Cheapest AMD build for SC2

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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  1. 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
  2. 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=N82E16813157198,
    G.Skill ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231274,
    the Rana: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872,
    and the 5770+OCZ600MXSP: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506261,
    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.
  3. 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=N82E16813131603

    Faster ram for $80 after MIR with no tax
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    5770+OCZ600MXSP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506261

    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?ItemList=Combo.506265
  4. 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=N82E16813131603

    Faster ram for $80 after MIR with no tax
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    5770+OCZ600MXSP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506261

    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?ItemList=Combo.506265


    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?
  5. you want 4 GB to run Win 7 w/ games. Less is usable for basic stuff, but not games.

    if you want the very cheapest, good RAM, that would be this:
    Mushkin Essentials 4 GB Dual chanel DDR1333 kit. $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146748
  6. If you absolutely can't spend the extra $15, then that ram is fine.
    I would skip eating lunch once or twice and get this ram:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    However, if that $15 is the difference between a gtx 460 and a 5770:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506265
    Than I would go with the slower ram for sure.
  7. 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).
  8. Definitely go with the 460 over the 5770 if you have no plays for crossfire or sli.
  9. 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=N82E16813157195

    Sapphire 5670: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102871

    Cooler Master PSU 500W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031

    Gskill ECO 4gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    Rana: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872

    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?
  10. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227558 4GB 1600 ram $89

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.500519 mobo/cpu $120

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506265 psu/gpu $220

    $430 up front, but 390 after rebates! You can mix and match some things here and there (like the mobo and the ram) but i dont think you'll get a much better price
  11. 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.
  12. 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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