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?)
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
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.
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.