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post #1 of 10
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Hello there,

My friend wants to upgrade his rig to play SC2 in ultra settings, here is what he current has:

Moboard: Gateway EG43M, chipset P45/P43/G45/G43
CPU: Q8300 @ 2.50Ghz
GPU: 8800GS 384 MB (core 550mhz/1374mhz shader/880mhz memo)
PSU: 600W
RAM: 4GB
HDD: 750GB

He doesn't have a lot of money, what do you guys think he should do ?

Thank you !!
Will +rep to helpers
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post #2 of 10
I would go for a graphics card. What is his budget?
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amd radeon 6850 130$ only after mail rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150573
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post #4 of 10
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His budget is $500, and we live in Canada so Newegg.ca is preferred
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post #5 of 10
Quote:
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His budget is $500, and we live in Canada so Newegg.ca is preferred
Ncix?

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post #6 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post
Ncix?

Sent from my phone...
Yes and Ncix
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post #7 of 10
Sc2 runs really well on an i3. I would price match microcenter at ncix for $100 http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=583...ufacture=Intel

Grab a nice budget board $68


Cheap 8gb RAM $39


And a recertified GTX470 $185 +shipping

or a 6870 for ~160 shipped AMIR if you want to save a few bucks

or this 6870 for $10 less before rebate, and same price after
The the GTX 470 and the XFX one looks like external exhaust which could be beneficial if the case he's using is not well ventilated.

Sent from my phone...

If you went with the recert 470 you would be a few bucks over your budget with shipping, and I'd imagine that you could find a way to shave off a couple of dollars, otherwise the 6870 would be a solid choice and keep you well within your budget.
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 11/6/11 at 11:03am
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post #8 of 10
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Aight thnx u total is $400
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post #9 of 10
Ok so i went back and edited my previous post b/c no once else chimed in.

What PSU is he currently running? 600w doesnt give much info really, is it a junk manufacturer?

Is the case he has reusable?

$400 for a CPU, ram, mobo, and GPU could get you pretty far actually.

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His budget is $500, and we live in Canada so Newegg.ca is preferred
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheOddOne View Post
Aight thnx u total is $400
Edit: Wait a minute, i was looking @ the $400 dollar budget, which one is it?
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 11/6/11 at 11:05am
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post #10 of 10
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It's $400 in total of the 3 parts that you said
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