Basic Home or Light Office Computer 2018

This is a basic home or light office computer for people who just need their computer for some basic tasks. There is no point spending thousands of dollars to get the most performance if you are never going to need that kind of power in your daily use. So, this is the build for people who just need a computer for their regular tasks and they want to build their computer by themselves.

Price: ⁓400 $ (without SSD)
Wattage:  ⁓150 W

Parts used:

  • Processor – AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
  • Motherboard – MSI B350M PRO-VD PLUS mATX AM4
  • RAM – Team T-Force Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4 2400MHz
  • Storage (HDD)– Toshiba 7200 RPM 2TB
  • Case – Thermaltake Versa H15 mATX Mid Tower
  • PSU – SeaSonic FOCUS 450W 80+ Gold Semi-modular ATX
  • Optical Drive – Lite-On DVD/CD Writer



AMD Ryzen 3 2200G will provide us enough processing power for our home or office needs. It’s a quad-core processor with 4 threads. Its base clock speed is 3.5GHz, clock speed on boost is 3.7GHz and it has 6MB of cache in total. It has integrated graphics and therefore we don’t need to buy GPU which saves us a lot of money. It also comes with a CPU cooler.


MSI B350M PRO-VD PLUS mATX motherboard will serve us just fine here, it’s a cheap motherboard which still leaves room for upgrading the computer later on.


For home and office users, 8GB of RAM should be enough. However, if you use some software that requires more than 8GB, you can add another two 4GB RAM sticks to this build. I suggest going with the same RAM as in this guide since the price isn’t too bad.


Our storage for operating system and all the applications and files will be Toshiba 7200 RPM 2TB HDD. If you want faster storage you can go for an SSD or add SSD later to your build. I suggest that if you want SSD, get it when building the computer so you will have your operating system on the SSD, this way your computer boots and works faster. My suggestions are 240GB SSD from Team Group.


As the case for our home or office computer, I suggest using the Thermaltake Versa H15 micro-ATX case. We will build this computer in the mATX form-factor. This case has three drive slots, so if you picked an SSD with the HDD, you still have one drive slot available. This case also has a slot for the optical drive.

Power Supply

SeaSonic FOCUS 450W PSU will provide us with enough power, even if you add more storage drives or upgrade some of the parts later.

Optical Drive

As we are building a computer for home or office use you might want to add an optical drive to it.

Expansion Cards

If you are going to need a wireless connection or you have any other special needs, make sure to get a WLAN-card or any other expansion card needed for your computer.



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