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November 8, 2010 9:20:23 PM

I need a list of computer parts that will be able to run starcraft 2 on ultra under 800$. Also include the OS because i do not have an OS. I'm sorry about the low budget but its all i can do.

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November 8, 2010 9:29:56 PM

What resolution do you game at? That is somewhat important in order to size the graphics card properly. Do you need a monitor? Keyboard, speakers, mouse?

If you don't need a monitor, $800 should be fine. Something like an Athlon II X3 or X4 or a Phenom II X4 with an 870 AM3 mobo, 4 GB RAM, a 650w PSU (Corsair, XFX, Antec), whatever $60-75 case you like, and an AMD 6850 for the GPU would fit the bill.

Please see the link that is (hopefully) in my signature for a standard format that helps head off any more questions, and I'll try to post something more complete with links.
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November 8, 2010 10:03:19 PM

coldsleep said:
What resolution do you game at? That is somewhat important in order to size the graphics card properly. Do you need a monitor? Keyboard, speakers, mouse?

If you don't need a monitor, $800 should be fine. Something like an Athlon II X3 or X4 or a Phenom II X4 with an 870 AM3 mobo, 4 GB RAM, a 650w PSU (Corsair, XFX, Antec), whatever $60-75 case you like, and an AMD 6850 for the GPU would fit the bill.

Please see the link that is (hopefully) in my signature for a standard format that helps head off any more questions, and I'll try to post something more complete with links.

Well i got a LCD tv at 1080p but 720p resolution seems fine to me but if you could give me list of components that can play at 1080p then great but if not then 720p is fine. i got the keyboard, speakers, mouse sorry for not giving more info on that. hopefully i answered your questions
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November 8, 2010 10:10:16 PM

Assuming gaming at 1920 resolution, no monitor, KB, mouse, speakers required, this i5 750 is a superior gaming system. If you need other parts, are gaming at a lower resolution, or can't come up with the "overbudget" shown, then you should look at an AMD-based system:

i5 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill 2x2GB 1333 CL9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic 520W psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GTX 460 OC'd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler master HAF912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Win7-64 OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$840 plus shipping less $10 MIR
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November 8, 2010 10:37:30 PM

Twoboxer said:
Assuming gaming at 1920 resolution, no monitor, KB, mouse, speakers required, this i5 750 is a superior gaming system. If you need other parts, are gaming at a lower resolution, or can't come up with the "overbudget" shown, then you should look at an AMD-based system:

i5 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill 2x2GB 1333 CL9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic 520W psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GTX 460 OC'd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler master HAF912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Win7-64 OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$840 plus shipping less $10 MIR

I like the build but could this build be able to use two video cards(just for future references) and do i have to buy the OEM version of win7 or could i buy the standard one(I read about the OEM version and i do not one to use it once). Also could you present an AMD build because well it is cheaper than intel but this one you presented is in my budget but i just want to decide on multiple choices on builds
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November 8, 2010 10:47:01 PM

Someone who knows AMD builds should stop by and do that. My knowledge of AMD boards doesn't qualify me to advise in that area lol. But I *can* say the AMD system that will come closest to performing like this system will have a 955 and an appropriate mobo. And the rest of the parts work for both platforms.

No, this build is not recommended for crossfire. The psu would need to be upgraded to at least 650W, preferably 750W (+~$40). While the mobo supports xfire, the second vid card slot is only electrically x4. Personally, I'd choose a different mobo (+~$35) that would allow at least x8-x8.

The OEM version is fine. You are allowed to upgrade this system, even by replacing the mobo and cpu . . . which is, after all, the whole system. Or you can buy the retail version for nearly twice the price, unless you can get it from a "college student" source:

http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/gb/software/windows...
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November 8, 2010 11:22:17 PM

bavman said:
Fill out the following guide to help us:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

Approximate Purchase Date: anytime


Budget Range: 800$ max


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming(mostly starcraft 2), surfing the internet


Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or tigerdirect

Parts Preferences: by brand or type AMD since its cheaper


Overclocking: no


SLI or Crossfire: Yes(but w/o the second video card ill buy the second one in the future)


Monitor Resolution: 1080p or 720p(already have the monitor but just tell you resolution i like playings)
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November 9, 2010 1:57:56 PM

I'm not even going to try to beat batuchka, he has some sort of super power at finding combos.

