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Budget Home/Office Build

by manirelli

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice for this home/office machine is the AMD Athlon 200GE. This processor has two cores, onboard graphics, and is aptly suited for all software in the Microsoft Office suite or the comparable open source offerings. The Athlon 200GE includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler is not necessary.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric selection of motherboards which will show the best priced motherboard based on our specifications. All of the motherboards feature the B450 chipset and an AM4 socket for compatibility with the Athlon 200GE. They also include 2 DIMM slots for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and are capable of using the CPU's integrated Radeon Vega 3 which is important for our office build as we will not be adding a dedicated graphics card.

Memory

A parametric filter is being applied to choose the best priced 2x4GB kit of memory within AMD's recommended specifications. Ryzen scales well with memory frequency so we have upped the minimum speed to DDR4-2800.

Storage

We're also using parametric filters to select the best priced 480GB or larger solid state drive. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to change out capacities to fit yours or swap to a high capacity hard drive if storage space is more important.

Case

The Cooler Master MasterBox E300L is a budget friendly, quiet case that can fit all of our components. While it doesn't offer much in the way of cable management, there is room for plenty of storage in the hard drive cages. The case also has front panel USB 3.0 and a 5.25" bay for our optical drive. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.

PSU

For the PSU, we're using a parametric selection of a few well-reviewed units which are all rated for good power efficiency and can provide plenty of power for this build.

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Estimated Wattage: 52W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: AMD B450
kr849.00 kr59.00 kr908.00 Dustin Home Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
kr799.00 kr59.00 kr858.00 Dustin Home Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 15000 GB
  • Type: SSD
kr724.00 kr59.00 kr783.00 Dustin Home Buy
Case
Power Supply kr749.00 kr59.00 kr808.00 Dustin Home Buy
Optical Drive
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: 5.25"
kr179.00 kr59.00 kr238.00 Dustin Home Buy
Base Total: kr3300.00
Shipping: kr295.00
Total: kr3595.00
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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TheQuackSavior 9 points 23 days ago

The Athlon 200GE only supports 2666Mhz.

eesti 5 points 1 month ago

This looks like a perfect family machine, even able to handle lighter PC exclusive games like CS:GO and League of Legends

Lin_Manfu 1 point 12 days ago

There's no OS. Buying Windows 10 increases the price of this build by a third (Home) or two-thirds (Pro).

eesti 3 points 11 days ago

This has to do with my comment how?

osmarks 1 point 7 days ago

You might struggle for application support a bit, but Linux exists...

tommorox2345 0 points 4 days ago

just buy it for like $10

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

KyleCURB 2 points 10 days ago

Doesn't windows let you use it free? As long as you have that watermark on the bottom right. That's what I mean by my comment. They let you use it free with the watermark. My bad if it came off wrong. From what I know, it's on the Window's installation screen too.

LeonSantJennings 1 point 5 days ago

i used windows with the watermark for around a year before i spent £5 on a key. there is a 30 day free trail of the full fat windows but after that some personalisation gets dissabled but is essentially is still the full windows experiance.

Atom-Bong- 2 points 21 days ago

Is everything compatible in this build? Someone said CPU supports 2666Mhz only or something? Planning on putting GT 1030 in this aswell, i have budget room for a slightly better ram or cpu aswell i think, but may just stick w/ this.

eesti 3 points 20 days ago

If you want a GT 1030, just throw in the 2200G instead of the 200GE

Atom-Bong- 1 point 19 days ago

i already have the 1030 now, Was using as upgrade to current system, but decided this PC from 2008 has lasted long enough, and my mobo doesnt detect new gpu's properly anyways. My budget is tight but i can make this build happen, So you say 2200G instead of 200GE, is this saving money or granting better performance? Link it if you dont mind.

EternityHaze 1 point 12 days ago

I don't think that's what he means, the 2200G has an intergrated gpu comparable to a GT 1030.

chimpyxx 1 point 12 days ago

I would get the 2200g, its a bit better with 2 more cores

chimpyxx 1 point 12 days ago

2200g is more expensive, but more preformance for sure.

