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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 Rosewill FBM-01 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 two 5.25" bays 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
$49.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $49.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$87.99 FREE $87.99 SuperBiiz Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$129.99 FREE $129.99 Adorama Buy
Case $19.36 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $19.36 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $44.89 -$10.00 $34.89 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Optical Drive
From parametric filter
  • Capability: DVD Writer
$10.99 FREE $10.99 Newegg Marketplace Buy
Base Total: $430.09
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Total: $420.09
* 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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Metrix_Terabyte 3 points 1 month ago

You could throw in a GT-1030 or even a Low Profile 1050 Ti and you could play some games on it. I also feel that the B250 is extravagant because the G4560 isn't an overclockable CPU.

Qwertylops 5 points 1 month ago

The B150 is within $1 at the time of writing this comment though. The best way to cut cost would be use a cheap 120gb SSD for the OS and get a ~500gb 7200 HDD for storage. I priced that option to be notably cheaper than the current SSD only.

NumberCruncher2 1 point 1 month ago

What do you think the life expectancies of this set up would be as a basic non gaming home pc?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 23 days ago

with that dual core maybe 3-4 years.

achang326 1 point 22 days ago

This seems pretty cool.

Have you built this already? I'm trying to build something for my gramps and he just writes emails and surfs the web so not sure if this would be perfect for him.

FanisIsANerd 1 point 8 days ago

Here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/9b3pqk

Better performance with great upgradeability on a lower price.

Misdad 0 points 1 month ago

Set 1

roybishop -4 points 1 month ago

Consider Samsung MZ-N5E500BW 850 EVO M.2-2280 SSD 500GB $168.00 as an alternative to the 2.5" SSD. This motherboard has an M.2 slot on it.

jayden-birt101 -5 points 25 days ago

it looks crap there is no video card and power supply

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 4 points 25 days ago

There is no need for a dedicated GPU on a build like this and a PSU is included. Please keep your comments polite and civil.

jayden-birt101 2 points 24 days ago

ok thank you

mprime-xi 3 points 25 days ago

This is an office build, so the integrated graphics will do just fine. It’s not intended to game, so there isn’t anything that wil stress it. There is a PSU, it’s just not on the bottom since there is an optical drive. Please read next time.

jayden-birt101 0 points 24 days ago


Silver4Life -7 points 1 month ago

I'd ditch the ssd, add a ryzen 3 1200, and add a RX 550

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 9 points 1 month ago

This is a home office build and not a gaming machine.