I would like to try to build a desktop that will allow me to play Starcraft 2 without too much frustration. I am looking to build so that I would be ready to upgrade later. Or would it be better to purchase a barebones package or perhaps a complete desktop?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month BUDGET RANGE: 600 after Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, college work, internet surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS. I also have 4 GB of DDR2 memory that does not have to be used if it is not compatible. It is Kingston PC2-5300/667 MHz.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (none – but would prefer not to have to make multiple orders)
PARTS PREFERENCES: looking for recommendations
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to build a computer as cheaply as possible now (less than $600) but that would allow me to upgrade later when my finances allow.
A post build upgrade with 2GB more RAM is an easy thing to 'sneak' into the system at a later date.
The 5770 and Samsung F3 500GB are faster/more powerful and better parts, but not so much better that a budget builder needs to feel guilty about using anything less.
What resolution monitor will you be using?
THG has done some StarCraft II Beta testing and the article can give you an idea on what it may mean going from a dual core, tri-core or quad core CPU and also how upgrading a video card (like from 5750 to 5770) will improve performance.
Just remember - it's a beta game being looked at. StarCraft II Beta: Game Performance Analyzed