Low Cost Student Budget

Within the world of computing we can find solutions for all types of users. For the students we have developed a low cost budget that we could say is the most basic solution possible. The basis of this system is an Intel Pentium Gold processor that has very discrete integrated graphics. We have also counted the peripherals and the monitor, so we have a really complete setup.

This budget has a price of less than 300 euros

Processor: Intel Pentium G5400


As a basis we have opted for this Intel processor that has 2 cores and 4 threads for this budget for low cost students. This processor works at a single frequency of 3.7GHz, it does not have a Boost frequency. It integrates 4 MB of L3 cache and an Intel UHD 610 graphics that reaches up to 1.05GHz. It is certainly not a next-generation processor and it is not one of the most powerful on the market, but it offers a great quality / price ratio. Also, for studying and multimedia we don't need much else. Note that this processor comes with its own heatsink, which is more than enough.

Motherboard: Asrock H310CM-DVS


We have been searching for the cheapest possible motherboard for this processor. We don't need a motherboard with great features or specs, just one that is functional. It has four VRM phases, more than enough for this processor. It has two USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports, as well as DVI and VGA output. Regarding internal connectivity, it has four SATA III ports, more than enough because we will only occupy one.

RAM Memory: Kingston Technology ValueRAM KVR24N17S6 / 4


Ideally, put two of these modules, but this budget is based on only one of these modules. They are really inexpensive DDR4 DRAM modules designed for low budget equipment. It is a 4GB module without heatsink whose memories work at a frequency of 2.400MHz. We can look for something better, but it would make the system more expensive.

Storage: Kingston A400 240GB


We could have opted for a mechanical hard drive, but in order to improve loads somewhat, we opted for an SSD. These Kingston A400 units are very inexpensive and are used a lot in low budget equipment. They do not offer much capacity and they are not the fastest units, but they offer us a great quality / price ratio.

Chassis: Tacens Anima AC4500


One of the most common solutions for low-budget and very low-consumption equipment is this box that already includes a power supply. The set of components has a consumption of less than 100W and this power supply is 500W, so there is plenty. The chassis has a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port, as well as audio jack connectors.

Display: Asus VS197DE


We must emphasize that this is the simplest and cheapest monitor that we have found. It only has a VGA connection, a connector that the motherboard also has, so there are no compatibility problems. There are slightly better options than this one, but they already go up the budget quite a bit. Note that this monitor is LED type and has a screen size of 18.5 inches.


Since we wanted it to be complete and inexpensive, we have included a very cheap keyboard and mouse combo. It is not a very recognized brand L-Link, but it offers products that are good for the price they have. Each is independent of the other and both have a cable that ends in a simple USB port.

Headphones: Blukar In Ear Headphones


They are one of the cheapest and most valued headphones that we have found. The problem is that it has a 4-pole jack connector, which means that a microphone and headphones are integrated into one connector. The good thing is that we can also use them on the smartphone, so we have a two in one


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Robert Sole

Director of Contents and Writing of this same website, technician in renewable energy generation systems and low voltage electrical technician. I work in front of a PC, in my free time I am in front of a PC and when I leave the house I am glued to the screen of my smartphone. Every morning when I wake up I walk across the Stargate to make some coffee and start watching YouTube videos. I once saw a dragon ... or was it a Dragonite?

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