My $500 Build for Starcraft2

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 500 dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Starcraft2, while streaming pandora.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter ($99 core i3), Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none, my first build

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

I would like to run starcraft2 on medium/high settings while streaming pandora in the background. I am not interested in other games. I will not be upgrading this machine. This is my first build after doing a lot of reading. What do you think? Thanks!

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075

ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0359809

ASUS EAH6770/DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121474

Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313102

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

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 /
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034
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  1. Get an H67 board. Otherwise, good build.
  2. Should be fine. If you never plan to overclock the current motherboard should be fine.
    If possible I would get the 2120 or higher i3 only because they can never be overclocked so if it can be had for a bit more it is a good deal.
  3. Yeah I thought H61 was fine, Not sure why H67 would be worth getting for my purposes.

    Andrew: Not sure what you mean regarding the 2120 or higher. I thought the 2100 was not overclockable as well. I thought $99 micro center 2100 i3 was a good deal.
  4. Get the i3 2120. Slightly better performance and only a few $ more. Get the 7750 GPU. Otherwise, will play starcraft without a hitch.
  5. I'm making a similar build, comes to $545.92 but has a better graphics card. otherwise very similar.

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=14211589&RandomID=33279216115165420120410191719

    The 6850 is about the same price as 6770 and it is quite alot faster, especially in SC2 because its 256bit instead of 128bit. Also the base clocks are faster and has more Stream Processing Units. It'll make the different from running it in High settings to running it in Ultra settings, worth it IMO.
  6. Extra SATA ports (for SSD), more USB ports at a small cost.
  7. Higher clock so GHz. I know you found a good price on the i3-2100 so it might not be worth it for you. But for example I would have to buy it off on newegg (no microcenter around :() the i3-2120 is only $3 more then for a boost in performance.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007671%20600095610%20600005584&IsNodeId=1&name=Core%20i3
  8. I'm not having much luck with your wishlist link, but I'll check out that graphics card.
  9. Saljen said:
    I'm making a similar build, comes to $545.92 but has a better graphics card. otherwise very similar.

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=14211589&RandomID=33279216115165420120410191719

    The 6850 is about the same price as 6770 and it is quite alot faster, especially in SC2 because its 256bit instead of 128bit. Also the base clocks are faster and has more Stream Processing Units. It'll make the different from running it in High settings to running it in Ultra settings, worth it IMO.

    You have it set as a private wishlist not a shared one so we can't see it.
  10. 4GB of RAM will suit you perfectly, but as games get more CPU intense, you'll start to need 8GB. Pay $10 extra and get 8GB.
  11. Obsama: Are you referring to late game with a lot of units?
  12. andrewcarr said:
    You have it set as a private wishlist not a shared one so we can't see it.

    Sorry about that, it's public now. Also here's a link to my Tom's forum page for the same build.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/342113-31-cheap-gaming-opinions#t2564468
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