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Build Guide

Budget Home/Office Build

by manirelli

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.



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 R3 2200G includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler is not necessary.


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.


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 DDR4-2400.


We're also using parametric filters to select the best priced 2TB or larger hard drive available. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to change out capacities to fit yours or swap to a lower capacity SSD if speed is more important.


The Cougar MG110 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.


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: 90W
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  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
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  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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Optical Drive
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Shipping: $18.99
Total: $369.04
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* 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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Glmnet1 1 Build 22 points 7 months ago

Nice build, impressive for the price but I believe that no home/office computer, no matter how cheap it is, should boot from an HDD in 2018. It is the #1 factor that make a PC feel slow nowadays.

snowburn14 4 points 7 months ago

I'm inclined to agree, when you can get a 120GB SSD for under $30 for a boot drive. I get that this is serving as the cheapest of the build guides on here, so anything that's not absolutely necessary has to be carefully considered. But for most people I know that are looking for bare minimum expense, they'd be better off with a 250 GB SSD than a 2 TB HDD (which appears to be the equivalent price point). Though at that point it depends greatly on the particular person/intended use, how long it's expected to be used without replacement/upgrades, etc....

fatpigeon 2 points 6 months ago

Agreed. This is an office machine, not a multimedia machine, so it doesn't even make sense to suggest lots of storage.

Jamesk99 2 points 7 months ago

Would one be able to play games with this pc?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 4 points 7 months ago

Technically yes, since we are using the 2200G APU. You will want to look up benches to see what type of performance to expect though.

SPECTOR2004 1 Build 4 points 7 months ago

I have a 2200G and I can run older games 60FPS+ and AAA games at 40FPS+

ssjg5rlly 2 points 6 months ago

soso, what about athlon?

shmakoviv 1 point 7 months ago

Is there a reason no video card listed?

Misterbator 6 points 7 months ago

The processor has onboard graphics

shmakoviv 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for clarifying. I would be able to upgrade to a better video card though, right?

FiveSquared25 4 points 7 months ago

Hell yeah!

Steelbawng 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

yes though if you are adding a gpu you may want to try a ryzen 3 1200 for little bit more performance

OmegaOverclock 1 point 6 months ago

Ryzen 3 2200g is actually a faster processor than the 1200 so for $5 more you get a faster processor designed with integrated graphics, so you’d actually get better performance in games with the 2200g. Also, say you had to RMA your card, you can still use the integrated graphics, which are actually quite good for $99

Sharaths21312 1 point 6 months ago

Ryzen 3 1300X would be better

Ethor_L 1 point 7 months ago
jazztickets 1 point 5 months ago

Why do you need $24 in case fans?

WildSonic7 1 point 7 months ago

Can you run games like Fortnite, pubg, and call of duty at atleast 50 frames per second? And is there any ethernet port?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

No, you probably can't. You will want to look at least at the entry level gaming guide.

Sharaths21312 1 point 6 months ago

As Fortnite isn't too demanding a game, you can reach 50fps when quality has been sufficiently reduced. For the other games you probably can't with this setup withowt pushing the settings far down. Use the Ryzen 5 2400G or add a dicrete graphics card.

WildSonic7 1 point 6 months ago

50 fps is better than 27 thanks my dude

bgmoore77 1 point 6 months ago

Looking at this build to replace my home office desktop. I run double monitors. So long as I confirm the motherboard selected has dual outputs (i.e., one DVI, one HDMI), that means it will run dual monitors, right?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago


Pentafeeds 1 point 6 months ago

I want to use this build for now and then go to something like this later on https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/BhVLdX I thought it would be a good idea to instantly upgrade to the 1TB 970 pro and the 850W PSU but I did some research and it sounds like it wouldn't be that practical to put that SSD in a build like this as it needs more airflow. Just wanted to confirm this?

DerplePurp 1 point 5 months ago

A 970 pro is M.2 so it won't even POSSIBLY get in the way of airflow and even a 2.5" ssd won't get in the way of airflow if it's properly mounted in an ssd cage

darren615 1 point 6 months ago

No OS system?

DerpyAlpuca 1 point 5 months ago

if you add a official version of windows 10 that's 1/4 of the price ._.

KhangTran 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, Would this PC be able to run games on Low to Medium FPS such as, CS:GO, Rocket League, Overwatch on 80 to 100fps?

Tavish_10 1 point 5 months ago

Nice build.

Sharaths21312 0 points 6 months ago

The build is good overall but DDR4-2400 is too low for gaming purpose on a APU

DerpyAlpuca 1 point 5 months ago

this is a office pc, not gaming. But if you want to try light gaming like csgo the ram will not be the problem.

BrassShot 0 points 5 months ago

I see you don't have a graphics card, don't you need one. Say if you gonna play something like fortnite you would need a graphics card to play right?

dfdfvdnvsgnerdvngnd -3 points 6 months ago

Ark survival evolved is a good game to play on a different pc or even a console

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Patriot - 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W
Hitachi - Deskstar 7K2000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 90W