Hi, I need help on building a computer for Starcraft 2. I would like to play SC2 on at least high settings running smoothly. I'm hoping to build the computer around May of this year. When it comes to computer, I know nothing and I mean nothing. I don't follow all these hardware news such as when nvidia comes out with a new card or whatnot.
Can anyone give me a list of "common sense" when buying parts for a computer? I have a friend and his computer is around $700 but I would like to get a second opinion. Again, I know nothing about computers so I don't know for example, nvidia vs amd and I especially don't know the price/value of the motherboard, graphics card, memory sticks or whatever.
If anyone else plays starcraft, can they give me a list of their recommended computer parts? My budget would be under $1000. I don't need the latest and greatest but just enough to play SC2.
Here is a handy guide what shows some different price range & configurations that take good advantage of that available budget. Recommended Builds by Usage See the 2nd post in that topic.
Lots of additional reading suggestions and suggestions for the peripheral parts (keyboard, mouse, monitor,etc) too.
Just a heads up, I have a Rana X3 with the 4th core unlocked and still get some frame rate issues playing SC2. Its a fairly CPU intensive game, so the OP might want something more powerful. But i defer to you guys. I think WR2's build at the top is pretty sick.
What parts did your friend get? We'll beat his performance for you if you want.
What is your monitor resolution?
I haven't bought any parts yet, no monitor, no mouse or keyboard. From the link in your second post, it says I should get a monitor with 1920x1200 resolution? I should probably do more research on computers. I have used macs my entire life because my mom is a graphics designer.
I'm just concerned about:
a) I don't know how the different parts interact with each other.
b) The computer isn't good enough for me to play sc2 and I consider $1000 to be a huge investment since I am an university student.