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500-600 dollar Starcraft 2 Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 3 weeks
Budget Range: 500-600 dollars
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Starcraft 2 on Medium Settings, Web-applications
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: none, first build
Overclocking: In future with new CPU/Videocard
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Nothing flashy. This is a Starcraft 2 Build. I want to play on medium settings in late game situations without lag. I may explore additional games in the future such as Diablo3, and upgrade parts as needed. A couple thoughts I have: perhaps I could go cheaper on the PSU/Case/Mobo, but I figure I may want them if I intend to upgrade CPU and graphics in the future.

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

Mobo: Intel BOXDZ68DB LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121527

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100323L Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102934

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

CD Burner: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Total Price: $560.58 delivered
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  1. Best answer
    That looks OK but you would get far better performance out of something like this:

    Intel Core i5-2400
    4GB Mushkin Enhanced Essentials
    ASRock H67M (B3)
    Sapphire HD 7750 1GB
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM
    SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W
    Fractal Design Core 1000
    Samsung DVD Burner

    Total - $584.83


    That should be fine for ultra high settings on Starcraft 2. The power consumption is also very low, it's max power draw should be around 170W.
  2. +1 to what sellar said, more performance and low power consumption. you can even ditch the case and just place it on the table should still work >.<

    scIIis quite cpu hungry so a i5 2400 would be awesome for it
  3. Thanks for the advice!

    Would the H67 Chipset hold me back in any way? I don't really intent to over clock.
  4. I like jmsellars1 build for Starcraft, as it is a Quadcore and SC like the quadcore :-) the Video card is also spot on for the OP's stated needs.

    the only limitations I see are the PSU, while it ok for the build, there isn't any expansion room for GPU's. I would put a the corsair CX 430 in its place or stay with the OP's original Antec BP550 pick.

    if the OP could find a few more $ in the budget I would get a better/Faster HDD.
    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    for upgradeability I would go for a Z68 MB. this will also add $ to the budget

    My build:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    $19.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146078
    NZXT Source 210 Elite Black Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
    Item #: N82E16811146078
    $49.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    $84.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    SAPPHIRE 11202-00-20G Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814102969
    $109.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139026
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $44.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233187
    CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML4GX3M2A1600C9
    $29.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157252
    ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157252
    $109.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
    Item #: N82E16819115074
    $189.99
    ---------
    $639.92 +$10.45 shipping and there is a MIR for $20

    swapping the Z68 mb for a H61 MB brings it in to the $600 budget range.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236
  5. Ok, I do not plan on upgrading this PC. So I figure H61 is fine. This will be used for SC2 only.

    Thank you for all your help. I hope all of these parts will work together! :bounce:

    My last concern is that the GPU is 3.0 PCI express and the Mobo is 2.0 PCI express. Also, I hope the power supply has all of the correct cables.


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    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W Power Supply
    Item #:N82E16817139026
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $49.99
    $44.99

    1
    NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Case
    Item #:N82E16811146075
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $39.99

    1
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    19.99

    1
    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 11202-00-20G Video Card
    Item #:N82E16814102969
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    $109.99

    1
    CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory
    Item #:N82E16820233187
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $29.99

    1
    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #:N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $89.99
    $84.99

    1
    ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #:N82E16813157236
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $74.99
    $69.99

    1
    Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
    Item #:N82E16819115074
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    $189.99
  6. If you don't want to upgrade the system, I'd go for the Seasonic PSU. It is likely to be better quality.
  7. Is 300W enough? I did a PSU calculation that put me mid 200's. I suppose it has all the cables I would need? Thanks for the input!
  8. Why are you getting a 7750?. You can easily max out sc2 within your budget. I had sc2 running on ultimate at 1080p on my 6850. The AMD 7000 series is overpriced anyways.
  9. Quote:
    My last concern is that the GPU is 3.0 PCI express and the Mobo is 2.0 PCI express. Also, I hope the power supply has all of the correct cables.

    Don't worry about it. PCIe revisions just increase bandwidth. Even a PCIe 1.1 x16 slot can power the vast majority of cards (dual GPU cards being a notable exception) today without throttling them.
  10. Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price


    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118067
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $17.99


    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
    Item #: N82E16811147153
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    $59.99
    $54.99


    GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX ...
    Item #: N82E16814125353
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$20.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $159.99
    $139.99


    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139027
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $69.99
    $59.99


    Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH
    Item #: N82E16820220570
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $44.99
    1

    Patriot Signature Series 8GB Micro SDHC Flash Card w/ Adapter Model PSF8GMCSDHC43P
    Item #: N82E16820220523
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$7.99 Saving
    $7.99
    $0.00


    GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128538
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$15.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $109.99
    $94.99


    Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...
    Item #: N82E16819115076
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $179.99


    Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820233206
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $159.99
    $149.99
    Subtotal: $742.92 -108.99( mail in rebate and promo off) = $633 little over budget :)
  11. That system will handle starcraft at high not med plus for $25 more you can get 2500k
    so 650 you give you really nice gaming rig...ask your grandma for some $$$ tell her it is for school as well lol
  12. I wouldn't call the HD 7000 series bad value, the HD 7750 gives performance a bit better than the HD 6770 and consumes a lot less power at around the same price.
  13. Would any of yalls build able to play like perfect world, jade dynasty, 9dragons, suns online...in max setting??? or sims 3, battlefield, skyrim, in mid settings or low??
  14. shin1990 said:
    Would any of yalls build able to play like perfect world, jade dynasty, 9dragons, suns online...in max setting??? or sims 3, battlefield, skyrim, in mid settings or low??


    perfect world, jade dynasty, 9dragons, suns online: not sure about these, as no one bench marks for them, but for sims 3, battlefield, skyrim, in mid settings or low, maxinexus' system build would because of the HD6850 for sure. the HD 7750 builds would most likely be ok also at medium settings.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750-benchmark,3135-8.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750-benchmark,3135-6.html

    I like maxinexus' build, but I try not to do builds based on rebates. they're a crap shoot at best. :??:
  15. Do you have any build that would be able to run those games at high?...maybe under 1k?
  16. shin1990 said:
    Do you have any build that would be able to run those games at high?...maybe under 1k?


    post your requirements in a new thread. fill out this form.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    here is my mid-game build its $988 before shipping and $50 MIR has a 240GB SSD, i5 2500k, 560Ti.
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=14908334
    you can save some money on the build if you need to by switching from the SSD to a mechanical HDD and from the 560Ti to a HD 6870 and still get good results.
  17. Best answer selected by zymogenheat.
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