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Build Guide

Budget Home/Office Build

by manirelli

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



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 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.


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
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$83.25 FREE $83.25 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$39.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $39.99 Amazon Buy
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 $24.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $24.99 Amazon 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: $271.10
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Total: $261.10
* 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

  • ASRock - B250M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Rosewill - RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

antonisz 3 points 15 months ago

For an office build might want to consider an optiplex. Was able to pick up a i7 4790 with 8 gb of ram for 300 on eBay, which is grossly overpowered for an office machine. Cheaper options run in the 150 - 250 range.

Broke_Bad 1 point 14 months ago

That's perfect! Thanks for that. Hitting up Ebay now.

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build -4 points 15 months ago

Damn. Get youse a new motherboard, case, 8gb kit of ram and a decent gpu and you're in business

dogemasta117 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

So....... a new PC ?

Crazycatman 4 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Prices are a mess, IMO (From this time of year and Cryto Currency BTW). ALL my PC parts used in my build, that I did not no longer need, were dedicated to a pc of $235, for my G&G and Aunt, for letting me and my family visit staying at their house for 2 times a year, and visiting us in Florida from Michigan (No one in our family's fly) for 5 years in a row. same parts of this build, CPU, PSU. I had these from April. Might I add as the PSU handled my 430W (i7-7700k at 5.3GHz, and near 980 performance GTX 1060 6GB Overclocked by me) Not bad PSU considering a h100i and multiple case lights, fans, ram, HDDS, and more have been on about 24/7 for 8 Months.

If eBay was ever part of PCPP. But that is ok, most people look there first too!

everybodyvscapcom 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/everybodyvscapcom/saved/7wYZ8d AMD version. you could also switch out the 240 GB SSD for a 480 GB and get rid of the HDD

GamingRazor -1 points 14 months ago

The case is ugly

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Drekloe 1 Build 3 points 15 months ago

64 GB SSD?!?!

raleigh.cunningham 3 points 15 months ago

right!? I guess you could boot a linux distro off of it, but at $40, there's better options that'll easily hold Windows and a few programs

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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