Atom-Bong- 0 points 19 days ago

I was thinking i could find a better CPU without integrated graphics for alot cheaper, since i have this gt1030 now, Not sure what'd be compatible with this build tho :/

eesti -1 points 18 days ago

I would sell off the GT 1030 and get a 2200G

LightningProd 1 point 26 days ago

Could the Corsair CX450 be added to the PSU panametric filter?

(Also might be a good idea to add a note that getting a Ryzen 3 2200G would be a better if an Athlon isn't enough for the end user.)

tonikisek 1 point 25 days ago

The PSU is an overkill for this build. If you can't spare a few more bucks to get a 2200G, you probably can't afford a semi modular PSU, too. My advice here would be just to get a cheaper PSU, there are plenty cheaper and trusted units, maybe a cheaper motherboard and spend a few more bucks on a 2200G, which originally was in this build. Even for just some browsing with 4 tabs open a 2200G is a better option. And it also has graphics good enough for some light 1080p gaming.

eesti 2 points 25 days ago

These builds can be easily edited for your needs, this is just a suggestion

wayneski2 1 point 18 days ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $91.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard *MSI - B450M PRO-M2 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory *G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $55.98 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.89 @ OutletPC
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox E300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply *Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.89 @ OutletPC
Optical Drive *Lite-On - iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $13.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $434.62
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $394.62
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-06 12:56 EST-0500
vodkasalad 1 point 14 days ago

No OS?

Lin_Manfu 1 point 12 days ago

This is particularly important because the Raven Ridge processors still don't have good support on Linux. They require kernel 4.19, which isn't available with e.g. the latest Ubuntu 18.10. And that's only for the CPU aspect. As far as I know, there's no official or unofficial driver for the Vega graphics side of the Athlon 200GE.

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

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TheBuilderBoi 1 point 14 days ago

I would stretch a extra 40 dollars, for a ryzen 3 2200g, or else, a fantastic computer for a average user!

cam12321 1 point 8 days ago

can this computer run destiny 2?

Flaming.GoolzZz 1 point 6 days ago

No lmao, like you probably can with more ram (16 gb but 8gb might be just enough) and a 570 or 580 so like around 150-200$ added to this build and you would need a better cpu so another 40$ for the 2200g.

Flaming.GoolzZz 1 point 7 days ago

Wouldn't this be a much better list for the price? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $87.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard ASRock - B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Team - L5 LITE 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $17.80 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Case Rosewill - SCM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill - 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $305.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-17 21:31 EDT-0400
manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Single channel RAM is definitely a hindrance to any system. Storage needs vary but the vast majority of home/office builds don't need anything close to 1TB+ of storage.

I always select quality power supplies and not whatever happens to be the least expensive.

Flaming.GoolzZz 1 point 6 days ago

I understand what you mean about the single channel ram, but it is the cheapest ram (that I can find using the filters) even in the slower speeds range. As for the storage I do understand what you mean with 1TB+ being a lot of storage but some people will use this part list for budget gaming and as a family pc (meaning that some people will have movies, documents from multiple people, etc.) so thats why I justified 1TB storage, and I don't really think people will have that many apps on the SSD that it will get full but idk. For the PSU I chose it because, yes although it is on the cheaper side of the PSU's it does have 4 stars not only on PCPP but on pretty much every website selling it such as Amazon, Newegg, and OutletPC so from what I can tell its pretty reliable.

Run_Awway -1 points 16 days ago

My suggestion

Add a cheap GPU such as a 1030 or a 1050

Better Motherboard/cooler

This would make this build alot better. Great build otherwise!

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 16 days ago

None of those things are needed for a purely home use/office machine.

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor 4W - 35W
Kingston - HyperX Predator 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 7W - 7W
Kingston - A400 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 13W - 52W