I've been out of the loop for a while so forgive me (last cpu I bought basically had a neuro-net processor). I'm trying to decide between two computers for playing SC2 and hopefully you can help. Would the cheaper one be just as good, maybe add a GTX460 later?:
Wow, a 5570 is nearly matches a 5870 in medium detail settings. lol
yeah its not graphically demanding at all. Blizzard did a good on creating a game that scales well, the flip side of course...the game is not going to win any graphics awards. it looks like an updated wacraft III game at times.
What about dual versus quad core? Which would work better for SC2?
Testing has shown that SC2 does not take advantage of more than two cores. Having said that, I'd never spend money on a dual-core CPU just for the sake of playing one game. Four cores will benefit the system as a whole.
Alright, here is an interesting one. I went with the computer you suggested and the monitor I originally chose, no extra video card or anything yet. When I go into SC2 the screen is all stretched horizontally no matter what resolution I chose, unless I go into the settings and change it to "Windows Mode [Fullscreen]." Of course, it says that "Windows mode may cause a drop in performance" and I read a forum where a guy had the same problem but there seemed to be no solution.
Since I'm planning on running the game super smooth do you think a different non-wide-screen monitor is the solution? The monitor itself is 22 3/8" x 13 3/8" which seems to be pretty wide. I'd hate to buy a better video card, have to run SC2 on the windowed mode which drops the performance, and thus negate the card upgrade. Thoughts?