Faced with two kids at home for the foreseeable future with education / technology needs, we set out to remedy this with a Quarantine PC Build so each kid could have their own dedicated workstation (Jane on the iMac, Oliver on the Windows PC) to complete distance learning requirements. I’ve never built my own PC before – but I am proficient at watching YouTube videos and following along online tutorials.

I had two goals with this build:

  1. Keep the cost under $700
  2. Not screw this up

I’m happy to report that we succeeded on both counts! The Quarantine PC Build took about 3 hours from unboxing to powering on and it worked the first time (thankfully). I installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 Home Edition and I was good to go!

The Build

Here’s what we built:

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $149.99
Motherboard Asus Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard Purchased For $119.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory Purchased For $69.99
Storage Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive Purchased For $69.95
Case NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $69.99
Power Supply PowerSpec 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply Purchased For $59.99
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-AC55BT B1 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter Purchased For $34.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $574.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-08 09:35 EDT-0400

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