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June 4, 2011 6:26:34 PM

Hello Tom's Hardware Community,

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks from today.

Budget Range: $500 - $600 Approx.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Learning Experience, Gaming, & web surfing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, & speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Local Store, but please use newegg as reference.

Country of Origin: Dubai, UAE

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: CPU: AMD Mobo: Gigabyte/Asus PSU: Corsair/Coolmaster (Limited due to location)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Samsung 24" 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm a total newbie at computers which is why i want to start learning build and overclocking which is why i requesting a budget gaming pc to play games at mid-high the more importantly to learn how to build and overclock, i would like everyone to focus more on the part i can reuse in the future as this system is going to be a learning curve for me thank you.

CPU: Athlon x3 455 - $83
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(ASUS and Gigabyte most available products found)

Memory: Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 133 - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(G-Skill not available here.)

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 - $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Corsair, coolmaster, thermaltake, & silverstone were the only psu available, no antec sold here)

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 912 - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(thought case looked cool and had good reviews plus it was this or gigabyte setto other brands were too expensive and limited, will reuse it for future)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $562
Please advice me, thank you.

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June 4, 2011 6:47:57 PM

I see you are going for AM3+ motherboards which is setting you up for future upgrades but the ones you chose have chipsets that are lacking. I would recommend you try and get an 800 series chipset preferably one with Sata 6gb/s and usb 3.0 as these will also future proof you system a little more. I like the selections you have for psu, gpu, case. So no differing opinions there. Notice you don't have a HDD listed in your parts selection, I am going to assume you already have one? Hope any of this helps and good luck.
June 4, 2011 6:57:46 PM

Thanks MGF actually i just forgot to add the HDD, could you give me any suggestion to some better motherboards?
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June 4, 2011 7:19:48 PM

Either of the motherboards ps3Hacker recommend are much better chipsets and will be more "futureproof" but as I don't know prices in Dubai these could be considerably more expensive to you. Besides local shop where else could you get parts from in Dubai? Such as online?
June 4, 2011 7:24:28 PM

thank you ps3hacker, unfortunately that is my biggest limitation as there is no online service for computer hardware.
June 4, 2011 7:27:35 PM

jfem07 said:
thank you ps3hacker, unfortunately that is my biggest limitation as there is no online service for computer hardware.

look in that store for AM3+ 800 chipset motherboards that MGF Derp was mentioning, are you sure they dont have any?
June 4, 2011 7:35:29 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
look in that store for AM3+ 800 chipset motherboards that MGF Derp was mentioning, are you sure they dont have any?


Yeah i will give them a call, or have a look at other stores but i will keep in mind the 800 chipset.
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