Ok, so I've never built a pc before but starcraft 2 just came out and my laptop will only play on low settings. I decided to build a pc that will hopefully play sc2 on ultra 1920x1080. Here's what i came up with:
I based my choices on some graphs from the articles on this site, so I'm not really sure whether I'd actually be able to play sc2 on ultra. Also, I was kind of hoping for closer to a $500 system, although I'm not sure this is possible. Could I have suggestions?
That comes out to ~$490 after rebates. You can cut more out of the budget by getting a smaller harddrive.
I found this review of comparisons between the i3-540 and Phenom II x2. They're pretty similar in terms of performance (the i3 looks a little better), but considering sc2 doesn't have that high requirements anyway, you save $24 by going with the phenom. Your choice.
Did you need an OS and/or a monitor too? Wasn't sure since you didn't list those in your build.
Whoops, didn't see that form; sorry. I already have an OS and a 23" monitor, as well as a mouse and keyboard. Another thing I neglected to mention is that upgradability is important, and I chose the i3 because the LGA 1156 slot is relatively new so I can upgrade the processor in the future.
So, to clarify: I was hoping for a $500 pc, but I'm willing to pay a little more for a pc that'll be upgradable, if I have to.
I'm not familiar with AMD's chips; how old is the phenom II x2 555, and will the motherboard support new AMD chips when they come out?