SC2 Budget-Mid Range

Approximate Purchase Date: End of Summer

Budget Range: Under 900$ Before Rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: SC2 at high-ultra, Other Games of lesser gpu requirements, surfing, office word

Parts Not Required: None

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca , tigerdirect.ca could be used but I find it more expensive

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Prefer AMD CPU (cost in mind), try to keep to main brands with components to retain quality, mid tower case, a hyper 212+ for OC

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I have no other components than a mouse and speakers so w7 home will need to be included as well as the monitor.. if you can get the build even lower than 800 with these guidelines then your golden but dont sacrifice quality please and thank you
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  1. I will base the system off the "recommended specs for SC2" here: http://www.waukster.com/official-starcraft-2-minimum-and-recommended-pc-specs/

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 $115
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    MoBo: BIOSTAR A770E3 $50
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138179

    PSU: XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC602 $60
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815009

    CASE: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK $36 (I have this, and it's kick-@** awesome)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB $40
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701

    RAM: Patriot Viper Xtreme Series Model PXD34G1600LLK $35
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220559

    Graphics: Radeon 6850 $160
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131374

    DVD-ROM: LITE-ON Model iHAS-324-98B $23
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    OS: Win 7 64BIT OEM $110
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Monitor: HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB $120
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824262011

    TOTAL: $750 w/o Shipping
  2. looks like a pretty solid build, was looking at that mobo myself actually, only one hiccup is that the mobo supports up to 1333 and you put up a 1600 RAM but nbd ill just sub in a different ram thanks for the suggestion
  3. oops, I'm sorry. I'm helping a lot of ppl on the forums and I don't always look at the RAM specs... I'm sorry
  4. Dont worry about it, I'm not a noob who doesn't check specs ;P
  5. I believe most MoBo's can take the extra clocking...but will only run at the MoBo spec speed ex: A 1600 RAM goes on a 1333 MoBo, RAM runs, but at 1333
  6. Better to save the money and grab 1333 instead, its not like i have 1600 already and am worrying about compatibility issues :P
  7. yea, get a 1333 instead, it's not going to affect the performance
  8. just another question, do you think the 6850 would be overkill? would i be able to get away with the 5770 i have heard that it can run at ultra just curious
  9. Yes, the 5770 isn't that bad at all:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphics-card-geforce-gtx-590-radeon-hd-6990,2879-7.html
    You will definitively be able to play SCII on ultra with it...infact in the recommended specs: ATI Radeon HD 3870
  10. i cant find the number of pci-e connectors the PSU has.. do you know?
  11. nvm i found it has 2 6pin, 2 8pin
  12. SC2 favours Intel architecture. If you are concerned about cost, even a $90 Sandy Bridge Pentium would give you comparable FPS to the X4 955BE and it can also be overclocked (it will be slower in general performance though). And yes, the HD6850 is a bit excessive.

    Check this purpose-built Starcraft II build.
    http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/starcraft-ii-ultra-settings-gaming-pc.html

    If you are thinking of changing anything, get a i3 2100 instead of the G850. You will get a ~3fps boost on Ultra for the extra $30 and lose the ability to overclock (yes they overclock like a bitch). A GTX550Ti would also work well if you wanna cut down more.
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