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July 1, 2013 12:09:23 PM

hello im just looking for the cheapest possible route without the system being complete crap, it will mostly be used for starcraft and minecraft. right now mITX looks nice for this but unsure about some of the ITX parts. im lookig to be able to play starcraft 2 at medium settings at 1080p or play intense custom games on low at 60 frames per second. and i would also like to max out minecraft (no brainier).

right now the parts i am looking at are
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i can supply a hard drive, os, cd drive and anything else that is needed. if anyone knwos how this will handle my needs please share and give suggestions for builds of similar prices. also if you have any atx/micro atx suggestions i have an extra power supply laying around and a micro atx case (these are from an oem computer but i know they are sufficient) since starcraft only handles 2 threads i figured i didn't really need an i3 for 4 threads or i5 for 4 cores. and im asuming it should handle minecraft just fine and this gpu does seem sufficient but if needed i can bump up to the lp radeon 7750 card. i had a radeon 6450 in an older build and handled starcraft pretty fine on low so im asuming the 480 stream processors should be just fine. btw this is for my brother who is on a tight budget which is why im not looking for an i5 overclocked at 4.4 and a radeon 7870 like i have in my main build :)  he really only plays those two games and browses the web
July 1, 2013 12:29:45 PM

What is your budget?

This would be my recommended bare minimum:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII M4 58.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($43.13 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $413.07
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July 1, 2013 12:31:56 PM

what's ur budget?
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July 1, 2013 2:27:12 PM

Slomo4sho, I don't understand your CPU recommendation. The G2020 will stomp the 750K in SC2, and for less.
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July 1, 2013 4:20:07 PM

yeah i don't wish to go the amd route with this one as per core performance would be best with star craft only utilizing 2 threads, if i did go with amd i would be looking at the apu's but silly me being addicted to power i wouldnt settle for anything less than the a10. also this will not be overclocked so im fine with stock cooler. well with the amd cpus using upward from 100 watts maybe, but if i go intel i will be plenty fine with 55 TDP, i am looking for a budget with these same parts at around 300
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July 1, 2013 4:24:00 PM

cuecuemore said:
Slomo4sho, I don't understand your CPU recommendation. The G2020 will stomp the 750K in SC2, and for less.

The 750K is a 5800K without the integrated GPU which overclocks really well. Overclocked, it should provide performance closer to an i3. Also the system is well rounded and enables one to branch out to other games (especially since the GPU comes with 3 games)


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