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    Barebones Computer kits to build yourself - choose from our affordable & ready to build custom barebones bundles and your system will be up in no time! Featuring the latest Intel & AMD processors. 100% compatibility guaranteed. A barebones PC kit is a cheap and effective way to start your newest desktop computer build. Our bare bones kits are low priced and we offer a complete selection of barebone kits from both Intel and AMD. Picking up a barebones computer allow you to build a PC more quickly and ensure everything is compatible. You will be getting a case, processor, and motherboard all at a discounted bundle price! Aside from our custom barebones kits we also carry a line of popular pre-configured lines from Shuttle, Biostar, Intel and other major manufacturers. Whatever type of barebones PC you're looking for we have an option that should work out for you! From high-end gaming configurations to entry level or low cost internet starters - you will be getting the basic components you need to build your own computer quickly and affordably.

    FAQ & Section Info

    What is a barebone computer kit?

    A barebones PC is the fastest way to start building or upgrading your computer. The kits you'll find here typically come with a case, motherboard, & processor along with other parts and accessories you will need to start a desktop computer build. Choose your kit to fit your requirements - whether you're going to build your own computer or build your own laptops with a notebook barebones kit, we've got the right system that will be perfect for you. We use brands including, but not limited to, Bitfenix, Antec, Fractal design, and Logisys for cases, Gigabyte, Asus, and ASRock for motherboards, Western Digital and Seagate for our hard drives, Mushkin for RAM, Corsair, Solid Gear, and Ark Technology for our power supplies, and more for other hardware included in various kits.

    What is the right Barebones Kit for me?

    If you're going to build a performance PC, you're looking for pc kits with a four-core or greater CPU, something like an Intel Core i5 or i7, or AMD A-Series or FX processor, at least 8GB of RAM, and a high wattage power-supply, likely over 500W. For home-use PC, you'll probably only need a power supply up to about 400-450W, depending on performance and other hardware, a minimum of 4GB of RAM, and maybe a Pentium or Athlon II dual-core processor. We try provide generous storage solutions for your system as well, generally 500GB to 1TB.

    Why should I buy a barebones kit vs. a pre-built system?

    The choice to go with barebones bundles over a pre-built system really comes down to whether or not you want to build from the ground up and choose/configure all your parts or not. Oftentimes with a pre-built system your parts are chosen for you and you aren't able to customize. With a barebone kit you do get a pre-configured base system, but from there you can choose to go in any direction you want. Barebones can be less expensive or more expensive than a pre-built system depending on what choices you make on the other hardware.

    A barebone is easier than picking parts one by one because those basic components are already picked out for you, all you need to do is assemble them. You'll also get a discount on the bundles as well, so you save time and money. This is great option for new builders that want to get their hands wet, though, we highly encourage dry hands when actually building your PC. Barebones kits also act as a good starting point for builders to put a PC together and add some more hardware along the way.

    Other reasons we like to build from the ground up is so we can know just what is going into our system from the get go, from hardware to operating system and software. Pre-built systems often come laden with bloatware, proprietary software from the manufacturer that is widely unused by most consumers, and often doesn't play nice with other proprietary software that your family member or friend's PC has on it, which is pretty frustrating isn't it? You'll also be able to choose exactly the operating system you want to use. Yes, it may be another purchase, but it's also part of the cost of a pre-built machine. With hand-picked hardware, operating system, and software for your system, you'll be able to have a truly personal computer experience.

    Is it difficult to build a PC using a barebones kit?

    Building a computer is much easier than it used to be. With videos on Youtube, manuals all over the net, and how-to tutorials everywhere, it's much easier than before to build your own computer. And with a barebone kit, a "Do It Yourselfer" can easily add a few additional components to the basic parts to get a computer up and running. Barebone computer kits let you custom build your system with exactly the specifications you need - all while saving money by cutting out all the stuff you don't. The parts that go into a barebone are usually higher quality because they are OEM or Retail boxed units and you get to control everything.

