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?
PS: I appreciate that the 450W psu is overkill, but it was the cheapest branded one I could find with a 120mm fan.
At that level, Its down to which you like the look of more, I'd go the homebuild route personally,
mostly because I love building and modding, you may prefer to buy the pre-build for ease though,
and if you build it ofc, we're here to (mostly) help
Great, thanks. Two things worry me about the barebones, 1 the PSU which although the Antec I chose is of basic level, the one that comes with the barebones may not even be branded, and 2, the spec for the barebones says, "Operating system supported: Windows 7", and I intend to put either XP or Linux so I dont want to have any trouble with that... Would you agree with these points?
If windows 7 is supported than xp and linux will work too. As for PSU in the barebones I would call/email to find out exactly what make and model you get. I would go build your own also for the same reasons as motopsychojdn.
Thanks, I have askes Asus about the PSU but their customer service is terrible and havent replied after a few days...Also, bare in mind that the Antec psu I listed for the non-barebones option is the bottom of the line, it is not even 80plus compliant.
I was going to suggest asking them, but if you dont get a reply,dont buy imo
at least the antec you listed, you know what it is, and what to expect from it, and can easily swap it out if needs be,