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My mother-in-law had mentioned she was looking at a new desktop for her home office and asked me if could recommend a pre-built. As a member of the PCPartPicker community I simply could not recommend a pre-built, I offered to build her a capable desktop. She only uses her desktop for web surfing, Facebook and the occasional Microsoft Office Suite for her Breast Cancer Treatment Foundation. She was currently using an old HP from probably about 2003 if I had to guess. I think it was a Pentium 4. She mentioned her PC was "slow" and wanted something faster.

I proudly present the the $250 Mother-in-law Minimum Budget Build. This what I determined is the absolute minimum specs using modern new parts. Please note all prices shown include sales tax and delivery.

AMD Athlon 200GE - $56.81 - The heart of the build. $56.81 for a 2 core 4 thread CPU that includes a very capable iGPU! Overclocked to 3.8Ghz and tested running Youtube, Microsoft Word 2013 and Google Chrome at the same time, this thing little CPU passed with flying colors! I couldn't help myself but test a couple of games so I loaded up Doom and Fortnite just to see. At 720p I was able to run Doom on low settings between 35-45 fps. Definitely playable! Fortnite at 720p was around 45-50 fps. I absolutely can't believe this iGPU can play modern games. Tested with Prime95 and saw temps only get up to about 60 degrees with the stock cooler...Again at 3.8Ghz!

Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3 - $65.24 after rebate. Very capable B350 board. After updating bios, I was able to overclock the 200GE to 3.8 Ghz. Has all the connections needed. If I ever want to upgrade it could handle a Ryzen 5 with ease.

ADATA XPG Gammix D10 8 GB (2x4 GB) Ram - $49.99. Cheapest DDR4-2666 available at the time. XMP profile worked out of the box. What can I say it's RAM and the fastest the 200ge will support. Love that RAM prices have stabilized.

ADATA Ultimate SU650 120GB SSD - $17.59. With the mother-in-law coming from an ancient 5400rpm hard drive to this little beast, she should be quite pleased. From power button to windows I clocked about 14 seconds. After windows installation and couple of apps I still had 70GB to spare. Should be plenty for her.

Raijintek Arcadia White ATX case - $36.20 delivered with Amazon Prime. No need for a side panel window for this one. My only critique is the location of the 2.5" SSD mount. I had to really stretch the SATA cable for power. Looks a lot better than her old case. It's actually a standard ATX case, not sure why it's listed as a MicroATX mini tower.

EVGA 400W - $26.74 - I've used a few of these over the years. Very reliable and plenty of power for this rig.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. That's pretty impressive for a processor of that price.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

My grandma wants something like this, but with RGB. lol

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/diypartsjoy/saved/rXKr6h

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What's with the bird prop lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Why not the bird?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair point

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I've used the 2200g in a couple of budget builds now. Spectacular performance for the price. Love that Raijintek cooler. Especially for that price. May I ask where and when you bought it?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not buy it, I said my grandma wants it, not that I have already built it for her.

Also, it is on Newegg for $13.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha, thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, never would have thought Gaming and Athlon came in the same sentence. Not sure Intel HD 630 is up to this caliber. I guess this product must line up with the 2200G and 2400G, just a cheaper version.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

You'd be surprised. These budget AMD chips beat the money (and performance) out of Intel. Their prices have dropped quite a lot, and yet, these obviously still hold their own. I had a friend who was saving up for a GTX 1060. He used a Ryzen 3 2200G. That chip (with the iGPU) was able to play games like Rainbow Six Siege at 720p at over 60 FPS, and games such as GTA V played fine at 720p with around 40-50 FPS. No overclock needed. They're actually great budget chips, and for basic gaming, you can't go wrong by getting one ;)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

hey did the Mobo u have was compatible with the Athlon ge or u need to flash the Bios??

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

BTW nice build...keep up the good work...bless

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

It was compatible. I think as long as it's the Rev 1.0 that supports Ryzen 2nd gen you should be okay.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks will keep that in mind..cheers

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build - I was looking for a low-cost build for Fedora 29, and this may well be the ticket...

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

nicely done. You could always set her up another hdd if she needs more space.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

This is sexy;)

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