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Budget Home/Office Build

Description

CPU

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.

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 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 3 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 AMD's recommended specifications. Ryzen scales well with memory frequency so we have upped the minimum speed to DDR4-2800.

Storage

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.

Case

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.

PSU

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.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU AMD Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
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Motherboard ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Chipset: AMD B450

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$90.09
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$65.09
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Memory Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 4GB

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$48.99
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$48.99
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Storage Lexar NM600 480 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 480 GB - 15000 GB; Type: SSD

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$57.99
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$57.99
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Case Cooler Master MasterBox E300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case
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$49.95
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$49.95
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Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

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$64.99
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$49.99
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Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer

From parametric filter: Form Factor: 5.25"

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$19.75
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$19.75
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Base Total: $402.70
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $362.70
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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 19 points

The Athlon 200GE only supports 2666Mhz.

  • 8 months ago
  • 10 points

This looks like a perfect family machine, even able to handle lighter PC exclusive games like CS:GO and League of Legends

  • 8 months ago
  • 6 points

I would stretch a extra 40 dollars, for a ryzen 3 2200g, or else, a fantastic computer for a average user!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No need, get the Ryzen 3 1200 for like $3 more. The performance difference between the 1200 and 2200 is negligible in real world performance on a budget build.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You need a dedicated graphics card if you go with the 1200.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct. You have two options in this case. Either A. buy a cheap $15 video adapter and use that, or buy a card like the RX 570 for $120ish and get way better performance. Either way, the price to performance ratio is always in favor of the 1200. Now if this was a small form factor build or something that was never going to need to be upgraded the 220GE is great. However, if you want any option of cost effective upgrading in the future, the 1200 is king atm.

  • 7 months ago
  • 6 points

Hi Have recently purchased the individual items as listed (with the exception of the SSD & DVD/CD writer). Having assembled the unit and powered on there is no display. Somewhat disappointed to say the least. Have googled the problem and it appears to be common occurrence. So have tried the most commonly suggested fix, clear cmos, still no joy. Have also taken the whole thing apart again and re-assembled. Still no joy. Starting to get a little frustrated now and would appreciate some guidance as to what I might be missing or have done wrong!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

You should check that your CPU, Front Panel Connectors, display connector (hdmi), and things alike!

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  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

The PSU is an overkill for this build. If you can't spare a few more bucks to get a 2200G, you probably can't afford a semi modular PSU, too. My advice here would be just to get a cheaper PSU, there are plenty cheaper and trusted units, maybe a cheaper motherboard and spend a few more bucks on a 2200G, which originally was in this build. Even for just some browsing with 4 tabs open a 2200G is a better option. And it also has graphics good enough for some light 1080p gaming.

  • 8 months ago
  • 5 points

These builds can be easily edited for your needs, this is just a suggestion

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  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Could the Corsair CX450 be added to the PSU panametric filter?

(Also might be a good idea to add a note that getting a Ryzen 3 2200G would be a better if an Athlon isn't enough for the end user.)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Is everything compatible in this build? Someone said CPU supports 2666Mhz only or something? Planning on putting GT 1030 in this aswell, i have budget room for a slightly better ram or cpu aswell i think, but may just stick w/ this.

  • 8 months ago
  • 6 points

If you want a GT 1030, just throw in the 2200G instead of the 200GE

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

i already have the 1030 now, Was using as upgrade to current system, but decided this PC from 2008 has lasted long enough, and my mobo doesnt detect new gpu's properly anyways. My budget is tight but i can make this build happen, So you say 2200G instead of 200GE, is this saving money or granting better performance? Link it if you dont mind.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think that's what he means, the 2200G has an intergrated gpu comparable to a GT 1030.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I would get the 2200g, its a bit better with 2 more cores

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

2200g is more expensive, but more preformance for sure.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking i could find a better CPU without integrated graphics for alot cheaper, since i have this gt1030 now, Not sure what'd be compatible with this build tho :/

  • 8 months ago
  • -1 points

I would sell off the GT 1030 and get a 2200G

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Or even throw in the 150$ 2400g. Even though the price to performance won't be as great it will be better then the 200ge with a 1030

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Wouldn't this be a much better list for the price? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $87.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard ASRock - B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Team - L5 LITE 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $17.80 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Case Rosewill - SCM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill - 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $305.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-17 21:31 EDT-0400
  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Single channel RAM is definitely a hindrance to any system. Storage needs vary but the vast majority of home/office builds don't need anything close to 1TB+ of storage.

