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July 19, 2010 4:17:50 AM

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... , 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+wit... then adding http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . Any advice/info will be greatly appreciated.

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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 2:23:20 PM

You should buy the parts and build it yourself, it's easy and it takes a couple of hours, the brand ones are expensive. Or at least find a site where thy allow you to customize your PC.

a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 2:41:08 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 3:14:22 PM

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.
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