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Optimal graphics cards for Starcraft 2

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August 22, 2010 12:43:38 AM

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.
a c 153 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 12:49:37 AM

If you were going to spend 130 dollars you should get the 5770, not the 9800GTX.

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

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

Which core 2 duo is that exactly?
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August 22, 2010 12:58:04 AM

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
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 1:02:44 AM

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.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 2:39:08 AM

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...

Obviously he is in need of a CPU upgrade, but he can get by at least with overclocking for now, right?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 2:42:16 AM

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.
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August 22, 2010 3:27:49 AM

My mobo is a GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 77

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

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.

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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 4:26:24 AM

ct1615 said:
here is your CPU support list
http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downloads/cpu-support-po...

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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