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Budget Home/Office Build

by manirelli

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27 Comments

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice for this home/office machine is the Intel Pentium G4560. 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 G4560 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 FBM-05 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.

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.

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eryhaker 2 points 15 days ago

How does it perform on Minecraft?

Snow_with_Salsa 2 points 7 days ago

This should handle Minecraft no problem. I would add a 2gb graphics card.

eryhaker 2 points 2 days ago

I was joking lmao

Thandragh 1 point 1 day ago

Hhahaha for some reason I laughed a heap when I saw this XD

Planemaster 1 point 27 days ago

Personally, I'd go with a G4600 due to the better integrated graphics. I know it isn't a gaming system but it should be worth it for any basic graphical tasks that require a little extra muscle.

BaRoMeTrIc 2 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

From experience I can tell you that case is horrible I ordered one from Amazon a while back. Go with a cheap corsair or cooler master.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

What do you expect from a $30 case? Corsair has no cases that cheap outside of the rare fire sale and any CM case that cheap will be old and equally as a bad.

BaRoMeTrIc 2 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

I didn't expect much from a 30 case but I also didn't expect for it to **** my finger open and the side panel to be thinner than a homeless man's undies.

agavaga123123 1 point 6 days ago

Personally if I don't have budget over 600 dollars i wouldn't even consider buying pc.Buy ps/xbox for games or save up some money.If you don't need pc for games then this is really good build.Thumbs up

ZoldoRamirez 3 points 4 days ago

Some people who don't have that kind of budget are usually people who want to get into PC gaming, but I see your point. You need at least 450 dollars for a gaming PC. And this is for a home or office build.

borisovt23 1 point 1 day ago

You realize an X-Box 1 is $500 and the PS-4 is $400 dollars. Plus, you are going to pay $60 a year for internet for PS4 and X-Box 1, and the price of games that you want. New games are $50-60 new. You can use a PC like this for so many more things other than gaming. It's an all purpose PC and the internet is free. Games are cheaper on PC and your PC is customizable and runs at a higher fps than most consoles. So its a better choice to get a PC. What happens if the game you want in the future isn't backwards compatible with the console you have?

sniperunrepeat 1 point 1 day ago

Consoles dont cost $500

sniperunrepeat 1 point 1 day ago

Why? A console powered PC is about $350 and will be backwards compatible with all PC games as well as have the ability to emulate consoles, do non-gaming things, and play any game at higher framerates than consoles at higher resolutions and higher settings.

borisovt23 1 point 1 day ago

You can get rid of the optical drive, get an HDD and add a graphics card. Watch Austin Evan's $350 Gaming PC Build video on youtube.

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

there is no need to add a GPU to a home/office PC.

sniperunrepeat 1 point 1 day ago

This isn't a gaming PC, its a budget PC for minesweeper and MS Office

LeonardoFolchi 1 point 11 hours ago

nice build

anis414 0 points 26 days ago

so many overkill parts....

Gameborn 0 points 15 days ago

Why do you need optical drive?

borisovt23 1 point 1 day ago

no, everything you need for software these days is download which can go on usb drive

Man3500 -2 points 27 days ago

Ho tradotto questa guida in italiano, se a qualcuno serve essa si trova nel mio account nella sezione Build Guides

Megarocket16 -13 points 27 days ago

First!

vagabond139 5 Builds 8 points 26 days ago

To get downvoted.

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 25 days ago

Savage

firebombzero -2 points 27 days ago

First what?

Man3500 -3 points 27 days ago

hahah

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manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 54W
Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Patriot 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 5W - 5W
PNY CS1111 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 28W - 129W