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September 14, 2010 7:33:04 PM

Hey guys, Im building a new budget gaming PC, finally dumped my Xbox 360 on ebay and now moving to PC:) 
My budget is approximately $580.
This is the configuration I have prepared.
1. Intel i3 530 2.93GHZ processor.
2. ASUS P7H55-V motherboard (http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=IOHPUCJzvbSMrUo0)
3. EVGA GTS450 1GB
3. Kingston 2GB DDR3 1333 RAM
4. Western Digital 320GB 7200rpm HDD
5. Cooler Master USP100 Casing (http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=...)
6. Cooler Master Extreme 500W PSU.
7. Samsung Combo drive.

Can u guys plz suggest whether this configuration is good to handle games like BFBC2 on very high settings?
I will at play at 720p because i think thats a reasonable resolution to play at with this configuration.
Should i buy a XFX 5750 or EVGA GTS450? Which is better?
Please guys tell me if u think there is a better configuration at the same price.
And yeah sorry i dont know much about HOmebuilt systems, this is my first attempt. So can u guys please follow the motherboard link and the Cooler master Chassis link and verify me whether the graphic cards i have mentioned will fit nicely into them?
THNX.

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September 14, 2010 7:48:55 PM

1) you want more RAM 4GB is preferred. Mushkin & G.Skill RAM runs about $75 for 4GB

2) an Athlon II X3 or X4 processor is going to be less expensive and far more powerful than an i3 build. i3 processors are for laptops and HTPCs are quiet, low powered processors, NOT for gaming.

Go for an AS Rock 880G or 770 Motherboard for $60, and a Rana 445 for $78 or Propus 640 for $106. Cheaper and better than the i3 + P55 you have.

3) the GTS450 is ok as an entry level card, its just a little slower than the 5770, but beats it overclocked

4) I don't know that case + PSU. how much is it?

5) The Samsung F4 320 GB is faster and a bit cheaper than the Western Digital model. ($43)
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September 15, 2010 4:54:52 AM

$5xx can land u a GTX 460 1GB wth 4GB RAM+ 80+ PSU config hehe

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September 15, 2010 5:02:18 AM

Bat is sometimes short on words. The point is that on any gaming build under $1K or so it's always better to use AMD.

Your choice of PSUs is probably not too good. The OCZ is better.

The GTX 460 1GB will run circles around that GTS 450.

The only place you lose out is the motherboard, but at that budget you need to make compromises.
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September 15, 2010 5:21:53 AM

+1 butchka
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September 15, 2010 2:05:29 PM

THNX a million guys for ur help.
Instead of the Athlon x3 if I buy this is it ok?
AMD PHENOM X3 8650 2.3GHZ (1.5MB L2 CACHE, 2MB L3 CACHE / AM2 + SOCKET)
and the motherboard u mentioned can i buy this?
MSI (AMD) 785G-E53 (AM3 SOCKET).
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September 15, 2010 2:20:45 PM

Do any of u guys know if i buy all this stuff from the US and then use the system in Asia will it be ok?
I am talking about this because of the difference in power. In U.S its 120V while in most of Asian countries its 220-240V. Is is safe to import all this stuff from US?
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September 15, 2010 2:25:52 PM

and yeah when im going for these things and importing them from US can i trust on the quality of the products? By quality i mean the working life of the products?
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September 15, 2010 2:52:49 PM

I wouldn't get the Phenom X3 8650, as that is a 2009 processor, while the Athlon X3 445 is a 2010 processor. It's much better.

Most power supplies have a switch that regulates 110-120 and 240-250, but importing to Asia from the US might take a long time to ship. I'd shop locally. What country are you in?
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September 15, 2010 3:00:09 PM

No the Phenom X3 is a very poor processor, and is quite old. It would not even work on that motherboard.

When playing DVDs on the optical drive the "region" must match. DVDs sold in one area have a region and an optical drive also has a region. The region of an optical drive can typically be changed up to three times. So, yes it will work in Asia just fine.

The Biostar board would not be so reliable in my opinion. Shipping parts so far is also a good way to end up with damaged electronics.

My experience is that Asia has some good prices though. Why don't you buy locally? It has to be cheaper than the parts plus the shipping expenses.
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September 15, 2010 3:03:56 PM

We're calling UAE Asia these days? :)  I take it you are moving :p 

Buy, build, and sell. I know UAE prices are steep... fine. Buy and sell, then build a new comp in Asia, wherever you are going.
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September 15, 2010 3:05:01 PM

there are quite a few parts distributors in dubai, and you won't get Newegg's combo deals, but it'll save a TON in shipping costs and customs fees. do some comparison shopping among them.
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September 15, 2010 3:07:05 PM

Proximon said:
We're calling UAE Asia these days? :)  I take it you are moving :p 

Buy, build, and sell. I know UAE prices are steep... fine. Buy and sell, then build a new comp in Asia, wherever you are going.



UAE *is* Asia. Its Southwest Asia. Asia isn't just Japan, China, India, and points in between :) 
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September 15, 2010 5:14:12 PM

Ok then thnx everyone for your help...
But one problem i would have to go to shopping malls and I really dont like it there always jam packed with tourists and everyone. Unfortunately i couldnt buy from the comfort of my home. Painstaking research:( 
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September 15, 2010 5:29:40 PM

there should be web page order somwhere.
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September 15, 2010 7:15:43 PM

You would think. Amazon ships to most places but I really think the shipping costs would hurt.

You know, the only really expensive parts to ship are the PSU, and case. If you can find an Antec Sonata with 500W PSU, you take care of the two big ones in one shot... and they are good quality.

These guys have some stuff on line, but it's limited to what they want to carry:
http://nahel.com/subcategories.php?category=Computers-%...
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September 16, 2010 10:55:27 AM

nahel.com does not have AMD, only intel.
So this is the configuration i have prepared, can u please confirm whether this the best for this budget?
AMD Athlon X3 445 Rana 3.1 Gigz + ASROCK 880G $137.98
http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Socket-Hybrid-CrossFireX-M...
Western Digital 500GB SATA 7200rpm/16mb cache $44.95
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Drive-WD50...
CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB ( 2 X 2GB ) $89.9
http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-PC3-10666-1333MHz-240-pin...

EVGA GTS 460 1GB GDDR5 128 bit $130
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics...
OR
EVGA GeForce GTX460 768MB DDR5 $183
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics...

Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black) $89.99
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tow...

OCZ OCZ550FTY Fatal1ty Series 550W Power Supply $64.99
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ550FTY-Fatal1ty-Power-Supp...
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September 29, 2010 3:05:49 AM

Best answer selected by farighlarka.
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