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Build Guide

Budget Home/Office Build

by manirelli

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

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice for this home/office machine is the Intel Pentium G600. This processor has two cores, hyperthreading, and is aptly suited for all software in the Microsoft Office suite or the comparable open source offerings. The Pentium G4600 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 B250 chipset and an LGA 1151 socket for compatibility with the Pentium G4560. They include 4 DIMM slots for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. They're also capable of using the CPU's integrated HD Graphics 610 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 Intel's recommended specifications. With this selection, we have space on the motherboards for an additional kit of RAM, leaving room for future expansion.

Storage

We're also using parametric filters to select the best priced 480GB or larger SSD available. For a simple office machine you likely don't need a lot of space but ideally it is as fast as possible without breaking the bank which is why is machine only has a single SSD and no mechanical drive. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to change out capacities to fit yours. For example, if 480GB feels cramped to you, I recommend picking up a mechanical hard drive for another 1 or 2TB or storage space.

Case

The Apevia X-QTIS-BK is a budget friendly, quiet case that can fit all of our components. It offers decent cable management, which can sometimes be a problem at our budget, and there's room to expand with hard drives or a solid state drive. It 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 non-modular units, which are all rated for good power efficiency and can provide plenty of power for this build.

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Estimated Wattage: 66W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$83.25 FREE $83.25 Amazon Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$39.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $39.99 Amazon Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$49.99 FREE $49.99 Adorama Buy
Case $34.99 $15.99 $50.98 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $58.89 -$10.00 FREE $48.89 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Optical Drive
From parametric filter
  • Capability: DVD Writer
$13.99 $13.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Base Total: $281.10
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Shipping: $15.99
Total: $287.09
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* 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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DOGALD 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

I would game on this just get an hdd instead and a gtx 1030 and boom gaming machine!

apbast 1 point 20 months ago

This is it

fromkrypton 1 point 19 months ago

very good i love it

ray135 1 point 19 months ago

I don't recommend getting an SSD with this build. You can get over twice the storage for almost $100 less if you get an HDD, and maybe spend $70 on a 1030, which performs similarly to the 750Ti.

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ray135 1 point 19 months ago

I know a graphics card isn't required; that's why I said "maybe." I was just offering an alternative.

An SSD isn't required either, and if you're looking to save money, then it makes sense to not spend a $100 on faster booting and loading. You could pocket that money or use it to buy Windows. Buying an SSD isn't a bad decision, but it's not one I would do if I were looking to save money.

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ray135 1 point 19 months ago

I have an SSD (gaming rig), so I understand that the difference is very noticeable, but I still wouldn't get one if I was looking to save money.

But like a said before, buying an SSD is fine. It just depends on how much loading/booting matters to you.

Also, do you think buying a 480gb for this build is a good idea? I'd recommend a smaller one with an HDD, or maybe compromise with a hybrid. Saves money, faster speed than an HDD alone, and more storage.

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KRATOSS1 1 point 19 months ago

im looking for a machines that can open up to 6 virtual machines at the same time ,the processor on this one has virtualization which was a surprise thought only i3 and up has that,8 gigs of ram is not enough need 16gb min but since i dont need the case psu or the optical drive this well cost me 300 dollar i guess

Mobi 3 points 19 months ago

If you're actually trying to run 6 serious VMs at the same time, You might want something better than a Pentium G4XXX series processor. Additionally you'd probably want far more storage for the virtual HDDs alongside whatever else you need on you computer.

Normally I'd say get a Ryzen Processor since you'll get more resources, but I've personally noticed VM support can be a bit buggy at the moment. It's getting better, but if you seriously need these VMs I'd stick to intel at least till the end of the year (should be enough time for Virtualbox and co to get their stuff in order). Also I've noticed Hyper-V works pretty flawlessly on my Ryzen 1700X system, haven't bothered to try VMware Workstation yet although I've heard it's hit or miss.

If you're willing to wait a little and do some debugging however, Ryzen offers such a better deal in terms of what processing power.

Anyways, for 6 VMs at once you'll REALLY want an i7 or at least an i5 (no Hyperthreading though). You might want a lower end GPU (think 450/460 ot 1050/1040) to use for GPU pass though if that's something that interests you.

KRATOSS1 1 point 19 months ago

cool thanks ,even though i want to use 6 VMs ill be just browsing on firfox ,and considering the fact that my 2nd gen i3 is handling three though a bit slow ,i thought a Pentium is enough but either way ill wait to get Ryzen

Destrcutoid 1 point 19 months ago

Has anyone actually built this pic and had it work ?

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Oh this will work just fine.. For an office PC though.. not really made for games

Nater650 1 point 19 months ago

Why non modular rather than a semi or fully modular PSU?

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

its cheaper

Nater650 1 point 18 months ago

It would make cable management a little easier

duckmancow123 1 point 18 months ago

hi

prabhakar1983 1 point 18 months ago

I am new to building PCs. I am planning to go with same parts mentioned in the guide (except replace the cpu with I5).

Where can I find information on - how to assemble these parts correct ?

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

On youtube.. there are enough guides on how to do it

Fordrules1966 0 points 19 months ago

Honestly i dont think for a home office build you would need 8GB of ram max 6 and for you psu you only need a 300W or maybe a 350W and you could of gone with a cheaper motherboard that would be just fine

Planemaster 2 points 19 months ago

PSU is based more off the quality. Most PSU's rated at 300 - 350W aren't exactly great.

ericko 0 points 19 months ago

I think this parts list is the REAL BUDGET OFFICE/GAMING PC! Enjoy:)

Component Selection Price
CPU

AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $104.88 Buy Motherboard

ASRock - A320M-DGS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $49.99 Buy Memory

Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $67.99 Buy Storage

Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.79 Buy Video Card

Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Mini Video Card $112.99 Buy Case

DIYPC - Solar-M1-R ATX Mid Tower Case $34.97 Buy Power Supply

Antec - Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply $25.99 Buy Total: $442.60

DopeAF123 1 point 18 months ago

does this RAM speed affect Risen performance in any way?

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

a bit.. not by much though

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Pentium G4600 3.6 GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 51W
Patriot - 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W
Lexar - NS100 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 66W