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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 Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 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.

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 ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard

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Memory Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

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Storage TCSunBow X3 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

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Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case
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Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

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Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

I don't see ddr 3000 mhz in the motherboards list of supported ram speeds, how does this affect what speed it will operate at?

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

It will run on 2933mhz right off the bat BUT you the motherboard supports overclocking so you can safely hit 3000mhz and even tweak it to 3200mhz and see if it's stable

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

i picked almost the same stuff for my mother inlaw's $400 build. same specs ..I insisted she doesn't buy junky hp or all in one computers that keep failing. I picked the square ssd type though not the stick one. and 1 8gb instead of 2 4s...hope i can assemble it all now..

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 points

if you are going to run 1 stick of RAM make sure you don't put it under heavy loads, other than that it won't affect the build much, but make sure that next time you make sure the build has 2 sticks of RAM for best/better preformance

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

1 stick isn't that bad, my main rig (budget though, pre-Windows it was $250) has only 1 stick of 8 GB of RAM and I can never tell any difference.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Does the case come with fans pre-installed?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

looks like it at least comes with a fan at the front, not sure about top though but the back probably would

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

The case does come with fans, but I would pick up a better micro atx supported case, maybe one with tempered glass or whatever you like honestly, that's what I did.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Does this motherboard incorporate Wifi? if not what network card would work?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

No, you will need to add one.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

ok thank you. what about a CPU cooler?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Stock cooler works just fine. However if you're looking for some a bit beefier and quiet, Noctua air coolers are absolutely phenomenal, as well as most companies aios. Especially with people reviewing products like they do.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Could this run any newer game 60+ fps?

Edit: Because I want a good pc that is like 400$ and it is an AMD and i don't know if this is good for gaming or not.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If you keep the graphics relatively low and possibly overclock probably but honestly if your gaming your going to want atleast a small graphics card. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/pXmjp8 Its about 100 dollars over your budget but it would be much better for gaming with only minimal changes.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

tf a gt 1030? The integrated graphics on the 2200g is almost the same

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The card is actually surprisingly powerful, In my experience its best to have a seperate graphics card instead of relying on your CPU if your gaming but it's not an absolute need. Especially in online games a graphics card is much more useful than a CPU. Also CPUS might heat up a crapton if your gaming on them while in a discord call or somethin.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

If you want to really drop some settings, then maybe. Not the best, but certainly far better than what Intel would have to offer (in terms of integrated graphics).

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

It's better than nothing, but at the price just add an rx 580/590 for 1080p gaming. I would also swap that 2200g for the 2600 for additional $20-30. 2200g is no slouch, and great if you're on a real tight budget as it'll get you into games. But for an additional $100-150 you can crank some frames out easily. There's never been a better time to build than now. I'd also can that disk drive. Makes up for difference on cpu pricing.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Face, are you saying that for about $500 USD I should have a system that can handle almost all everyday computing needs (besides perhaps video editing or streaming) and also able to play modern games at really decent resolution/frame rates?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'd say in the 5-750 range you can get a pretty solid 1080p system. Rx580s used are around $100. The 2600/2600x I'm sure will drop in price around Christmas. $100 msi gaming plus matx or the tomahawk, phanteks 350x for $70, some 3200 c16 memory, a 500 GB to 1 TB m.2 for $60-100, and a modular/semi psu for $60. You're golden. A 1080p 100-144hz monitor is not included although you can snag them for $2-300 for an Asus or BenQ, then upgrade the gpu down the line to a 1660 super and you're set for awhile.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hy Fist thanks for the detailed reply. About the 100-144hz refresh rate monitor, you are saying buy LOWEST resolution of 1920 x 1080, with minimum size of 27 inches right?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I would not drop below 1080p/1920x1080 personally. As far as size, totally your call. I think the 27s are perfect. If you're looking for ultra wide you would need to push more for pretend 4k with a beefier card. (3440x1440) play around with your budget and check out some graphics card comparisons for 1080p gaming. $100 for almost 100+ fps med to high, hard to beat. If you're looking at 1440p that's when other options and a larger budget should be considered.

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

No, unless your willing to play at 720p minimum 30FPS, this is not the most enjoyable gaming experience. However, for the extra $150, you can get a RX570, which plays pretty much any game right now at 1080p Ultra 60fps.

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

Ah, but what fun is it if it's not custom built? Well found deal, but it's not custom.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

quite budget!

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

Will this build use the following monitor to its full potential?

Acer 32" FHD 75Hz 4ms GTG Curved LED FreeSync Monitor (ET322QR)

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Actually, maybe. I have a 24" 60Hz monitor that my system runs without problems (see completed build). With that being 1080p and 75Hz, with FreeSync, there won't be any issues.

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ssgck6 This ones better and cheaper

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Cheaper, yes, but more cables and still no OS.

Bigger PSU does give a bit more upgrade headroom, but despite being Corsair, I'd be careful around the VS units.

This is slightly worse, but does the same job and has an OS (and it works fine, I have a very similar system). For an extra 50 Cent you can grab 64-bit Windows and for a few extra bucks you can grab 8 GB RAM. It's also virtually silent (I know the cooler's silent since it's fan-less and I have it in my system, but not sure about the PSU fan). https://pcpartpicker.com/user/woahwoahwilly/saved/kpc6RB

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/q9rmx6 Cheaper PC and Better

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

No storage, no optical drive, wasted money on a GPU for a non-gaming machine.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/gJ9dx6

This I think is better and the disk drive is gone, who the hell needs them?

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