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Proposed Gaming build...opinions please

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August 15, 2010 9:33:28 PM

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:

1. CD/DVD Burner

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

2. Monitor

ASUS VH222H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers

3. Video Card

GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

4. Case

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

5. Power Supply

Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-D-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply

6. CPU

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

7. Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

8. RAM

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

9. Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS 750GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

10. OS

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

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?






August 17, 2010 12:14:57 AM

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. :pfff:  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).

Again, thanks for your help.
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August 17, 2010 12:59:51 AM

Well IMO for Full HD it's really worth hitting at least a 23" one but i guess it's up to preference hehe Ya RAM prices can get volatile at times. You are welcomed ^^
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August 17, 2010 1:05:50 AM

I actually think 23in is on the far large-end of full HD. I think the pixel density is more important than size.
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