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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 G4560. 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 G4560 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 Fractal Design Core 1100 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: 69W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $99.99 FREE $99.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$73.98 $3.99 $77.97 Newegg Business Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$42.99 $0.99 $43.98 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
$49.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $49.99 Amazon Buy
Case $44.57 $7.99 $52.56 Newegg Buy
Power Supply $54.89 -$10.00 FREE $44.89 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Optical Drive
From parametric filter
  • Capability: DVD Writer
$23.89 -$10.00 FREE $13.89 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $390.30
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $12.97
Total: $383.27
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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.

Comments Sorted by:

WirelessCables 1 Build 0 points 22 months ago

Wouldn't it be better to sacrifice the DVD writer and get a better case? It's not necessary, but it might be nice to get a small upgrade.

Besides, it's not even a Blu-Ray reader, and you can get pretty much everything off the manufacturer's website or transfer files on Google Drive or a flash drive.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

No point in spending more on a nice case for a basic home office machine. The optical drive is there as an option and not a requirement.

Adding in a blu-ray drive will add at least 100 dollars to the cost of this machine when you include software to actually playback blu-ray or a bundle with the drive.

WirelessCables 1 Build 0 points 22 months ago

No point in spending more on a nice case for a basic home office machine. The optical drive is there as an option and not a requirement.

Yeah, true. And as you said there are a bunch of options available.

Adding in a blu-ray drive will add at least 100 dollars to the cost of this machine when you include software to actually playback blu-ray or a bundle with the drive.

Yep. Pretty much the sole reason why they don't sell except for home theater PCs. In general use they're a complete waste of money.

nousernamespecified 0 points 22 months ago

This is great build, even for a HTPC setup. Here's my version of the same build (minus the storage since I already have one).

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/nousernamespecified/saved/LRPrHx

PvPdrstrange 0 points 22 months ago

I would suggest more of a G4600 if it's just an office build, but great build anyway!!

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

I would definitely add a lot more storage. Windows alone will be roughly 20GB and then you have almost no space left for anything.

atorres10 1 point 21 months ago

Then what would you recommend to add more storage to the build?

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 54W
GeIL - EVO SPEAR 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W
Inland - 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 69W