What is a barebone computer?
A barebone computer contains used computer parts or cases from computers that normally contain the tower. It is a platform or kit that is partially assembled and requires additional hardware to run the PC. Barebone computers are less expensive and can be obtained from manufacturers or private computer manufacturers who either do handicrafts in the field or run full-fledged home businesses.
Can also be known as barebones hardware or simply barebones.
The hardware typically found in a pure computer includes:
- Power supply
- cooling device
- Optical drive
Sometimes a media card reader or hard drive is also included. If not, they must be purchased to make the system complete along with other elements such as memory / RAM, a central processing unit, and adapters.
Bare bones parts are available for a wide variety of computers from different PC manufacturers. Sometimes manufacturers sell certain types of form factors that are custom or specialized. In these cases, the power supply and motherboard are typically pre-installed and the purchase may include a parts warranty.
In addition to the cost savings, barebones computers can also upgrade an existing PC to make it work better. Some techies make a hobby by exchanging barebones hardware from incompetent computers or from other tech hobbyists. It's a great way to recycle and reduce the number of computer parts that land in landfills. That way, using barebones computer hardware is a win-win situation.
But computer reconstruction requires someone who knows exactly what they are doing and it can be a time consuming process.