Hi all. This is my first time building a desktop, and I have been using a Samsung QX410S02-US (I5 480M, Nvidia 310M, 4G RAM, Win 7 homeP) to run Wings of Liberty on low settings, but it has been crashing on Heart of the swarm. I would like to be able to run the game on Ultra settings with decent FPS while playing 1v1 and 2v2.
Approximate Purchase Date: some time within February or March
Budget Range: right now I'm at $950 USD but I would like to reduce it as much as possible. (preferably around 800-850)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Starcraft II Heart of the swarm, gaming, Websurfing, movies.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com to reduce any budget being wasted on shipping
Location: Tallahassee, FL.
Parts Preferences: preferably intel, but AMD's will do if they will last 3+ years.
Overclocking: depends on if I need it to run SC II on Ultra
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 I need a monitor and I want a 1080 resolution, 5ms, with decent contrast ratio.
Additional Comments: for the tower, I'd like it to have blue Leds, good air flow, and quite frankly, bad ass looking.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop is crashing when playing games.
Looking good, HD 7850 is probably one of the best perf/$ mid-range card. If you want it to OC like mad, get a dual fan 7850. MSI Hawk, XFX double d, Asus Direct CU II, Sapphire, etc
Last I heard, most people can get at least 1100 mhz overclock, some even got to upper 1200 mhz to lower 1300 mhz. Faster than GTX 580 and HD 6970 but consumes less power while nibbing the heels of HD 7970 and GTX 680.
It's fine, the i5-3330.
Also the z77 isn't needed, there's no point in getting later an i5-3570k, when you'll have already an i5, also there's no more cpus coming for whatever the chipset of those mobos.
Also if you want a 2GB card, there's a good combo for that : http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Starcraft 2 is extremely CPU intensive. I might try and get a Z77 board and an unlocked CPU if possible. I've noticed a huge difference when overclocking from 3.3GHz to 4.5GHz. The thing is, WoL is so much easier to run than HoTS just because of the new physics engine.