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March 1, 2011 2:51:15 PM

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.

Thanks.

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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 1, 2011 3:38:18 PM
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Hello heiso;

What parts did your friend get? We'll beat his performance for you if you want.
What is your monitor resolution?

Here is an idea what a May build could look like.
Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) Quad-Core CPU $185
ASUS P8H67-M LX LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard est $110
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 2 DDR3 1600 RAM $65
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB HDD $40
Asus 24x DVD burner $19
EVGA GTX 460 1GB Video Card $160
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W Power Supply $70
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 Mid Tower Computer Case $60

~$709 before any rebates, taxes and shipping. Add a copy of Windows 7 64bit for $100

This is just a rough outline to let you know what you can get for around $800.
We should be able to do a bit better with rebates and sales, etc, when it's time to order.





a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 1, 2011 10:31:52 PM

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.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
March 1, 2011 10:38:54 PM

For more builds check out my website in me siggy. I have all kinds of builds up and also I have lots of advice you may want to read.

955 (140$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock Extreme3 870 (90$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ripjaw 8gb DDR3 1333 + HIS 5770 (200$) 170$ AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Seagate 7200.12 500gb (40$) 388
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case of your choice
Antec Earthwatt Green 650w 80+ Brnze (65$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

505$ AR W/o case. So that'll give you 40-50$ to spend on the case. A solid CPU and solid expansion with Crossfire etc. etc.

I recommend this case: 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2011 11:58:51 AM

Quote:
I would like to play SC2 on at least high settings running smoothly.Can anyone give me a list of "common sense" when buying parts for a computer?


Hmm if u are talking practical and if u just building a one trick pony : even SC2 Ultra no AA is a rather tame beast so if u merely want to play on high

Rana X3
HD 5770/GTS 450
4GB DDR3
380-500W 80+
Mobo depends on if u want USB/SATA 3.0
case
yada yada

good to go
March 2, 2011 1:37:37 PM

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.
March 5, 2011 11:27:15 AM

just get a core i5 750 and a gtx460 and you will play on extrem settins as me :) 
March 6, 2011 4:42:36 PM

WR2 said:
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.
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
March 6, 2011 7:57:41 PM

With that said, either mine or WR2's build would play SC2. Check out my 1000$ build and that'd run SC2 for sure.
March 12, 2011 11:31:01 PM

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March 19, 2011 11:50:45 PM

EnderYeah said:
Its a fairly CPU intensive game

It is, but honestly I think anything over 3.0 GHz would be great for it, it was still "playable" on maxed graphics on my old 2.6 GHz.

Your frame rate issues more likely have to do with the GPU.
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