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Guide

Budget Home/Office Build

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice for this home/office machine is the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G. This processor has four cores, onboard graphics, and is aptly suited for all software in the Microsoft Office suite or the comparable open source offerings. The Ryzen 3 2200G 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 Ryzen 3 2200G. They also include 2 DIMM slots for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and are capable of using the CPU's integrated Radeon Vega 8 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 Thermaltake Versa H15 is a budget friendly, quiet case that can fit all of our components. The case has one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a 5.25" bay for our optical drive, and multiple options for cable management.

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.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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Motherboard Gigabyte B450M S2H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard

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Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 4GB

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Storage Kingston A400 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 480 GB - 15000 GB; Type: SSD

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Case Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case
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Power Supply Cooler Master MasterWatt 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

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Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer

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Base Total: kr3805.48
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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 14 points

A reminder this is a home/office PC. This PC can run games but it's not intended for it. I just hate seeing comments saying ¨Can this run Cyberpunk 2077 at max settings?" No, this PC can only play at 1080p medium to low settings. Don't expect a lot out if this PC.

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

It could play games at high or epic at 30 or 60 fps if you add either RX 570 or RX 580.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

yes, although not all the time. The RX 570 and RX 580 are great cards for 1080p gaming. Again, cant guarantee maxing out the settings in every game.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Max settings are useless anyway, high is best for mid to high end and medium for low end.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

What about 720p?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe, if youre ok with 30 FPS.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL.... This is true....

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

Can I watch Shrek on this?

  • 2 months ago
  • 12 points

Yes at 42069K resolution, so you can see Shrek in clarity and definition :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Really like it, I've been looking at just a home computer, would this be good for running multiple programs and pretty basic stuff?

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

That is exactly the intended usage for this machine.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

That is true in theory, but in actuality my ryzen 3 2200G sucks at even the most basic tasks like loading up google chrome

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  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

I bought it once, and now I regret it

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  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

this pc looks nice to run roblox, minecraft, or csgo at medium ish settings

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

for a home/office what more can you ask!

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

I don't know about Roblox. I've had Roblox absolutely CHUG before.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

For what it's worth, I ran World of Tanks on low/med settings with an A8-7600, with R7 gfx back in 2017. It was probably good for 30fps, and it was certainly playable. I threw in a GTX 1050 later, and the CPU probably struggled to keep up occasionally, but it was a far better experience.

The 2200G's gfx are maybe 50% more powerful, which means low to med in modern, non-demanding games. Frankly, don't expect much from the gfx, but it will be more than adequate for 1080p streams, vids, and for low-demand gaming.

Throw in a GTX 1050 Ti, or an RX 570 for 1080p gaming at mid gaming demands, or even a GTX 1050 for better fps at low-demand.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like this build, as you said, it should run all normal operations fine (and no gaming), but could there also be an Intel-based office build, it would help some of us out there in the future Thx alot

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

I made a Intel version. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ZvNzhg

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Intel's 9100F does not have integrated graphics. This would have no display without a graphics card. It really does not compare to this build.

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Just use a gt 1030 or an gt 710. Use your imagination and pretend like it’s there.

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 points

Ya you are right. Just wanted to be clear for less knowledgeable folk

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Get 3200G at $92 instead of 2200G at $110.

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

This comments section is filled to the brim with people who don't understand the concept of an office PC. If your grandmother boots up her computer to browse Facebook, print things, use Word, and play solitaire, this will be fine. If you want to game at 1440p144fps at Ultra settings, you have to look elsewhere.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this build good for day trading?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

You'd likely want something different for day trading as it can require more performance. I'd make a post on the create a part list for me forum.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this be suitable to play oculus games? I'm very new to the PC world and have no clue how anything works. Thanks.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

No, it would not. This build is for general home and office use.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point
  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

No.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

is it good for making/designing games? does it run unity

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Home and office build, will most likely not run unity.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

No.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

for this PC to play minuscule games at all when its labled "Home/Office" is awesome within itself and to anyone complaining, this build is a sinlge GPU (low wattage) away from high/max settings so take that into consideration if planning to purchase but personally would get a bigger PSU before you get to upgrading too much! ____^ cheers!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this work well for digital art?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

For digital art I'd make your own post in the create a part list for me forum. Depending on the programs you are using you may want to configure this in a slightly different way.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/27-create-a-part-list-for-me/

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

No.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How about upgrading the Ryzen 3 2200G to a 3 3200G for a bit of extra power? is everything still compatible? System builder says "Some AMD B450 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Picasso CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions."

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

The BIOS issue is why this system is still on a 2200G. Without access to an older CPU, a significantly more expensive motherboard, or moving to X570, the system will potentially have issues. The goal of this system is to be as low cost as possible without sacrificing performance for basic home office tasks.

If/when AMD ever releases B550 or a similar chipset for the 3000 series CPUs we would happily upgrade to a 3200G.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Alright, thanks for the reply! But if I were to get the BIOS updated (parts vendor offers it for 20€) a 3200G would run fine without any further adjustments?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Yes, it would.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Or get the Ryzen 3000 ready "MAX" mobos. They have the updated BIOS.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I am clueless; would adding a GTX 1060 3GB make it run games on medium-high settings at 1080p and 60fps? I have one, and I need a new computer, but I don't want to buy a new GPU

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I also would like to add that my current computer is a home/office computer with a GTX 1060 3GB, and can run most games on high/max settings. I have a Dell Inspiron 3847

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'd look at the Entry level guides and just swap your GPU into those builds: https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/DHTwrH/entry-level-amd-gaming-build

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The Ryzen 3 2200G seems to be out of stock or marked up right now. Would there be any issues using a Ryzen 3 1200 with this build? That processor seems much cheaper at the moment.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The 1200 does not have a GPU so you would not be able to use it without adding a graphics card. I'll keep an eye on this one and if it stays sold out much longer will update the guide.

