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Build Guide

Budget Home/Office Build

by manirelli

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25 Comments
NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.

Description

CPU

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.

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 Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3 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 2 front panel USB 3.0 ports 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 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: 140W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $238.00 $238.00 Shopping Express Buy
Motherboard $72.00 $72.00 Umart Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (1x8GB)
$72.00 $72.00 Shopping Express Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
$182.00 $182.00 Shopping Express Buy
Case
Power Supply $64.00 $64.00 Shopping Express Buy
Optical Drive
From parametric filter
  • Capability: DVD Writer
$18.00 $18.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $646.00
* 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.

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aether_tech 3 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

An i5 for a budget home office? The i3-6100 would be more then enough for Office or its comparable.

I'd also like to see that EVGA 450B replaced with the Corsair CX450. I like EVGA more, but the CX450 is at this point in time, a better PSU.

Lastly, the SSD Plus should turn into either the OCZ Trion 150 480GB or the Crucial MX300 525GB. The Trion and MX300 perform better than the SSD Plus. The TR150 is a few dollars more, and the MX300 is $10 more or so with an extra 45GB attached.

Then, using the savings from going to the i3; a wifi card should be added. Or, switch to a motherboard with built in wifi.

tom6to1 3 points 3 months ago

I agree with dropping to an i3 for a home office PC as that is more than enough processing-power for using an office suite and browsing. If this build is for a home office, then the PC will not be moved around, and the modem is probably sitting on the desk next to the PC. Not a really tough task to use a 3-foot Ethernet cable to hook it up. Wifi is really not needed here. Finally, I would probably dump the SSD. You only notice it once at day when you boot-up. Other times, not so much. It is faster, but I think of this as a nice to have. That drops the cost to roughly $380 which is really nice.

BoHofmans 2 points 3 months ago

Saving documents, uploading, downloading, are all parts of daily office work and are all dramatically sped up by using an SSD. Yes, the quick boot times are nice to have but getting an SSD is well worth its money.

WirelessCables 1 Build 3 points 4 months ago

I know you guys love the H15 and the i5-6400 for office PCs, but...

It's true... ;-)

Revision suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $109.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock H110M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $63.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $49.98 @ Newegg
Storage *ADATA Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $68.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Toshiba P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case $38.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $431.92
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-19 23:12 EST-0500

Instead of a 5.25" drive, you can get a slim, external drive like this. It's only $8.00 more expensive than the Memorex one, but allows for better part flexibility, like the change to the Cooler Master Elite 110.

The change to the i3-6100 and the slim, external ODD also allows for a 1TB hard drive. It can always be omitted, as PCs are not '1 size fits all'.

A PCIe Wi-Fi adapter can also be added with the savings*, or the ASRock motherboard can be swapped for one with onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

*MicroATX or larger

Hope this helps! =D
WirelessCables 1 Build 6 points 4 months ago

Wi-Fi revsion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $109.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI H110I PRO AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $80.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $49.98 @ Newegg
Storage *ADATA Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $68.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Toshiba P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case $38.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $448.92
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-20 10:02 EST-0500
MaseWiN 1 point 2 months ago

Would it be better to go with this motherboard or a ac1300 pcie wifi card?

Thanks

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

No, but you can't anyway, due to the lack of a PCIe x1 slot on the motherboard.

If you swapped to a Micro-ATX board, I would suggest Asus's AC56 or AC68.

THEDESTINEDKING -7 points 4 months ago

This is not a smart build at all. You made a PC that is lower performance and more expensive. The power supply is complete overkill there is no way this pc will be able to draw more than 200 watts. I think his decision for the hard drive is good or even overkill I think an ssd is the best bet so for the ssd go for a 240 or 480gb. Most people using a pc like this will not store much on it. Probably just their pictures and a couple programs. The motherboard is way too high end even for a mini tix gaming build.

WirelessCables 1 Build 7 points 3 months ago

You made a PC that is lower performance

Yes, I did. This is an office PC, and in most cases a user will never need 4 physical cores. The i3 is also much cheaper, and similar performance wise to the i5.

and more expensive.

What do you mean? My more expensive list is $55 cheaper than the build guide.

The power supply is complete overkill there is no way this pc will be able to draw more than 200 watts.

It's really not. You should never skimp on a power supply, first of all, and second, nobody really makes power supplies rated below 430 watts anymore. It may only draw 200 watts, but I've chosen a good budget power supply. It just so happens to be rated at 450 watts.

WirelessCables 1 Build 5 points 3 months ago

The motherboard is way too high end even for a mini tix gaming build.

Nope. These are low to mid-grade / decent boards. If you want overkill, there are some $200+ Asus boards on PCPP. =-)

llamasbetrippin01 2 points 3 months ago

I love the highly compressed RAM in the (thumbnail?) I don't know why but it made me laugh

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Wide picture, square 'frame'. =-)

cbaker2194 2 points 3 months ago

I think swapping the i5-6400/H110 for a Pentium G4560 and a B250 would make this a more budget build still capable of doing home/office work.

starryab 2 points 2 months ago

Wouldn't 2x4 Gb memory make more sense vs 1x8Gb. I've been told this makes a significant difference if using built in graphics.

0h6iGeemo 1 point 2 months ago

Well it depends... If you were upgrading you would just need one more 1x8Gb RAM and then if you get 2x4 you would need to get another set of ram if you were upgrading

TheHimayLegend 1 point 3 months ago

How much does it wiegh

Patriots_fan 1 point 3 months ago

Can this run h1z1 smoothly? Always been a console gamer new to the PC world

Someguy545 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

should be able to just pair it with a gtx 1060 and should be ok. The i5 build not the i3 build they are talking about.

AllPro_operator 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

for this price range you can get a decent starting pc. check this out. its a decent build. im pretty sure someone with a bit more experience then i can tweek it a bit but its not bad.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/4GnLf8

Buzzyboyish 1 point 2 months ago

That motherboard is a terrible pair with a kaby-lake cpu, as you would need a skylake prior to using the kaby-lake cpu.

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Madmee 1 point 2 months ago

Will this play arma3 and bf1 with no lag??

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LjSpike 1 point 2 months ago

Switch to the CX450 (if I remember the name correctly?) and Toshiba have a brilliant value 2TB HDD which will save money. Switch from Team Elite ram to a slightly cheaper option. You might be able to save a slight bit on the motherboard too, or could switch up to a 4 ram slot motherboard. One of the newer intel cores such as thew G3600 or one of the other i5's are better value for money.

That-a-Way 1 point 2 months ago

I5 and no HDD...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $61.99 @ Jet
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $73.77 @ OutletPC
Memory *Team Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $50.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Best Buy
Storage Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $34.99 @ Amazon
Case *Zalman ZM-T1 PLUS MicroATX Mini Tower Case $28.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $33.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $344.60
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $334.60
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-14 11:49 EST-0500
BuilderT 0 points 2 months ago

would my be a better build for a cheap gaming pc? https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/wkThGf

LastSecondClutch 1 point 2 months ago

No, your CPU severly bottlenecks your GPU.

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock H110M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 5W - 5W
Sandisk SSD PLUS 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Total: 30W - 140W