a lot of power in a Php10k build. For those looking to maximize performance for a Php10,000 build while taking a risk, this guide is for you.

Here we utilize 2nd hand parts for a cheaper, yet a more powerful build than our current Php10,000 build. Keep in mind though that since we are utilizing used parts, durability and availability will vary. Since that it is secondhand, we are also not responsible if there are any unexpected results such as component damage, and the life-span of the parts.

Please don’t expect running games in ULTRA Settings at 1080p with this build especially today’s AAA titles such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Hitman, GTA V, and the like. Take note that the prices aren’t final and are estimates from what we have seen endorsed at common Buy and Sell groups on Facebook, OLX, and other secondhand market places. If you are unsure about buying a secondhand build, kindly check out our Php10,000 PC Build Guide.


Build 1:

Part Name Price
CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 2,000 – 3,000
GPU: GTX 560 256BIT 1GB DDR5 2,000 – 3,000
MOBO: LGA 1155 Socket Motherboard 2,000 – 2,500
RAM: 8GB (2X4) DDR3 1333MHZ 1,000
HDD: WD or Seagate 1TB 1,500
CASE + PSU: Generic Case + 500W PSU 1,000

TOTAL PRICE: Php9,500 – 12,000

Here we utilized Intel’s Core i3-2100. Personally this was my first processor for my very first self-assembled RIG back in 2011. Despite being 5 years old, this processor still packs a punch with a clock speed of 3.1Ghz and features Hyper-Threading. This processor is good enough in editing simple videos, and is also good for gaming even with today’s AAA titles.

Build 2:

Part Name Price
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 3,000 – 4,000
GPU: GTX 560 256BIT 1GB DDR5 2,000 – 3,000
MOBO: LGA 1155 Socket Motherboard 2,000 – 2,500
RAM: 8GB (2X4) DDR3 1333MHZ 1,000
HDD: WD or Seagate 1TB 1,500
CASE + PSU: Generic Case + 500W PSU 1,000

TOTAL PRICE: Php10,500 – 13,000

Just because we’re utilizing 2nd-gen Sandy-Bridge technology doesn’t mean it’s weak. I’ve personally used the i3-2100 and it is still great in playing today’s non-CPU extensive games, and the i5-2500 (k or non k) is still a great processor for gaming due to it’s quad-core non-hyperthreaded structure. Let’s not forget this build is for those looking to maximize their Php10,000 on a second-hand gaming rig.


In order to show you the performance difference between our Php10,000 Brand New Build Guide, here we have the PassMark score and benchmarks of two of today’s most common competitive e-sports games. Also below we have sample videos of the GTX 560’s performance with various games coupled with various processors to give you an estimate on what kind of performance the GTX 560 can bring.

PassMark G4400 vs i3-2100 - Copy



Dota 2 56

As you can clearly see above, because of the dedicated GTX 560, we we’re easily able to beat our Php10,000 Brand New Build Guide in terms of gaming performance. In raw compute power In the PassMark tests, the i5-2500 has the highest score with 6,238, followed by AMD’s A8-7600 with a score of 5,184, then succeeded by Intel’s Pentium G4400, and Intel’s Core i3-2100 with a score of 3,674 and 3,642 respectively.


Intel Core i5-2500K vs Core i3-6100 (Skylake)

Intel Core i3-2100 and a GTX 560 – Far Cry 4

GTX 560 Performance – GTA V

Intel Core i5-2500 and a GTX 560 – Battlefield 4

Intel Pentium G4400 and a GTX 560 – Rise of the Tomb Raider

GTX 560 – Tomb Raider

You don’t need to have the latest nor the most powerful components to run a game. There are pros and cons: like the risks in buying secondhand parts as some may be faulty or if they are unavailable at the market. Having a dedicated GPU will significantly increase gaming performance compared to APUs and CPUs without a dedicated graphics card.

We hope this build gives you an insight on what can Php10,000 give you when buying second-hand parts. You may also check out these dedicated Buy & Sell groups for more info:  For Gamers Sales OnlinePC Unlimited Market PH

This article was written by Pete Deyto. A Tech-Enthusiast of all sorts, he is the Business Development Officer of Veer Technologies and Reality+, and the Corporate Relations Manager of VR Philippines. He is currently taking up B.S. Computer Science at the University of Santo Tomas.

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12 Responses

  1. john says:

    can you recommend where to buy laptops that can handle dota 2 and how much does it cost at the very least?

  2. fcsean says:

    tipidpc lng ok na. Best place to buy actually.

  3. MrPiatoz says:

    ask ko lang po, kung ung vcard ba na yan hindi na kailangan ng 6 pins? at kung kaya kahit generic lang na psu in the long run?

    • James says:

      Dalawang 6 pins po yung kailangan para sa video card na yan. Hindi po yan kakayanin ng generic na PSU. Pero yung mga PSU kagaya ng Corsair VS450 kayang kaya po nun yung video card na yan, 1600 lang po brand new ng ganun.

    • Werner says:

      Better yung gtx 750 ti, di kailangan ng power connector. A little more expensive around 5k average of you look around pero very power efficient and powerful (best bang for your buck graphics card)

  4. Karateph says:

    Generic case + 500 psu would not be able to handle the gpu gtx 560 256bit. Generic psu bundled with sheap generic case is only rated 180w to 250w at most.

    • Pete Deyto says:

      A GTX 560 requires only a minimum of 450W. There are several generic PSUs ranging from 300-700watts such as Qube, and Falcon.

      I only used the term “Generic” and price point of 1k to give the users freedom of choice such as what I did with the LGA1155 Motherboard Socket.

  5. Syntax says:

    Any guide to build a PC in a price range of consoles? I’m in a dilemma if I’ll buy PS4/Xbox One over a custom build PC.

    • chief gato says:

      don’t buy old ps4/xbone price range. buy/build your pc based on the performance of the upgraded ps4 neo or xbox one s (both 400$+ depending on sku) which are rumored to be released at 4Q this year or the 4k-capable xbox scorpio (~600$?) rumored next year.

      playing games over console: if you don’t like to upgrade, just buy/play games that you like. console games are designed optimally for the console parts.

      playing games over pc: if you like to upgrade pc parts when the the gaming road is getting rough… you can play as many upcoming titles or very old ones depending on the pc parts you bought now or buy/upgrade in the future.

  6. Edwin says:

    As for setting up a budget gaming rig I would not recommend using generic PSU specially for GPU that requires additional power. Rather than taking your chances with generic PSU that would can harm some of your hardware, aside for not providing power efficiency to all the hardware parts needed by your computer. There are a lot of branded PSU that is within the 1K to 1.5K price range. As for the generic case, most of the time if you bought all your parts from a single store they can throw away a free case for you.

  7. Jay says:

    2 4gb ddr3 ram for 1kPhp? goodluck with that

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