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Last response: in Systems
January 9, 2013 8:22:46 PM

I want to make or buy a computer that can run Starcraft 2 at 45+ fps and other games. I have already scoured the internet for something useful, but there are too many distracting pictures of cats. I am brand new to computer building.

Purchase date: Within the next year or so.

Budget: $650 or Under, give or take a bit.

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January 9, 2013 8:55:35 PM

I just put this together for someone else. Comes in at $650 but doesn't include an Operating System so technically over budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($127.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.71 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $650.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 17:54 EST-0500)

PS. Here is a tiny cat wearing a tiny hat and eating ice cream!