In this guide we dive into a cheap high quality component desktop computer for every day home or office use, web browsing, Excel working, research dwelling, Word document creating, HD movie watching, Netflixing, music playing, workstation PC. This is the perfect home personal PC or office desktop computer for those of you on a budget need a cheap budget PC for every day use.
Cheap PC Desktop for your office
Prebuilt Vs. Build your own desktop?
If you do not want to build your own computer, you can always buy a prebuilt office desktop and have it shipped directly to you. This will spare you the “hassle” of having to build your desktop. I say hassle, but the truth is, putting your PC together is a lot easier than you think(easier than Ikea furniture). In fact, it is fun, and you will feel accomplished afterward. You may even get addicted and start building computers for your friends.
Typically when choosing to buy a prebuilt computer, you are going to spend more money. In this case not only will you pay more, but you will also get a considerable amount of extra power with the Intel i3 CPU and more storage space with the 1TB hard drive.
#1, the prebuilt i3 7100
Honestly, this is the one, an amazing low-cost computer for light office and internet task as well as multimedia streaming and photo editing. For the price and power, you can’t do better. So why even bother building your cheap computer then? When you build your own, you can upgrade it and customize as you see fit. If you want to buy multiple cheap computers, then you will likely be picking up a bunch of these because they come pre-built.
#2, the build your own cheap PC with AMD A6
The i3 is a bit beefier at cost, so that means it is not the ultimate budget PC. However, the AMD build yourself package is much cheaper for your everyday, light office work and entertainment tasks such as streaming Netflix, internet browsing, email management, and more. It makes a great entertainment computer to hook up to your TV. If you only need a primary front desk type of office task PC, the build your own will save you a bunch of money and you will be proud of your machine. You can also customize it and upgrade components as you see fit. If you are indeed in this to save money and only need the cheapest computer for a receptionist type office environment, then the build it yourself computer will be perfect for you. You can not expect it to play newer games, run heavy applications with ease or multitask very well. However, it is cheap and works for everyday office task. The perfect cheap internet browsing PC. But yes, it will still play many older favorite games.
If you build your PC, you will save a bunch of money and learn a thing or three about the inner workings of a computer. If you go prebuilt, you will spend more money but have a more powerful computer capable of heavier tasks. It’s up to you and your needs. I built the AMD A6 computer for my moms’ husband, and he loves it and is even able to play older games on it because it does have the AMD onboard GPU. We’re talking Command and Conquer, Age of Empires and the likes. Not any games from this list.
The fully assembled home office computer is ready to go and will be a perfect everyday computer. You have to do it yourself if you want to stay within a budget and learn how to build your own more powerful, cheap desktop for your home or office. You’ll feel really good about it too!
Home Office PC Build Parts List
(Updated: 08/09/2018 – press continue to calculate total)
- CPU [Price Check]
- Mobo [Price Check]
- RAM [Price Check]
- Hard Drive [Price Check] [SSD Upgrade]
- Case [Price Check]
- Power Supply [Price Check]
- GFX Card(optional) [Price Check]
- Wireless(optional) [Price Check]
This upgraded build is more than three times as powerful and only cost a little bit more for the price to performance ratio. It can even play many games with its integrated Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. Because it has integrated graphics, you won’t need an optional graphics card upgrade.
If you choose to take this deluxe upgrade option, you will have to also get the AM4 Motherboard; this is not optional. Be careful when buying an AM4 compatible motherboard for this processor because it must be ready for the new Ryzen 3 2200G. Many are, but you must flash the BIOS yourself if it is not ready. This authorized dealer says they have already flashed the BIOS on these mobos. Reviews reflect this as well.
Last but not least, this means you must get the newer upgraded DDR memory, which we have listed. This computer really will be a powerhouse compared to the cheap option and not cost all that much more. All parts needed are listed right here.
Perfect Office Desktop
The AMD budget build is a great machine for any normal office tasks if you are on a budget and want a cheap internet browsing computer.
This cheap build is perfect for the average user. It will handle all the web browsing, Microsoft Office Word processing, movie streaming, normal Excel crunching, PDF reading, light game running, HD movie playing, Netflixing, Youtubing your heart can handle. This will only limit you when it comes to playing heavy 3D games, but you’re here to find a cheap work computer. Visit our gaming build list below if you want to game.
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The prebuilt Intel i3 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 on the AMD build. SSD’s are leaps and bounds faster than the normal hard disc drives. Read more here.
This computer can replace a $500 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. You should only ever buy a laptop if you will be taking it away from your desk and it should not be your primary computer if you want longevity out of your money.
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.
What You Need For A Current Budget Build
CPU: AMD A6-7400k APU Dual Core w/ Radeon R5 Graphics
We’re rocking the A6-7400k, 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 multitasking and running multiple work duties at once. It’s got the best bang for the buck out there and outperforms other AMD budget builds and cheaper older refurbished computers available on the market. You will be able to do light gaming with this machine and can even add a cheap graphics card to handle current gaming.
Motherboard: Gigabyte AMD FM2+ A68H
This Gigabyte Mobo is made with the FM2+ Socket for the AMD A6-7400k in this build. It has a PCI-E Slot if you ever do decide you want to add a graphics card or something. If you decide to get another motherboard, it must be an FM2+ socket to match this AMD processor.
Computer Memory: 8GB of High Performance RAM
The 8GB DDR3 is perfect and will even work for the heavier task such as Photoshop and various editing software applications. This will help the computer with multitasking making it the perfect office PC on a budget.
Hard Drive: Western Digital 320GB
This hard drive is only 320GB, but that’s way more than enough for most home computers. Especially with the fact that most office environments have Network Storage to save files to now. At 320GB you could save all of the Word and Excel like Docs in the world and never worry. You can even store a vast mp3 collection and many movies. But you’re not going to do that at work, are you? The 320GB HDD is great for the least expensive version of this build, however, the best possible speed boost upgrade you can apply to this build would be upgrading to the Solid State Drive option. An SSD can increase your PC’s performance tenfold. You are no longer limited to the speeds of a mechanical disk drive.
Computer Case: Ugly and cheap
There is not much to say about this other than it is a cheap case and it will save you money. If you want a really cool looking computer case, we have suggestions.
Power Supply: 400W PSU
This 400W Power Supply will do the trick. Cheap and enough to run this desktop.
Optional Low Cost PC Upgrades
You may need a cheap 21″ HD monitor but other than that; you’re finished! A great desktop for around $200 that will easily replace that old overheating laptop for a fraction 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 because the AMD Chip has built-in integrated Radeon graphics for lightweight 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 a cheap card can help you. However, this still will not be a “gaming computer.” For a gaming computer, check out this budget build.
Summary: This super cheap $200ish 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 effortless.
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.