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September 22, 2011 12:10:57 AM

I'm a hardware noob and I decided I want a PC that can run Starcraft II on something other than low. that's where the problem comes in, I'm on a harshly tight budget at the moment and every dollar counts. here's my current build:

System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: SX2801
OS: Windows 7 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5500 @ 2.80GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset
Memory: 6144MB RAM

from what I've been told, I'd need a new motherboard to get a graphics card. I'm pretty sure that also means a new case since mine is really small at 14x11. thanks, any help is appreciated!

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September 22, 2011 12:42:36 AM

your budget is ......
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September 22, 2011 2:43:12 AM

under $200, and that's kinda pushing it.
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September 22, 2011 6:02:02 AM

This really depends on your monitor too , but I think you are going to be OK on at least medium settings by installing a 70-$80 graphics card .

I cant see full details of your case , but I believe it has a free graphics card slot , and will accept half height cards . The power supply is fairly limited too but you should be alright with
MSI R6570-MD1GD3/LP Radeon HD 6570 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

HIS H657H1G Radeon HD 6570 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The MSI is the better option because it has fans to cool it , but you need to check there is room for it in your case

This link
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/AMD-Radeon-HD-65...
should give you a fair idea of how well a card like this performs . 30 fps is good enough for game play and any thing above 50 is silky smooth . You can adjust quality settings to give you good visuals and good enough frame rates

Both cards include an alternate back plate to let them fit in slim cases .
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September 23, 2011 2:21:47 AM

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