Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

February 27, 2009

Build the Perfect PC! Step by step guide

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 7:29 pm

I enjoy building my own PCs, it’s the only way to go in my opinion. Never buy a Dell/HP desktop when you can build one yourself. There is a joy in DIY (do it yourself). Hopefully this post will be helpful to you!

Maximum PC posted a feature on how to build the “Perfect PC”. I will link to the individual sections:

Next is the best part, actually building the computer. The steps are fairly basic and you mainly need a Philips screwdriver. Just follow these easy steps.

Then if you really, really, really want to, you can overclock your machine to increase the performance. Here’s what you need to know about overclocking. And for each CPU: Core 2 overclocking, Core i7 overclocking and AMD overclocking.

How to buy the hardware? Most of it can be (hopefully) found in the local computer stores. In Riyadh you can find them at the “Computer Haraj” in Olaya. Softland carries most of these hardware since they import them directly to Saudi Arabia. But they are not cheap. The other solution is ordering it online and ship it using Aramex (Crapamex) or myus.

February 23, 2009

Western Digital 2TB Hard Drive

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 10:49 am

If you need the maximum amount of storage in a single 3.5″ hard drive then you can now get the Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB (that’s almost 2,000GB or 2,000,000MB or 2,000,000,000KB or even 2,000,000,000,000 Bytes!).

The Caviar Green “focuses on quiet performance and lower power consumption. The 2TB Caviar Green has four 500GB platters spinning at variable rates between 5,400 and 7,200rpm, with a 32MB cache, and an areal density per platter of 400Gb/square inch”. This is probably not your operating system hard drive but it’s better to hold all your data.


Maximum PC, my favorite hardware review magazine, reviewed the Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB and they gave it a 9/10 score. With it being the “Highest-capacity consumer drive on the market”, “Low power consumption” and Quietness as strong points.

How to buy it in Saudi Arabia?

Since it’s a Western Digital hard drive then you will probably find it at their dealer in Saudi Arabia, Nahil Computers hopefully soon. If not then try your luck at Softland. Or just buy it from NewEgg or Amazon and ship it using myUS or Aramex.

January 18, 2009

Logitech Introduces G-Series Gaming Peripherals

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 1:35 pm

Logitech announced 3 new gaming peripherals at CES 2009: G19 gaming keyboard (US$199.99) and G35 surround sound headset ($129.99) available in March 2009. And G9x laser mouse ($99.99) available in April 2009. We don’t expect any stores in Saudi Arabia to get it other than possibly Softland so you better just buy it online.


From TMO:

The G19 keyboard features a tiltable, 320 by 240 pixel display that offer up in-game information for over 60 titles, including World of Warcraft, as well as VoIP (voice over IP) communication data, a clock, CPU load, or even pictures or videos. Users can switch between types of information without leaving their games. The G19 also includes 12 programmable G-keys with three macros per key and two USB 2.0 ports. The G35 headset features 7.1 surround sound with second-generation Dolby Headphone technology, an ear-enclosing design that shuts out ambient sounds, and an adjustable, noise-canceling microphone. Software is also included that morphs users’ voices to sound like a cyborg, a giant, a mutant, a space squirrel, a troll, or an alien. Three G-keys on the left earpiece allow one-touch voice morphing, with additional controls for volume, microphone mute, and surround sound adjustments. The G9x laser mouse offers adjustable dpi, from 200 to 5000 dpi, two interchangeable, snap-on grips, onboard memory for up to five game profiles, a weight-tuning system that can add up to 28 grams of extra weight, and custom color LEDs for matching the LEDs of other peripherals.

January 15, 2009

AMD Phenom II

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:11 pm

Maximum PC have a review up for AMD’s latest offering, the Phenom II.

AMD is far more interested in how Phenom II does against a Core 2 Quad. The Phenom II actually outscored the Core 2 Quad in our MainConcept encoding test, our ProShow Producer slideshow creation test, and Quake 4, and it just about broke even in our WinRar file compression test.

Where to get the AMD Phenom II (and other AMD products) in Saudi Arabia? That is the problem. The Saudi market is dominated by Intel and finding a store that sells AMD is problematic. This press release claims that BDL is the distributor but nothing is on their website regarding AMD.

So you can either buy it online or buy from Softland, a well established (since the 90s) computer store that has no website. They are in the Olaya computer market in Riyadh.

October 29, 2008

Gaming PC Buyer’s guide

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 1:13 pm

The thing I enjoy most about computers is to actually build them! I would never buy a brand name desktop computer like Dell or HP. I rather buy the parts and construct the computer myself. The only problem is finding the right parts because only 1 or 2 stores in Riyadh sells the “high end” components such as DDR2/3 memory.

Maximum PC, my favorite PC magazine and website has updated their Pro Gaming PC Buyer’s guide. Although you can’t find most of these components in Saudi Arabia it will give you an idea on what to look for when buying new parts. You could try to buy using NewEgg and MyUS (to handle shipping).

As for where to find the high end components, I suggest first visiting the computer retailers in Olaya (Google Map link). Try a store called “Binaries”/”Softland”/”Technology Room”, those 3 stores are separate but they have the same management and essentially the same prices (don’t ask why, I am puzzled too) and they don’t even have a website! Another store that imports computer parts is called “Path” and is located in Akik/Aqiq (is that the correct spelling? who knows).

I will talk more about buying computer parts in Saudi Arabia very soon.

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