Can I run SC2 with this?

Intel Pentium E5500

Biostar G31M+

The E5500 doesn't show up in the list of supported CPU, but I was checking around and sites like TigerDirect are selling bundles consisting of the B. g31m+ with other processors that also don't show up in the list provided by Biostar.

The Graphic Card I plan on getting is a HD 5770. I'm still not sure if my MOBO and processor will be enough to handle it.

I would also like to know if the PCIEx16 slot of the MOBO is 1.0 or 2.0, since that info doesn't seem to show up on the specifications of other boards.


Would I manage to run Starcraft 2 at a decent FPS? The only other games I play are LoL, WC3 and TF2, and none of those have high requirements.
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  1. What should I change in order to run the game at high settings (not Ultra)?

    I'm assuming there's no problem with the Graphic Card.
  2. I've yet to buy the CPU.

    Would it be a good idea to get one of the Intel Core 2 Duo or Core i3 instead?
  3. you will need a different motherboard for the i3, but it is faster.
  4. I just want to make sure my machine will be able to run this game without any problems because of this:

    *Note: Due to potential programming changes, the Minimum System Requirements for this game may change over time.

    Taken from Blizzard's Site.

    I just don't want to go from being able to play okay at Medium Settings to being forced to lower my settings as time passes. Medium's more than fine for my taste.

    Would this be a good purchase instead of the E5500?
  5. Since I doubt I'll be using the DX11 feature for a long time, I was wondering if it would be a good idea to buy a 4000 series ATI card instead of the HD 5770.

    The cards I'm interested on:

    HD 4870, HD, 4770, HD 4670.

    I heard the 4870 is sometimes better than the 5770. Is that correct?

    Another thing that made me to consider this is that I was told that some of the 5000 Series cards might not work on a pcieX16 1.0 slot.
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