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Looking for some ideas on building a PC for the love of PC building. Not gaming. ($175)

Datamatr1x

6 months ago

Mostly I am looking for an idea on what processor and mobo to get for building an ultra cheap PC. I don't think I want a dedicated graphics card but I may add one later if I do want to do some light simple gaming. I would love to do something small form factor. Basically I want to build a chromebook(esque) PC capable of using Windows and browser apps.

  • Budget: $175
  • Location: Central Indiana
  • Use (gaming, rendering, etc): browsing, storage, youtube, netflix, some getting to know linux. A bit of everything except gaming or difficult tasks like editing videos or photos.
  • Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): Nothing.
  • Operating System required: I have plenty of windows keys.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

it really is an obsession......

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

over budget, but here's a setup for BOTh intel and AMD:

Intel:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Celeron G3900 2.8 GHz Dual-Core Processor $41.15 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B150M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Patriot - Signature Line 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $19.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 160 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $15.99 @ Amazon
Case Rosewill - FBM-05 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $28.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $205.10
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $185.10
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-15 15:14 EDT-0400

AMD:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - A6-9500 3.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor $36.69 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - GA-A320M-S2H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $50.01 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot - Signature Line 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $19.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 160 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $15.99 @ Amazon
Case Rosewill - SRM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $28.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $198.66
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $178.66
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-15 15:13 EDT-0400
  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that! May go with that AMD build. Thank you!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe try hunting the used market and scraps.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $50.00
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $23.95 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $32.97 @ Newegg
Custom Whatever cheapo used one you can find $10.00
Custom Recycled from a broken PC or just attach to some scrap wood. $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $196.91
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $176.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-16 10:03 EDT-0400

4GB really isn't enough RAM these days, but it'll get started. If you can find some OEM cases for example to recycle (may need some modification if they use a proprietary form factor), that would save a good bit of money. I put the majority of the budget on the CPU, motherboard, and PSU- the PSU won't burn your house down and can handle a lot more PC, the CPU is strong enough for some light gaming using the iGPU and will pair well enough with a dGPU later if desired, the motherboard can support more RAM or a more modern processor and some basic overclocking.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

At that kind of budget I would look at used systems to clean/rebuild since the older hardware isn't going to be as much of an issue.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I’d agree with many others that used is the best way to go. Much more performance for the price. For $175 you could actually get a used PC that not only can do everything you listed but also could play games decently well.

Benchmarks: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zwdVUidEosE

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
Power Supply SeaSonic - S12III 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $24.98 @ Newegg
Custom Dell Optiplex MT i5-2400, 8GB $89.99
Custom HP OEM GTX 1050 $49.99
Custom Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 7200RPM $10.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $190.95
Mail-in rebates -$15.00
Total $175.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-16 11:20 EDT-0400

All parts are sourced from eBay from relatively reputable sellers. The PSU is new, and I would very much recommend it as an upgrade from the OEM Dell PSU, which isn’t very reliable and might not adequately power the 1050 (even though it doesn’t require an external power connector).

Edit: Links in part list.

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