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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?

Thanks!

  • 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.

 

EDIT:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/284827699230?hash=item42510dc81e:g:peQAAOSwPrBijOrZ

 

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.

Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X | Memory: 32GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO 3600MHz (18-22-22-42) | Motherboard: MSI MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI (MS-7C84) | Graphics: AMD Radeon VII 16GB

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