Help with budget SC2 computer
Hello, my dad's computer died recently and he needs a new one. The only things this computer needs to do is surf the web, check e-mail, and play Starcraft 2. I would like him to be able to play with decent graphics settings. His budget is flexible but approximately $650 with a monitor. Here is a link to SC2 recommended specs http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_US&articleId=26242 , not sure what kinda of graphics performance those would yield. He needs a computer as soon as possible for his work, so ideally I would like to get a store bought. The problem with those is that none have graphics cards within the price range. Is it ok to buy a computer such as a Dell, or Gateway with decent specs and then add a graphics card? For example, how well off would I be buying http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Inspiron+Desktop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor/9698836.p?id=1218153428400&skuId=9698836 then adding http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150472 . Any advice/info will be greatly appreciated.
If you need a computer right away it will work OK adding in a video card and beating the recommended SC2 requirements.
The GT 240 doesn't quite measure up to a 8800GTX in GPU power though. You'd need a GTS 250 to match that spec.
Passmark GPU scores:
8800GTX = 1050
GT 240 = 768
GTS 250 = 1069
We'd need to check that case can handle a 9" video card and that the PSU has enough power.
That Dell Inspiron i545-1125NBK doesnt get very good reviews: Cnet Review
It has the Dell 250W PSU which won't have enough power for the GTS 250.
Looks like the GT 240 will have to do for an upgrade card.