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August 6, 2010 7:31:43 PM

I just purchased Starcraft 2, and I'm able to run it on my computer on the lowest in-game graphic settings available. I was thinking of getting a new graphics card, but I dont know if that is what the actual problem is.

My Setup:
-Windows Vista 32 Bit
-AMD Athlon 64 X2Dual Core Processor 3800+ 2Ghz
-2gb of Ram
-Nvidia Geforce 6100

Any suggestions?

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a c 194 U Graphics card
August 6, 2010 7:40:39 PM

The 6100 is very weak, even a cheap graphics card like a 5570 will do significantly better. Overclocking your CPU would also help as well since SC2 is only supports 2 cores but like most RTS games is very CPU dependent.
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August 6, 2010 8:07:21 PM

i have hd 4670 and phenom 2 x3 710 and i can play starcraft 2 at 1440x900 ultra settings at 30 frames avarage most the time and 40-45 avarage at high (not a difference from ultra only performance hit and maybe slightly sharper), so with 5570(4670 but with dx11) but mid low processor you be able to run starcraft 2 at 1280x768 with 35-40 frames i think .............
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a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2010 8:14:09 PM

Graphics card is definitely the first issue here. Do you know the specs of your power supply?
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a c 125 U Graphics card
August 6, 2010 8:18:04 PM

Yeah almost any ~$100 GPU would run it ok. Depends on resolution tho, and power supply. You could do alright with a GT240, 9800GT, GTS250, or from ATI, 4670, 5570, 5670.

Whatever you can afford.

If you have a 64bit OS, an extra 2GB RAM will do you good. And like hunter315 suggested, OCing the CPU will give you some benefits as well.
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a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2010 8:50:27 PM

Whats your budget? You need a new Graphics card and probably new PSU. What are your full specs? If you don't know ask us for further advisel
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August 6, 2010 9:36:54 PM

I have a amd 5600+, with 4 gbs of ram and a 5770 and i can run the game on ultra setting 80% of the time with 40-60 fps. My processor bottle necks sc2 so i am guessing yours will to.
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August 6, 2010 9:38:56 PM

The computer i'm thinking about upgrading is a family computer, so I won't be bring it with me to college. Would it be worth it to just build a computer from scratch? I know enough about computers to build one (I've done it with my dad before) but the amount of products on the market is overwhelming.

To be honest, I have no idea what my full specs are or the power supply specs.
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a c 125 U Graphics card
August 6, 2010 9:48:53 PM

justlaxn529 said:
The computer i'm thinking about upgrading is a family computer, so I won't be bring it with me to college. Would it be worth it to just build a computer from scratch? I know enough about computers to build one (I've done it with my dad before) but the amount of products on the market is overwhelming.

To be honest, I have no idea what my full specs are or the power supply specs.


Building your own is a lot of fun, IMO. First thing to keep in mind is how much you can spend and what your primary usage will be. It seems overwhelming at first but really once you start looking into it you'll see there's definite heirarchys and generally prices match performance. If you read the forum here at Tom's on homebuilt systems you'll probably learn quite a bit, and there's also plenty of articles about it. A couple good ones are "Best Gaming CPU" and "Best Video Card" articles which they run every month, comparing price and performance.
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August 6, 2010 10:32:27 PM

Thank you very much! i appreciate the help and tips.
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