$700 SC2 AMD Build


BUDGET RANGE: As close as possible to $700USD total

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: SC2 on ultra, PCSX2, Dolphin, the usual stuff.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, kb, mouse, case ( I have this one but without the lights: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144026, but will need a new PSU), might not need a new HDD(have a WD Black 500gb), might not need a new DVD burner if I can plug my old Samsung IDE burner in--please confirm this.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Frys, Microcenter (cuz they pricematch)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: California (it'll be a country someday)

PARTS PREFERENCES: I will list combos I found below, but I definitely prefer to have these specific parts as part of the build: the AMD Phenom II X4 955, the Gigabyte GTX 460 1gb, and any GSKILL branded 4gb DDR3 1600 Ram.

OVERCLOCKING: Don't need it for SC2 do I?

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Please confirm if I will need it for SC2 on ultra.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have compiled a wishlist, but am having trouble finding the best combos. Please rate/fix/comment/suggest. The following list contains brands/items that I really prefer to have. Everything except the Mobo and Ram, should remain the same. I just need your approval and/or Combo suggestion if there exists cheaper deals using Newegg's Combos.

$275 CPU + MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.470510

$103 RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

$285 GPU + PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.470416, but would prefer the Corsair PSU...

I'm conflicted though, because there's this combo which is CPU+PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.468987 for $230.

Or for $130, PSU+HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.466028

I also have these mobos bookmarked, so please feel free to comment/recommend combos/parts so that I can get the best bang for the buck build. $140/125AR Gigabyte mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128416; another $140 Gigabyte mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128435 . $100 MSI mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130235, and another MSI board for $120: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130269.

I'm really hoping for some feedback, because I will be building to two computers-one for myself and one for my friend. Please, share your comments/recommendations or alternatives to these choices. As a reminder, I would like to keep this close to $700total after tax/ship/rebates, if possible. Please note CA sales tax of 9.75%, use zip code 91770.

Thanks everybody for your help!
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  1. Actually for even Full HD no AA/Ultra the HD 5770 is good enuff
    u just on 1600 x 900 so....
  2. Is there a particular reason you want any of those motherboards? I would think that a board like this:


    would be all you need. Supports all CPUs up to 140w, ACC, SATA 6GB, USB 3.0, even an eSATA 6GB... Heck, it even has an IDE slot (from what I can see, need to do more research) which the motherboard you selected lacks. Sure, it only has one PCIe x16 slot, but SC2 is NOT graphics intensive, and if you choose to purchase that GTX 460, you're set. If you want to future-proof your build by getting a motherboard that supports crossfire/SLI, then don't choose this one. Otherwise, I think it would be a great purchase, as ASrock is one of those manufacturers that don't have the greatest reputation despite putting out good, well-priced products time after time.

    Phenom II 955 + G.Skill Ripjaw series (4gb ddr3 1600)


    The Antec New Truepower series is a PSU among PSUs. Search up any review about these babies and there will be nothing but the highest praise for what Antec managed to create. The gritty technical details aside, some points worth looking at: 80 Bronze PLUS at an affordable price (high power efficiency), with 6x2 6pin and 6x2 8pin connectors to feed almost any GPU mixture, you're set.

    GPU + SC2 Combo

    PSU: $81 AR
    RAM+CPU: $235
    Motherboard: $76
    GPU + SC2: $270

    Comes out to ~$660, probably about $730 after tax. I guess you can take out the Starcraft 2, or switch to the HD5770 like batuchka suggested. Anyhow, I'm out, unless you have a question about my selection choice (if budget is the primary issue with my selections, then my job here is done xD)
  3. Woops, forgot to add this: I already own SC2 and Win7 Ultimate :P

    I'm still shopping around, and will post any combos I find. Are there any suggestions that anyone else may have found though?
  4. I'm building a machine for the same reason, check out my topic
    Go with a GTX 460, see this link http://www.guru3d.com/article/starcraft-ii-wings-of-liberty-gpu-graphics-performance/8 for starcraft performance on Graphics.
    It turns u on just by looking at it, and if it doesn't the HD Porn will ;)

    PSU anything 500-600 should do, I'm getting this:

    Mobo - I'm still trying to decide but I found a good gigabyte mobo for 100$

    People say CPU doesn't matter much for gaming as long as u have at least 3 cores.
    is a Triple core with 3.1 GHz, looks nice and decent price.

    Ram - G.Skills are the best, Try and find lat 7s but if u wanna go a bit cheaper with 9s it shouldn't make much of a difference.
  5. Thanks for the input. I think I'm going to definitely stick with 1 GTX 460 gpu and the X4 955. I've been trying to find a good mobo since I'm most likely not going to buy a 2nd GPU, and found a few that I'd like some feedback on, since they're all jampacked with features and have some good prices:

    $100: MSI 870A-G54: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130275,

    $113: ASROCK 880G EXTREME3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157191,

    $108: GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443.

    So here's what my purchase might look like:
    -One of the above mobos
    -$230: GTX 460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333
    -$230: X4 955 + Corsair PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.468987
    -$60/75: Samsung 1TB HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    -$103: GSKILL RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    Totaling $736, if the more expensive prices of this list are chosen.

    Please advise. Thanks in advance!

    P.S. will I need a CPU fan, or will the 955 BE's stock fan be enough for non-OCing? Also, will the stock fan be enough if I do want to OC in the future?
  6. Stock will be fine if no/lite OC - for best results OC go with an aftermarket HSF
  7. batuchka said:
    Stock will be fine if no/lite OC - for best results OC go with an aftermarket HSF


    I know you're the pro around here for affordable/bangin' setups-- can you gimme some advice on my build? Which of those mobo's/combos should I go with? There's so many mobos to choose from, I just don't know where to begin! I don't I'm gonna buy a 2nd GPU, so any mobo that will guarantee future-proofing will do. I like MSI and Gigabyte the most.

    Please advise.


    EDIT: I just noticed on the three mobos I last mentioned, they have memory standards which only go up to 1333, and 1600 with OC. Is that going to affect my purchasing of 1600 RAM? If so, should I look at different mobos that support higher freq RAM?
  8. No CF/SLI and scanning combos i would go 955BE + Asus 870/SB 850 here
  9. batuchka said:
    No CF/SLI and scanning combos i would go 955BE + Asus 870/SB 850 here

    Looks like a really good board. Really good suggestion too, cuz now I can buy that combo, and get this combo too: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.466028, to cover the PSU+HDD.

    Cool, so if I get this build:

    $235: AMD 955 + ASUS M4A87TD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.470529

    $105: RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    $230: GPU: Gigabyte GV-N460OC-1GI : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333

    $145: PSU + HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.466028,

    then the total before f/s is $713, total $792 because the mobo and PSU have shippping cost. Not bad actually.

    I'm gonna keep shopping meanwhile.
  10. Bump for final advice.

    I really like this build though, that batuchka posted in this thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/292683-31-building-gaming-range: http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-700.jpg

    Except I might skip the hdd and get the corsair PSU instead.

    Please help.

  11. Hmm might as well get this 80+ bronze 650/modular + 1TB F3 combo
  12. batuchka said:
    Hmm might as well get this 80+ bronze 650/modular + 1TB F3 combo

    Cool, looks good. Too bad the 1gb GTX 460 has no good combos.

    EDIT: What I meant was that I already own a 500gb WD Black 32mb HDD that I can reformat from my external case, so I don't really need a HDD. That combo does look good though.
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