$500 SC2 budget build

Hey guys,

My friend is looking to build an SC2 gaming PC that can handle live streaming and some video work. He has a budget of $500 and already has an OS and monitor. This is what we had so far:


ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive - OEM


This ends up around the $500-550 mark. Any suggestions for improvements?

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  2. would he see improvements in streaming/sc2 capabailities with the fermi card over the 5770? Obviously either of these configurations would do fine with SC2 itself...I believe his biggest concern is the ability to stream his games live.

  3. After some tweaking, I cam up with this: (based on batuchka's build)


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    I was a little torn between the phenom and this x4, but the gaming performance difference between the two seems to be very small. He plans on a mild overclock, and it appears that it can be easily achieved w/ this cpu.

    Thoughts on the adjustments?

    edit: can't seem to get a big enough screenshot...if you click through to the image though it should be visible.
  4. The Builder series is not 80+ compliant and though Antec 300 comes with more fans, once u want to max out cooling potential of any case you won't stick with the stock case fans in any case so...:P
  5. I know I said one final bump before, but he was lazy and never ordered the parts...he plans on pulling the trigger tonight. Any other last minute input?

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