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Build Guide

Budget Home/Office Build

by manirelli




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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: 126W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $86.88 $86.88 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$59.99 $1.99 $61.98 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$61.99 FREE $61.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$139.99 FREE $139.99 Best Buy Buy
Case $32.99 $32.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $33.79 $33.79 SuperBiiz Buy
Optical Drive
From parametric filter
  • Capability: DVD Writer
$15.89 $15.89 OutletPC Buy
Base Total: $431.52
Shipping: $1.99
Total: $433.51
* 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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DonutThing 8 points 29 days ago

I think a chromebook would do fine

WaffleThunderer 2 points 1 month ago

I disagree with the power supply, it should be bronze or higher, and the dvd drive is unneccessary. The mod team is really good at picking out cases though, and using only an ssd and not a HD is revolutionary for this budget.

Over9000GHz 2 points 1 month ago

Efficiency really doesn't play much as a role here, but good point nevertheless.

Drekloe 1 point 1 month ago

well if you build this pc for someone who has a lot of dvd's it would be worth it

crowcawer 1 point 1 month ago

I agree, an EVGA B500 would be fine and not raise the price significantly.

nataliann123 1 point 1 month ago

If i need a computer for school (running Microsoft Office, online classes, etc), would this be the ideal build for me? And if need be, can I add a graphiccs card later or will the model not fit the upgrade?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

This would be the perfect fit and is upgradeable.

nataliann123 1 point 1 month ago

Im a 100% newbie so one more question. I need to get a Windows system download and Adobe Reader/Flash on my own to equipt my PC correct?

crowcawer 1 point 1 month ago

The bios will need to be installed first as well.

The common method for this is to use a usb or flash drive.

If you are going to be using Adobe/Flash player you can download them after updating the BIOS-- you download this to the thumbdrive from the motherboard company.

Warpdrive 1 point 27 days ago

If it's a Home Office Build is 8gb of RAM really necessary?

waffle911 1 Build 1 point 18 days ago

Yes, modern 64-bit Win10 will use up 4GB of RAM in a hurry doing everyday tasks.

Warpdrive 1 point 13 days ago

Doing what? 80 chrome tabs? (more like 1 chrome tab /s)

waffle911 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

I've never seen my dad's computer with any less than 2 Chrome windows with 15 tabs each, 3 word docs, 5 PDFs, and one PowerPoint. That is the minimum he has active at any given time. He's not great at closing things he's not using, and he seems to keep getting worse.

Warpdrive 1 point 2 days ago

for home office use, most users are gonna close out of their apps when done. who uses 30 Chrome tabs?

Sinobuz 1 point 24 days ago

Would an AMD APU be perfect for this kind of build? I used this part list and changed it by replacing the Pentium G4600 with an A8-7600, as well as the motherboard and ram too. I found it to be a bit cheaper than this, coming in at under $400, compared to this build.

When AMD releases Ryzen 3, I'll probably use that over the A8.

Terminator7577 1 point 22 days ago

Get a better power supply.....

woodward.72 1 point 20 days ago

Would this be good for Adobe Creative Cloud?

waffle911 1 Build 1 point 18 days ago

With Ryzen 3 now here, I wonder if a similarly inexpensive build would be practical with the higher price of the Ryzen chips.

sparkyman215 1 point 17 days ago

Ry3 doesn't have an APU so it'd be required to get a dedicated video card.

waffle911 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

Derp, completely missed that not-so-small detail.

bluetube202 1 point 12 days ago

In 2017 when everyone needs a optical drive. (Just a joke).

JdogBaconMan 1 point 7 days ago

This is a great build. I recently built a computer similar to this for my dad. I did switch the case out with a Thermaltake Versa H15 case, which is a great choice because it is extremely cheap, but high quality and full metal. I also switched the Pentium out for a i3 6100, which is about 15 dollars more, and is a small step up. Other than that, it is a great budget build and I would recommend for simple tasks

Ironstone1 1 point 6 days ago

Here: improved processor, cheaper motherboard, HDD and SSD setup, wireless network card. https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Ironstone1/saved/NLnsYJ

EntityShadowz 1 point 1 day ago

I think that motherboard is way too overkill for a home pc.

superbigboybob 1 point 17 hours ago

missing gpu

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 16 hours ago

No need for a GPU with the onboard graphics on the CPU.

Ironstone1 1 point 5 hours ago

You should add Wireless Network card.

nightinthebay 0 points 1 month ago

Would it be good for gaming

benjgillett1 2 points 1 month ago

No it would be terrible for gaming as it lacks a gpu

Drekloe 1 point 28 days ago

it is a Budget Home/Office Build

ZoldoRamirez 1 point 26 days ago

Add a GTX 1050 and you could game on it, it is however CPU bound and upgrading it to an i5 or even replacing the motherboard and CPU would improve performance. Ryzen 3 would be a great choice as it has a better upgrade path but you would be paying double that of the Pentium.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Pentium G4600 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 51W
Gigabyte - GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Patriot - 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 5W - 5W
SanDisk - Ultra II 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 28W - 126W