Overclock.net › Forums › Specialty Builds › HTPC › Barebones or Individual Components - your opinion
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Barebones or Individual Components - your opinion

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi guys, I need you opinion. I am building a new HTPC+NAS system, and after analysing my budget and looking at whats available, I got to a cross road. Please can you tell me what you would choose

1) Asus V7-P8H67E Barebones
http://www.asus.com/Barebone_PC/V_Se...specifications
Cost £120

OR

2)
+In Win EM019 MicroATX Case - £25
http://www.in-win.com.tw/products_pc...6&model_id=245
+PSU Antec 450W VP450P (not 80+) - £30
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=Mjc4Mg
+Mobo Gigabyte GA-H67MA-D2H-B3 -£80
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=3812#sp
Cost £135

As you can see the above is the about the same build, i.e. Socket 1155 Chipset H67 Mobo; PSU 350W+; Mini Tower Case and as the price is similar, I dont know what to choose. I will be adding to this an intel i3 2100T, 2 SATA HDDs , 1 DVD Drive and 2GB DDR3 RAM - nothing less, nothing more.

Please can you tell me what you would go for i.e. 1 or 2 and why?

Thank you.

PS: I appreciate that the 450W psu is overkill, but it was the cheapest branded one I could find with a 120mm fan.
Edited by Dnose - 5/20/11 at 2:42pm
post #2 of 8
I'll go with the individual components. You get a better PSU that way.
iMac 5k Late 2015
(11 items)
 
The Overlord
(25 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700K Custom Apple Motherboard AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4GB 16GB 1867Mhz DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
3TB Apple Fusion Drive 4TB WD Elements External Drive Mac OS X 5120‑by‑2880, 10-bit IPS 
KeyboardMouseAudio
Apple Magic Keyboard Apple Magic Trackpad 2, Razer Deathadder 2013 Bose Companion 2 Series iii 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 970 @ 4.4 Ghz Asus P6X58D-E EVGA GTX 680 SLI @ 1200Mhz 12GB Corsair DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 2 * 1TB WD Black 5 * 2TB Hitachi LaCie 1TB External HDD 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG BD Combo Corsair H70 Windows 8 64-bit HP ZR30W (2560*1600) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech 920-000914 OCZ ZX 1250W CM 690 II Advanced Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Razer Goliathus Audez'e LCD-2 Schiit Lyr + NuForce HD DAC Blue Yeti Microphone 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Logitech G35 Altec Lansing 2.0 7 Scythe Ultra Kaze fans @ 3000rpm Scythe Kaze Fan controller 
Other
Logitech C900 Webcam 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-6360U 1536MB Iris Graphics 540 8GB RAM 256GB SSD 
OSMonitor
Mac OS X 2560-by-1600 resolution IPS display 
  hide details  
Reply
iMac 5k Late 2015
(11 items)
 
The Overlord
(25 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700K Custom Apple Motherboard AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4GB 16GB 1867Mhz DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
3TB Apple Fusion Drive 4TB WD Elements External Drive Mac OS X 5120‑by‑2880, 10-bit IPS 
KeyboardMouseAudio
Apple Magic Keyboard Apple Magic Trackpad 2, Razer Deathadder 2013 Bose Companion 2 Series iii 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 970 @ 4.4 Ghz Asus P6X58D-E EVGA GTX 680 SLI @ 1200Mhz 12GB Corsair DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 2 * 1TB WD Black 5 * 2TB Hitachi LaCie 1TB External HDD 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG BD Combo Corsair H70 Windows 8 64-bit HP ZR30W (2560*1600) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech 920-000914 OCZ ZX 1250W CM 690 II Advanced Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Razer Goliathus Audez'e LCD-2 Schiit Lyr + NuForce HD DAC Blue Yeti Microphone 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Logitech G35 Altec Lansing 2.0 7 Scythe Ultra Kaze fans @ 3000rpm Scythe Kaze Fan controller 
Other
Logitech C900 Webcam 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-6360U 1536MB Iris Graphics 540 8GB RAM 256GB SSD 
OSMonitor
Mac OS X 2560-by-1600 resolution IPS display 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 8
individual because barebones usually have crappy power supplies and low speed memory
The Crushinator
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K Asus P8P67 Pro MSI Twin Frozer 465 1GB Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial m4 64GB WD Caviar Blue 320GB Lite-On DVD Multi Recorder Corsair H80 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Professional HP 17 Inch 1440x900 Cooler Master Silent Pro 600w Cooler Master HAF 912 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G400 Soft 
  hide details  
Reply
The Crushinator
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K Asus P8P67 Pro MSI Twin Frozer 465 1GB Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial m4 64GB WD Caviar Blue 320GB Lite-On DVD Multi Recorder Corsair H80 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Professional HP 17 Inch 1440x900 Cooler Master Silent Pro 600w Cooler Master HAF 912 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G400 Soft 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys.The barebones has no memory so thats outside the equation. The antec psu which I'd buy if not barebones, is the bottom of the line, is not even 80+ compliant, so I wouldnt bet on it as the deciding factor...the question is, does Asus build decent barebones?
post #5 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dnose View Post
Thanks guys.The barebones has no memory so thats outside the equation. The antec psu which I'd buy if not barebones, is the bottom of the line, is not even 80+ compliant, so I wouldnt bet on it as the deciding factor...the question is, does Asus build decent barebones?
Asus is probably the best brand for motherboards.. Id be okay with them.
iSeven
(16 items)
 
