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August 5, 2010 7:54:02 AM

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August 5, 2010 8:22:26 AM

All fine choices, the only thing I would possibly consider (given that work is paying for half) is to indulge in the Asus P7P55D E Pro motherboard. It has USB/SATA III and also allows you to Crossfire/SLI. That would mean your computer should be able to last the 3-5 years you probably want it to - if a new game comes out that you like you do not have to worry about not being able to play it because in years to come you can add a second 5850 (for cheap by then) and keep performance maxed.

The only other change that could be done is a GTX 460, but it is a weaker card than the 5850, on the other hand 2 of them in SLI is a great performance (This is the first time I have ever suggested SLIing weaker cards as an alternative option to one stronger card). But that is something for others to debate, you cannot go wrong with either card - both cards would handle SC2 on their own.

You may also consider the i5 760 rather than the i5 750, there is about $15 (so if work is paying for half that means only $7.50 more expensive!) it is not much different but I believe it has a higher multiplier which is helpful for OCing if you want to in the future

I assume you are playing at 1920 x 1080 resolution?
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August 5, 2010 8:33:25 AM

^ Some changes -
i5 760 + GTX 460 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 + Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX 650W + Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE and DVD Same...

As you want a PC mainly for SC2, I would suggest the GTX 460...It offers very performance,...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/starcraft-ii-wings-of-lib...
Also you can add 1 more GTX 460 in SLI later on as both the mobo and the PSU can handle that...
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August 5, 2010 8:35:20 AM

^Dint refresh...
You can assume the above build is a representation of asteldian's suggestion...
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August 5, 2010 8:40:29 AM

Well that saves me finding the links and combos - gkay can officially be my lackey! ;) 
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August 5, 2010 8:50:03 AM



That seems to me like it will be a nice build.

Good gaming computer. I would recommend the Gigabyte board, I just like the Gigabyte overclocking features, and build quality. Bus Asus make nice boards too.

You have missed a Power Supply from that list. Something like a 650watt Corsair or Antec will do you well. Although 650 watts is a little high, it makes sense to go higher than lower, for the maximum stability.

Also you should be able to achieve a nice overclock with that rig, although you didnt specify a heat sink fan (the retail version of the CPU comes with a cheap and nasty one). I would read some reviews, figure out which 3rd party HSfans can fit inside your case, find one that you like, and OVERCLOCK THE *** OUT OF THAT INTEL. YEAH!!!

Good luck!
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August 5, 2010 8:52:09 AM

:p 
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August 5, 2010 8:56:26 AM

Nice! Those combo deals are great! My company will be so happy that you guys saved them some money. And yeah I want to play at 1920 x 1080 definitely. I'm playing SC2 with all settings on Low or off so I have a feeling any upgrade is going to be great, so thanks again for all the help!
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August 5, 2010 1:10:23 PM

Slightly better memory, Same series (Ripjaws) but CL 7 vs CL 9 - &22 more, but I feel worth it (This is what I use and love em.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

On PSU, I just ordered the corsair 650 for $69 from newegg (On sale for $89, -$10 + - $20 MIR. Over Kill unless you plan on using 2 Graphics cards, But nothing wrong with a little overkill when it's a quality PSU.

I used the Gigabyte P55-UD4P and love it, and it overclocked ever so easily.. I picked this up verses theit "A". Just installed a PCI-e card for USB3, and Put in a front panel 3 1/2 in esata enclosure so that I can pop in a 2 1/2 in laptop sata HDD, or My spare 128 gig SSD. It has a push button to eject the drive - Freebe, came with on of my SSDs.

Added: Link to PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 5, 2010 4:30:43 PM

Best answer selected by kmart2k1.
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