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September 4, 2012 6:03:01 AM

Looking at gettign a gaming PC and been offered the following:

AMD gaming PC:

Case: Gigabyte 3D Aurora with side mesh panel. Black.

PSU: FSP Group 600W ATX 12v/EPS 12v SLI 80 Plus Certified PSU Blue.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY MOTHERBOARD AMD AM3 785G PCI EXPRESS DDR3 ATX.

Ram: OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB DDR3 1600Mhz Dual Channel.

Cooler: Cooler Master V8.

Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE @ 3.2Ghz Quad Core.

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770.


Feedback greatly appreciated! Moving away from consoles....

Thanks

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September 4, 2012 6:25:21 AM

A bit dated, but generally an okay system. If you can build yourself a system, there are options around that budget.

Were you buying from a friend or somewhere else?

I would lean towards a lower price, but it all depends.

* PSU is a good one
* Case is okay, not my taste, but should be fine
* Mobo is dated and doesn't support the latest AMD chips, but is still a decent Mobo.
* Plenty of RAM for most things
* CPU cooler is quite big!
*GPU is okay, was mid-range in 2009 ish.
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September 4, 2012 6:48:11 AM

Thanks for the reponse. I live in Dubai and its an online site (similar to craigslist), looking at these sites as my PC building knowledge is very limited.

Happy to go up to 1,000 dollars for a decent setup and though I could get something like this to start then upgrade.....Looking to play Diablo 3 etc and be a good enough PC to last for a few years of gaming.

Either I buy a built system or get a shopping list for self-build then find some tech friends to help put it together!
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September 4, 2012 6:59:26 AM

That AMD processor is EOL. I'd build around an i5 3470 unless you really want to save cash. Simply put, AMD is too slow for gaming and Intel will last longer. My own gaming build:

- i5 3470
- Gigabyte H77M-D3H
- Thermaltake Contac 29 (stock heatsinks are never that good)
- 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
- 1TB Seagate 7200.12
- Gigabyte Windforce 7950 OC to 1030MHz/1300MHz (for now)
- CM Storm Enforcer
- Corsair TX 750 v2.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 4, 2012 7:02:00 AM

Yeah that sounds good. I would personally build your system (especially if you have friends that can help you). The better setups right now is:

* Intel i5 3570k Quad Core CPU (unlocked multiplier so you can OC easily, if you desire to do it)
* z77 based mobo (has native USB 3.0 support and onboard USB 3.0 connections)
* 2 x 4 gb's DDR3 1333 to 1600 mHz is good
* I'd go with 6870, GTX 560, GTX 560 Ti, 7850, etc for the minimal GPU to buy in the <$1k price range.
* At least a 1 TB HD if you need some storage or at least 500 gb HD (make sure it's 7200 rpm speed)
* Go with a case w/at least USB 3.0 front ports if you can (Corsair 300, Cooler Master HAF 922 are examples)

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September 4, 2012 7:06:49 AM

Thanks for the advice, will skip on trying to find a pre-built bargain and go shopping for the components advised. Can see myself getting a basic setup then being annoyed at not spending more $$$ to get what I truly wanted / needed. Cheers!
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September 4, 2012 7:10:17 AM

If you need help in selecting parts, please let us know. We are here to help :) 
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September 11, 2012 5:23:32 AM

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