I always select quality power supplies and not whatever happens to be the least expensive.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I understand what you mean about the single channel ram, but it is the cheapest ram (that I can find using the filters) even in the slower speeds range. As for the storage I do understand what you mean with 1TB+ being a lot of storage but some people will use this part list for budget gaming and as a family pc (meaning that some people will have movies, documents from multiple people, etc.) so thats why I justified 1TB storage, and I don't really think people will have that many apps on the SSD that it will get full but idk. For the PSU I chose it because, yes although it is on the cheaper side of the PSU's it does have 4 stars not only on PCPP but on pretty much every website selling it such as Amazon, Newegg, and OutletPC so from what I can tell its pretty reliable.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

There are cheaper 80+ units from trusted brand like corsair & seasonic around 30ish USD at all times. Also at this budget single channel will make s difference but you are paying 300 for a PC lol you get what you get

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah... I'd be a bit cautious with that PSU. As for me... well, don't ask me to make a budget system, just look at my saved builds and you'll find that I happen to obsess a lot over clean insides and minimum cables, usually resulting in some expensive stuff. But if I had to make a recommendation, I'd probably change the default list to use a 120GB WD Green M.2 and that's about it. Maybe 250GB M.2. However, you can always just change it up as you need, as others have pointed out.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

This build won't work out of the box. Mobo BIOS needs to be updated in order to support 200GE, which requires the Mobo to be updated before delivery, or you need to use a temporary older processor to boot into the BIOS for a flash update, then swap out to the 200GE. RAM frequency might also be an issue...2400 may be a safer bet.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Which motherboard are you looking at? Currently seeing this board which is compatible with all BIOS versions https://www.asrock.com/MB/AMD/B450M-HDV%20R4.0/index.asp#CPU

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

https://www.asrock.com/MB/AMD/B450M-HDV%20R4.0/index.asp#BIOS See description for BIOS v. 2.20 and up.

I bought these components and it won't post. Although it could also be the RAM frequency. I used 2800 and will be trying 2400 shortly w/ a Ryzen 2200GE.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Supported on all BIOS versions: https://www.asrock.com/MB/AMD/B450M-HDV%20R4.0/index.asp#CPU

The BIOS notes aren't a great place to look for that information as it could simply mean "improved" support, better overclocking, more stability, etc.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok so I finally figured out my problem with this build. You are correct, the Mobo and processors are compatible out of the box. The problem with this build is the RAM frequency. I tried the same combo with a Ryzen 3 2200G and it also didn't post. When I switched out the 2800 MHz ram with 2x 2400 MHz Ballistic sticks, it posted! Check out this page for more info re: processor and RAM frequency compatibility. https://www.asrock.com/MB/AMD/B450M-HDV%20R4.0/index.asp#Specification. it's more specific to the Ryzen series processors but it may help others in troubleshooting. Thanks and good luck!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I just finished building this PC, hooked everything up powers up no signal to monitor with any video outputs. Any ideas? ASRock B450M HDV r4.0 Athlon 200ge

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

UPDATE Ordered a set of 2400 MHz 2x4 Crucial Ballistic RAM, plugged them in and it worked perfectly posted and got into the BIOS just fine. DO NOT i repeat DO NOT waste your money buying the 2800 MHz RipJaws V IT WILL NOT POST!!!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Is ripjaws a bad brand? I got the 2800 mhz first time (pc didn't post) and heard the athlon cpu only supports 2666 MHz so i returned that and got the ripjaws 2666 2x4 ( still didn't post).I saw another user who also used Ballistic 2400MHz 2x4 ram and that fixed his issue. This has to be the problem.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I can confirm Ballistic 2400 MHz worked perfectly... if you look on the mobo website 2800 isn't listed as a recognized speed it goes 2666 to 2933(or whatever it is)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It isn't a bad brand, but you just have to get the right speed. For some reason, some ASRocks (and other budget boards) don't support very high speeds, so sometimes it's the mobo that's causing the issues.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $91.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard *MSI - B450M PRO-M2 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory *G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $55.98 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.89 @ OutletPC
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox E300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply *Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.89 @ OutletPC
Optical Drive *Lite-On - iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $13.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $434.62
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $394.62
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-06 12:56 EST-0500
  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

what about wifi

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Just find a cheap PCIe WiFi card and add it if you must, or even a USB WiFi thing.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

No OS?

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

This is particularly important because the Raven Ridge processors still don't have good support on Linux. They require kernel 4.19, which isn't available with e.g. the latest Ubuntu 18.10. And that's only for the CPU aspect. As far as I know, there's no official or unofficial driver for the Vega graphics side of the Athlon 200GE.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

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  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Laurenk is right.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

can this computer run destiny 2?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

No lmao, like you probably can with more ram (16 gb but 8gb might be just enough) and a 570 or 580 so like around 150-200$ added to this build and you would need a better cpu so another 40$ for the 2200g.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

HECK TO THE NO! You will need more RAM and need an entire Graphics Card. A good one to look at is the AMD RX 570 or 580. 570s are going for $140-160 and 580s for around $180-230. On top of that, the 200GE is horrible! Get an AMD Ryzen 2200G

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

the 200GE is horrible!

