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Will this be enough to play Sword of the Stars II?

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October 24, 2011 5:34:33 PM

The long-awaited Sword of the Stars II is supposed to be released at the end of this week (after many delays). I plan to purchase a copy, but I need to buy/build a new computer to play it. These are the published system requirements from the official website:

Minimum requirements:

OS: Windows Vista 32-bit
RAM: 2-GB RAM
Video: 512-MB DirectX 10
Display: 1024x768
HDD: 2-GB free space
CPU: Core2 Duo or equivalent
DX: February 2010 or newer (DX10)
Sound: Any Windows Vista compatible sound device, stereo speakers or head phones
Control: 2-button mouse and keyboard

Recommended:

OS: Windows 7 64-bit
RAM: 6-GB
Video: 1-GB DirectX 10/11
Display: 1650x1080 or greater
CPU: Intel i5 equivalent or better
Sound: Any Windows Vista compatible sound device, 5.1 speaker configuration for full effect
Control: 3-button mouse and keyboard

This is what I'm currently planning to buy. Will it be enough? Specifically, I'm wondering if I will need a more powerful CPU, or if I should ditch the miniATX motherboard and case and fork out for full ATX.

AMD A4-3300 Llano 2.5GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor AD3300OJGXBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PG34G1333EL (x2 for 8GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Athena Power CA-1015IS30 Silver / Black MicroATX Desktop / MicroATX Slim Computer Case 300W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST320DM000 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Thanks!

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October 24, 2011 5:39:41 PM

is it enough? yes

you would be closer to the minimum recommendations rather then the recommended. It would be up to you and your budget whether that performance is acceptable.
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October 24, 2011 5:48:56 PM

the cpu meets the min specs but not the recommended. the slowest i5 is still 20% or so better than this processor. but if your going for bare minimums it could do. though you should spend the extra $7 and get the a4-3400. ill take a 200MHz upgrade for $7 anyday.

when getting ram for a motherboard that supports dual channel memory, get two sticks. you will get double the memory bandwidth, you will notice the difference.
i would recomend these but if you want to save $1.50 there are other options.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 24, 2011 6:18:11 PM

dirtyferret said:
is it enough? yes

you would be closer to the minimum recommendations rather then the recommended. It would be up to you and your budget whether that performance is acceptable.


I'm on a tight budget (around $500). Would you recommend that I focus on graphics or CPU? The Llano line of processors incorporate both, so maybe it's a moot point. :D 
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October 24, 2011 6:19:41 PM

farrengottu said:
the cpu meets the min specs but not the recommended. the slowest i5 is still 20% or so better than this processor. but if your going for bare minimums it could do. though you should spend the extra $7 and get the a4-3400. ill take a 200MHz upgrade for $7 anyday.

when getting ram for a motherboard that supports dual channel memory, get two sticks. you will get double the memory bandwidth, you will notice the difference.
i would recomend these but if you want to save $1.50 there are other options.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I already have 2x4GB sticks selected for a total of 8GB of system memory. Which of the Llano core processors would you say is the closest to the i5?
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October 24, 2011 6:22:07 PM

get a matched pair. sometimes the separate sticks are different enough to be glitchy. thats why they have the pairs, not because its a marketing gimic.
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October 24, 2011 6:27:39 PM

pcpro178 said:
I already have 2x4GB sticks selected for a total of 8GB of system memory. Which of the Llano core processors would you say is the closest to the i5?


llano are really budget processors and none can go toe to toe with an i5 750 ( i assume that is what they mean since an i5-2400 is usually over-kill ) but the 3650 -3850 offer high athlon II x4 CPU performance.
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October 24, 2011 9:00:46 PM

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October 24, 2011 9:03:59 PM

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