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Starcraft 2 build, $650, have a few parts already

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August 1, 2010 7:34:32 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week or next

BUDGET RANGE: $650

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HD video and Starcraft 2

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Hard drive, power supply, keyboard, mouse, monitor, optical drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg preferable, but not necessary

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Will be using a Core i series processor and a GTX 460 video card

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 minimum

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Have a configuration in mind, just want thoughts and possible price saving suggestions



My intial configuration through Newegg is below. It's pretty straightforward. As I only need RAM, video card, CPU, case, and motherboard for now, I'm just looking to tweak this. I went with a high clock dual core CPU as the only game I'll be playing is Starcraft 2, and won't need anything better for everyday computing/HD video watching. I figured the GTX 460 was the way to go, from all accounts, as far as price/performance ratio goes.

Basically, I just want to see if anyone has the ability to tweak this configuration to save a few bucks, or get a little more performance at this price range.

Thanks in advace!



UPDATE: Wrong GPU on price list, should be GTX 460 1GB
August 1, 2010 8:02:26 PM

might want to consider amd. and that gpu is old and sucks

here is a build for $637.95 before $20 rebates and it's sli ready

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (great quality cooling black interior and cable manegement)

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (this beats the 5850 in sc2 if oced and u can turn on aa)

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

here is the reason why to get the gtx 460
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

also this build is sli ready and your build isn't also this is more future proof

also if u sli the gtx 460 it can be slower than the 5970 by 1-7 fps
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August 1, 2010 8:12:35 PM

So you want to spend $180 for a Dual core CPU? LOL? SC2 requires lots of cpu power from what i have heard. Quad is recommended.

Fine i will give you a Intel and AMD build for you to decide between.

Keep the Case, ram and Graphics Card.

Intel:
CPU $195
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO $110 (i love MSI, it slightly cheaper, but you can use either MOBO)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$5 more but tons more performance.

AMD:
CPU Option 1 Quad Core 3GHZ $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cpu Option 2 Tri Core 3GHZ $77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The AMD route offers slightly more performance than your original build at about $100 cheaper, if you must pick intel at least get a quad, but the amd will save you money.
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August 1, 2010 8:19:04 PM

chaosgs said:
So you want to spend $180 for a Dual core CPU? LOL? SC2 requires lots of cpu power from what i have heard. Quad is recommended.


Read this: http://www.techspot.com/review/305-starcraft2-performan...

Starcraft 2 only utilizes two cores. More important is the clock speed.

Thank you both for the suggestions. mrhosos96, I don't know what I was smoking. I entirely meant to select a GTX 460 as per the Techspot review I mentioned above.
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August 1, 2010 8:28:53 PM

So you will have a fresh install of windows and never run anything besides sc2? I dont believe how games only use 2 cores, EVERY game i ever played always uses 4-5 cores of my 6. From WOW to warcraft 3 to duke nukem, from a windows 95 monopoly to crysis. I have yet to play a single or dual threaded game.

If you look the processor i recommended will outperform the one you suggested.
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August 1, 2010 9:24:59 PM

games don't more than 4cores
and the build i mentioned is more future proof and u can sli in the future
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