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Computer for light work

Budget (including currency): 400$ USD

Country: United States

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Word and PowerPoint other light programs


I need a computer for running light programs like Word and PowerPoint that is small (like an Mini-ITX) and will cost less then 400$ 
If it is more cost effective to buy something, what should I look for?


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 2600x 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte B450 AORUS M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard
  • RAM
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
  • GPU
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB GAMING OC Video Card
  • Case
    Thermaltake Versa H18 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
  • Storage
    Crucial MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
  • PSU
    Corsair VS 550 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply
  • Cooling
    Deepcool Gamerstorm Captain 240 PRO
  • Operating System
    WIndows 10 home
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Well I’d say a 2nd-4th gen i5/7 system would be great. You can find Optiplex and ProDesk systems for pretty cheap. Get one with a 4 core cpu, preferably 8 gb of ram but you could add more later if it comes with less. And a 240gb SSD for boot. That’s definitely under $400. (Could also add things like a Quadro K620 GPU for more powerful video if you need that)

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Used prebuilts. Look for one with an 8th gen i5 or better, 16GB of RAM, and an SSD. You should be able to get something like that for ~$200-300 depending on how lucky you are, especially since the SFF ones are less desirable and thus go for even cheaper.





Something like this is what you should be looking for. 

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If you really prefer something new, since everyone else is suggesting used/old components, check out this from Lenovo.

I don't know if it meets your size requirements but it seems the specs are plenty for your use case.


Intel version: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/desktops/ideacentre/300-series/ideacentre-3i-desktop-tower/len102d0009


AMD version: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/desktops/ideacentre/300-series/ideacentre-3-07ada05/99ic9300342


Note: only 4GBs RAM come standard in these PCs. If it's not enough (it likely isn't), get some cheap RAM secondhand or choose an upgraded option when ordering.

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