I play quite a bit of starcraft 2 and am looking to upgrade my computer from college. its a 5 year old dell w/ a 1 gig pci graphics card (basically obsolete). it currently runs choppy on lowest settings. I want to play diablo 3 when it comes out and maybe guild wars 2.
I want to be able to run these games on med-high settings smoothly. I beleive i can salvage a few parts from my current rig and have enough experience that I can pull out/install anything in there.
Im willing to commit about 300 to this but can go higher if its a dramatic difference in performance.
Thanks for any advice you can provide.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks. Possibly black friday coming up.
Budget Range: 300 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, hard drive, wireless card, dvd drive. No OS needed.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect, or amazon
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I3 or I5 but im realistic. preferably intel but will go with AMD if performance/price is good
SLI or Crossfire: ?
Monitor Resolution: will be buying 23 inch LCD later so probably higher is better. currently using a 19 inch.
Additional Comments: i saw a case i like for about $50
I think you are going to be able to play them , and I think its the best you are going to get in that price bracket
I expect Starcraft will play well . The parts above far exceed the minimum requirements
But the BF3 beta is not playing at high fps with $1200 computers .$500 graphics cards are struggling when all the eye candy is turned on .
You will be able to play it though since the system exceeds the minimum requirements there too .
what kind of resolution can I run? Like will it look sharp on a 23 inch monitor? how about 27?
Also, how about this barebones kit? it has an i3 processor, and looks like will run similar to the AMD build as far as price goes once I get a hard drive and case. Is it significantly different performance wise?
No fans are fitted , If you want to use this case and power supply you will need to buy 2 x 120 mm fans to move air in and out .
The power supply will be a very poor quality unit , with no chance it can deliver 450 watts without starting a fire
And then you would have $30 left to spend on a graphics card WHICH IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT TO DETERMINE THE PERFORMANCE OF A GAMING BUILD