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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 Apevia X-QTIS-BK 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.


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 $107.95 $107.95 Vuugo Buy
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
$87.99 $87.99 Newegg Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$61.55 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $61.55 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$175.23 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $175.23 Amazon Canada Buy
Case $39.99 $39.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Power Supply $44.75 $44.75 Vuugo Buy
Optical Drive
From parametric filter
  • Capability: DVD Writer
$15.99 $15.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Total: $533.45
* 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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DOGALD 3 points 1 month ago

I would game on this just get an hdd instead and a gtx 1030 and boom gaming machine!

dobieg 3 points 1 month ago

I'm thinking of building this computer and installing Linux for the OS. Does anyone know if there would be any issues installing Linux on this set-up?

apbast 1 point 1 month ago

This is it

fromkrypton 1 point 1 month ago

very good i love it

ray135 1 point 1 month ago

I don't recommend getting an SSD with this build. You can get over twice the storage for almost $100 less if you get an HDD, and maybe spend $70 on a 1030, which performs similarly to the 750Ti.

Ironstone1 2 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

SSD reduce time it takes to load programs. graphics card not required for a home/office build.

ray135 1 point 1 month ago

I know a graphics card isn't required; that's why I said "maybe." I was just offering an alternative.

An SSD isn't required either, and if you're looking to save money, then it makes sense to not spend a $100 on faster booting and loading. You could pocket that money or use it to buy Windows. Buying an SSD isn't a bad decision, but it's not one I would do if I were looking to save money.

Ironstone1 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Even a cheap SSD can give you a HUGE performance boost. It is worth while spending a bit extra even on a budget. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j84eEjP-RL4

ray135 1 point 1 month ago

I have an SSD (gaming rig), so I understand that the difference is very noticeable, but I still wouldn't get one if I was looking to save money.

But like a said before, buying an SSD is fine. It just depends on how much loading/booting matters to you.

Also, do you think buying a 480gb for this build is a good idea? I'd recommend a smaller one with an HDD, or maybe compromise with a hybrid. Saves money, faster speed than an HDD alone, and more storage.

Ironstone1 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Windows only uses around 30GB of storage capacity. 120GB SSD should be fine for the boot drive. I would then also get a 1TB HDD, for all your files.

HDD + SSD is best route to go. Hybrid drives normally only have a very small amount of solid state storage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2XfFz83TDA

Hybrid drives are not worth there price, if you are on a very tight budget and can't afford an SSD, then just get a HDD. Dont waste your money on a hybrid.

Here you go:

CPU: Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor (£69.19 @ Aria PC)

Motherboard: MSI - H110M ECO Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£39.98 @ Ebuyer)

Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£59.30 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: SanDisk - SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£48.99 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.99 @ Aria PC)

Case: Zalman - T2 Plus MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£23.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)

Power Supply: EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (£33.79 @ Aria PC)

Optical Drive: Lite-On - iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer (£12.46 @ PC World Business)

Total: £329.69

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-04 07:06 BST+0100

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KRATOSS1 1 point 1 month ago

im looking for a machines that can open up to 6 virtual machines at the same time ,the processor on this one has virtualization which was a surprise thought only i3 and up has that,8 gigs of ram is not enough need 16gb min but since i dont need the case psu or the optical drive this well cost me 300 dollar i guess

Mobi 3 points 1 month ago

If you're actually trying to run 6 serious VMs at the same time, You might want something better than a Pentium G4XXX series processor. Additionally you'd probably want far more storage for the virtual HDDs alongside whatever else you need on you computer.

Normally I'd say get a Ryzen Processor since you'll get more resources, but I've personally noticed VM support can be a bit buggy at the moment. It's getting better, but if you seriously need these VMs I'd stick to intel at least till the end of the year (should be enough time for Virtualbox and co to get their stuff in order). Also I've noticed Hyper-V works pretty flawlessly on my Ryzen 1700X system, haven't bothered to try VMware Workstation yet although I've heard it's hit or miss.

If you're willing to wait a little and do some debugging however, Ryzen offers such a better deal in terms of what processing power.

Anyways, for 6 VMs at once you'll REALLY want an i7 or at least an i5 (no Hyperthreading though). You might want a lower end GPU (think 450/460 ot 1050/1040) to use for GPU pass though if that's something that interests you.

KRATOSS1 1 point 1 month ago

cool thanks ,even though i want to use 6 VMs ill be just browsing on firfox ,and considering the fact that my 2nd gen i3 is handling three though a bit slow ,i thought a Pentium is enough but either way ill wait to get Ryzen

Destrcutoid 1 point 1 month ago

Has anyone actually built this pic and had it work ?

Nater650 1 point 1 month ago

Why non modular rather than a semi or fully modular PSU?

duckmancow123 1 point 14 days ago


Fordrules1966 0 points 1 month ago

Honestly i dont think for a home office build you would need 8GB of ram max 6 and for you psu you only need a 300W or maybe a 350W and you could of gone with a cheaper motherboard that would be just fine

Planemaster 2 points 27 days ago

PSU is based more off the quality. Most PSU's rated at 300 - 350W aren't exactly great.

ericko 0 points 1 month ago

I think this parts list is the REAL BUDGET OFFICE/GAMING PC! Enjoy:)

Component Selection Price

AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $104.88 Buy Motherboard

ASRock - A320M-DGS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $49.99 Buy Memory

Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $67.99 Buy Storage

Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.79 Buy Video Card

Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Mini Video Card $112.99 Buy Case

DIYPC - Solar-M1-R ATX Mid Tower Case $34.97 Buy Power Supply

Antec - Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply $25.99 Buy Total: $442.60

DopeAF123 1 point 2 days ago

does this RAM speed affect Risen performance in any way?