    Am I guaranteed compatibility when choosing a bare bone computer?

    Yes. A barebones kit will have a matched set of components that cover the basics core of a build - including the processor, cooler, motherboard, case, and power supply. Some barebones will include additional components like a gaming graphics card or upgraded PSU, etc. The parts that come in a barebone are all pre-tested and configured to work perfectly with each other. And one of the best parts with buying your barebone from us is that you can find all the other components you need to complete your build on our site as well.

    What is a Barebones PC Computer?

    A barebones PC computer is a bundle package composed of all the basic parts needed to build a computer. A typical barebone computer kit includes a desktop PC case, a motherboard, and a compatible processor. Sometimes a barebone kit will include a power supply as well, often times installed right into the case.

    Why Buy a Barebones PC kit?

    Barebones computer kits are very good choices for many users since it allows them to purchase the core components of a new system at one time, with a discounted price, and reduced shipping costs (since the whole barebone combo ships out at one time). A bare bones kit is also good because it allows you to reuse some of your old computer components such as RAM, video cards, expansion cards, hard drives, and other devices. That's the reason why most people buy a bare-bones computer kit.

    Computer Builder's Guide

    A well balanced PC is the most sought after of enthusiast and casual users alike. Not only does a balanced PC build provide you with optimal performance but you can remove the common mistakes and unnecessary costs new PC builders make. When building a PC it is important to keep in mind the goal and purpose of your build. Straying from this can result in costly errors. In this article you will learn about each essential PC component and how to make the best choice for your application.

    Computer Case

    Every build should start off by choosing a case. Though seemingly mostly a matter of preference, choosing the right case can mean the difference between limiting yourself from building a powerful gaming PC or a simple media center PC. Cases come in three sizes, mATX, ATX, Full ATX. As a general rule of thumb mATX is used for media centers, full ATX for enthusiast gaming PCs, and ATX mid-towers for everything else. Larger cases are capable of dissipating heat at faster rates so keep that in mind when making your decision.


    The motherboard is the backbone or exoskeleton of your computer build. The motherboard interfaces and holds together many of the components in your system. Essentially, it acts as the middle man when components in your system must communicate with one another via the chipset, The chipset is responsible for all the special features your motherboard is capable of such as overclocking. If this is something that interests you be sure to check if your chipset supports this functionality. When picking a motherboard its important to think about what expansions you make in the future as well so check the specs for the number of USB, PCI-E, and SATA ports. Most importantly, each motherboard is limited to a socket type. This socket determines which CPU you will be able to install. If you have a particular processor in mind it is best to check if this chip is supported motherboard.


    The processor is the brains of the operation and handled the raw number and byte crunching power of your system. A high performance cpu is required for any high calculation applications such as gaming and video rendering/encoding/transcoding. For a low-end system I recommend a dual core chip and for anything else a quad core chip should suffice. If you are heavily into gaming or encoding video then I recommend a minimum of an Intel i5, i7, or an AMD 8 series chip such as the AMD 8350.


    The amount of RAM in your system will dictate the amount of multi-tasking you will be capable of. RAM comes in many difference speeds and capacities however for most capacity is the only concern and that is what I will address in this section. For a typical modern PC 4GB is recommended. This will allow you to run multiple everyday applications such as browsers, media players, and office suites. If you're looking to do gaming or video editing I recommend going with 8GB - 16GB of memory. This will allow you to work with multiple instances of high quality documents such as HD video, and hi res textures.


    PC storage has four main properties, there are type, speed, capacity, and size. Each of these properties will affect the performance of your PC in some way. The most important of the 4 is the speed. When it comes to speed you are pretty much limited to the choice between a traditional hard drive or the newer solid state drives.

    Solid State Drive

    If you are looking for the fastest solution possible then solid state is the choice for you. With no moving parts you will be able to read and write to files with blazing fast speeds.

    Hard Drive

    A traditional hard drive will get you the most bang for your buck. Although slower than solid state drives, hard drives have become more refined in recent years and you can still achieve decent transfer speeds.

