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May 20, 2011 3:55:02 PM

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_Series_2530L/V7P8H67E...
Cost £120

OR

2)
+In Win EM019 MicroATX Case - £25
http://www.in-win.com.tw/products_pccase_series.php?cat...
+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/product-page.aspx?pid=...
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.
May 20, 2011 7:10:13 PM

LOL! I love that... I would appreciate a reply though. Thanks
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May 20, 2011 7:54:42 PM

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 :) 
Moto
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May 20, 2011 9:13:21 PM

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?
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May 20, 2011 10:18:49 PM

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.
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May 21, 2011 3:16:20 PM

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.
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May 21, 2011 3:25:49 PM

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,
Moto
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May 21, 2011 4:43:47 PM

Moto, you are right sir. The useless Asus support is putting me off big time. By the way, what speed DDR3 RAM do I need to buy for the13 2100T processor 1066 or 1333?
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