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Why not use the 3200G instead?

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

To guarantee compatibility we are waiting for B550.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Do you know when this will be released?

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately, no. We also have to assume it will be delayed even more with corona.

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Use a MSI MAX mobo (such as the VDH-MAX), that will be ready out of the box.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Would this be able to handle 1080p editing for Youtube vids? Also could I swap the the CPU for a Ryzen5 in the future?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You can swap the CPU. I'd look up some benchmarks for video editing though this is only a 4 core CPU.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

would this be a setup that would be good for a podcast? i know zero ab computers and just want an honest answer.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I can't see why not though I don't have specific experience with it. You may want to post this build in part list opinions wanted with questions about the specific software you plan to use.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

If all you need is to make a podcast, you can do that with your phone now. Check out ANCHOR: https://anchor.fm/

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

These are great suggestive builds they have listed. I’ve been asked to put a few lists together for people that want a build and it’s nice to see similar parts are selected to what I came up with.....and then suddenly they all want color/rgb, fast boot times, more storage, case with tinted glass.....then they don’t understand why their $400 build just turned into a $700 or more build for extra “bells and whistles”. 🤦‍♂️

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

I am putting together a parts list for my girlfriend's parents' new home office pc. I went with the Athlon 3000G for now, but wondering if the upgrade to 2200G/3200G would make a meaningful difference when it comes to internet browsing and other basic computer tasks.

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

This is helpful. I'm over 70, have never built a computer from scratch before, but have spent many hours inside the ones that I own. So I have several questions.

I mostly just do the internet now, but I like to play around with different operating systems. My preferred setup is to have a drive for each OS, and store all my data on an external drive. That way, I can access all my data from any OS, and if one drive goes bad, the others aren't affected.

Now my questions: 1) is the power supply adequate for (say) four separate HDs?
2) the case doesn't seem to be capable of handling 4 drives. It also is very short on USB connections. I'd like to have at least 2 case fans--preferably Noctua. I replaced my old fan with one of theirs, and it's been amazing. Can you suggest one that is more capable on these points? 3) I do have more than a few REALLY old games, which is one reason that I have different OS. I've had trouble getting peripherals to work correctly in virtual box, so that's why I don't like to use it. Will I have the same problem with peripherals not working correctly in XP and Wins98 and 95? 4) The computer that I have now has lots of cables coming from the power supply. I don't see cabling listed in your parts list. Where would one go to get the correct cables for the different parts?
5) The mother board isn't very capable either. It has almost no expansion slots for a video card and/or a sound card and for using cards to upgrade as tech changes. Can you suggest a more capable motherboard?

Basically I want a home desktop that I can continue to use for another ten years. I'm still using a computer that was built for me in 2009, and that's why I am thinking about building my own to my own specs. I'm willing to pay more than the basic minimum, but I don't need the current gaming capacity.

BTW, I absolutely hate mice. What is the best trackball for modest gaming that might work with the old OSes? My current OS is Linux Mint, which I intend to keep. I've had it with Windows and its registry. I really miss Windows 98, which was far more stable than any Windows since the registry was created.

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

With these specialized needs I'd recommend making a post on our create a part list for me forum.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/27-create-a-part-list-for-me/

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  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Will this build support dual monitors?

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it will.

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  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

It absolutely will support dual monitors. With a build like this you will almost certainly be using 60hz panels.

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  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

This machine isn't for gaming.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Why aren't you switching to the Ryzen 3 3200g? It's only $94.99.

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

Once B550 releases we will do so but guaranteeing compatibility outside of a few select MSI motherboards is almost impossible as there is no way to tell what BIOS version B450 boards are shipped with.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense.

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  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Upvoted, since someone is thinking weird.

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

So it looks like the case isn't available anymore, any recommended replacements that would keep the price down?

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Mom wants a Office PC that’s under $500 and faster than her laptop for work.

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

I have an extra MSI B450M VD Plus. Will it need to be flashed for the 2200G? I had a Ryzen 5 ASU that wouldn't work, went to a 1200 plus a GPU.

Also, please veriff the Asrock B450M HDV R4.0 MoBo of this build will not require a reflash of its BIOS, to recognize an AMD "g" series (meaning GPU+CPU) chip? Thanks

PS - I'm assuming I could use the 1200 chip to reflash the extra MSI board, but am looking to reduce labor/pain factor.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Any recommended videos for assembling this model? I am using Linus Tech Tips but have found some nuances between this kit and what he puts together in his videos.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

May not work with Linux.

The AMD Ryzen processors with integrated Vega graphics (currently) have graphics driver issues which can cause random complete system lockups on Linux. Linux is explicitly unsupported by AMD for these processors (Win10 64bit only), and the Linux driver people have made no progress fixing it in the several years it's been known.

That said, it might work for you. It's apparently system and version dependent. I was fine for a bit before I updated my distro. Just be aware you're rolling the dice, and if it doesn't work out, "sucks to be you".

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Anyone having crashing issues???? I built this almost to a tee (swapped the ssd for a m2) and i get almost daily crashes.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Why is it as soon as i posted this, this entire build guide was deleted? lol

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Please make your own post on the troubleshooting forum.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

How well does this build work with music production and video editing?

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

No.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Try a B350 or A320 if you aren't overclocking. Get cheaper RAM, it doesn't need to be 3200MHz. The SSD doesn't have a DRAM cache, maybe get lower capacity with DRAM and add a HDD. You can get away with a 400 or 450W power supply and the specific motherboard will not fit in the Micro ATX case.

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  • 1 point
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