In no way am I attached to any of these cards but through research I have found these to be my best bet. My question is the cheapest card I can get to run Starcraft 2 on the highest settings
Also I can't afford the 5850.. or I would select it
Here are the minimun system requirements if that helps at all..
Processor: 1.4 Ghz Processor
Memory: 512 MB RAM
Graphics card: 128 MB RAM video card capable of Hardware TnL. DX10 is not required, but will be supported by SC2 and Blizzard are considering adding DX10 specific effects.
Pixel Shader 2.0 (Officially Confirmed)
Soundcard: A DirectX-compatible 16-bit sound card.
You could just get a Phenom X4 940 and OC it 400Mhz which should be no sweat at all, and you'll save $55 that might make the better cards affordable. the 940 is even a Black Edition, it's made for OC, might as well put the mobo to work too.
No problem, just check out in the OC forums, honestly, with such a small OC I don't even think you'll have to mod the voltage much, if it all. With that being said the OC shouldn't hinder the CPU's life much (it'll last way longer than your next re-make comes along)
Its pretty hard to hit 4.0Ghz on a 940, as its limited by its limited HT, you could hit 3.8GHz just fine, but not much higher.
Would hitting 3.8GHZ shorten it's life span? I really don't want to kill anything soon I wanted to get a better processor for the longer haul of the computer and I could just upgrade the graphics card later.. ya know
Just curious.. on a AMD Phenom II X4 965 what would be an "easy" OC range. (without modifying voltage)
Thanks I didn't see that. It seems Phenom II X4 @ 3.0 wouldn't be bad and I could overclock if needed. I have not looked into any processors besides Phenom because I read they are the best for the money at this point. I'm looking to pay 150-250 on processor depending on how much I slack with my video card.