£400 Office use PC

OK, so, I've got to put together a PC for light office work (predominantly word processing, filling in forms and emailing them off, using the internet a bit and the odd game of solitaire or whatever).

  • The environment it'll be in is EXTREMELY dusty, so good dust filtration on the case is a MUST.
  • I'd like it to be as quiet as possible.
  • I'd like it to boot fast (so, have an SSD for a boot drive).
  • It also needs a card reader for sticking holiday photos and the like onto the thing.
  • The user(s) demand an optical drive because reasons.

No editing or anything like that is being done to the photos, just storing and viewing media. Even if editing was going to be done on the thing, it'd only be very light work.

The budget includes peripherals (keyboard, mouse and monitor), and as stated in the title, is £400.
Preferred retailers are CCL and Amazon, don't want to give them too many places to order from.

At the moment this is my plan: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/nRBZYJ

The case is soundproofed, has a PSU and front intake filter, a cover for the top outtake if it's unused and a SD card reader built in. I can't find a case that beats it for this use case scenario...

Included an aftermarket cooler for the sake of silence and being easy to clean if someone forgets to put the dust filter back in or something, and should keep the CPU alive if someone decides to neglect it and not clean it... leaving like, no airflow whatsoever.

Got an SSD for a boot drive because it'd probably be a very nice change for the people using it, coming from some 6 year old dusty af ancient, sad, mutilated, machine.

The CPU's only a 3.4GHz dual core pentium, but I'd assume it'll do and sacrificing the SSD for a better CPU probably wouldn't yield much in terms of performance in its use case scenario. We're not video editing or gaming here, folks, except for maybe if one of the kids decided to get into a bit of minecraft, and even then it should suffice...

Considering it's being used for office work too, I chucked in a decent 1TB WD blue so they shouldn't run out of storage space any time soon. Wasn't going to go leaving them with a 120GB SSD 30-50% filled with an OS alone.

The PSU, I'd hope, should suffice. Don't think anything more powerful is called for here. As long as it's cleaned regularly, I'd hope it'll do fine. Wanted something that's semi modular because it'd be nice if it didn't just end up looking like a rats nest, makes it a bit easier to clean as I sense it inevitably will have to be.

Obviously an optical drive is included because reasons.

The keyboard and mouse combo was just the cheapest, well reviewed thing I could find.

The monitor was the cheapest 21.5" 1080p panel with DVI I could find that looked alright, should be a nice change from their beige CRT (IK rite they shud keep it evry1 noes crts are betr than all this liquid crap display bullshit you can overclock crts to like 1000hz realy helps in csgo). Wanted it to be at least 1080p because that's just the standard nowadays...

Points of concern:

  • Will that PSU be OK?
  • Should I sacrifice the SSD for an i3 per se?
  • Any cases that'd cover all the needs that are cheaper?
  • Any keyboard + mouse combos that seem reliable that are cheaper?
  • Any 1080p monitors that are cheaper?

Other notes: That ancient desktop, I'll be opening up to get the HDD out of. Expect images of how dusty it is. Probably not been opened in the whole time they've had it. I'll probably have to take it outside so I don't get freaking bronchitis or some shit again. There's a laptop too, that I'll be taking the HDD out of. It's also ancient. Probably won't be as exciting though. Desktop'll probably be dustier.

You should totally try to go for an IPS display.

Otherwise it looks fine, but here's a more low power option, CPU has a TDP of like 25W

And there's still a bit of room for a 1TB hard drive or a second 240gb SSD, apparently it's cheaper to buy 2 240 ssds over a 480gb one in the UK

The keyboard/mouse combo might be out of place for you, though the backlighting may come in handy, mostly it's just a cheap decent combo

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/FNPnD3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/FNPnD3/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD 5350 2.05Ghz Quad-Core Processor (£34.57 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI AM1I Mini ITX AM1 Motherboard (£23.78 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.44 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£54.29 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Silencio 352 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£46.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: SeaSonic ECO 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£29.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Monitor: Dell S2340L 60Hz 23.0" Monitor (£126.24 @ CCL Computers)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£19.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £366.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-04 23:42 BST+0100

You also may want to consider building a small NAS at some point for a local data back up.

some 5350 reviews, depends on weather you want performance or low power usage, but if you aren't doing anything intensive the 5350 should be good to go, plus it saves enough to get IPS displays



Hmm, tempted to go down the 5350 route then, but kinda wanted to go socket 1150 so later down the line if the CPU becomes insufficient it's got good upgrades to choose from.
There's IPS panels cheaper than that, for defo, and I really don't want to go for a gamery aesthetic with the peripherals. The people using it probably wouldn't be impressed, lol

Well there's this one that's slightly cheaper



There's also always the crazy option in which you put all of the budgets together and just build one powerful PC, to which you then virtual box the rest of them off of it.

In that the only thing sitting at most people's desk would be a monitor and a keyboard/mouse.

Might be something to do as well, then you could put the tower in the least dusty spot and just run cables off it.

What's your total budget for everything?

Even cheaperer panel.


There's only one PC being built? This one? And I said, £400 inc peripherals...

I really don't see the need to go for an IPS panel, doesn't seem worth the price increase considering the budget.

Well nevermind then, the super VM PC is always a fun idea to throw out there.

IPS is like always worth it though.

There's also the A8 route, which would be basically a beefier 5350, it's also like 20 bucks less than an i3

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/yxf96h
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/yxf96h/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD A8-7600 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£64.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard (£40.45 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£33.39 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£37.97 @ Novatech)
Case: Cooler Master Silencio 352 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£46.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: SeaSonic ECO 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£29.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £253.17
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-05 00:17 BST+0100

No hard drive in it yet, for 20 bucks more you could just grab that 240gb SSD, and you should be set on storage anyways.

you could also grab a pentium G3258 + cheap H81 or B85 mobo.
You dont realy need a quadcore for word processing.

There's also this thing, which is quiet literally dust proof, aside from the ports, dunno it's UK pricing or availability though


Ye, that's what I thought. And then having a socket 1150 chip'd make it easier to upgrade if need be.
The PSU @Streetguru suggested seems alright though.

Scan.co.uk stock Intel NUC motherboards and a variety of fanless cases similar to what @Streetguru suggests. Unfortunately I think that path would break your budget.

Built with original partpicker list. All done and dusted. Lost my virginity to IO shield installing and cut myself in the process.

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