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April 20, 2010 5:44:23 PM

I was wondering if anyone could determine if this is a good pc for the game

AMD 64 CPU AM3 : AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz (Dual Core) 45nm, AM3 2MB Cache
AMD 64 CPU Fans : Spire Kestrel-King II AMD 64 fan
AMD 64 AM3 Motherboards : MSI GF615M-P33, nVidia 6150, Onboard Video, GB LAN
DDR3 Dual Channel memory : 4GB (2x2GB) PC8500 DDR3 1066 Dual Channel
PCI-Express Video cards : ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB PCI Express 16x dual head, HDMI
Hard Drives : 500.0GB Hitachi 7200RPM SATA2, UDMA 300 8m cache
DVD Recorders : Lite On 22x DVD Recorder Dual Layer +R/RW -R/RW
Sound Cards : Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
Network Cards : Realtek 10/100/1000 Ethernet Network card PCI
Cases : Cooler Master Elite 310 black, Side Window, front USB
Case Fans : Case Fan 120 mm Extra Quiet DC fan
Power Supply : Logisys 400W ATX Power Supply
Operating Systems : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit DVD
Monitors : Hanns-G 23" Black Wide Screen Flat Panel LCD Monitor

the system requirements for sc2
System Requirements: The minimum system requirements for the StarCraft II Beta are as follows: PC Minimum Requirements: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1/Windows 7 2.2 Ghz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor 1 GB system RAM/1.5 GB for Vista and Windows 7 128 MB NVidia GeForce 6600 GT/ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card 1024x768 minimum display resolution 4 GB free

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April 20, 2010 5:48:58 PM

We can't really make a judgement until we actually see the game and some testing is done. Also, the techincal requirements for the beta and the real game may change. Also, no one wants to just met the requirements. You'll really want to play it at higher settings than the absolute minimum.

Frankly, it's not a good build in general. Dual cores are getting old fast, especially with many cheap triple and quad core CPUs out there. The board isn't the highest quality, nor is the CPU fan. The RAM doesn't list many specs, but it's slower than the current "standard" of 1333 mhz or 1600 mhz. The 4650 is a very cheap, low powered card. Hitachi HDDs are inherently slower than their similarly priced competitors. Logisys PSUs might as well be paper weights. Finally, a sound card and network card are completely unnecessary and simply take away from real performance.

If you followed the guidelines (the link's in my signature), I'm sure we can put together a much better build for the money. Really, all we need is a budget and what exactly you need to buy (tower only or tower, OS and monitor or other parts included).
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April 20, 2010 5:56:31 PM

So lets say my budget is 1300 area? Including everything including case and OS. Im Just looking for a decent computer that will run it with hardly no trouble at all.
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April 20, 2010 6:01:38 PM

joelb788 said:
So lets say my budget is 1300 area? Including everything including case and OS. Im Just looking for a decent computer that will run it with hardly no trouble at all.


Including a monitor, keyboard, and mouse?
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April 20, 2010 6:02:34 PM

moniter i can find and keyboard and mouse i have.
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April 20, 2010 6:57:05 PM

For $1,300, here's the best straight up gaming build you can get. I would be stunned if this didn't get over 60 FPS (maxed out) with all the details turned up on a 1080p monitor. This build can play Crysis on max details at 1080p, so it should absolutely crush anything Blizzard makes.

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $375
RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5870 $490
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $85
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750W $85 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $80 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35 (with free card reader)
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $1,277
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April 20, 2010 7:06:04 PM

MadAdmiral said:
For $1,300, here's the best straight up gaming build you can get. I would be stunned if this didn't get over 60 FPS (maxed out) with all the details turned up on a 1080p monitor. This build can play Crysis on max details at 1080p, so it should absolutely crush anything Blizzard makes.

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $375
RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5870 $490
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $85
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750W $85 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $80 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35 (with free card reader)
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $1,277


Gonna need a monitor. :p 

Maybe you could bump that 5870 combo down to a 5850 with the same combo. Cas latency is higher though. :/ 

And get this monitor. ASUS 23" LCD Monitor 1920 x 1080.
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April 20, 2010 7:12:52 PM

Is the monitor included in the budget? I read "monitor I can find" as it doesn't need to be in the $1,300.

If it's needed in the $1,300, grab this Asus 23" 1080p for $180 after rebate and make the following changes:

CPU: X4 955 $160
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
HSF: Leave it out until you want to overclock.

Total: $1,297.
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April 20, 2010 7:18:00 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Is the monitor included in the budget? I read "monitor I can find" as it doesn't need to be in the $1,300.

If it's needed in the $1,300, grab this Asus 23" 1080p for $180 after rebate and make the following changes:

CPU: X4 955 $160
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55

Total: $1,302.


Sorry admiral. I must've read it wrong. Great build though. :D 
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April 21, 2010 4:44:26 PM

thanks admiral you helped me out alot man.
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