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Budget Home/Office Build

by manirelli

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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 52W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £46.98 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £46.98 Amazon UK Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: AMD B450
£52.73 FREE £52.73 CCL Computers Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
£45.59 £1.99 £47.58 Aria PC Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480 GB - 15000 GB
  • Type: SSD
£46.80 FREE £46.80 Scan.co.uk Buy
Case £34.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £34.99 Amazon UK Buy
Power Supply £48.48 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £48.48 Amazon UK Buy
Optical Drive
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: 5.25"
£13.00 FREE £13.00 AWD-IT Buy
Base Total: £288.57
Shipping: £1.99
Total: £290.56
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

eesti 10 points 1 month ago

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

Lin_Manfu -7 points 1 month ago

There's no OS. Buying Windows 10 increases the price of this build by a third (Home) or two-thirds (Pro).

eesti 12 points 1 month ago

This has to do with my comment how?

Lin_Manfu 1 point 4 days ago

You said it was perfect.

I pointed out an imperfection in the design.

osmarks 3 points 1 month ago

You might struggle for application support a bit, but Linux exists...

atacocat 1 point 15 days ago

You can buy windows 10 from a key re seller for like 30 $

Lin_Manfu 1 point 4 days ago

I've made many mistakes in my life, but deliberately giving my debit card details to an organized crime group is not one of them.

(See also this comment: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/guide/Jd2Ff7/budget-homeoffice-build#cx3170927)

Lin_Manfu 1 point 4 days ago

Linux support for the Raven Ridge APUs is very poor (as explained in my other comment - https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/guide/Jd2Ff7/budget-homeoffice-build#cx3169687). It's the main thing stopping me from buying one.

osmarks 1 point 3 days ago

You can just install a more recent distro.

tommorox2345 2 points 1 month ago

just buy it for like $10

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 6 points 1 month ago

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

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TheQuackSavior 10 points 1 month ago

The Athlon 200GE only supports 2666Mhz.

tonikisek 3 points 1 month ago

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.

eesti 3 points 1 month ago

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

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TheBuilderBoi 3 points 1 month ago

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

Atom-Bong- 2 points 1 month ago

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.

eesti 5 points 1 month ago

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

Atom-Bong- 1 point 1 month ago

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.

EternityHaze 1 point 1 month ago

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

chimpyxx 1 point 1 month ago

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

chimpyxx 1 point 1 month ago

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

Atom-Bong- 1 point 1 month ago

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 :/

eesti -2 points 1 month ago

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

Lasezz 1 point 6 days ago

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

Flaming.GoolzZz 2 points 1 month ago

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
manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

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.

Flaming.GoolzZz 1 point 1 month ago

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.

Lasezz 1 point 6 days ago

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

Chippywhite 2 points 17 days ago

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!

Kjh176176 2 points 7 days ago

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.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

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

Kjh176176 2 points 7 days ago

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.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

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.

Kjh176176 1 point 4 days ago

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!

LightningProd 1 point 1 month ago

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.)

wayneski2 1 point 1 month ago

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
c0v3r 1 point 21 days ago

what about wifi

osmarks 1 point 12 days ago

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

vodkasalad 1 point 1 month ago

No OS?

Lin_Manfu 0 points 1 month ago

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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philip staff 10 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Key resellers are not permitted. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

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philip staff 10 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Key resellers are not permitted. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

laurenk 1 Build 2 points 19 days ago

You might want to send this as a DM from now on, because this reply in itself implies that resellers are an option. I.E. If I didn't know about them before reading your comment, then I do now and all I would have to do from here is hit up Google or Bing.

cam12321 1 point 1 month ago

can this computer run destiny 2?

Flaming.GoolzZz 1 point 1 month ago

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.

M-m-mBootz 1 point 25 days ago

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

Lasezz 1 point 6 days ago

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

serjien 1 Build 1 point 23 days ago

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.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 23 days ago

What specific motherboard did you use?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 23 days ago
serjien 1 Build 1 point 23 days ago

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?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 22 days ago

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.

bhavdabesast 1 point 19 days ago

Cheapest

ayylmao12345 1 point 18 days ago

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

callumggibson 1 point 12 days ago

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

longball62 1 point 8 days ago

Dave's Computer

abhi04op 1 point 3 days ago

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

Run_Awway -4 points 1 month ago

My suggestion

Add a cheap GPU such as a 1030 or a 1050

Better Motherboard/cooler

This would make this build alot better. Great build otherwise!

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 5 points 1 month ago

None of those things are needed for a purely home use/office machine.

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Reason:
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
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 7W
Kingston - A400 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 52W