DIY Computer Kits
Do it Yourself Computer Kits are available for almost any type of computer you're aspiring to build.
Most DIY PC kits are referred to as "barebones" systems. A barebones kit is essentially a computer case,
power supply, motherboard, and sometimes cpu. The kit may also (but not often) come with memory (RAM),
a video card, and hard disk.
An operating system (such as Windows 7) will usually NOT be included with DIY PC or Barebones computer kits. However, the
actual components will vary from kit-to-kit.
Helpful Tip: If you are building a new computer or upgrading an older model, you can greatly improve performance by installing a solid state drive (SSD) instead of a conventional hard drive.
Buying and assembling a barebones kit (or DIY Computer Kit ) is a great way to get started if you've never built your own
DIY computer before. A lot of the confusion that can result from
buying incompatible parts is avoided, and as a result, your
experience becomes a more rewarding and enjoyable one.
A DIY PC or Barebones Kit's price can vary greatly depending on the components included. Some are designed for a modest DIY PC
that may only be used for simple internet browsing and email. Others are designed to give the builder a solid framework for building
a very powerful and upgradeable gaming or high performance computing platform.
If you would rather buy your parts individually or can't find a barbones kit that suits your need, you can always buy parts for DIY computer kits
individually. Again, take extreme care that the parts you choose are compatible with each other. I've put together a list
of parts for three typical DIY PC configurations here:
$500 Bargain PC Kit Parts List
$1000 Gaming PC Kit Parts List
High-Performance PC Parts List
If you are interested in the "Barebones" option, here is an example Barebones bundle currently available for about $400 after rebates:
GIGABYTE 760G MB W/X4 955 and 8GB DDR3 Mem Kit
This Bundle Includes:
- GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AMD 760
Motherboard - Micro ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 760G Chipset, 1333MHz
DDR3, SATA II (3Gb/s), RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB
- AMD HDZ955FBK4DGM Phenom II X4 955
Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 2MB L2 Cache, 3.20GHz, Socket
AM3, 125W, No Fan, OEM
- Cooler Master DK9-7G52A-0L-GP CPU
Cooler - Socket AM2 / AM3, 4500 RPM, Rifle Bearing, 3
- Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB 24x DVDRW
Drive - 24x, SATA, Black, OEM
- ADATA Premier Series
AD3U1333C4G9-SH Desktop Memory Module - 4GB, PC3-10666,
DDR3-1333MHz, 240-pin DIMM
- Western Digital WD10EALX Caviar
Blue Hard Drive - 1TB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM,
- MSI R4350-MD1GD3H/LP Radeon HD 4350
Video Card - 1GB, DDR3, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI,
1x HDMI, 1x VGA, DirectX 10.1, Single-Slot, Low
- Ultra XBlaster Mid-Tower V2 Case -
ATX, MicroATX, USB 2.0, Audio, 6x 3.5" Bays, 3x 5.25" Bays, 7x PCI
Slots, Includes 450W PSU, Lifetime Warranty with
- Raygo USB A Male to Mini A Cable -
6ft, USB 2.0, 480Mbps, Black. USB cable for most mobile phones,
portable hard drives, and digital cameras.
If you're interested in putting together your own DIY computer kit, see my complete parts
lists for a typical bargain or gaming pc.