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Windows 7: Barebones Desktops


15 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 
Barebones Desktops

Anybody purchased any barebones systems?
Who has best deals and most reliable product?
Also, which MoBo as well as AMD or Intel processor?

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15 Feb 2011   #2

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Newegg.com and Tigerdirect have some good deals on barebones. I have purchased many a kit when the go on sale. Reliability depends greatly on the manufacturer, not the retailer.
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15 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It's really best to pick your own parts. It takes some time to make sure your RAM is the right voltage, ect. I and many others have videos on YT (mine are under the same user name) You can get some good recommendations there.

I just built a good AMD system from Newegg but I normally build Intel, personal choice. They are both fine. Check out the video if you want the parts. CPU (1055T six core), MOBO, and RAM was just GSkill 1333Mhz (1.5V) 8-8-8-21 timings. Great system.

I would not but those "barebones" systems but they would do if you son't have time to research. You can save a little money with barebones too I suppose. Good luck
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16 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Here's one not ot bad TigerDirect.com $199 AMD Quad core
Fabe
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16 Feb 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

The rig I'm on right now started out as a bare bones system from TigerDirect.ca
It came with the following:

Motherboard - Asus M2N68-AM SE2 ATX Motherboard
Processor - 2.60GHz AMD Athlon II X4 620 Quad Core with heatsink and fan.
Ram - 1024MB Ultra PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory
Hard Drive - 250 Gig WesternDigital IDE Drive
Power Up Black ATX Mid Tower with Extreme ATX 450 Watt power supply.
It was a less than 300 Canadian including shipping and taxes.

I've since added a GT 220 PCIe video card, another 2 gigs of ram, and swapped out the IDE drive for a SATA 2 hard drive. Windows 7 Home Premium x64. I have no complaints, it does what I want and plays the games I like. I didn't have a lot of money to spend on a PC and wanted something that I could pretty well use right away. I'm a retired electronic technician so the some assembly required part wasn't a problem for me.
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16 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Thanks for the feedback. Do the ASUS MoBos have SLIC 2.1 so that I can run OEM Windows 7? Also, do you get BIOS updates directly from ASUS?
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17 Feb 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I'm not sure what you're asking in relation to SLIC? My version of Windows 7 Home Premium is OEM. I downloaded the latest BIOS for my motherboard from ASUS.
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