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SC2 Budget Gaming Build $500-700

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June 26, 2010 6:39:33 PM

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.
June 26, 2010 10:55:52 PM

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=N82E168...

MSI 770-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
June 26, 2010 11:19:43 PM

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=N82E168...

MSI 770-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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June 26, 2010 11:30:31 PM

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.
June 27, 2010 2:41:00 AM

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

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.

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June 27, 2010 7:40:36 AM

$584AR
June 30, 2010 7:59:23 PM

The 5770 should be fine for SC2, especially at your resolution.
June 30, 2010 8:01:37 PM

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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