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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 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.


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 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.


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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Planemaster 1 point 23 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.

eryhaker 1 point 12 days ago

How does it perform on Minecraft?

Snow_with_Salsa 1 point 4 days ago

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

agavaga123123 1 point 3 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 1 point 1 day 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.

Man3500 0 points 23 days ago

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

anis414 0 points 23 days ago

so many overkill parts....

Gameborn 0 points 11 days ago

Why do you need optical drive?

BaRoMeTrIc 2 Builds 0 points 9 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 4 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 4 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.

Megarocket16 -10 points 24 days ago


vagabond139 5 Builds 7 points 23 days ago

To get downvoted.

WirelessCables 1 Build 0 points 22 days ago


firebombzero -2 points 23 days ago

First what?

Man3500 -3 points 23 days ago


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manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 4 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
ADATA XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 5W - 5W
Mushkin Chronos 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 28W - 129W