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Hey people, I'm looking for a new PC that can ultra StarCraft 2. CyberPower seemed to have a good configuration that was low cost (only $664) and I would appreciate if you guys would share your thoughts with me on this config.:

tl;dr:
•CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-10]
•HDD: 500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-18] (Single Hard Drive)
•MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [-37] (Corsair or Major Brand)
•MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-H67M-D2-B3 Intel H67 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe & 2 PCIe X1 [B3 Stepping] [-16]
•SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
•VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+69] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)

Full Version:
Case: Apevia X-Trooper Junior LED Light Mid-Tower Case w/ Side Window [-17] (Red LED Light Color)
Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: None
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: None
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-10]
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-H67M-D2-B3 Intel H67 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe & 2 PCIe X1 [B3 Stepping] [-16]
Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: None
Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [-37] (Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+69] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
Freebies: None
Video Card 2: None
Video Card 3: None
Dedicated PHYSX Card: None
Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
Power Supply Upgrade: 600 Watts - XtremeGear Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready [+4]
Hard Drive: 500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-18] (Single Hard Drive)
Data Hard Drive: None
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
USB Flash Drive: None
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
3D Vision Glasses: None
Freebies: None
LCD Monitor: None
2nd Monitor: None
3rd Monitor: None
Speakers: 120 Watt Stereo Speakers [+10] (Black Color)
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Network Switch: None
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
Mouse Pad: None
Gaming Gear: None
Extra Thermal Display: None
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: None
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Bluetooth: None
Flash Media Reader/Writer: None
Video Camera: None
Headset: None
Printer: None
Cable: None
Power Protection: None
Surge Protector: None
IEEE1394 Card: None
Internal USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USB Port: None
Operating System: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None
Office Suite: None
Games: None
Ultra Care Option: None
Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Rush Service: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS


I have a few questions as well:
(1) With this build, I get no overclocking right? (Pssh, I don't even know the slightest thing about it)
(2) Do I really need a SATA III HDD? Is it any different from SATA II? (I think most PCs don't even utilize all of the SATA II HDD potential, so the only reason for SATA III is RAID?)
(3) Do I have enough power going for the PC? Or do I have too much?
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  1. Paragone said:
    Hey people, I'm looking for a new PC that can ultra StarCraft 2. CyberPower seemed to have a good configuration that was low cost (only $664) and I would appreciate if you guys would share your thoughts with me on this config.:

    tl;dr:
    •CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-10]
    •HDD: 500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-18] (Single Hard Drive)
    •MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [-37] (Corsair or Major Brand)
    •MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-H67M-D2-B3 Intel H67 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe & 2 PCIe X1 [B3 Stepping] [-16]
    •SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
    •VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+69] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)

    Full Version:
    Case: Apevia X-Trooper Junior LED Light Mid-Tower Case w/ Side Window [-17] (Red LED Light Color)
    Internal USB Extension Module: None
    Neon Light Upgrade: None
    Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
    Noise Reduction Technology: None
    CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-10]
    Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
    Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
    Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
    Motherboard: [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-H67M-D2-B3 Intel H67 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe & 2 PCIe X1 [B3 Stepping] [-16]
    Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: None
    Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [-37] (Corsair or Major Brand)
    Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+69] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
    Freebies: None
    Video Card 2: None
    Video Card 3: None
    Dedicated PHYSX Card: None
    Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
    Power Supply Upgrade: 600 Watts - XtremeGear Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready [+4]
    Hard Drive: 500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-18] (Single Hard Drive)
    Data Hard Drive: None
    Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
    External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
    USB Flash Drive: None
    Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
    Optical Drive 2: None
    Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
    3D Vision Glasses: None
    Freebies: None
    LCD Monitor: None
    2nd Monitor: None
    3rd Monitor: None
    Speakers: 120 Watt Stereo Speakers [+10] (Black Color)
    Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
    Network Switch: None
    Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
    Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
    Mouse Pad: None
    Gaming Gear: None
    Extra Thermal Display: None
    Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: None
    External Wireless Network Card: None
    Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
    Bluetooth: None
    Flash Media Reader/Writer: None
    Video Camera: None
    Headset: None
    Printer: None
    Cable: None
    Power Protection: None
    Surge Protector: None
    IEEE1394 Card: None
    Internal USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
    USB Port: None
    Operating System: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
    Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None
    Office Suite: None
    Games: None
    Ultra Care Option: None
    Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
    Rush Service: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS


    I have a few questions as well:
    (1) With this build, I get no overclocking right? (Pssh, I don't even know the slightest thing about it)
    (2) Do I really need a SATA III HDD? Is it any different from SATA II? (I think most PCs don't even utilize all of the SATA II HDD potential, so the only reason for SATA III is RAID?)
    (3) Do I have enough power going for the PC? Or do I have too much?



    You can build your own computer for less with equal or better parts:

    Check these videos first:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls&feature=relmfu
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=relmfu

    If this is something you are interest in then I'll post a build for you for around 670
  2. Sure, I'm willing to try.
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