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Budget Home/Office Build

by manirelli

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7 Comments

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice for this home/office machine is the Intel Pentium G600. 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 G4600 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-01 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 two 5.25" bays 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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Estimated Wattage: 126W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £76.88 FREE £76.88 CCL Computers Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
£58.20 £58.20 Ebuyer Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
£56.86 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £56.86 Amazon UK Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
£121.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £121.00 Amazon UK Buy
Case
Power Supply £42.50 £42.50 Amazon UK Buy
Optical Drive
From parametric filter
  • Capability: DVD Writer
£11.17 £11.17 PC World Business Buy
Total: £366.61
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

Metrix_Terabyte 2 points 25 days ago

You could throw in a GT-1030 or even a Low Profile 1050 Ti and you could play some games on it. I also feel that the B250 is extravagant because the G4560 isn't an overclockable CPU.

Qwertylops 4 points 23 days ago

The B150 is within $1 at the time of writing this comment though. The best way to cut cost would be use a cheap 120gb SSD for the OS and get a ~500gb 7200 HDD for storage. I priced that option to be notably cheaper than the current SSD only.

Misdad 1 point 28 days ago

Set 1

NumberCruncher2 1 point 10 days ago

What do you think the life expectancies of this set up would be as a basic non gaming home pc?

Silver4Life 0 points 7 days ago

I'd ditch the ssd, add a ryzen 3 1200, and add a RX 550

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 4 points 7 days ago

This is a home office build and not a gaming machine.

roybishop -1 points 14 days ago

Consider Samsung MZ-N5E500BW 850 EVO M.2-2280 SSD 500GB $168.00 as an alternative to the 2.5" SSD. This motherboard has an M.2 slot on it.

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