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In this guide we dive into a cheap high quality component computer for every day office use, web browsing, HD movie watching, Netflixing, music playing, etc. This is the perfect office computer for those of you on a budget that really only need a cheap desktop for every day use.
If you do want a powerful gaming computer you can check out our budget game builds above.
Prebuilt Office Computer
If you do not want to build your own computer, you can always get a prebuilt office desktop shipped right to you.
Cheap Prebuilt Office Computer. It cost more but it is also more powerful with an i3.
The completely assembled office computer is a bit more powerful but does cost a substantial amount more. This is because it is always cheaper to build your own. If you do not care about money and want more power, then go for the computer package, but if you want to stay within a budget and learn how to build your own desktop, this is the way to go. You’ll feel really good about it too!
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This around $200 computer build is perfect for the office desk. It will handle all the web browsing, word processing, movie streaming, normal Excel crunching, PDF reading, light game running, HD movie playing, Netflixing, Youtubing your heart can handle. Really this will only limit you when it comes to playing heavy 3D games but you’re here to find a cheap work computer. If you want to game visit our gaming build list mentioned above.
The upgraded processor is highly recommended if you will have a lot of open tabs, use programs like Photoshop, run heavy formulas in Excel, etc. The SSD aka Solid State Drive is a guaranteed way to maximize performance. SSD’s are leaps and bounds faster than the normal hard disc drives. Read more here.
This computer can replace a $1,000 dollar laptop and perform fine without overheating. I don’t get the laptop craze for people who never leave the house with them. A super cheap desktop is much better, will last longer and do all of the same things.
With this type of build what a lot of people like to do is set it up to their big screen TV via HDMI cables and use a wireless keyboard and mouse to chill on the couch while interneting on the big screen.
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CPU: AMD A4-7300 APU Dual Core Radeon w/ HD8470D Graphics
We’re rocking the A4-7300, AMD’s premier high performance office computing processor. It does come with a heat-sink and fan so you don’t have to buy extra parts. It will do a great job at multi tasking and running multiple work duties at once. It’s got the best bang for the buck out there and out performs all other AMD budget builds.
Motherboard: Gigabyte AMD FM2+ A68H SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 mATX ATX
This Gigabyte Mobo is made with the FM2+ Socket for the AMD A4-7300 in this build. It has a PCI-E Slot if you ever do decide you want to add a graphics card or something.
Computer Memory: 8GB of Ballistic Sport RAM
The 8GB DDR3 is perfect and will even work for heavier task such as Photoshop and editing software.
Hard Drive: Western Digital 320GB 8 MB Cache 7200RPM SATA
This hard drive is only 320GB but honestly that’s way more than enough for most offices. Especially with the fact that most places have Network Storage to save files to as well. At 320GB you could save all of the Word and Excel like Docs in the world and never worry. You can even store a really large mp3 collection and many movies.
But most importantly, the number one thing you can do to increase your PC’s performance tenfold or more is buy a SSD for the Windows install and use the 320GB for extra storage.
Computer Case: Rosewill Dual Fans MicroATX Tower
There is not much to say about this other than it is a cheap case and it will save you money on your front office computer. you notice the case doesn’t even have an optical drive bay for a DVD Player or anything. Here’s why. Now a days everything is a download or comes on a USB stick. Are CD’s still around anyways? If you really must have a CD, DVD or Blu-Ray drive then we have some options. Like this external DVD Burner. If you build several of these budget computers then you’re likely only going to need one External Drive that can be shared among them. It’s so extremely rare that a CD is used so the single external can be a great solution. It’s what I do at home and I never even have to plug it in ever.
Power Supply: 400W PSU
This 400W Power Supply will do the trick. Cheap and enough to run this desktop.
Office PC Upgrades
You may need a cheap 21″ HD monitor but other than that, you’re done! A great desktop for under $200 that will easily replace that old overheating laptop for a 5th of the price. There are a few possible upgrades mentioned below for those who want to spend closer to $300.
Graphics Card: This office computer does not need a graphics card and the AMD Chip has built in integrated graphics for light weight gaming if you take that route. This PC can still rock older games like Age Of Empires III and be a pro. Often people will build several of these small boxes to set up LAN parties at their home.
But if you want to play newer games even this cheap card can help you. But this still will not be a “gaming computer”.
Summary: This super cheap under $200 computer is the perfect fit in your office for a front desk, sales rep, word processor, web marketing person or just about anyone. It’s a great way to save money if you need to buy several cheap machines at once.
It’s even better for the home user who has an overheating laptop and no money to buy a new expensive one. This desktop is beyond what you need. Face it, if you’re not making a living from a computer, chances are you’re just browsing the web and streaming movies and shows.
This is the build for you.
As for the actual assembly of the computer from start to finish, it’s very easy.
The hardest part would be connecting the proper cables on the motherboard but they are labeled and come with clear instructions. It’s much easier than one would think.
Here’s a video.