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Guide

Budget Home/Office Build

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice for this home/office machine is the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G. This processor has four cores, onboard graphics, and is aptly suited for all software in the Microsoft Office suite or the comparable open source offerings. The Ryzen 3 2200G 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 Ryzen 3 2200G. 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.

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 Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 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.

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CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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Motherboard ASRock B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard

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Memory G.Skill Trident Z 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2800 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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Storage ADATA SU630 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

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

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Case Deepcool MATREXX 30 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
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Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

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Optical Drive Samsung SH-118CB/BEBE DVD/CD Drive

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 5 points

To think that not too long ago, a PC of this power/speed wouldn't be possible at this price. Times really have changed it seems, for the better. This is a great PC build, I'd look forward to building something like this for an entry-level budget.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Ikr back then in 2015/16 300 dollar will get you 2cores and no powerful gpu god thank you amd

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  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

See if you can push the RAM to 16GB, it will be much better

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, the integrated graphics share ram memory, and you'd be much better with more than 8gb

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Great, and you could slap a rx 580 or 590 on for high speed gaming, hell a 570 would work!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Can it game? (Sorry if this is a dumb question btw i am very new to pc's)

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Kinda, but you are going to need to drop your settings and resolution

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-3-2200g-raven-ridge-cpu,5472-3.html

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

LowSpecGamer intensifies

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

If you wanted to game, I would swap for the Ryzen 5 2400G. Still integrated graphics, but gives you a lot more processing speed and a graphics boost. I would also swap to 16 gb ram since the integrated graphics will borrow from the ram to run. Of course, you'll also need more storage to store your games, so a larger ssd or hdd would be good. Overall, though, you can get an entry-level pc for around 500 bucks with this build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It will do decently, you can play all games at 1080p low

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Why would you need a 2200g for a home/office build?

  • 3 months ago
  • 5 points

Flexibility and great price/performance. You are getting a multithreaded APU that can easily handle office tasks and doesn't require the purchase of a separate GPU.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Because a Celeron only saves you 20 bucks at the cost of a lot of performance.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Hi, I need some help. I finished building this pc yesterday and went to test it on my tv screen using hdmi. Nothing showed on the screen so I waited till today to test on an actual computer monitor. Same issue, pc turns on but no display. I tried reconnecting most of the components like ram, ssd, disc drive but nothing. Any suggestions on what to do would be much appreciated, last resort is to go to a tech shop :/

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Please make a post on the troubleshooting forum.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Done

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

There are no replies on his post, aside from mine.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Make sure the power supply is connected to a working power outlet and all the parts that need to be connected. Check if your motherboard is cracked if it is, you'll have to buy a new one

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's cheap if your on a budget buy it

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Could this work at a HTPC? Would it be able to show 4K video like Netflix?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, even intel integrated graphics can do 4k video at 30/24fps, the bottle neck will be your internet connection, so you might need use a wired connection to your router instead of wifi.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a plethora of Nintendo cartridges that I want to convert to roms as well as dvd/blue rays to digital... is this enough computer to do that? I’m assuming it comes down more to hard drive for all the data that’s going to take up, but how hefty of a graphics card do I really need for old N64 / Super Nintendo games?

Haven’t built a computer before, but I’m cheap and I don’t want to get hustled by an overpriced Best Buy computer, so I’ll take a stab at building my own

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

This will be more than enough. Believe it or not, despite how bulky old cartridges are, they have almost no data. I have, for example, my entire library of NES, SNES, and N64 games, over 500 games in total, all in ROM format on my computer. Takes up less than 5GB in total. As far as graphics card, the one in this build will easily power you through not just running those games, but you could easily upscale to 1080p using emulators and experience the games in a higher quality than they were ever intended to be viewed in. I recommend you pickup two programs for making an emulation station: Retroarch to run your games, and Launchbox to organize and launch them.

If you wanted to get a bit more involved though, look up Retropie (it's a project for raspberry pi) and then just by a Vilros or Canakit Raspberry Pi 3B+ kit on amazon. For $60-$80 you could make a pocket sized computer that can run anything from NES, SNES, and N64, or even some lighter PSX (Playstation Classic) games. The Vilros kit even comes with two retro SNES style controllers, though they aren't very high quality, they work either way.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Wow thank you for the tips, lot of good info in one response, I appreciate it

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What about the Ryzen 3 3200g?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Use it if you want to

  • 3 months ago
  • -1 points

You will have to get a different motherboard to use a 3rd gen Ryzen

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

False, 3rd Gen will work with this board. Just not boards with the (B,x)3xx Chipsets. Though you will not have new features like PCI-E 4.0.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-x570-chipset-first-gen-ryzen-support,39474.html

EDIT: Just make sure the bios is entirely up to date prior to putting the 3rd gen in.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

But now companies roll out BIOS update for 3xx mobo that support 3rd gen soooo...

Just don't

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for all the build guides, wonderful site. I have a question though. I want a pc build thats cheap right now, and when i get paid again next month ill have another 500 bucks to spend on upgrading. If i were to buy this build right now, what upgrades would I get in the future and what should i look out for compatibility wise? I have maybe 400 to 500 i can spend now, so i have some leg room to make sure i get future proof parts on this build right now. Any suggestions? Thank you for your help!

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

For starters, you could upgrade to a 3000 series AMD cpu, then upgrade the motherboard (required with the cpu upgrade).

Secondarily, getting 16GB of RAM (8x2)

Finally, add a graphics card later

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Those were my exact thoughts. But i was wondering what motherboard should i upgrade too?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You might not need to upgrade to x570 or x470 depending on the CPU you choose. Many b450 boards could handle a cpu like a ryzen 5 3400g.

