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    09/05/2011

Barebones & Mini PC


Barebones & Mini PC: Buying Guide

Pre-packaged computers which come loaded with good strong features often are loaded with a package of software preloaded and inflexibility on upgrades. However what do you do when you want to break the mould? When you do not want an HP or Dell product that tells you what you need? This is where barebones PCs have offered a different experience.

Basic computer
The basic computer begins with a motherboard and the brains behind the operation, the processor. The first question most computer buyers need to ask is what is the basic need they have for their computer? Any computer from a netbook to a power game PC can use the internet watch YouTube and create documents in Microsoft Word.

Before buying
Where does a barebone PC buyer start ? What do they want to do beyond that ? This shapes the way the computer progresses and how useful it will be.

Processor war
The first question starts at the motherboard and the processor. Everything after that depends on where you start. AMD and Intel have waged a war over processors. This war has created a circumstance where a computer buyer must choose what type of processor they want. Most barebones computers on the market will use an Intel Celeron or an AMD processor.

Gaming
Gamers and those that want high speed and high power will be looking for a quad core processor which can handle the demands created buy those users. AMD offer the higher speed processor at a reasonable price while currently Intel offers integration with NVIDA graphics which gives a slight edge on gaming computers.

Motherboards
Motherboards on barebones computers need to have a good reputation of working with a wide range of products. However each processor has a specific type of motherboard it works with so most barebones PCs work with this limitation.

Motherboard accessories
Motherboards come with graphic cards and sound cards as a standard. The better the card the more expensive the board will be. So if you are looking to add your own gaming card you may not need an expensive built in graphics card.

Motherboards capacity
Before buying any barebones PC checking the motherboard reviews is critical : a bad motherboard will make your experience a nightmare whereas a good one will allow you flexibility to build beyond barebones. Memory is another key point for barebones computers. Most memory is relatively inexpensive so it is not the end of the world if you start low. Motherboard ideally should be able to use more than the standard 4 gigabytes of memory or this may be an issue for you later. Price, reliability and flexibility are all critical to a great computer.

 
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