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July 18, 2010 1:16:50 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next Week

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 (No rebates, I live in Panama)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2 and watching movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Not in the near future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Any

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Any

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just want a computer to play Starcraft 2 :D 

PC Minimum System Requirements*:

Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT or ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better
12 GB available HD space
1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)
DVD-ROM drive
Broadband Internet connection
1024X720 minimum display resolution
PC Recommended System Requirements:

Windows Vista®/Windows® 7
Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
2 GB RAM
512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better
July 18, 2010 3:42:19 AM
July 18, 2010 3:56:51 AM

Go with the i5 if you have no problem upgrading that and your mobo a few years from now. Go with the i7 to more future proof yourself. Looking at it the only real difference is which socket type.
Any preference in which type of video card?
And do you want a flashy case? One that glows/side window?
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July 18, 2010 3:58:00 AM

I also believe you need a PSU, unless you plan on running this baby on hopes and dreams ;P

edit: It's late where I live, and I have to get up early, so I will get back to you tomorrow.
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July 18, 2010 4:03:07 AM

If you aren't going to OC no need for the aftermarket cooler. Starcraft 2 has pretty minimal specs, a GTX 460 for ~$200.00 would be more than enough, or if you need to save a little money get a 5770. This is a great case for $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't know much about Intel so I can't help with a mobo.

You will also need a PSU. Get something from a reputable brand Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, etc. For that system 550w would be more than adequate and give you a little room to OC or maybe CF or SLI in the future.
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July 18, 2010 5:26:39 AM

Thanks for the help!

I was planning on tackling the MB, case & power supply and spending the remaining on a video card. I only need the video card to have something easy to connect to the TV.

That case looks nice, i think i'll buy that one.


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July 18, 2010 6:34:11 AM

You might consider one of the i3's instead, it'd still be plenty for SC2 and would cost a lot less.

I just built up a PC for a friend and his Mobo/Ram?CPU cost about ~330 before taxes and shipping. i3 530, Gskill ripjaws 4gb 1600mhz, and some msi crossfire board. great value imo.
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July 18, 2010 7:39:08 AM

here's what i'd consider more the powerful enough to max out starcraft 2, unless your got a monster 2560-1600 but even then most likely you'd be fine

cd-dvd drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

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

cpu and psu combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

case and mobo combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

so with this, you get a phenome X4 already clocked quite high at 3.2 ghz, 4 gb of 1600mhz ram a very nice case, a workhorse in the hd 5850, a 1TB of HDD space and a mobo with alot of features

all at $915, and it can go quite a bit lower, and still churn right on through SCII if you'd like me to revise it
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July 18, 2010 10:12:28 AM

lets put it this way: My socket 478 pentium 4 (non OC 3ghz) coupled with 2GB DDR RAM and an AGP X800 Pro 256mb ran it easily at medium/high settings (1280x1024) and around 10 fps on highest (everything maxed).

If all you want is Starcraft 2 then go:

Any 2.6ghz+ AMD dual core or maybe a tri core (AMD = better value)
a GTX 460 (The palit sonic platinum is my personal fave price/performance wise)
2GB DDR3.

Even that will be overkill for SC2. Youll be able to crank up the settings on even crysis but dont expect miracles.
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July 18, 2010 4:17:24 PM

If your main goal is starcraft2 then i must agree with Lucuis. A core13 would suffice, even more you can overclock it to above 4GHz on air with no problem.

But..if you want more then buy these:

CPU core i5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for 14 bucks you get another 140 MHz then the 15 750

Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the 1 gb version of the gtx460 is the only one you should think of, forget the lower memory ones because they scale so badly at higher resolution and you never know when you get your hands on a 1080p monitor if you do not have one already.

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... good quality ram that can be easily overclocked.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Gigabyte make's great boards. This one i recommend to use with a single video card.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The corsair HX series are high quality PSU's.

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... a 1tb hard drive should suffice.

Optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i still own an asus dvd-rw after almost 4 years and never had any problems with it.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this is a really good and ventilated case, lot of options.

The total for this system is: Grand Total:* $1,014.92 -this is the price of an intel PC at ~1k$

This system can play most if not all current games at 1680x1050 maxed out.
Well it is 15$ over your budget ..no problem there, no? ...he he..
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July 18, 2010 6:20:59 PM

ionut19 said:
If your main goal is starcraft2 then i must agree with Lucuis. A core13 would suffice, even more you can overclock it to above 4GHz on air with no problem.

But..if you want more then buy these:

CPU core i5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for 14 bucks you get another 140 MHz then the 15 750

Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the 1 gb version of the gtx460 is the only one you should think of, forget the lower memory ones because they scale so badly at higher resolution and you never know when you get your hands on a 1080p monitor if you do not have one already.

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... good quality ram that can be easily overclocked.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Gigabyte make's great boards. This one i recommend to use with a single video card.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The corsair HX series are high quality PSU's.

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... a 1tb hard drive should suffice.

Optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i still own an asus dvd-rw after almost 4 years and never had any problems with it.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this is a really good and ventilated case, lot of options.

