Hi guys, this is my first build. Up to this point, I had been playing Starcraft 2 on my Lenovo T400 laptop, with settings all set to low. Surprisingly, it ran quite well...up until patch 1.3.4. Since then, I get 1 FPS in battle scenes - literally, I cannot click and command my units. It's freakin' frustrating.
While I am more mad at Blizzard (they claimed Starcraft 2 would not require a "new" computer) for changing something in patch 1.3.4, I figured it's about time to build a decent computer not just for gaming, but other things - video conversion, etc.
So here is my build - let me know what you think. Again, the goal was to be somewhat price conservative but also build a mean computer for SC2.
Get a quality PSU from Corsair, Antec or XFX. For example. Corsair TX650 V2 $79.99 after rebates.
If you plan on going SLI maybe go with a 750W model.
For video card you might consider a Radeon 6870, which can be had for about $170:ish after rebates. If you want to go with NVidia try to find room in your budget for a GTX 560 Ti, they can be had for about $190-200 after rebates and offer quite an improvement in performance over the GTX 460.
Since I'm recommending the i5 2500k, also get an after market cooler for it for overclocking, such as:
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+, which you can get for $30 with free shipping from amazon.
I assume you have SATA a HDD and a SATA DVD drive since those are not listed above.
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB as recommendation if you do end up needing a HDD
If you don't plan on OC:ing you could probably do with i5 2400 and save a few bucks.
If you do plan on overclocking at some point in the future, get the i5 2500k so you can OC. ( it's actually only 10 bucks more that 2500, so it's worth it to have the option )
And you only need the CPU cooler if you plan to OC, if you don't the cooler that comes with the CPU is fine.
Striker - I looked at the Agility 3 SSD drives, and while they have good specs, they have alot of reliability problems. Many have reported the drives randomly disappear and cause BSOD. The M4 is supposedly much more stable, which is important to me as I'll be using it as my main OS drive.
I heard good things about the Radeon 6870, but I personally have a preference for nVidia, perhaps due to my horrible past experiences with 2 radeon cards.