Optimal graphics cards for Starcraft 2

I've been desperately needing a video card upgrade in order to play SC2 on ultra settings. I have been looking at the EVGA 9800GTX on newegg for about 130. My only concern is that I am lacking the CPU power to attain ultra settings. I can currently play the game on medium settings with no issues using my radeon 5570. Here is my current setup.

Intel Core 2 Duo @ 1.86 GHz
4 gb ram DDR3
BFG 650 Watt Power Supply

With this, I am not sure if it is possibly to get higher settings considering my limitations with my CPU. Please let me know, thanks guys.
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  1. If you were going to spend 130 dollars you should get the 5770, not the 9800GTX.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873&cm_re=5770-_-14-102-873-_-Product

    This is significantly better then the 9800GTX, however you probably need a CPU upgrade, regardless.

    Which core 2 duo is that exactly?
  2. It is the e4300. I have an aftermarket CPU fan and a very cool aftermarket case. I have been able to overclock the CPU to 2.3, but I'm not sure if that would make a difference
  3. Overclock it, it will help, but if my 4800+ can run SCII, I'm sure the e4300 can, like I said just overclock it, if its stable at 2.3 put it at 2.3, it can't hurt.

    But yeah for 130 you can't beat the 5770 I linked.
  4. SC2 relies heavily on the CPU and prefers Nvidia cards. Frankly, I would upgrade the CPU

    http://www.techspot.com/review/305-starcraft2-performance/
  5. Heh my 4800+ runs it fine and according to Tom's the e4300 is in the same tier as it? =/

    Although it is a Nvidia machine...

    Also this shows the 5770 doing very well in SC at maximum settings.

    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1014/pg8/sapphire-radeon-hd-5770-flex-edition-review-starcraft-2.html

    Obviously he is in need of a CPU upgrade, but he can get by at least with overclocking for now, right?
  6. Yeah, a CPU upgrade is what you need although overclocking will certainly help. It should be able to go well past 2.3ghz if you up the voltage.
    Tell us your motherboard, it can surely handle better processors and possibly even all core 2 duos and quads.
  7. My mobo is a GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 77

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128042

    I have been wanting to do a new build with an i5 or i7 processor but just don't have the money for that at the moment. Are there any CPU upgrades out there that would make a considerable difference for a reasonable price? Otherwise I may just have to wait for the future build and purchase the 5770 for now.
  8. here is your CPU support list
    http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=2510

    your best bet would be the used market like ebay or Craigslist. A Q6600 or Q6700 would be a nice upgrade after an OC.
  9. ct1615 said:
    here is your CPU support list
    http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=2510

    your best bet would be the used market like ebay or Craigslist. A Q6600 or Q6700 would be a nice upgrade after an OC.


    If you were going to upgrade your CPU I agree with this.
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