SC2 Budget Gaming Build $500-700

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 month
BUDGET RANGE: $500-700
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2, misc gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, DVD drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD
OVERCLOCKING: No, SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Basically I just want something that can run SC2 at max, well. I'm new to this, so any advice or comments are welcome.
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  1. No replies, I suppose I'll post what I was thinking...

    Rosewill R220-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147074

    MSI 770-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130250

    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317

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

    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
  2. I'm more of a Intel/Nvidia fanboy but I'll give you a hand. Let me see what you picked out here ...

    cellulararrest said:
    No replies, I suppose I'll post what I was thinking...

    Rosewill R220-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147074

    MSI 770-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130250

    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317

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

    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
  3. For video card what you picked is pretty good. You can gain an extra ~50% performance boost if you can get a 5830 - those run about ~220 - 260 if you can fork over an extra 100. But then I'm thinking you might be able to get away with 2x 5770's and just put that in crossfire mode. It would out perform the 5830 for about the same price.

    I like Corsair power supplies if you wanna check those out compared to Antec. I recommend Seagate hard drives or the western digital caviar black series hard drives. Samsung drives are pretty slow.

    Let me check what else you got there ... motherboard is pretty basic nothing to fancy there to cause problems. My only concern is the via sound chip. You might want to get a sound card.
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130275

    This mobo is better, more up to date, same price, and doesn't have via sound chip.

    good luck in your build!

    cellulararrest said:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 month
    BUDGET RANGE: $500-700
    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2, misc gaming
    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, DVD drive
    PREFERRED WEBSITE: newegg.com
    PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD
    OVERCLOCKING: No, SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200
    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Basically I just want something that can run SC2 at max, well. I'm new to this, so any advice or comments are welcome.
  5. $584AR
  6. ^^ Would it be horrible if I took that build and instead added this 5770?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447
  7. The 5770 should be fine for SC2, especially at your resolution.
  8. Thanks for all the help guys, I was just turned onto this website a few days ago and already I've learned so much.
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