First Time Builder

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=N82E16819103911&Tpk=x3%20455

Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131728&cm_re=Am3-_-13-131-728-_-Product

OR

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131728&cm_re=Am3-_-13-131-728-_-Product

(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=N82E16820220537&cm_re=memory_ddr3-_-20-220-537-_-Product

(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=N82E16822136073&cm_re=WD_blue-_-22-136-073-_-Product

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102878&Tpk=SAPPHIRE%20100297L%20Radeon%20HD%205830%201GB

PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&cm_re=500w-_-17-139-027-_-Product

(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=N82E16811119233&Tpk=Cool%20Master%20912

(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=N82E16832116986&cm_re=Windows_7_Home-_-32-116-986-_-Product

Total: $562
Please advice me, thank you.
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  1. 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.
  2. Thanks MGF actually i just forgot to add the HDD, could you give me any suggestion to some better motherboards?
  3. 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?
  4. thank you ps3hacker, unfortunately that is my biggest limitation as there is no online service for computer hardware.
  5. 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?
  6. 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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