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Budget Build - Starcraft II on High/Ultra

Last response: in Systems
July 6, 2011 2:24:02 AM

Hello, I wanted to get a little feed back on this planned build I have for playing Starcraft II on High/Ultra graphical settings. Any feedback would be great, thank you for reading my potential build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within end of Summer or beginning of Fall 2011.

Budget Range: Not really sure now. Definitely under $700, but minimum would probably be $500.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly gaming (SC2 on High/Ultra settings), Usual web browsing, and minor uses of Photoshop.

Parts Not Required
: Have a eVGA nVidia 9800GTX+, Reusing OCZ 700W PSU. No need for other parts yet, but anything recommended would be great.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or any preferred reputable website.

Country of Origin: United States.

Parts Preferences
: Preferably what is compatible with my current parts (9800GTX+ and OCZ 700W). I have been an Intel user all my life so I have a little biased towards them. Will to try AMD though, whatever is recommended.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: Slight Possibility (Most likely not).

Monitor Resolution
: 1280x1024 or Higher.

Additional Comments
: None, just would like to keep in budget range. Planning to get a Bitfenix Shinobi Case, not sure though.

Thanks again for your time. :) 
July 6, 2011 2:40:24 AM

I will base the system off the "recommended specs for SC2" here: [...] -pc-specs/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 $115 [...] 6819103808
^ This CPU is pretty cheap and does a great job for your budget

MoBo: Biostar A770E3 $50 [...] 6813138179

CASE: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK $36 [...] 6811146061

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB $40 [...] 6822148701

RAM: Patriot Viper Xtreme Series Model PXD34G1600LLK $35 [...] 6820220559

Graphics: Radeon 6850 $160 [...] 6814131374
^I recommend you get this, It'll allow you to play other games to high too

DVD-ROM: LITE-ON Model iHAS-324-98B $23 [...] 6827106334

OS: Win 7 64BIT OEM $110 [...] 6832116986

Total: $569

Note: If you are buying late summer/ early fall watch out for deals, you can get stuff for extremely cheap if you see them on sale and order them, no need to order at the same time.
Note 2: You can go with this MoBo: ASUS M5A99X ($155) and supports SLI/Crossfire in the future
Total w/ the ASUS MoBo: $674
July 6, 2011 2:49:20 AM

Thank you very much for your feedback. :)