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July 27, 2010 5:09:50 PM

Can you tell me what I can do to make my system run this game more smooth thanks.


I have

AMD Athlon II X2235e processor 2.7ghz
6.00GB Ram 5.75 usable.
Nvida GeForce 6150 Se NForce 430

sorry if this is really obvious Im not very good with this stuff.
July 27, 2010 5:18:54 PM

Here are the recommended specs:
http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?articleId=26...

512 MB of memory.
For Nvidia Gefore, 8800GTX or better; for ATI, HD 3870 or better.
I think you have a motherboard GPU, which is integrated, so you need an actual card.

You also seem to have a Micro ATX form factor motherboard, so you can only use the low profile ready graphics cards. Also what is your power supply watt power? I myself have a micro ATX form factor motherboard and I am waiting for the MSI Radeon HD 5670 or MSI R5670-PD512. At the moment you can get the Radeon Sapphire HD5570 if you have a low watt PSU. If you have higher wattage, then you can go for some of the NVIDIA low profile graphics cards.
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July 27, 2010 5:26:29 PM

Vay said:
Here are the recommended specs:
http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?articleId=26...

512 MB of memory.
For Nvidia Gefore, 8800GTX or better; for ATI, HD 3870 or better.
I think you have a motherboard GPU, which is integrated, so you need an actual card.

So i need a new graphics card? Can someone recommend a good one sorry but very new to the graphics card thing.
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July 27, 2010 5:28:05 PM

jimbo31 said:
So i need a new graphics card? Can someone recommend a good one sorry but very new to the graphics card thing.

I edited my last post. And actually I don't think you have a graphic's card, just an integrated chip in your motherboard. So I will need to know your power supplies' wattage. You can check this by opening you computer (you unscrew and then you slide the panel off, the box with a fan is the power supply.). Certain graphics cards need certain amount of watt to operate efficiently.
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a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2010 5:33:35 PM

Not only do you need a new graphics card, but you'll be limited in what you can get because of your size of the motherboard.

Additionally, you may be limited by your power supply. Most newer video cards require more power now a days and we'll need to know how much wattage your power supply can deliver, and how much amperage on the 12v rails it delivers.
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a c 236 U Graphics card
July 27, 2010 5:53:35 PM

he has an integrated chip and why would he need a low profile card for a m-atx board? low profile cards are for slim cases. if he has a mini-tower or mid-tower case he can use most mid level cards.

in SCII Beta, Nvidia cards showed an advantage over ATI cards. Patches and drivers can fix that issue but like Boris stated, we would need to know your PSU and monitor resolution before anyone can recommend a specific card.
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July 27, 2010 5:55:32 PM

Vay said:
I don't think that GPU might fit since he might have a micro ATX motherboard, thus, probably a small form factor case.


we don't know until he tells us. mini-towers from HP, DELL, Acer, etc., use m-ATX boards but can fit an ATI 5770 or Nvidia GTX 460. powering them is another issue.
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July 27, 2010 6:19:45 PM

ct1615 said:
we don't know until he tells us. mini-towers from HP, DELL, Acer, etc., use m-ATX boards but can fit an ATI 5770 or Nvidia GTX 460. powering them is another issue.

Thank you. Ignorant people who purport to be otherwise are immensely frustrating.
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July 27, 2010 6:33:59 PM

I know my case is not slim considering it is about 10 inches wide and maybe a foot and a half tall. I will open it up, but can not now because i am prettty busy thanks for the help so far though guys.
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July 27, 2010 6:35:08 PM

MY monitor is currently at 1600x900.....

I dont know how to find my PSU lol. Like I said not very good with this stuff.
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a c 236 U Graphics card
July 27, 2010 6:36:58 PM

do you have a make and model of your PC? Like a DELL e531, Gateway DX4300, etc.,
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July 27, 2010 6:40:34 PM

emachines et1331g-03w

It was rather cheap so i dont expect it do be that good.
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a c 236 U Graphics card
July 27, 2010 6:45:09 PM

do you have a budget for upgrade? i will tell you right now, emachines PSU are junk. that's why they love to use 45w CPUs like yours (which is actually a decent CPU for SCII)

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July 27, 2010 6:46:53 PM

I mean I have money but this stuff is over my head would installing this stuff looking at a tutorial be easy?

I dont need the game at high graphics i just want it to run smooth at low.
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a c 236 U Graphics card
July 27, 2010 7:07:41 PM

basic upgrade

GT240. it will run on your current PSU. although the ATI 5670 is a better card, the GT240 performed better in SCII beta. plus a Free Starcraft2 trial coupon...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

better upgrade
upgrade to one of these PSU. both have 29-30a on the 12v rail, plenty of power for most mid level cards and more amps then most 450-500w generic units.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

then get this video card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

even better, get an ATI 5770 video card with a new PSU


how to install a PSU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvClS_M-09o
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July 27, 2010 7:08:58 PM

Best answer selected by jimbo31.
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July 27, 2010 7:10:04 PM

Thanks a lot, you were very helpful
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