Big Red
(11 items)
 
Ultimate rig 2013
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Gigabyte z77X-UD5H R9 290x HyperX Red 12 GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD Caviar Blue 500GB SanDisk UltraPlus 240GB Corsair H100i Windows 8.1 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
VG248QE VE248H x2 Ducky Shine Corsair 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT H230 White Razer Ouroborous SteelSeries QcK+ Xonar DG 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8320 ASRock 970 extreme 4 XFX Radeon HD 6850 XMS3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Western Digital Blue Windows 7 x64 Acer 21 inch x3 G510 
PowerCaseMouse
Cooler master 750w None ATM G9x 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8350 ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 Asus Radeon HD 7970 32 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Force GT 240 none Hyper 212 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 27 inch Razer blackwidow Silverstone Strider Switch 810 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
iSeven
(16 items)
 
Big Red
(11 items)
 
Ultimate rig 2013
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Gigabyte z77X-UD5H R9 290x HyperX Red 12 GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD Caviar Blue 500GB SanDisk UltraPlus 240GB Corsair H100i Windows 8.1 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
VG248QE VE248H x2 Ducky Shine Corsair 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT H230 White Razer Ouroborous SteelSeries QcK+ Xonar DG 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8320 ASRock 970 extreme 4 XFX Radeon HD 6850 XMS3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Western Digital Blue Windows 7 x64 Acer 21 inch x3 G510 
PowerCaseMouse
Cooler master 750w None ATM G9x 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8350 ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 Asus Radeon HD 7970 32 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Force GT 240 none Hyper 212 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 27 inch Razer blackwidow Silverstone Strider Switch 810 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 8
individual components are much cheaper, you'll regret a barebones kit once you try to upgrade anything in it
Cyberdyne
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3930k sabertooth x79 gtx 1060 rip jaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
kingston hyperx 3000k 1.0Tb WD Green 1.0Tb WD Black Corsair H100 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
win 7 64bit 23in syncmaster px2370 3x dell 1908fpt Rosewill rk9100 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
hx750 NZXT m59 logi G9x College Writing Skills with readings 8th edition 
Audio
sony 100w 5.1ch 
  hide details  
Reply
Cyberdyne
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3930k sabertooth x79 gtx 1060 rip jaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
kingston hyperx 3000k 1.0Tb WD Green 1.0Tb WD Black Corsair H100 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
win 7 64bit 23in syncmaster px2370 3x dell 1908fpt Rosewill rk9100 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
hx750 NZXT m59 logi G9x College Writing Skills with readings 8th edition 
Audio
sony 100w 5.1ch 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
@ lapengu - the mobo is not the question here, the gigabyte one I picked is probably as good, if not better than the asus that comes with the barebones. It has eSata, which the asus one does not.

@ (mirror)52-D.S.L - if you read my post you will see that the barebones is £15 cheaper than the sum of the individual components. Also, the cases are the same dimension do upgradability should be equal too.

Thanks both for your input though.
post #8 of 8
DIY is better
   
Spare Rigs
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
   
Spare Rigs
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: HTPC
Overclock.net › Forums › Specialty Builds › HTPC › Barebones or Individual Components - your opinion