Well, for gaming, but not a horrible cpu in general. Its one of the best bang for your buck cpu's.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, one that can only work with 2666mhz...

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need more then that for office use lol.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, is it worth compromising on the things I did in order to get a newer CPU with newer graphics?)))) https://pcpartpicker.com/list/TXK4bX

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

This would be a more rounded superior build https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tjdWpG

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Has anyone tried building this one? I got all the parts and put it together and nothing. I read some reviews on a sellers website and some people were saying that this MB does not work with AMD Athlon 200GE. I tried clearing the CMOS but still nothing.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

What specific motherboard did you use?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

CPU is supported on all BIOS versions https://www.asrock.com/MB/AMD/B450M-HDV%20R4.0/index.asp#CPU

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I may have gotten a dead MB.

Also, the RAM I got is not listed as supported on their website, but it did not come up as having compatibility issues here.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231894

Should I try a different one just in case?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd suggest making a post on our troubleshooting forum. The memory QVL is only a small subset of hardware that the manufacturer white-listed for compatibility and is not all-inclusive.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheapest

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

as a budget boi, i'd probably use this for esports gaming and stuff, great build tho

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is absolutely HORRIBLE for gaming. You MIGHT get 10fps at lowest graphics at 1080p.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you understand that this is a office computer. It's ment for typing up stuff.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

And obviously it needs to have multiple applications open. People buying an office computer won’t close apps that they don’t use always.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

laughs in lowspecgamer

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at beQuiet! 300w PSU's instead. Very quiet and probably more reliable.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair is one of, if not the most reputable PSU manufacturers on the market

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

They sure are! I've got one myself. Doesn't mean they don't have a few lemons.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, but at least with 450 watts you get some more upgradability, especially since it's a B450 motherboard.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, for over 80 bucks.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Dave's Computer

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

No, you'd have to play on 720p low settings with the athlon 200ge and its integrated vega 3. Maybe even lower.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

That's why it's titled as a home and office build, not a gaming one.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You should probably downgrade the PSU for some money to buy the 2200G. It performs much better than the 200GE and it's only an extra $40.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm kind of new to this whole 'build your own pc' thing so I just wanted to ask if this computer would be able to download and smoothly run graphic design programs like adobe photoshop, adobe illustrator, affinity designer, etc.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't listen to that guy, times have changed for photoshop. I would go with a slightly better CPU since the Ryzen 3 1200 is only like $5 more than the 200GE and offers a lot more performance, but moreso, you would want a decent GPU for Adobe products. The RX570 is a good budget option at around $125, and the RX580 with 8gb vram is a solid choice at around $200. Adobe, as well as a lot of other companies, started moving over to GPU usage for rendering a while ago.

This is the budget option mind you. If you want to get something more in the mid grade of components I would look into the Ryzen 5 CPUs as well as more ram. Something like this https://pcpartpicker.com/list/fzVs9J

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

HECK TO THE NO! You would need an AMD 2200G or an Intel Core i3 7100. The reason I chose an i3 is because it runs my apps smoothly. The high 3.9Ghz clock speed makes up for the 2 cores.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

The psu and ram is an overkill but the rest is pretty gud

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man I like it and may build it myself one day.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Easy to use!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this run fortnite at 100 fps+?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

NAW FAM

2200G can only run it at about 45 or so.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

There is no reason to buy a 200GE at the moment even at it's low price. People constantly overlook the Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 5 1600. at time of writing, the R3 1200 is $65 and the R5 1600 is $109. Compare this to the 200GE at $62, and Ryzen 3 2200 at $92 and the price to performance numbers are crazy in favor of going with the alternative.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Neither the 1200 or 1600 have an IGP which makes them awful choices for a home office build as they require a GPU to be added to the build.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

$15 of basic video adapter says otherwise ;P The price to performance is still way in favor of the 1200 and 1600.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the process with a computer without the ability to generate video to create a signal to a video adapter?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I see a link to it?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anyone know if the https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/B450M%20Pro4/ Motherboard will have the same RAM issue?

Here is my alternative build https://pcpartpicker.com/list/DBGyGG

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

There is no RAM issue.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi guys, just a question. Does this even work?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, this build works.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet thanks

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, depends. Make sure everything's compatible, some have said that RAM is been causing issues for some, but it might just be a bad batch thing. Generally should be good though.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I am curious to know if this pc would be able to run any games?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, people, just to clear up things:

If you are having a problem posting, it may likely be with the RAM being too fast or unsupported. According to some comments, it appears that the mobo shown may not support anything above 2400-2600MHz, because 2666MHz is where some are having issues. Always check that first.

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