Hi everyone. I want to build a PC capable of running Starcraft 2 at the highest settings. I spent all day looking through this forum, and the information was invaluable. I think I have put together a system of compatible parts, but I'd really like some of you experts to give it a once over to make sure everything would work together.
I'm also more than willing to listen to other opinions. If you see any excess that I really don't need, or overkill, I'd love to hear it. Anything to shave off the price a bit would be great.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-4 weeks from now
BUDGET RANGE: $750 - $1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing Internet, Watching videos
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: preferably newegg, or anywhere where the parts may be cheaper
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: as long as it has a good reputation, I'm open
OVERCLOCKING: I think so
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future, but not immediately
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 preferably
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Again, the main purpose is to run Starcraft 2, and Diablo 3 when that comes out. I have no doubt WoW would run fine on anything build with current equipment.
Anyway, this is what I've pieced together from reading lot's of posts here:
4 and 5 are combo priced, as are 6-9. After saving $61.97 in combo discounts, along with $20 of mail in rebates, the entire setup comes to $924.93. I was hoping to do this for under $800 initially, but this seemed like it may last a bit longer than something at that price range. The one thing I could save about $100, as far as I can tell, is going with the Athlon II Rana vs. the Phenom. Would I be sacrificing a lot of performance with that change?
Thanks for your help. I was looking at that GeForce 460 card, but the 768MB scared me off initially. However, I keep reading that it outperforms the 5770 anyway, so I think I may go that route.
That was an awesome deal for the monitor, but it expired yesterday. I did find an LG 21.5" monitor on newegg, which after all discounts is $149. That memory also went up $3 since yesterday (I had no idea how fluid these prices would be).