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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 Rosewill Ranger M 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 as well as one external 3.5” bay that you could use to house an SD card reader. 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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 66W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU
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
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$49.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $49.99 Amazon Buy
Case $24.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $24.99 Amazon 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: $270.73
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $4.98
Total: $255.71
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

  • Asus - PRIME B250M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Rosewill - FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

Metrix_Terabyte 4 points 17 months 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 17 months 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 16 months ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

with that dual core maybe 3-4 years.

achang326 1 point 16 months 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 15 months ago

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

Better performance with great upgradeability on a lower price.

Misdad 0 points 17 months ago

Set 1

roybishop -3 points 16 months 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 -4 points 16 months ago

it looks crap there is no video card and power supply

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 4 points 16 months 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 3 points 16 months ago

ok thank you

mprime-xi 3 points 16 months 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 1 point 16 months ago

ok

Silver4Life -6 points 16 months ago

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

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 9 points 16 months ago

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

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
GeIL - EVO SPEAR 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W
Inland - 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 66W