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Budget Office Work PC

by Fr0st_Byte

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24 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 29, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 29, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

Description

Co-worker came to me wanting to upgrade his wife's PC to something more modern for her work. That sums it up. Runs Windows 10 smooth. Not much cable management with the case, but it was only $27.

Part Reviews

CPU

I love this CPU. Great for cheap machines that need to pack a punch and not break the bank.

Motherboard

For the price it's okay. Would have been nice to get more fan headers, but it works.

Case

For the price, great. You get what you pay for. Cable management is nonexistent. Comes with two fans, which is nice. Power button has a nice feel to it. It's $27, and holds a mATX build. That's about it.

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elvarg9685 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

love it! I have the same apu and it rips anything I throw at it.

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yea, I have it in a FreeNAS box and it never breaks a sweat feeding files to about 14 different machines 24/7 at work. Good little chip.

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elvarg9685 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

seriously its a great budget rig. take 5 minutes and do some youtubing of how well the 2200g handles games.

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It's surprising. Still nothing compared to having a good GPU, but if someone was in a pinch it'd be fine for low res gaming. I wanted to actually do some benchmarks on it, but from the moment the parts came in, I had it built, with Windows, and at the customer's home within 3 hours.

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Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

This rig wasn't meant for gaming, so it's perfectly fine. The most gaming it may ever see is Minecraft and Candy Crush. I'd never build a gaming rig for someone with only an APU unless they absolutely knew and understood what they were getting.

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Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

shh...

Flika1999 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

seriously, take off the plastic wraps. I won't upvote until you do.

(jk good build)

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

They're gone! Just left on for the customer lol. Thanks!

Vairfoley 27 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I've built in more expensive cases with less cable management. I'd say the cables look really nice for $27!

Nice work!

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Did the same thing I would have done and use the space under the optical drive to stuff the extra cables after tying them up into a nice bundle. Not a fan of building in cases that have zero cable management ability unless absolutely necessary. Even the ITX case of the CM elite 130 has more cable management options with tie down points and a bar you can tie up extra cables too.

Though nice selection of parts for a work PC. Solid 4 core CPU, budget motherboard, ample ram, a SSD, and a solid name brand budget PSU. Don't need a GPU for MS office and even though the integrated graphics scales much better with dual channel ram I get the feeling that simply won't be needed with the workloads this PC was made for.

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks!

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks, I did what I could with it. The case isn't that bad, it definitely isn't a go-to option of my own, but for their budget I took a shot with it.

Connorex2 1 point 3 months ago

how many fan headers are on this motherboard?

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Just one system fan header.

trev4ev 1 point 3 months ago

Did the CPU you got for this come with the cooler, or would I have to buy one separately?

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It comes with a cooler, a stock air one.

Edan223 1 point 2 months ago

how many fans does this mobo support?

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I built the machine and gave it to the customer within a few hours, but if my memory is correct it only has one chassis fan connector. You'd definitely want a fan controller for this board. This is the one I personally have, the NZXT Grid+ v2, and I can vouch for it. Control the fans via NZXT CAM software. But, in a pinch I'd say this one or this one would work out great.

Edan223 1 point 2 months ago

I don’t need a fan controller, I just have 3 fans in my build, but if this mobo only supports one then I’ll look into diff mobos

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Just a heads up, if you go to a motherboard manufacturer webpage and look at the page for a board or it's manual you can see how many headers it has. That way you're not waiting on a reply on here. Good luck.

Edan223 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks, Anyways! And one thing off topic, do u know any good cheap intel K cpus?

Fr0st_Byte submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I'm more of an AMD guy myself. I know the i3-8350 is only around $170...but I'd rather buy a Ryzen 5 2600 for that price.