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Cheap Starcraft 2 gaming PC

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May 4, 2010 3:23:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week hopefully

BUDGET RANGE: $450-600(usd)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
case, mouse, keyboard, dvd drive, hardrive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: don't care

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like quality manufacturers only. My old PC died and I am using an Emachine now it is making me sad =(

OVERCLOCKING:
Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Maybe (i might upgrade with a 2nd card in the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 for desktop, some wide screen format for gaming

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Would be nice to have a stable on board network card. I will be using the on board sound card as well. However, I use a gaming headset(stereo no fancy 5.1 headset)
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ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402R

GIGABYTE GV-R485ZL-512H Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125238

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103652

Also I will probably need a CPU cooler. I don't need anything to fancy just some air cooled unit. I might pull my old one off but not sure if it will work.

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

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May 4, 2010 3:28:40 PM

Not the best build. I'd build something that looks more like:

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
GPU: HD 5770 $160
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30

Total: $580.

I went a little cheaper on the CPU, but once you overclock/unlock it, it will be more than enough to handle pretty much everything. The board is extremely future proof with USB 3/SATA III support. The 5770 is more powerful than the 4850, and more future proof with DirectX 11 and is better in Crossfire. It also runs cooler, quieter and uses less power. The PSU is higher quality and would support Crossfire, which a 550W unit might not (especially with older cards).
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May 4, 2010 3:46:42 PM

That's a great build. I would say go for the X3 440 for an extra $19 bucks if you can squeeze it in to give you a little more OC headroom, that HSF can take it. :) 
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May 4, 2010 6:05:12 PM

I would go with MadAdmirals build. The Athlon II X3's clocked up to 2.8 - 3.0 ghz are all you need for gaming.
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May 4, 2010 7:50:48 PM

Are you really going to use that PC for StarCraft only?
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May 4, 2010 7:53:32 PM

I wouldnt go with mad admiral since at any resolution the FPS of SC2 is almost 60% dependent on CPU.
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May 4, 2010 9:07:46 PM

And why wouldn't you go with my build then? The CPUs are virtually identical. The L3 cache does nothing for gamers. The review of the beta specifically said that if you have a triple core with around 2.8 GHz, you'll have no trouble. My build has a triple core at 2.7 GHz, but a cooler that will easily allow the CPU to unlocked and overclocked to a very high level.

I looked at sticking a X4 955 in the build, but frankly it wasn't in the cards. I thought about dropping the GPU down a ways to afford it, but frankly the x3 425/5770 would be perfectly fine in SC2 and pretty much everything else out there. The X4 955/cheap GPU would be fine in SC2 as well, but wouldn't be as good for other games.
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March 25, 2011 4:46:58 AM

Is it possible to request an update on this; for today's market?

MadAdmiral said:
Not the best build. I'd build something that looks more like:

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
GPU: HD 5770 $160
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30

Total: $580.

I went a little cheaper on the CPU, but once you overclock/unlock it, it will be more than enough to handle pretty much everything. The board is extremely future proof with USB 3/SATA III support. The 5770 is more powerful than the 4850, and more future proof with DirectX 11 and is better in Crossfire. It also runs cooler, quieter and uses less power. The PSU is higher quality and would support Crossfire, which a 550W unit might not (especially with older cards).

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