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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 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.


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 Apevia X-QTIS-BK 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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WaffleThunderer 2 points 16 days ago

I disagree with the power supply, it should be bronze or higher, and the dvd drive is unneccessary. The mod team is really good at picking out cases though, and using only an ssd and not a HD is revolutionary for this budget.

Drekloe 1 point 15 days ago

well if you build this pc for someone who has a lot of dvd's it would be worth it

Over9000GHz 1 point 10 days ago

Efficiency really doesn't play much as a role here, but good point nevertheless.

crowcawer 1 point 7 days ago

I agree, an EVGA B500 would be fine and not raise the price significantly.

DonutThing 2 points 5 days ago

I think a chromebook would do fine

nataliann123 1 point 8 days ago

If i need a computer for school (running Microsoft Office, online classes, etc), would this be the ideal build for me? And if need be, can I add a graphiccs card later or will the model not fit the upgrade?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

This would be the perfect fit and is upgradeable.

nataliann123 1 point 8 days ago

Im a 100% newbie so one more question. I need to get a Windows system download and Adobe Reader/Flash on my own to equipt my PC correct?

crowcawer 1 point 7 days ago

The bios will need to be installed first as well.

The common method for this is to use a usb or flash drive.

If you are going to be using Adobe/Flash player you can download them after updating the BIOS-- you download this to the thumbdrive from the motherboard company.

Warpdrive 1 point 3 days ago

If it's a Home Office Build is 8gb of RAM really necessary?

Sinobuz 1 point 7 hours ago

Would an AMD APU be perfect for this kind of build? I used this part list and changed it by replacing the Pentium G4600 with an A8-7600, as well as the motherboard and ram too. I found it to be a bit cheaper than this, coming in at under $400, compared to this build.

When AMD releases Ryzen 3, I'll probably use that over the A8.

nightinthebay 0 points 10 days ago

Would it be good for gaming

benjgillett1 2 points 9 days ago

No it would be terrible for gaming as it lacks a gpu

Drekloe 1 point 4 days ago

it is a Budget Home/Office Build

ZoldoRamirez 1 point 1 day ago

Add a GTX 1050 and you could game on it, it is however CPU bound and upgrading it to an i5 or even replacing the motherboard and CPU would improve performance. Ryzen 3 would be a great choice as it has a better upgrade path but you would be paying double that of the Pentium.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Pentium G4600 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 51W
ASRock - B250M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
SanDisk - Ultra II 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 28W - 126W