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.
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:
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.
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.