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 points

Little modified: You can get this mobo and the new CPU, contact AMD for a CPU to update the BIOS, and send the free CPU back. Boom. Functional.

Also, you could get an M.2 instead of the 2.5" SSD, which will help a bit on cables.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This is a great PC for the Price! https://pcpartpicker.com/b/PYsZxr#comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this motherboard+CPU combo handle dual monitor setup?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

mmm

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I am ordering these parts to be sent to my nephew on the other side of the country so he can learn by doing. Any suggestions for videos or guides on teaching him how to put it together, now that he has all the parts?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Our youtube channel has a variety of builds showing the process from start to finish: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXQpf5LtNl7dbmZlxlFIO_w

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there. Do you know if this particular build will make the computer laggy when I play games, such as The Sims 3 or Skyrim? Thank you.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You will need to adjust settings

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

First time builder......I'd like to be sure that this set up could support two monitors. Not gaming.... just basic home office functions. Still thinking of going with 16g and a 1T SSD. Thanks for the input!

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

It should support 2 monitors.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

how long is this computer going to be on this site? I want to build this but it is going to take me three months and I do not know how long to expect to be able to get to this post. Thanks.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

You can click 'customize this part list' and then save it to your account. We generally update the guides every 1-2 months.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

dont you still have to buy a cpu cooler if you pick this build?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The cpu comes with a cooler.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anyone know if this build would be good for premiere pro video editing at 1080p?

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Naaah...

You'd need a decent amount of extra power. At least a 2600 and an RTX 2060 or something rather. (Or, God forbid, even more.)

Mind cutting down to 720p? Maybe. Just maybe. But probably not.

(And yes, I'm replying to a 2-month old comment.)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question, I haven't built a PC in about 14 years and that was with my dad. Now my boy is asking me for a PC for gaming and streaming, is this any good? Can I add a dedicated graphics card?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I would at least look at the entry level or modest build guides if he plans to game and stream instead of this one.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that's helpful. I'll take a look at those instead

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can this play R6S?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

would this do well for video editing and stuff light blender ?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hello,

I’m looking for a Cheap PC to build an emulation station but PI 3+ is too limited for what i want to do. So , except for the PS3, do you think it will be possible to emulate till Wii u/ 3ds with this build or else which changes would you do for staying on a cheap price ?

Thank you.

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

This should be very good for any emulation as is, but with how Nintendo makes their consoles (aka motion controls and other gadgets), not sure if you could play them very well, control-wise.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

what about those 750GB 7200RPMs out there?

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Bit slower than an SSD - or a lot slower, maybe. Then again, probably about the same price for a bit more space.

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

boot up w/ 60gb ssd

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Then you might be better off investing in one. I still boot from a 7200RPM 160GB HDD, and believe me, it sucks, so you will need an SSD.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I personally would knock out the optical drive and use a https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FGPKHx/amd-ryzen-5-2400g-36ghz-quad-core-processor-yd2400c5fbbox but if thats a bit too much, then just keep the base build (even the optical drive) because i am sure that it could do about any office task and run non AAA games at low or even medium

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

So, for my first build, I decided to go with something low-end. Overall, for winging it, this went smoothly. Deepcool 30 MicroATX has absolutely no guide/manual to go with. So I kept at it, no biggie. Only one real hitch.

Corsair CXM450w Bronze is not immediately compatible with the ASRock B450M motherboard - ATX12V is a 4-pin setup on the motherboard, and the dedicated PSU line is an 8-pin. The PSU does have the option for 4+4, but that's not standard in the package, and doesn't seem to be something Corsair offers to go with the CXM450w Bronze. On to another third (thirteenth??) party.

I did bump up the ram to 16Gb so I'm looking forward to that for my million continuous tabs of Google chrome. Almost got it up and running in a few hours. Oh well. So much for parametric filters!

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

The 8pin splits into a 4+4.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah it took a little bit of reading up on this and I found that, so I just logged in to correct myself, and here you are. Thanks! Awesome build!

Could you tell me if there's any priority of the sides on the 8pin, meaning, do I use the left 4, right 4, or middle 4?

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 points

They should be identical.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

All,

Apologies in advance if the following are noob questions, but:

  1. In this build list, there are no internal cables listed. What about drive and power cables...what do I need?

  2. I'd like to bump the RAM up to 16GB. Any issue with that when using the recommended MOBO? Thanks in advance.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

All cables are included with the stuff - or should be. If not, I don't know what kind of company we're buying stuff from.

RAM isn't an issue as long as it's not going to exceed the RAM slots and motherboard/CPU limit.

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

There is a problem with this build that only a few people are having and the problem that we are having is that we are not getting any display. The CPU and the MOBO are not compatible in some cases. It has to be something to do with the BIOS. I updated mine to the one right below the newest version and still nothing. ASRock doesn't recommend updating to the newest BIOS if you have a raven ridge CPU. I know there is a compatibility issue because I swapped out the CPU for a Ryzen 7 and I cant remember what GPU we used but everything worked fine. even tried the CPU in this build with the GPU and still did not get a display.

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

A godsend, with just one issue: What happened to PSU prices? It seems like they're going out of control or something.

Also, if there's an M.2 slot on that board, that current SSD could possibly be traded for an M.2 of a similar price. I would have to get back on that one. The user can modify the build to their desired liking, but just a little recommendation. As said in a comment above, to each their own.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

I would personally do this instead and save $15. Motherboard has 4 ram slots so it would be easy to upgrade to 16gb later.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8cZ7kd

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

You lose reliability with a worse PSU, I would personally suggest foregoing the optical drive, but people have different needs

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The whole point of it is budget not safety or quality... Your choice knocks it up an extra 10$

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

To each their own. Thanks.

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