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July 22, 2012 5:08:48 PM

Hey fellas, First build so any advice is greatly appreciated! I'm looking to build a pc for streaming sc2 for under $800 I've got an idea on parts but nothing concrete. I need an OS so that cuts a bit off the build but I've bought the ram for an older system upgrade which I'll switch over, as far as sites Newegg, Tigerdirect and Amazon I'm comfortable with here is the layout so far -

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $100

Case - Cooler master HAF 912 - $60 ( Would like to keep this case in. )

CPU - Intel (Sandy Bridge) i5-2300 @ $180 vs Intel i3-2120 @ $125 ( I Don't plan on OCing is the I5 needed?)

Mobo - BIOSTAR B75MU3+ Micro ATX Intel Motherboard @ $70

GPU - Radeon HD 6870 or GeForce GTX 560 $170 - 200 ( any ideas on a specific card?)

PSU - PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK II 500w - $80

Ram - Wintec dual channel DDR4 8gb 1600mhz 1.5v - purchased at earlier date.

Storage - Seagate baracuda 1Tb 7200rpm 64mb cache sata 6.0gb/s - $90 ( Don't really need 1Tb but $20 extra seems worth it. )

CD/DVD Drive - ? ( Need one. )

Is any of this over kill for streaming sc2 on High/Ultra or does this sound about right?

If i over looked anything be sure to let me know Thank you in advance!

Best regards , Mac


a b B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2012 6:52:50 PM

This looks OK but it's all last generation stuff, I'd go for something like this:

Intel Core i5-3450
Your Wintec RAM
ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP
MSI HD 7770 1GB
Intel 330 Series 120GB
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM
Antec EA-380D 380W
Coolermaster HAF 912

Total - $694.93 on Newegg

Add your OS and DVD Burner and it's a touch over $800
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2012 7:40:27 PM

An i5 would be better advice just for the sake of system longevity. As far as the i5-2300 however, its 2.8GHZ clock rating renders it not one of the better choices in i5s. My overclocked Phenom II 975 actually outperforms the i5-2300. The i5-2400 only costs about $5-10 more and has a 300mhz clock speed advantage, well worth the cost.

I would go with at least the i5-2400 or 3450. Theres no real reason to buy Ivy Bridge however as it typically costs more and doesn't offer anything more in the way of performance.

As far as the 7770.. The 6870 despite being an older generation, still outperforms a 7770 by a fairly comfortable margin. Particularly in starcraft ii

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=536
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July 22, 2012 11:35:38 PM

Hey thanks Jmsellars and Nekulturny for the commenting I agree on the 6870 and I5-2400 if fact I’m going to try and stretch the budget for a 2400-K from what I’ve gathered a I5 2400 can stream 720p and an OCed K can reach 1080p stream quality at 4.4ghz easily.

CPU - Intel Core i5-2400-k – $200

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...

GPU – XFX 6870 - $163

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62756&vpn=HD687AZHFC&m...


Mobo - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $120 (Needed for OCing?)

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63945&vpn=Z68%20Extrem...


Storage - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM - $78 (On sale.)

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&vpn=ST1000DM003&...

PSU – Antec Earthwatts bronze rating 650w - $77 ( Enough juice for the OC? Are the connections ok?)

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59339&vpn=EA650Green&m...

Coolermaster HAF 912 - $56

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC-912-KKN1&...

Ram - Prepurchased

OS - $100

Total - $794.93 on NCIX

I’ll pick up a CPU cooler and SSD drive as upgrades at a later date if need be. Is NCIX a good site to purchase from? I’ll probably be buying within two weeks time any extra thoughts or revisions?

Best regards, Mac
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July 23, 2012 1:30:36 AM

Download windows 7 maybe?
Will save you 100$ which you can use to get a higher end rig or just for your wallet ;) 
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 23, 2012 1:44:56 AM

NCIX is a pretty decent merchant in Canada, I haven't heard too much about their US based, but I can't imagine it would be bad. I've mainly purchased from TigerDirect and Newegg, both are very good.

Its the 2500K you're looking at as there is no 2400K. The stock clock is a little higher on the 2500K, (3.3mhz vs 3.1mhz on the 2400) so at stock speeds it will give you a little bit more power and give you overclocking capabilities should you decide to make use of it.

Yes to overclock you need a Z68 or Z77 board, the one you're looking at is pretty good.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 23, 2012 1:35:27 PM

Ivy Bridge performs better than SB at stock, it just doesn't overclock as well so when overclocked its basically the same.
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