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Build Guide

Budget Home/Office Build

by manirelli

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 R3 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 B350 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. Please note that the new Raven Ridge APUs may require a BIOS update on your motherboard to function. If you receive a motherboard with an older BIOS revision AMD has a support page listing your options and will loan you a CPU if the retailer and manufacturer fail to provide you with an updated motherboard.

https://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/2Gen-Ryzen-AM4-System-Bootup.aspx

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 DDR4-2400.

Storage

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.

Case

The Thermaltake Versa H15 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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Warning: These parts have potential issues/incompatibilities. (See details.)

Estimated Wattage: 150W
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Motherboard
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  • Socket / CPU: AM4
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • Onboard Video: Depends on CPU
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Memory
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  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
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Storage
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  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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Case $32.40 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $32.40 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $79.99 -$35.99 $3.99 $47.99 Newegg Buy
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Optical Drive
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  • Form Factor: 5.25"
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Base Total: $420.24
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Shipping: $3.99
Total: $378.24
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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.

Potential Issues / Incompatibilities

  • Some AMD B350 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Raven Ridge CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.

Comments Sorted by:

wolfbitez 4 points 2 months ago

Under "Motheboard", you listed that it's capable of utilising the CPUs Vega 11 graphics, but the 2200G uses Vega 8. Still a great build guide and very informative, and a nice starting point for gamers on a tight budget.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Fixed it, thanks.

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waffle911 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

The description mentions the Rosewill case used in the previous build guide. Also, as already mentioned, the description contains the same error as the previous one where it claims the 2200G has Vega 11 when it only has Vega 8.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Fixed it, thanks.

riptide201 2 points 2 months ago

can you game on this

OneColorTwoNumbers 4 points 2 months ago

If you were looking to game on this, I would recommend the 2400g and 8gb of ram with a slightly faster speed since Ryzen demands it. If you're planning on getting this exact build, you will be limited on what games you can play if you're looking for a desirable framerate.

ThatKidThad 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, This build has been put up on many other forums and it works to get a solid fps for some AAA games. Although if this would be used for gaming you would want to splurge on more RAM because that what the integrated GPU has to run off of.

rroguet 2 points 1 month ago

2400mhz for Ryzen Apu ? :/

Ben28282 2 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Not for gaming though

ANMZP 1 point 1 month ago

Why does it say it has potential issues? This was part of the build guides and I thought there wouldn't be any issue with this build. Could someone explain the error here and how do I fix it?

d0wntime 2 points 1 month ago

The error has to deal with the motherboard BIOS possibly being unable to support the Ryzen 2200g without a BIOS flash. BIOS revisions from March onward should work.

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/B350M-PRO-VD-PLUS#down-bios

I think AMD is still doing the thing where they will send you an older AM4 processor to help you flash the BIOS if you do not have a newer revision. Here is an article explaining that.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/amd-sending-out-free-processors-to-solve-firmware-flashing-catch-22/

Duke00x 2 points 1 month ago

I think you mean the part about the motherboard am I right? If that is the case it is has to do with the fact that the 300-series motherboard may have an outdated BIOs that doesn't work with the Raven Ridge APU. It is not a guaranteed issues. It depends on how long the motherboard has been sitting on the shelf/in the warehouse. The best ways that I know of to fix it is depending on where you get the motherboard you can ask the place to update the BIOs before giving/sending it to you. There is a hyperlink in the description that will take you to AMD's page on it and it gives some other fixes including Original Manufacturer Replacement or Short Term Processor Loan ("Boot Kit") (they send you a none-raven ridge CPU which will allow you to use the computer to flash an update to the BIOs. then replace the loaner CPU with your APU and then you just package their loaner CPU up into the inclosed return package and send it back to them).

Mhb10 1 point 6 days ago

It is most likely because the motherboard needs a BIOS update. I don’t know anything about computers but I’m trying to build a similar budget PC for College using the Ryzen 3 2200g and I got the same warning using the MSI B350 pc mate motherboard.

TUVAlex 1 point 18 days ago

How many USB slots are on this? And could I have more than one harddrive? I'd like to get maybe 2 hard drives, and 1 SSD, is that feasible? Looking for an office computer to manage a large data centered project I'm working on.

HallowRace 1 point 11 days ago

Does that case even let you install a optical disc drive

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Yep!

HallowRace -3 points 29 days ago

No get a i3

Matoro2002 2 points 23 days ago

Ryzen with vega has better integrated graphics. Doing a build without a dedicated card works better with Ryzen

HallowRace 0 points 11 days ago

Well it says home/office so u wont be gaming on it, an i3 will have more processing power and less graphics power

Matoro2002 2 points 11 days ago

Even if you aren't gaming, better graphics power can be good.

HallowRace 0 points 8 days ago

But we're not gaming here. If we aren't gaming, processing power>graphics power.

HallowRace 3 points 8 days ago

But there is an exception. An i3 is typically $20 more. The i3 performs better in simple tasks, not gaming. However, the Ryzen 2200g has better cost to performance. If you favour budget or better value, the Ryzen is a go. If you favour raw processing power (remember we're not gaming here) and can spare that extra dime, go for the i3.

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI - B350M PRO-VD PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Patriot - 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
Hitachi - Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Total: 32W - 150W