    If you are having a difficult time choosing between the two… don't. You can install both a solid state and hard drive. It is common practice to load your important software such as the OS and frequently used applications onto the smaller solid state drive and everything else onto the hard drive.


    For a modern computer it is recommended to go with a storage space of at least 1 Terabyte (1 TB) . A 500 GB should suffice for most people but the price difference between the two is negligible and you'd be robbing yourself to choose otherwise.

    Power Supply

    Choosing a power supply should be the last thing done as the wattage required is largely determined by the components installed in your system, mainly - the video card. For a mid-range system we recommend a 500 watt, 750 watt for an enthusiast system, and beyond for more elaborate gaming systems.


    In response to the increased amount of questions from users who're building computers, a Q&A was destined to help everyone decide on desktop components. In this version of the Q&A I will be covering choosing the main components (CPU, Mobo, and Memory), a Q&A for Video, Sound, and Storage devices will be covered later. As with most Q&A's, I'll try to include as many answers as possible.

    Choosing Desktop Components

    Q). Which Processor should I go with, AMD or Intel? A). While this can be debated and go on for days on without anyone agreeing with each other, the answer is simple, if you're on a low budget of around $150 or less, the logical solution would be AMD as their low end models pack more bang for the buck compared to Intel's model. If you have a budget of $150 or more to spend on the CPU alone, it's hard to choose between Intel and AMD, but my suggestion would be Intel as their new "C" (ex. 2.4C) feature an 800 MHz FSB (Front Side Bus) and Hyper Threading technology which reduces system lag when your system is on full load.

    Q). Ok, so I've chosen to go with AMD, which model should I go with?

    A). Currently AMD's Athlon XP 2500+ (1.8 GHz) Barton is a great bargain with it's 512K of L2 cache and 333 MHz FSB and can be had for $109.99. With the Barton 2500+ there should be a noticeable speed improvement in games and applications. The downside of this is the Barton's require a 333 MHz FSB supporting motherboard which is problematic if you're upgrading from an older Athlon/Athlon XP.

    If you have an older main board that only supports 266 MHz FSB and want to upgrade, the other solution would be the Athlon XP 1700+ (1.47 GHz) for $55.99 or 2000+ (1.67 GHz) for $69.99.

    Q). Ok, I have the money to spring on an Intel system, which speed grade should I go with?

    A). This is hard to answer depending on how much money you have to spend. For the most bang for buck, the 2.4B/2.4C would be the most bang for the buck while the 3.2C will be the fastest and costliest. If you were just looking for something for everyday applications, the 2.4/2.6C would be your best bet as they hit the sweet spot for pricing.

    Q). Now that I've chosen a processor, which motherboard should I go with?

    A). Motherboards are a touch choice and it's hard to recommend any specific motherboard for a processor, thus I'll give suggestions to help you in choosing the right product.

    If you want to go with AMD, there're a few chipsets to choose from. The main chipsets for the Athlon XP are NVIDIA's nForce 2 Ultra 400, nForce 2 400 (Single Channel), VIA KT400/KT400A, KT600, KM266A, Silicon Integrated System's (SIS) 745FX and 748.

    For those looking for the fastest available platform, NVIDIA's nForce 2/Ultra 400 and VIA's KT400A/KT600 is the chipset of choice. The nForce 2/Ultra 400 is more popular as there're more feature rich main boards based on the solution while KT400A/KT600 boards are virtually nowhere to be found. The differences between the nForce 2/KT400A and nForce 2 Ultra 400/KT600 are very minimal as the nForce 2 Ultra 400/KT600 only add support for 400 MHz FSB. The most popular motherboards as of the time of writing are the Asus A7N8X/Deluxe Revision 2, Abit NF7-S/M v2.0, and MSI K7N2 Delta.

