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Budet Gaming Build for Sc2 (July 2011)

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July 15, 2011 4:08:26 AM

This is my first time building my own desktop, and I'd appreciate all the help I get.

The purpose of this desktop is to play Sc2 on high settings with good frame rates. I'm hoping that I can get some advice as to how I can optimize this build towards that goal. So far I've gone with the budget-friendly amd processors, with the intention of overclocking the current cpu and using an aftermarket cooler if necessary.

My current build runs about 800 dollars, and I would prefer to keep it around this amount, considering I'll also be adding an OS and peripherals.

Here are some questions I have:
1) Is the current power-supply enough for this system? And if I need to overclock, which watt amt would you recommend?
2) Are there any upgrades I should make to meet my goal (see above)?

Thank you for your time and suggestions. The build is posted below.

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1373-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3


Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
+ Thermal Paste ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Once again, thank you for your help. I can't stress enough how much help this forum has been for a newb like me ;0

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July 15, 2011 4:32:40 AM

1)That PSU is fine for that system, even with everything overclocked. If you're never going to SLI you could get away with a lot less.

2) An i3 2100 will outperform an X4 965 in SC2. I have an X4 965 (almost the same as a 955) and it bottlenecks my GTX 460 ocasionally in SC2 and chokes with my new SLI setup. The i3 2100 runs a little more than the 955 but it's newer tech. I see that you're planning on an AM3+ mobo, so if you're gunning for a Bulldozer upgrade then more power to you, just my $0.02. And if you are planning to upgrade to Bulldozer and want to save some money I'd recommend grabbing this:

for $30 less. It's an X2 that can unlock to an X4 if your mobo does that.
July 15, 2011 5:00:03 AM

Here's a build based in i5-2500K that will blow AMD systems in gaming, etc.

CPU & Motherboard : $333-i5-2500K & MSI P67A G45( great processor and sli/crossfire capable motherboard )

RAM & PSU : $125- Corsair Vengeance 2X 4GB & Corsair Builder Series CX600 (psu insufficient if a second GPU is added )

Graphic Card: $235- EVGA GTX 560Ti (better than GTX 460, and a solid card )

HDD: $55- Samsung Spinpoint 1TB (fast and cheaper with promo code )

Case: $40- Cooler Master Elite 310

Optical Drive : $19- Sony

Total (Excluding rebates) : 807 USD

Rebates: 65 USD

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July 15, 2011 5:28:50 AM

Get the Hyper 212+ from Amazon.. $30 there...

Why you would even consider an AMD build in the first place is beyond me

Why people are suggesting $90 drives over the $55 spinpoint is also beyond me (theyre recommended in other threads not here)

That's the Ripjaws Series, get the Ripjaws X series, it's $34...

Do you really like the look of the 922? It looks like a dwarf case to me
July 15, 2011 4:40:22 PM

The Hyper 212+ is now grossly overpriced at Newegg. Get the $30 Xigmatek Gaia, which is similar in design and performance. Or, as Reaper said, get the 212+ from Amazon.
On an $800 budget, if you build AMD, the only way that makes sense is to get a socket AM3+ mobo with a 900-series chipset to permit an upgrade to Bulldozer. Otherwise, an Intel setup will offer better performance, particularly in SC2.
July 15, 2011 4:59:02 PM

Thanks guys, I'm persuaded to go the intel build since I'm not looking to upgrade to bulldozer. Would I still need an aftermarket cooler?
July 15, 2011 6:27:04 PM

It depends, are you looking at a 2500k? If so then yes, you need an aftermarket cooler for overclocking, otherwise don't get a "k" version.

Edit: And my recommendation is to go with the 2500k, fwiw.
July 15, 2011 6:33:52 PM

ya with an 800 dollar budget i would definately go for the 2500k and get a good cooler and turn that thing UP!
July 15, 2011 7:17:30 PM

If you are going with an $800 Intel build, your HAF 922 may end up being more expensive than you can afford. Rather than going with something like the Coolermaster 310 suggested above, I would recommend looking looking at some of these cases if you need to save money by dropping in price on the case.

Rosewill Challenger

Lian-Li K57

Antec 300

Coolermaster HAF 912

And if you really need to save money
Xigmatek Asgard II
July 15, 2011 7:50:27 PM

Thanks a lot. I've decided on on the 2500k and will probably go with a cheaper case and an aftermarket cooler.