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Build for starcraft 2 as long as it runs high/ultra

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June 30, 2011 3:07:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week before I leave to another state so when I come back, it will be ready


Budget Range: less than 800 Before / After Rebates: Doesn't matter


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(starcraft 2 for sure) and Movies


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Microcenter


Country of Origin: U.S.A.


Parts Preferences: Anything that goes along with the
Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Overclocking: Don't know what this is but I doubt it


SLI or Crossfire: If this is a double graphics cross over then no



So far I have selected

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX ...
Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBXH
Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Casing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I'm a first time builder as well and I want it to be future proof for a few years and I would like for starcraft two to run on ultra settings. Thank you
June 30, 2011 3:41:25 AM

swap the hdd with Samsung spinpoint f3,
ram you have chosen is really high quality.

6850, you can go for a much better option like a 6870,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case is fine too

if you have chosen i52500k, you must have known what is overclocking, it means to raise your cpu clock speed(like i5 2500k 3.3 ghz to 4.5 ghz) by changing some settings in bios.
also, it voids warrenty.
if you cant overclock, save some bucks and go either for i5 2400 or 2500 which are non k versions
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June 30, 2011 4:38:22 AM

anytime superlmo!
Good luck for your build
July 2, 2011 12:13:15 AM

May as well get a H67 board if you don't plan to OC
July 2, 2011 2:38:04 AM

true, h67 is all he need if he do not plan to overclock
July 2, 2011 2:55:03 AM



I bought the Samsung HDD and also the
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=u0t0f0fp...

The power supply was just at a great price and I may use it in the future for upgrades.

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still getting the same ripjaw Ram, Intel 5 2400 and a regular LG dvd burner

two questions: Will the video card fit into the HAF 912? Which H67 MOBO should I get in particular?
I don't plan on overclocking, just casual use and of course playing starcraft 2 on ultra settings without putting too much stress on the computer.
July 2, 2011 8:24:19 AM

Actually a H61 would be fine since you don't plan to SLI:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not entirely sure if this is the best board but it looks fine to me.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
an Asus board at the same price, but without USB 3.0 or SATA III

The card will fit, it will fit a ATi 5970 if the top hard drive cage is removed.

You could get cheaper ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
no heatspreader but with a HAF case you could probably get away with it.

Powersupply was a bit OTT for 1 Graphics card and no overclock, but if you're happy it's fine.
July 2, 2011 10:44:54 AM

superelmo said:
I bought the Samsung HDD and also the
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=u0t0f0fp...

The power supply was just at a great price and I may use it in the future for upgrades.

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still getting the same ripjaw Ram, Intel 5 2400 and a regular LG dvd burner

two questions: Will the video card fit into the HAF 912? Which H67 MOBO should I get in particular?
I don't plan on overclocking, just casual use and of course playing starcraft 2 on ultra settings without putting too much stress on the computer.

The HAF 912 only comes with 2 fans and has pretty bad air flow without buying a lot of fans. It's not a good buy.

Check out the Newegg Sale:
http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail/latest/index-landi...

It has a promo code for the PSU you wanted and the Antec 300 Illusion is a much better case for the price.
July 2, 2011 1:41:42 PM

i think you will be just fine with a rosewill challenger you choosed or a haf 912.
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