I can't see the pic for some reason at the moment, but I'll assume it's an Athlon II X4 + maybe an 880G mobo.
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November 9, 2010 5:32:53 PM

case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
video card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I havent been reading everyones replys because i've been doing research and making up my own build. I made one and i want to hear your opinions on it and give me some ideas to improve the build. The video card isnt great for future gaming but ill upgrade down the road. thanks for helping
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November 9, 2010 6:29:31 PM

I think you should read batuchka's reply.
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November 9, 2010 7:41:43 PM

Well i read all the reply's and i basically have the same build as batuchka but he has a better video card but ill stay with my video card and probably upgrade later in the future. I'm guessing my build is capable of playing starcraft 2 on ultra since comparing it with batuchka's and i done research that a ati radeon 5770 is more than enough for ultra settings. The only thing left i wanna know is everyones opinion on my build i posted and see if they are all compatible because i just randomly picked the parts. The only thing i knew i was certain from my build was the CPU and the video card. Thanks for the help
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November 9, 2010 8:07:20 PM

All of your parts will work together, but I have a couple of suggestions.

A 750W PSU is overkill, 650 would probably suit you just fine. You might consider this XFX 650W PSU, which is $90, but has a $30 MIR. If you're set on the 5770, there's also this combo, which offers the XFX 650W PSU with a 5770 for $200 - $50 in MIRs...$150 for your PSU & video card together is pretty good.

You might consider spending about $20 more for a new 6850, rather than the last-gen 5770. Powercolor and HIS both have cards for $180.

Your OS link goes to the Seagate HDD again, I'll assume that you meant to link Win 7 Home Premium. If not, do you really need Pro or Ultimate? They offer very little for the average user.

Do you have a DVD burner? Any SATA DVD burner will do, don't worry too much about brand.

In theory, you could spend $15-20 more and get CAS 7 1600 MHz RAM, but the real-world difference is not likely to be noticeable.
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November 9, 2010 8:24:44 PM

coldsleep said:
All of your parts will work together, but I have a couple of suggestions.

A 750W PSU is overkill, 650 would probably suit you just fine. You might consider this XFX 650W PSU, which is $90, but has a $30 MIR. If you're set on the 5770, there's also this combo, which offers the XFX 650W PSU with a 5770 for $200 - $50 in MIRs...$150 for your PSU & video card together is pretty good.

You might consider spending about $20 more for a new 6850, rather than the last-gen 5770. Powercolor and HIS both have cards for $180.

Your OS link goes to the Seagate HDD again, I'll assume that you meant to link Win 7 Home Premium. If not, do you really need Pro or Ultimate? They offer very little for the average user.

Do you have a DVD burner? Any SATA DVD burner will do, don't worry too much about brand.

In theory, you could spend $15-20 more and get CAS 7 1600 MHz RAM, but the real-world difference is not likely to be noticeable.


Thank you for the reply and sorry the link was suppose to be for win 7 home premium. Since you said that upgrading the ram's mhz doesnt make a difference i guess ill keep the ones i chose. I chose the 750w power supply for future video cards that require more power. Also can you tell me the difference between a 6850 and a 5770. I really dont know much about the cards i just read on a review that a 5770 is enough to play starcraft 2 on ultra
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November 9, 2010 8:32:57 PM

CAC said:
Thank you for the reply and sorry the link was suppose to be for win 7 home premium. Since you said that upgrading the ram's mhz doesnt make a difference i guess ill keep the ones i chose. I chose the 750w power supply for future video cards that require more power. Also can you tell me the difference between a 6850 and a 5770. I really dont know much about the cards i just read on a review that a 5770 is enough to play starcraft 2 on ultra


6850 StarCraft II benchmarks: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-685...

+50-100% performance for about $20 more. Seems well worth it.
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November 9, 2010 9:02:37 PM

Alright thanks for the reply. Looks like i got my build thanks for the info.
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