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$500 Budget Build Help

lacro

6 months ago

First time desktop builder. Replacing dead 10 year old dell XPS. Usage: Basic computing, no gaming or other power hungry use, Internet, e-mail, audio streaming, light photo editing. Wants: Fast, reliable, future proof within reason, SPDIF output

I don't need a lot of storage so am considering M.2 NVME 250GB as the only storage for now. (opinions?)

I have started a build list with CPU, MB, and case. Need suggestions for memory (8GB), and power supply (would like semi modular).

No video card, just CPU on board graphics No optical drive, keyboard, mouse, or monitor needed $500 budget for hardware only, OS is extra

Not sure about the mobo I have picked, but it has SPDIF output which I want. Here's what I have so far: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vtc6J8

Any suggestions greatly appreciated...

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $119.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard ASRock - B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $41.98 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - P1 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $66.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case $50.03 @ Walmart
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $49.98 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $418.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-16 12:33 EDT-0400
  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $79.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage TCSunBow - X3 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $48.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case $50.03 @ Walmart
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $49.98 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $388.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-16 12:36 EDT-0400
  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $79.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $44.99 @ Amazon
Storage Corsair - MP300 240 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case $50.03 @ Walmart
Power Supply EVGA - B3 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $59.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $429.77
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-16 12:36 EDT-0400

I would personally suggest checking your local used market for an old dell with an i7 or i5. You can typically find ones with an i7-3770 or an i5-4670 which would both equal or outperform a 2200G in most applications. They will often come stocked with windows 10 and 8GB of memory so the only addition you'd have to make would be the storage. Pricing is usually between $150-$300 which would let you save some extra cash. A new system isn't a bad idea either, just another option to consider

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

A bit over but better stuff. 2400g processor, 16gb of memory and a 1TB SSD.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Zfp94q

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Guys - Thanks for the quick reply's, A few questions: Is going to the Ryzen 5 2400G a significant improvement for my needs

Have I picked a good reliable mobo? Can't find much info, only a few reviews on Amazon.

Is it worth it to use M.2 NVME storage over a regular SSD? Is it really faster?

I know in this price range, I could probably find a good used computer, but I really want to build this time.

Thanks for your help/suggestions

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's if you wanna save a lot of money still with great performance ( not for games ) but less futureproof. Also I changed to ssd which will be slightly slower but more affordable. PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor $49.49 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot - Signature Line 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $39.99 @ Amazon
Storage Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $29.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case $50.01 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - BR 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $279.46
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $259.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-16 13:27 EDT-0400
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