    For those looking for a midrange platform, I'd suggest a motherboard based on VIA's KT400A/600 since those are relatively low priced with comparable performance to the nForce 2. The two boards I'd recommend for this category would be Gigabyte's GA-7VAX-A if you plan on using a 266/333 FSB MHz processor and the GA-7VT600L if you plan on going with a 400 MHz FSB processor or if you intend to *overclock.

    For those looking for a low-end platform with everything integrated, I'd suggest VIA's KM266 since it's quite mature. This chipset isn't recommended if you plan on playing games, as the onboard S3 ProSavage DDR is very outdated, nonetheless the solution is good for normal web browsing, office work, or anything that doesn't require 3D. Boards based on the KM266 will usually have an AGP slot for you to upgrade to an AGP graphics card as well. For this purpose, I'd suggest the MSI KM2M Combo-L, it has onboard VGA, LAN, and Sound. It also supports your older PC133 if you want to upgrade but don't have enough money for DDR yet.

    Q). So I can afford Intel, what motherboard should I choose?

    A). Motherboards are a touch choice and it's hard to recommend any specific motherboard for a processor, thus I'll give suggestions to help you in choosing the right product.

    For the high end enthusiast who want the fastest performance possible, I'd suggest going with main boards based on Intel's 875P as it's the fastest solution available. The reason for this is Intel chipsets have always been rock solid and stable and the 875P is no different. The 875P also features Intel's "PAT" (Performance Enhancing Technology) which has faster internal timings which speed up performance by roughly 5-10%. One thing to look out for on 875P boards are there're usually two models of them from each manufacturer, the difference is usually Gigabit Ethernet, which is an extra $70 compared to the ones with normal 10/100 Ethernet. Unless you plan on using Gigabit Ethernet, I'd suggest sticking with normal 10/100 and save the money. The boards I'd suggest in this category would be the Abit IC7/G and Asus P4C800/Deluxe if you plan on *overclocking, and Intel's D875PBZ if you want a stable board without any *overclocking features.

    For the midrange buyer, I'd suggest Intel's 865PE chipset as it offers similar to 875P performance at a slightly lower cost. Some manufacturers claim their 865PE board supports a function similar to the 875P's "PAT," but from my experiences the support is usually flaky and has issues when enabled. The boards I'd suggest in this category would be Abit's IS7, MSI's 865PE NEO, and Asus P4P800.

    As for the lower end solutions, I'd suggest going with SIS651 or Intel i845G Solutions. Both of these solutions have integrated graphics, which can play some games at low resolution and feature an AGP slot to add an AGP Graphics card. One thing with these boards are they will not support newer "C" processors with 800 MHz FSB and will only support "A/B" 400/533 MHz FSB processors, as well as the Socket 478 Celerons. For this task, I'd suggest any of the boards produced by MSI, as they're competitively priced.

    Q). Now that I've chosen my motherboard and CPU, what kind of memory should I purchase?

    A). There're two classes of memory, the memory for overclockers, and the memory for normal consumers.

    For the overclockers, which are usually the midrange and high end users, I'd suggest going with either Corsair TWINX PC3200/3500/3700 or a pair of Kingston HyperX3200/3500 sticks. I'm suggesting two sticks because the nForce 2 and Intel 875P/865PE have a dual channel memory architecture which is used to its full advantage when memory is installed in pairs. If you're going with the KT400A/600, then a single stick will do. The reason for suggesting Kingston HyperX and Corsair is the particular model of memory is targeted towards the overclocking crowd and is rated to run at non-standard (higher) speeds.

    As for the normal crowd, I'd suggest the generic DDR400 or Kingston Value RAM if you want a name brand. The reason for suggesting DDR400 is that it only costs roughly $10 more then DDR333 or 266 and is worth the investment if you plan on upgrading within a year.

    Q). Now that I've chosen the type of ram, how much should I get?

    A). It's all up to you on and your checkbook on this, the minimal amount of ram you should have is 256MB while 512MB is suggested if you're running Windows 2K/XP. As with most things, if you could afford it, install as much as you can.