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June 25, 2010 9:37:19 PM

I'm new to this forum, but I've lurked and done research here previously. I am going to be buying parts for a new budget build for Starcraft 2. I have done a fair bit of research and I'd just like final comments on this build before I order the parts. I have read the Tom's article on SC2 performance.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 3 days

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2, windows movie maker for school, school work (light)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I'm buying everything new
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I am in Canada, so Newegg.ca looks like it has the best prices

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: I've gone with AMD/ATI because they seem to give the most value at this price point

OVERCLOCKING: Light at most. and no need to for xfire

MONITOR RESOLUTION: The selected res is 1600 by 900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have the W7 64 bit. first time I'm building a PC myself but I'll just follow online guides. I'd like to play on ultra settings, but if I cant push completely ultra that is ok. My price range caps out at about 800 with monitor and parts, my current build hits 783 with shipping.


Case: APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... 42 free shipping

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... 55 + 7.24

PSU: hec HP585D 585W ATX12V Power Supply - No Power Cord - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
28 + 3

CPU and Mobo Combo, -22 off :http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model ADX635WFGIBOX
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CD/DVD Drive + Burner: SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... 25 free shipping

GPU: 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.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... 102 +11

RAM: Patriot Extreme Performance Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PGS24G6400ELK
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... 92 + 10 (-20 rebate)

Keyboard and mouse : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Logitech 967973-0403 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Standard Deluxe 250 Desktop - OEM
18+7

Monitor: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Hanns·G HZ201HPB Black 20" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 15000:1(1000:1) Built-in Speakers 139 free shipping

Thank you all for your advice and tips. =) I hope this goes in newbuilt.
June 25, 2010 9:41:10 PM

Quick Note if it wasnt clear: budget with shipping and taxes is 800, and the reason im on the quad is because my dad insists on it over the Rana or Regor.
June 25, 2010 10:01:31 PM

Looks great, cept for the fact that your computer might bust into flames because of that powersupply. Get http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite.... This will serve you well and your computer wont die.

CPU/Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case/ HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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June 25, 2010 10:09:44 PM

I looked at that stuff at first and got really excited, then I realized it was .com. -sadface. I am in Canada. Thanks though.
June 25, 2010 10:13:27 PM

Crap. Does it not work with .ca?

EDIT: Sorry, a lot of those combos dont work with canada. The parts I picked out should work great though, and I'm guessing you can get them in canada you just might not get the combo deals.
June 25, 2010 10:16:34 PM

Yah, we have newegg.ca over here, all my parts and prices are from there in CDN dollars =/, hard times for us up here.
June 25, 2010 10:18:59 PM

Apparently. :p  Well, just go with my build for the most part and you should be fine. You just might not get the great combo deals.
June 26, 2010 1:19:26 AM

goalguy876 said:
Looks great, cept for the fact that your computer might bust into flames because of that powersupply. Get http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite.... This will serve you well and your computer wont die.

CPU/Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case/ HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Wow, I'm actually going to do this lol, it's only $390 before rebates and really good for crysis, also, is the motherboard crossfire ready? And just to be sure can I disable the onboard 3000 and just install a dedicated one?
June 26, 2010 1:33:17 AM

It is not crossfire ready, it does hybrid but that would require certain cards, and it doesnt make any real difference. Yes you can also install a dedicated one into that motherboard.

Back on the topic, does anybody else have some guidance? I'm looking to order it this weekend, so it's crunch time. Thanks
June 26, 2010 3:42:00 PM

Crossfire isnt needed. After time just buy more recent cards because they can usually perform just as well as two older cards or better.
June 27, 2010 5:50:06 PM

I'm looking to pull the trigger tonight, anymore opinions?
June 28, 2010 9:39:44 AM

goalguy876 said:
Looks great, cept for the fact that your computer might bust into flames because of that powersupply. Get http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite.... This will serve you well and your computer wont die.

CPU/Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case/ HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Since the ripjaw series isn't available atm, I am opting for these @ a similar price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It comes up around the price point I was looking for @ $494.93 before rebates. Awesome build goalguy. :D 

I, too, am getting close to pulling the trigger on this; wondering if anyone has any other input as well.
June 28, 2010 1:35:10 PM

direson said:
Since the ripjaw series isn't available atm, I am opting for these @ a similar price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It comes up around the price point I was looking for @ $494.93 before rebates. Awesome build goalguy. :D 

I, too, am getting close to pulling the trigger on this; wondering if anyone has any other input as well.

One thing you might consider is, the 5770 is dx 11, but it's not exactly as good as the 4850, it's a decent price reduction and you also get more stream processors, etc.
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