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$750 SC2 Gaming PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week

BUDGET RANGE: ~$750 AFTER Rebate ($1k w/ monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming: particularly SC2 and eventually D3

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: None (NEED monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Don't currently have monitor, need one

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I haven't had a PC for about 5 years, but with the return of SC2 I'm looking to build a reasonably priced PC. Frankly, I don't know anything about current hardware, which is why I need some help. I don't have a monitor, mouse, keyboard, or speakers, which I'd obviously need. Also, the networking card would have to be wireless.
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  1. This is one of the budget builds that was stickied... Any suggestions on how to get it about $150 cheaper? Also, would I need to get a wireless networking card or is the motherboard network wireless?


    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
    Item #: N82E16827106335
    $25.99

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
    Item #: N82E16811147153
    $39.99

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148395
    $54.99

    ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
    Item #: N82E16824236052
    $189.99

    XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814150447
    $169.99

    Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" ...
    Item #: N82E16817371007
    $74.99

    Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - OEM
    Item #: N82E16836121014
    $27.99

    Logitech Internet 350 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard - OEM
    Item #: N82E16823126012
    $19.99

    Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical - OEM
    Item #: N82E16826105185
    $14.99

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Item #: N82E16835100007
    $9.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    Item #: N82E16820231303
    $104.99

    ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131620
    $149.99

    Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530
    Item #: N82E16819115222
    $114.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    $49.99

    Subtotal: $1,048.86
  2. Best answer
    Hello lfc4life;
    You probably need a copy of Windows too, correct?

    Arctic Silver 5 and CM Hyper 212+ can be set aside - use the stock CPU cooler. $60 savings.

    We can also look for NewEgg combo deals to lower prices.

    Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz and GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX MB $205 plus $10 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.460198

    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) $90 and $10 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146740

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Burner $19
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    WD Caviar Black 500GB HDD and Rosewill CHALLENGER Gaming case $85 ($25 discount)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.458444

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W PSU $60 and $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016 $$460

    HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 video card $140 and $10 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338

    ASUS VH242H 23.6" 1080P LCD monitor $190 and $10 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

    Cyber Acoustics 2.1 Speakers $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836150083

    Logitech MK120 wired Keyboard and Mouse $21
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126097


    ~$831 before $60 in available rebates
  3. Best answer selected by lfc4life.
  4. I would strongly advise this monitor :
    Asus MS238H LED
  5. According to these benchmarks, the 5770 card can get almost 44 fps in SC2 at 1920x1200.
    With an 1080p monitor (1920x1080), you should get more than 44. Not bad at all, IMO. :D

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/blizzard-entertainment-starcraft-ii-benchmark,2611-6.html
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