The total for this system is: Grand Total:* $1,014.92 -this is the price of an intel PC at ~1k$

This system can play most if not all current games at 1680x1050 maxed out.
Well it is 15$ over your budget ..no problem there, no? ...he he..



I was going for this build:


LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22NS40 - OEM
$17.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$74.99

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
$139.99

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
$294.99

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
$149.99

Combo
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply
$89.98

Combo
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
GELID Solutions Tranquillo CC-TranQ-01-A 120mm Hydro Dynamic CPU Cooler
$209.98

Total = $978

I also like your build... :s So many options! hahah

Which would you go for?
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July 18, 2010 6:32:54 PM

Cooler master makes excellent cases, but be wary of their power supplies. The one in your combo is not very well reviewed. I'd get a different brand PSU.
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July 18, 2010 6:47:28 PM

Pfuu...you got me there..
To tell you the truth i always liked intel chips. When i bought my PC a friend bought his and mine was way more expensive because i chose intel chip and other stuff witch he did not chose, he went with amd chip. Mine is still at 3.4GHz from 2.66GHz with no problems his is at 2.8 from 2.5GHz. Mine is a core 2 duo and his is a dual core AMD. His heats up more then mine does..ha ha ha..

With these new chips from amd the temperature issue is a little over but they still get hotter then the intel chips, in my opinion(i think i am not wrong).

Asus motherboard are known to have more bugs then Gigabyte. I do not say this from personal experience but from reading the forums. -just went to the link and from what i have seen that looks like a good motherboard.
A guy said there that "pci slots could have been organized better" but i say they are organized perfectly if you want to ad a second video card because it will have a gap to draw air and cooling will not be that big of an issue.

LG dvd rw are ok, i owned one for a wile (2 years) then give it to my sister.

RAM: Capacity 6GB (3 x 2GB)
Speed DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Cas Latency 9
Timing 9-9-9-24
Voltage 1.5V – 1.6V
You can not put a 6GB kit on that motherboard because the 6 gb kits are meant for core i7 1366 socket. A;so try to buy RAM that has lower timings because they are faster, like 7-7-7-20.(cas latency 7)
You need a 4 gb kit.

Cpu combo..i can not say anything about that cooler, never heard of it. You could buy a cheaper amd CPU at 3 or 3.2GHz. You do not need to buy the most expensive one. Also the money you save you could invest in this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... water cooling with ni maintenance. You just have to pay attention with the installation, i heard that it is tricky.

The video card is good.

Hard drive is also good from what i've heard. A lot of members here suggested samsung HDD's to people. I never used one.

The case is ok but the power supply ain't that good i think.
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July 18, 2010 7:01:11 PM

Here, i made another configuration for you with your HDD, video card, case and motherboard.

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

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

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

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

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

PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the 650W HX from corsair -most important component in your PC.

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

CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -same cpu but at 3.2GHz. No need to pay more for 200 MHz. Will suffice your needs even if you do not overclock.

CPU water cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i managed to place this thing in here, much lower temps then air cooling and with no maintenance.

Grand Total:* $1,064.91

How does this look?
EDIT: aahhhh..you said no rebates. There is a 10$ rebate on the PSU and a 10$ rebate on your CPU water cooler. Does that strain your budget too much?
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July 18, 2010 9:11:31 PM

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/57780/starcraft2systembuild.png

Built a simple system that skims pretty close to the official recommended system requirements for StarCraft II. Under $400.

*no DVD drive, but honestly, who doesn't have a spare one already? Also, you can install an OS via USB and just buy/download StarCraft II digitally from the B.net store.

Bleh. Cheers.
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July 18, 2010 10:09:08 PM

But he might want more after he has it. I would. I think he had that in mind also.
If not then a system that Lucuis said with a corei3 would suffice.
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July 19, 2010 12:01:33 AM

Best answer selected by ricardoacevedo.
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July 19, 2010 12:03:49 AM

ionut19 said:
Here, i made another configuration for you with your HDD, video card, case and motherboard.

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

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

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

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

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

PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the 650W HX from corsair -most important component in your PC.

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

CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -same cpu but at 3.2GHz. No need to pay more for 200 MHz. Will suffice your needs even if you do not overclock.

CPU water cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i managed to place this thing in here, much lower temps then air cooling and with no maintenance.

Grand Total:* $1,064.91

How does this look?
EDIT: aahhhh..you said no rebates. There is a 10$ rebate on the PSU and a 10$ rebate on your CPU water cooler. Does that strain your budget too much?


Thanks a bunch! Thats exactly what i'm going with!

$70 over target, but what the heck, and too bad the rebates are going o be wasted :( 
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July 19, 2010 7:00:13 AM


Post pictures after you have finished it. We want to see it:) .

And pay attention when installing the CPU cooler, from reviews on newegg it is tricky.

Good luck:) .
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July 19, 2010 8:04:05 AM

One more thing, remember to register your video card to xfx website because if you do not do that in 30 days you lose the warranty.
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August 22, 2010 1:36:21 PM

ionut19 said:
Post pictures after you have finished it. We want to see it:) .

And pay attention when installing the CPU cooler, from reviews on newegg it is tricky.

Good luck:) .


There it is! Being built by the IT guys at my work.



I think I still have to do some tweaking and stuff...
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