Hi guys, I've been pulling my hair out the past day looking for the best bang-for-buck upgrade to play SC2 on medium to high settings at 1920x1050 res. SC2 is the only PC game I'll be playing, and I don't do any multimedia editing, but I do watch a lot of HD content.
My setup is:
Athlon 64 x2 5200+ (Windsor)
MSI Radeon OC HD 3850 512MB PCi-E
2GB of DDR2 800 Mhz ram
Asus M2N-SLI mobo
In SC2, I get really bad stuttering and crappy FPS when there are a lot of units on the screen (especially in multiplayer), when using anything higher than Low texture settings. It's tolerable if I set Graphics detail to Medium and texture to Low, but it isn't as smooth as I'd like it to be.
I don't want to spend more than $300 if I can help it. Hopefully I can avoid upgrading my videocard. I've read that SC2 is very cpu-intensive, so I was thinking about either upgrading my motherboard, cpu, ram to an Athlon II X3 445, an AM3/DDR2-compatible mobo, and getting another pair of DDR2 800Mhz ram.
thanks for the advice, guys. i'm going to go with the cpu/motherboard/ram for around $200 for now, since i kind of need an updated cpu anyways. if it doesn't totally solve my problem, i'll shell out for one of those cards