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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 AMD Athlon 200GE. This processor has two cores, onboard graphics, and is aptly suited for all software in the Microsoft Office suite or the comparable open source offerings. The Athlon 200GE 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 B450 chipset and an AM4 socket for compatibility with the Athlon 200GE. They also include 2 DIMM slots for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and are capable of using the CPU's integrated Radeon Vega 8 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 AMD's recommended specifications. Ryzen scales well with memory frequency so we have upped the minimum speed to DDR4-2800.


We're also using parametric filters to select the best priced 480GB or larger solid state drive. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to change out capacities to fit yours or swap to a high capacity hard drive if storage space is more important.


The Cooler Master MasterBox E300L 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 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 units which are all rated for good power efficiency and can provide plenty of power for this build.

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Estimated Wattage: 52W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $51.90 FREE $51.90 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: AMD B450
$69.99 -$10.00 FREE $59.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$44.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $44.99 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
$49.99 FREE $49.99 Adorama Buy
Case $38.21 -$10.00 $5.99 $34.20 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply $69.90 -$20.00 FREE $49.90 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Optical Drive
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: 5.25"
$13.99 $13.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Base Total: $338.97
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $5.99
Total: $304.96
* 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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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor 4W - 35W
Patriot - Viper 4 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 7W
Lexar - NS100 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 52W