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Heart of the swarm, starcraft 2, silver/gold league

Last response: in Systems
September 21, 2012 3:42:25 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: the end of October

Budget Range: $550-650 Before Rebates & After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: word processing, web surfing, watching Youtube, Netflix, Hulu and playing Starcraft 4v4 with the highest setting possible (hopefully 1080p resolution).

Are you buying a monitor: No, I already have a 37" HDTV that I use as a monitor. Viore brand--it was cheap.

Parts to Upgrade: I currently have a really old Dell Dimension 8400. I upgraded the RAM to 2GBs and the video card is a GeForce 8600GT. Otherwise it's stock (P4 single-core, 3.0Ghz). I doubt any of these components will be useful in my new computer. I need all new parts.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. I think Win 7 is good since Win 8 might be tailored for touch screens.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or other reputable dealer but no real preference otherwise.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Northern Virginia, USA

Parts Preferences: I don't care: Intel or AMD--> although I've been getting the impression that Intel has faster chips for epic battles in Starcraft 2.

Overclocking: Maybe. Never done it.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. Why would I if I'm building a budget computer?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080p

Additional comments: My apartment complex pays for all my utils, so I don't care if the power consumption is high.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm sick of watching slide-shows during epic battles invovling 200-population-capped teams.

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September 21, 2012 9:55:16 PM

Get this combo EVGA GTX650/Dual-Core i3/B75/4GB/1TB for $473

Add one more 4G RAM for $18

Win7 for $91

The price should be in your budget range.
September 22, 2012 3:12:42 PM

Thanks for your help.

Is this information likely to change by the end of next month? Or should I just expect nothing to change much by then?
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September 23, 2012 1:19:36 AM

Sorry, I don't know and nobody know. But you can check the newegg or other site for the sale, they have sale items every month.
October 4, 2012 1:00:44 AM

Best answer selected by caj27.
October 4, 2012 1:10:52 AM

Hah I dont think your league in sc2 has any bearing on the demand that the game puts on your system. I think sc2 is CPU intensive.

You certianly don't need sli for sc2.

You might want to see what ATI has to offer in the budget card range too.