$600 build for school

10thmtnarty

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Building a rig for a friend,

$600 budget, filtered midtower, amd cpu and gpu, ddr4 if practical; prob 16gb.

aftermarket cpu cooler if practical, but not completely necessary (not oc'ing).'

Some video editing and powerpoint, nothing too heavy. Not a gamer, but will be watching netflix etc.

I'm thinking 4x3ghz cpu? last gen gpu? Haven't been paying attention to the market currently.

Win10 as well.
 

Doctor Rob

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I would look into an Ryzen 3 2200G or Ryzen 5 2400G as your best bet for a good priced amd and quick system. this way you can get current gen stuff and not have to fork out money for an add in vid card you dont need if you dont really plan to game. it will do light gaming though.
 

Ne0Wolf7

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If editing video is on the list, you may be best off with an Intel CPU because those programs favor IPC over cores. Is there a particular reason you want to use AMD?
Will you need a mouse, keyboard, and monitor? Is form factor a concern?
 

10thmtnarty

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mouse, keyboard, and monitor not included in the price. Form factor is only a concern for airflow and price. Obviously any standard board should be fine, though uefi is def preferred.
 

btmedic04

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Not sure if you need a monitor, but this build comes out to $480 and gives a good base system to build off of. If you dont need another monitor, consider putting part of that left over $120 into a 16gb kit of ram and a 1TB HDD for bulk storage

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.89 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($55.88 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($80.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($94.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $480.51
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-08 23:11 EDT-0400
 

punkncat

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With the R7 1700 having been on sale for ~$200, I think it's doable aside from where you might scrounge a GPU capable of what you want. Even if you happened to have a 960 or so available the rest would be easy.
 

Ne0Wolf7

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This is as close to the budget I could get without cutting too many corners:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($178.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B360M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PNY - Quadro P400 2GB Video Card ($118.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair - 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($94.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $667.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-08 23:23 EDT-0400
The budget was too tight for an SSD or 16 GB of RAM. Maybe someone more skilled than I will save the day.
 

tejayd

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https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Jp9qBb
CPU

Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
OutletPC
Motherboard

MSI - B360M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Newegg
Memory

G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Newegg Business
Storage

Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
OutletPC
Video Card

MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card
B&H
Case

Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Amazon
Power Supply

Thermaltake - Smart 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply
Newegg
Operating System

Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
OutletPC

PRICE BREAKDOWN
Base Total: $714.53
Mail-in Rebates: -$65.00
Shipping: $3.99
Total: $653.52

You can get it under 600$ if you use 8gb ram.
 

Ne0Wolf7

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To use DDR3 RAM, you will need to use an older CPU and motherbroard. Once you factor in the cost of older parts which are now more rare (therefore more expensive), you actually find yourself spending more money than you would going with the new stuff for a lesser system:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($222.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Motherboard: ECS - B85H3-M(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.90 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PNY - Quadro P400 2GB Video Card ($118.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair - 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($94.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $685.52
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-09 10:02 EDT-0400
 

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