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What is my bottle neck for Starcraft 2

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2010 4:24:14 AM

Hello,

My current config is shown as follow. I play Starcraft 2 alot and apparently it lag during intensive better during a 4v4 game.Which is my biggest bottle neck now? How much would a decent upgrade cost and if upgrade how much would it cost and how much of improvement would it be? Thanks

C2D E6300 OC to 2.8 GHZ
2x2gb ddr2 800 XMS2
30gb OCZ core series V2 with just SC2 install (got it for 50 bucks AR a year ago and too small for windows 7 hehe)
EVGA GTX260 55nm superclock edition
24" 1920X1080 60hz Samsung monitor.

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2010 4:54:54 AM

Your graphics card shouldn't be having problems. Starcraft 2 isn't that GPU intensive. A GTX 260 should be fine at Ultra settings at 1920x1080.

http://www.techspot.com/review/305-starcraft2-performan...


The bottleneck is definitely your processor.

http://www.techspot.com/review/305-starcraft2-performan...


You could try to overclock higher, but you would probably need a new processor (and motherboard) to really improve performance.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2010 6:16:39 AM

Check out http://www.yougamers.com/gameometer/10397/ and it will see how you fare against minimum/recommended scores, then plan a build around that :) 
but yes, your probably looking at a new build to get anywhere
Moto
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September 30, 2010 8:02:42 AM

What settings are you running at? Tom's did an article before, and even a quad-core + 5870 struggles @ Ultra on multiplayer matches. You could probably try lowering settings to Medium (which still looks good enough), or maybe overclocking your processor some more. (Or maybe switch to a quad?)
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2010 8:28:26 AM

@amnotanoobie :
My system does struggles with ultimate settings.
I have a Q6600 @3GHz+HD5850.
I have checked my proc activities during SC2, only 2 cores are effectively active. I use 2 monitors, 1 for the SC2 and the other one only for the system monitor.
Perhaps upgrading to quads is simply not the correct solution.
I am also really confused also with this problem.
I would also like to play SC2 with ultimate settings on my 37" LCD TV, but I have to keep it at medium at this moment.
I dunno what is wrong.
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September 30, 2010 9:10:06 AM

guanyu210379 said:
@amnotanoobie :
My system does struggles with ultimate settings.
I have a Q6600 @3GHz+HD5850.
I have checked my proc activities during SC2, only 2 cores are effectively active. I use 2 monitors, 1 for the SC2 and the other one only for the system monitor.
Perhaps upgrading to quads is simply not the correct solution.
I am also really confused also with this problem.
I would also like to play SC2 with ultimate settings on my 37" LCD TV, but I have to keep it at medium at this moment.
I dunno what is wrong.


SC2 is a demanding title, just like Metro 2033. There is little you could do now except maybe wait for the next generation of hardware. This would be like the time of Oblivion and Crysis, wherein we had to wait for a full generation (or 2) of hardware to max out the settings.

As I've said Tom's did an article on it:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/starcraft-ii-radeon...

Even the 5870 and the 470 chokes on SC2 on Ultra.

*By choking, I mean the minimum fps dips below 30fps.
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September 30, 2010 5:36:35 PM

Best I have seen are i5s i7s and core2duo OCed past 3.3ghz

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 1, 2010 8:30:13 AM

Hmmm...past 3.3GHz?
Let see, if I can push mine to 3.3GHz..
300Mhz more to go ;p
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