Ive been looking through these boards and trying to figure out what kind of desktop i would need to run Starcraft 2 on like a 22 inch monitor at mid-high settings. Im not a huge PC gamer but have been playing the original since i was 13 so am willing to spend $500 to play it somewhat close to what it is meant to look like.
I keep seeing computers spec'd at 1,000-2,000 USD which seems quite high. I built my current desktop for under $400 but that was back in the days of pentium II...
Is it unreasonable for me to just buy a budget business pc that has a decent processor (from my research AMD Athalon X2 (or x3) and intel I3 seem good) and just drop like $100 on a dedicated graphics card? This is what I would have done 5 years ago. am i missing something?
will the computer massively overheat or something if i buy a fancy graphics card and put it into a low-mid range desktop?
systemax AMD Dual Core Desktop PC - AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz, 2GB DDR2, 500GB HDD, 22X DVDRW, 9-in-1 Media Reader, HDMI, No Operating System, Refurbished
Also, can someone explain to me what all of the different numbers after Athlon mean.... im just guessing that it goes X1-X4 (worst to best) but I may be way off. Theres too many models for a newcomer to decipher.
Well technically it is from worst to best, but that's not quite what it means.
the x4 means it has 4 cores, so it is a quad core processor. x3 is has 3 core, x2 one core.
There is nothing wrong with just spending 100 on a graphics card and building a budget computer, It just wont be as great as spending 300 on one.
Buying a great graphics card for a not so great computer would greatly bottleneck the graphics. Meaning you won't be able to use it to it's full potential.
im not interested in breaking any records or anything. just want starcraft 2 to run smoothly and be at a sharp resolution when I play online. my current hp dv4 laptop overheats within an hour of gameplay plus it has to run everything on "low" which makes me feel like im losing out on a lot of what the developers intended for.
do i need to be concerned about the PSU / heatsink or anything like that or can i pretty much drop a $150 graphics card in it without it overheating?
These are the specs for the game:
GFX: GeForce 7/8 Series or Radeon 1000/2000 with 256 MB RAM
CPU: Pentium 4
RAM: 1 GB
Internet: ADSL 1 Mbit
GFX: GeForce 8000 or Radeon 2000 series with 512 MB RAM
CPU: Core 2 Duo or Athlon X2.
RAM: 2 GB
Internet: ADSL 3 Mbit
GFX: Geforce 9000er or Radeon 3000er Series
CPU: Core 2 Duo 3 GHz or Athlon X2
RAM: 2GB with DualChannel mode
if I bought this card and installed it into the above computer:
GPU~SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card -$140
could I expect the game to run at 1280 x 1028 or slightly higher at mid settings without lag or poor framerate?
That should be fine, your computer isn't really "out of date."
It really depends on what monitor resolution you have.
Do you already have the computer? Do you have a computer you plan on buying? Or do you plan on building one?
A little more info would help us a long way.
August 19, 2010 5:42:09 AM
@gkay09 that looks like a great build and im getting up to about 500 already.
How complicated is the process of putting it together if I just order all the parts?
In the past I have:
removed / installed memory
removed / installed a couple of PCI boards - wireless and graphics card (not PCI e)
changed out multiple internal SATA hard drives
semi comfortable in bios and very comfortable with windows install and config
should this be something I can do without major problems?
August 19, 2010 5:45:51 AM
Im planning on getting a whole new system. Ill also be getting a 23 inch monitor as well
My current desktop is Pentium II 1.3ghz (maybe) 1 gig of ram, geforce 6150 PCI graphics 128 mb. havent been able to get it to run off the graphics card tho so its current using integrated graphics. with a little tweaking i can probably get it to work. If i bought more RAM do you think this could potentially run Starcraft 2 on mid settings? I havent tested it on that PC.
If you take your time and read through the instructions that come with your parts it shouldn't be bad at all . If you can install RAM/Video cards and you go slow and follow directions using the internet for the few things your sketchy on its pretty straight forward.
I've built a system with very little experience, piecing things together is very simple. The only problems you would encounter if you did your research is items that just simply don't work, which in that case send it back for a new one.
There are many guides and users here to help if you get stuck when building it, and there is a fairly popular checklist if your final build doesn't work to see what is wrong with it.
The build gkay09 posted is a good build, It also leaves room for upgrading in the future, you shouldn't ever have to start from scratch after that build.