The Best $500 Home Office PC Build – June 2023
Maximum Office Productivity for the Minimum Price!
Looking to build the best possible home office PC for around $500? No problem! This guide lists all the parts you’ll need to put together a balanced computer that has the power to handle any office task. And luckily, while low-cost video cards are nearly extinct, this office PC’s built-in video means you can get your system up and running without wasting a dime!
This Month’s Build, Powered by AMD
For June 2023, the $500 Home Office PC Build gets a big upgrade to AMD’s budget-friendly Ryzen 5 5600G six-core, 12-thread processor. It offers tremendous value versus Intel’s similarly-priced CPUs, because Intel doesn’t offer six-cores with built-in graphics at anywhere near this pricepoint. We’ve been able to move from the older 4600G thanks to price cuts on nearly every component in this build!
Speaking of those other components, you’re getting top-shelf gear. This includes 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe-based solid-state drive, which is lightyears ahead of the hard drives you’ll find in most off-the-shelf office PCs. The $500 Home Office PC Build is housed in a compact micro-ATX case and powered by a 430W power supply.
Perhaps the best thing about this build is that it offers plenty of opportunity for upgrades down the line thanks to the roomy interior, industry-standard components, and capable power supply. We’ve listed some of our top recommendations for upgrades, including a hard drive and gaming-grade video card, later in this guide!
The DIY vs. Pre-Built Question
In addition to the DIY PC build we profile in this guide, you may wish to consider the pre-built PC we list as an alternative, even if you are committed to building your own PC. Why? Well, the answer is simple: OEMs get great pricing on components and Windows software, translating to excellent overall value for the home or small office PC user, especially if you don’t have extra time to spare to build a PC.
Need to accessorize your new Home Office PC? Just scroll down to the end of this guide for our top picks, or check out our dedicated Monitor Buyer’s Guide, Speaker/Headset Buyer’s Guide, and Wireless Networking Buyer’s Guide!
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The Pre-Built Option
The Budget Home Office PC –
MSI PRO DP21 12100$350Wow, just wow! Thanks to great specs at an amazing price, this desktop from MSI will no doubt be a PC you can use for years to come. It’s equipped with the Intel Core i3-12100 quad-core, 8-thread CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 250GB SSD, and WiFi 6 networking. Plus, it has Microsoft Windows 11 pre-installed. The one very inexpensive but significant upgrade we would suggest is to add a second 8GB SO-DIMM memory module to boost not only capacity but speed as well.
With this pre-built PC, you are truly ready to go right out of the box, as both a mouse and keyboard are included. All you need is a monitor, which you can find in our optional products section later in this guide.
The DIY Option
AMD Ryzen 5 5600G w/ Vega Graphics$122 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with a capable cooler in the box.
Gigabyte B550M DS3H AC$110 The Guru’s Tip
The motherboard's video HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 ports can both run 4K monitors, meaning you can hook up two huge monitors simultaneously!
Teamgroup 2x8GB Vulcan Z DDR4-3200$34 The Guru’s Tip
The speed of this kit will accelerate not just the CPU, but the built-in GPU as well.
Solid-State Drive –
Silicon Power 512GB NVMe$24 The Guru’s Tip
Given that most 250GB drives cost the same or more than this one, it's an easy choice!
Thermaltake H17$45 The Guru’s Tip
Low-cost cases sell out quickly as manufacturers prefer to focus on higher-priced models. So grab this if you can!
Power Supply –
Thermaltake Smart 430W 80+$33 The Guru’s Tip
This is an exceptional deal coming from a major, trusted manufacturer!
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home (USB)$136 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 is the OS you want on your new system!
Video Card –
PowerColor Radeon RX 6500 XT Fighter 4G$170 The Guru’s Tip
Equip your office system to game with this compact yet powerful graphics card - it will fit perfectly in this system!
Hard Drive –
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB$50 The Guru’s Tip
Using an SSD for the operating system and main applications, along with a hard drive for data, provides an incredibly-responsive user experience along with plenty of storage capacity.
The Basic Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo –
Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo$23 The Guru’s Tip
This combo uses a single tiny USB receiver to connect both peripherals!
The 24-inch Small Office Monitor –
Sceptre E248W-19203R$109 The Guru’s Tip
To use the built-in speakers, connect the monitor to your PC with an HDMI cable - it will carry both video and audio!
The Basic PC Speakers –
Creative Pebble 2.0$19 The Guru’s Tip
To connect these, you'll use a 3.5mm cable for audio and USB for power, both to your PC. No connection to the wall required!
Logitech C920x Pro HD Webcam$70 The Guru’s Tip
We advise you not to buy any Logitech webcams from third-party sellers. They are likely to be used or counterfeit.
Total Cost: $504
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Option
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600G w/ Vega Graphics ($122)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte B550M DS3H AC ($110)
- Memory – Teamgroup 2x8GB Vulcan Z DDR4-3200 ($34)
- Solid-State Drive – Silicon Power 512GB NVMe ($24)
- Case – Thermaltake H17 ($45)
- Power Supply – Thermaltake Smart 430W 80+ ($33)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home (USB) ($136)
- Video Card – PowerColor Radeon RX 6500 XT Fighter 4G ($170)
- Hard Drive – Seagate BarraCuda 2TB ($50)
- The Basic Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo – Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo ($23)
- The 24-inch Small Office Monitor – Sceptre E248W-19203R ($109)
- The Basic PC Speakers – Creative Pebble 2.0 ($19)
- Webcam – Logitech C920x Pro HD Webcam ($70)