Haswell Barebones System w/ CPU/DDR3/USB3/SATA3 just add HDD+OS! £189.98 @ Novatech
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Haswell Barebones System w/ CPU/DDR3/USB3/SATA3 just add HDD+OS! £189.98 @ Novatech

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Found 19th Oct 2013
Haswell CPU G3420 (low end but still decent)
4GB DDR3 RAM (1333mhz) (could be faster but will do the job) (upgradeable to 16GB)
PSU + H81 motherboard
Has USB3 and SATA3.

just add HDD/SSD and an OS to complete the system. Further options are a ODD and a GPU* depending on your needs.

Believe this will have decent upgradeability options down the line also.

*Obviously keeping an eye on the 300W PSU (CPU TDP 55W so you have some play room here...)
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Full Specs:
Processor
Description Intel Pentium G3420
Architecture Features 22 nm technology
Cache 3 MB
Clockspeed 3.20GHz
Manufacturer Intel
No. of Cores 2

Memory
Description 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz Memory
Speed 1333Mhz

Case
Description Novatech Micro Tower Case

Power Supply
Description FSP 300W ATX Power Supply
Wattage / Rating 300W

Motherboard
Description GIGABYTE Intel H81 Chipset
Form Factor Micro ATX
Max Memory Capacity 16 GB Max
Memory Slots 2 x DDR3 DIMM
CPU Support Intel 4th Generation Core i7/i5/i3
Chipset H81 Express
LAN Speed: 10/100/1000
USB 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports/ 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
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Haswell
Cheap hard drive. Download Ubuntu and your good to go.

Heat mate.
Meh, pretty low end & only dual core. Better of snapping up your own bits IMHO.
oUkTuRkEyIII

Cheap hard drive. Download Ubuntu and your good to go. Heat mate.


Yeah, £10 on eBay will get you an 80GB SATA drive (assuming you don't just have a spare old one lying around).
ubuntu.com/ onto a usb and you have a functional system Haswell system for £200. Then fill it out/upgrade from there as required.

Other OS (eg. Windows) are of course perfectly viable (if more expensive)...
Not for me as I couldn't live with any of the components, but definitely good for some. If you're on a budget and this is all you can afford then the idea of ubuntu here is good and I'm sure someone could give you an old hdd (as long as its not too old) that could fininish the system off. Of course then you just need a monitor.
The H81 chipset is SATA III which would be good for an SSD.
I ordered a similar Intel G3220 cpu + MSH H81M-P33 motherboard for £78 delivered from Scan - added some spare memory and hard drive and installed Windows 8.1. Once you enable the fast boot options it boots in only a few seconds even with a regular 500GB hard drive. Personally I was very impressed with this budget build - powerful enough for non-gaming duties - can play 1080p YouTube at 30% cpu etc.
bigsofty

Meh, pretty low end & only dual core. Better of snapping up your own bits … Meh, pretty low end & only dual core. Better of snapping up your own bits IMHO.


This is true. I'm hoping it might help someone on a budget (obviously) and who , while comfortable finishing off the build by adding a HDD , may not want to build completely from scratch..
Still shocks me how most people think a new build has got to be capable of been a super uber gaming rig. I built my son a machine around this budget and all i put in was a dual core chip i think for around £30. 4gb DDR for about £25. A 500gb hdd i pulled out of a old sky hd box and a graphics card i got off of CCL for around £40. All he was bothered about was if he had LED's on his case or not lol. But serious once ya got it up and running then thats the main thing cos its easy enuff to put the rest of the parts in when and needed just make sure u dont hold back with splashing the cash when it comes to the motherboard and that its future proof.

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dearley1231

The H81 chipset is SATA III which would be good for an SSD.



It would be fine for an SSD even if it were only SATA II.

With the H81 chipset and cheap Pentium CPU, I'd be interested to know what the power consumption of this PC would be. Might make for a decent cheap NAS / Ubuntu box.
My new build idles around 40W with a single 500GB hard drive, DVD writer and 2 x 2GB DDR3 ram - this is with a fairly old inefficient PSU though.

Edited by: "brookheather" 19th Oct 2013
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