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July 23, 2010 7:26:56 AM

Thanks a lot StarCraft 2. I wasn't planning on upgrading for a while but you forced my hands.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! So far this is what I have in my cart. Also, I am not looking to overclock at all. All I want to be able to do with this new rig is run StarCraft 2 on ULTRA settings without any significant hiccups in FPS.

I'd also like to limit the cost to under 500 if possible. I have keyboard/speaker/monitor/hdd/dvd drive/etc so those I don't need to worry about as much. I'd just like a good computer that's able to run StarCraft 2 in max settings without FPS drops.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: It'll either be this week or in September (Going on vacation)

BUDGET RANGE: $400-500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming is most important. Least would probably be well... anything else.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Maybe Graphics Card.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, AMD Mobo with USB 3.0 (of course optional), DDR3.

OVERCLOCKING: No.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just looking to allow SC2 to run on ultra without it going below 30 FPS! (:


I've picked out some parts already that I might purchase. Please provide suggestions/opinions on them.

AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE


ASUS M4A87TD


CORSAIR XMS3 4GB RAM


OCZ 600W PSU


I feel like my current graphics card might just do it. I posted in another category on Tomshardware about my CPU bottlenecking and such but I really am not sure what's going on with my computer.

My graphics card is this:


Would that graphics card be alright? Or would it significantly bottleneck the CPU I have in my cart?

Also, am I missing anything? Do CPU Heat sinks and fans come with the CPU? Or do I have to purchase my own? I have a ATX case in mind so that's covered.

I would appreciate any sort of suggestions/recommendations. Thank you! :hello: 

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July 23, 2010 7:30:18 AM

get a 550w corsar psu, i think its a better buy, i think ur gpu its ok and no.. it dont will to bottleneck.
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July 23, 2010 8:01:58 AM

Based on those preferences you could go with this.

CPU/PSU: Phenom II X4 945 and OCZ ModXStream 600W

Mobo/Ram: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 and G.Skill DDR3 1333

Comes out to ~$335 after shipping so leaves you some money for a graphics card if you don't think your current one will be enough.
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July 23, 2010 3:01:51 PM

Oh wow. Thanks a lot for the suggestions fharper, batuchka, and Juanchioo.

I think I'll go with that Phenom II X4 945/OCZ 600W combo.

And I don't think I'll be doing CF since I generally do not play PC games. I would just like to run SC2. :) 

Just wondering, is the Gigabyte mobo and G skill RAM better than the Corsair and Asus mobo I listed above? I do see that it is cheaper so it makes me wonder if they're not as good or not.

Also, if I went with the setup fharper suggested, I'd be able to play on at least medium-high mode right? My GFX card is the ATI Radeon HD 4850 btw.

Do I need to buy any other parts? Like coolers/heatsinks? Or does the setup come with everything I require? (Minus of course HDD/DVD drive/etc)

Thanks guys!
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July 24, 2010 1:49:02 AM

Having seen the SC2 (non beta) GPU benchmarks, @ just 1280 x 1024 your HD 4850 is fine and since u stated no OC DDR3 1333 value RAM is good to go as well
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July 24, 2010 5:05:00 AM

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