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Cheap build for home office / light gaming

booth2010

4 months ago

This is my first build, not really sure what I am doing. Everything I know is just from a few articles ive read the past week. I currently have an HP Pavilion 23 b-364 which is super slow and I dont want to waste the money to upgrade it.

Here is a link to the parts list: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/booth2010/saved/Xcscqs

Its mainly going to be for day to day use of browsing / streaming with the occasional gaming but nothing serious. If I decide to do more gaming in the future I will upgrade to a better CPU and probably jump up to 16GB of RAM. I would also probably add a 240GB SSD at that point.

The main reason for me building is that most desktops that are out there are just as much or more as what I have picked and are not as powerful.

Thanks for any tips and help.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor $49.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $49.60 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.00 @ Amazon
Case DIYPC - J180-W ATX Mid Tower Case $44.96 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill - 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.39 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $427.71
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $407.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-16 15:09 EDT-0400
  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I see you're going for a white theme. I didn't find equivalent parts in that color, but close in price. So my recommendations are as follows:

1) 3000 Mhz RAM

2) MicroATX mini or mid tower

3) SSD for a boot drive as its easier to add mass storage later and more complex to replace a boot drive

4) Better PSU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor $49.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $50.98 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA - SU655 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case $46.23 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.94 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $106.05 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $453.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-16 15:15 EDT-0400
  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Ill definitely go with your RAM and SSD suggestion. The PSU suggestion you made, I see it is 50W higher but both are 80+ Bronze, is it just a better quality PSU or would the additional 50W really make a big difference?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I can tell better quality. My go to brands are Seasonic, Corsair, EVGA, and sometimes certain Antec Earthwatt units

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

options: An intel 660 m.2 512gb is about $60 right now. 2200G is a step up but more cost about +$45 depends on your needs, little overclock they do pretty well on easier games and faster memory helps them (3200 or close).

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, did not know that.

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