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September 24, 2010 4:36:53 AM

Dear All,

I've decided not to spend so much on getting a supercomputer in purchasing a Phenom II X4 955 BE, etc..., and saving instead to get a good laptop for grad school. Nonetheless, I still want to build a new comp to play SC2 on high/ultra, Dolphin emulator (for Smash Bros Melee), and PCSX2 (for when USBLoader on the ps3 wont play the game).

Please recommend some builds/combos/parts for the Cheapest possible build for those needs. The lowest acceptable setting for SC2 will be High-everything.

I don't need a monitor, OS, ODD, HDD, keyboard, mouse, nor speakers, nor SC2 lol. My monitor's resolution is 1600x900 btw. Additionally, I'd feel comfortable with a Gigabyte/Asus mobo, but am partially open to MSI mobos. I'll keep editing this post in case I find more parts, but just wanted to put this request out there.

Thanks for your assistance.

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September 24, 2010 5:28:30 AM

First off, I based this build on this article: StarCraft II Revisited: How Much Gaming PC Do You Need?

Recommending an AMD triple core, unlocked to quad core, and for GPU, a GTX460 768 MB. This should be sufficient for High settings, and possibly even playable at Ultra.

Motherboard: MSI 870-G45 AM3 for $70

Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana
Memory: OCZ Gold 4GB, 1333
Combo for CPU and RAM for $125 after rebate

Graphics: MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB for $169

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ600SXS2 600W
Combo Case and PSU for $85


Total: $449, including shipping, after rebates. Edited for spelling
September 24, 2010 5:46:01 AM

eloric said:
First off, I based this build on this article: StarCraft II Revisited: How Much Gaming PC Do You Need?

Recommending an AMD triple core, unlocked to quad core, and for GPU, a GTX460 768 MB. This should be sufficient for High settings, and possibly even playable at Ultra.

Motherboard: MSI 870-G45 AM3 for $70

Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana
Memory: OCZ Gold 4GB, 1333
Combo for CPU and RAM for $125 after rebate

Graphics: MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB for $169

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ600SXS2 600W
Combo Case and PSU for $85


Total: $449, including shipping, after rebates. Edited for spelling


Woops forgot to say that I also don't need a case :p  Also forgot to add that I'm in Cali, so 9.75% sales tax. I've been configuring over and over, using the Rana as my CPU, and I think that it's safe to say that 500 total is achievable.

So far, I've come up with this as the best/cheapest:
ASRock 870 mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...,
G.Skill ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...,
the Rana: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...,
and the 5770+OCZ600MXSP: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...,
for $481.36 total after shipping and CA 9.75% tax.

Are the mobo and GPU that I selected any good? I trust Gigabyte more for mobos, and don't know too much about GPUs.
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September 24, 2010 6:05:51 AM

The asrock is good, however something cheaper can be had if you don't need crossfire/usb3/sata6:

ASUS M4A77TD $64 after MIR with no tax
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Faster ram for $80 after MIR with no tax
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5770+OCZ600MXSP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

or if you can fit it in(pretty sure you can):
Gtx460+OCZ600MXSP- $200 with MIRs and no tax
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
September 25, 2010 3:50:20 AM

duk3 said:
The asrock is good, however something cheaper can be had if you don't need crossfire/usb3/sata6:

ASUS M4A77TD $64 after MIR with no tax
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Faster ram for $80 after MIR with no tax
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5770+OCZ600MXSP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

or if you can fit it in(pretty sure you can):
Gtx460+OCZ600MXSP- $200 with MIRs and no tax
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Looks good.

Cheap mobo + Rana + 5770 + OCZ PSU + _______?

For the blank____, what ram should I pick that's cheap and capable? Do I even need 4gb ram for SC2 or Dolphin?
September 25, 2010 6:20:34 AM

Corsair or GSkill 4gb ram then.

Having trouble finding the right PSU. How much power do I need exactly for the 5770? (The GTX 460 is a bit pricey).
September 25, 2010 6:26:31 AM

Definitely go with the 460 over the 5770 if you have no plays for crossfire or sli.
September 25, 2010 6:43:14 AM

falseg0d said:
Definitely go with the 460 over the 5770 if you have no plays for crossfire or sli.


Trying to keep the total as close to $400 as possible... That's why I'm picking the 5670/5770, like the $400/$550 SBM systems.

Toughest part I'm having right now is picking the right ram that's 4gb. Dunno what speed to pick.

Here's what I got so far, with a total of $417.15 after 975% CA tax and $12.23shippping:

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

Sapphire 5670: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master PSU 500W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gskill ECO 4gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

After the rebate, it comes down to $412.15. Any way to make this better+cheaper, keeping in mind that I want to play SC2 on high/ultra? Also, is that PSU enough power?
September 25, 2010 11:48:46 AM

Do you really think you will be able to play at high levels with an HD 5670?

The power supply is not recommended; if you don't want to search for reviews on the web, at least look at the feedback on Newegg.

Why are you spending over $100 on RAM? Get the cheapest DDR3 Dual Channel 4GB you can find since it really has no appreciable influence on gaming play.

Combo PSU and GTX460 for $200

Combo RAM and CPU for $123

Motherboard for $78

Add $43 in Tax for a total of $444 to play SC2 at High/Ultra levels.

September 25, 2010 12:02:43 PM

Sorry foobajooba, did not look closely at your recommendations. They are a few dollars cheaper than mine even when you factor in tax. Good choices.
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