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post #11 of 15
The 7750 performs about the same as the 6770, but is $20 more. This is a considerable increase in price at this budget level.

And as I said in my big post, I'd normally recommend a more powerful graphics card. There was, in fact, focus on the GPU - focus that applied to the OP's needs. Fact of the matter is, a 6770 will max out SC2 graphics, so a more powerful card will provide zero extra performance for the two games listed by the OP.

An i5 is a good choice for hobby streamers (for SC2 & moba games at least), and overclocking adds roughly $70-$100 in cost for Intel... yes, buying a new mobo and after-market heatsink could allow an overclock in the future with an i5-2500k (cost $200 @us.ncix.com), but I think it's better to get under budget now and spend more later on a new processor/mobo combo when new equipment is out. College budget and all.

I expect you're right about the RAM.
    
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Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233067 $30
Motherboard http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=M4A79XTD-EVO-PB-R&cat=MBB $63
CPU http://compare.ebay.com/like/310379973814?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar $136
and all this gobblety-gook biggrin.gif
GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131454 $80
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161377 $130 before rebate
PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199 $50
RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147093 $28
Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136979 $65
dvd burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236 $17

Total of either $469 (hmm..you could get a cooler rolleyes.gif ) or $519 with 256-bit bus graphics

biggrin.gif Yes..it can be overclocked yessir.gif: probably right up to 4-ish on stock cooler biggrin.gif
Edited by Schmuckley - 3/31/12 at 3:23am
 
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post #13 of 15

The 7750 should slightly edge out the 6770.  What money would be spent extra on the 7750 can be saved through PSU savings as well as power bill savings because the card only consumes 55W - almost a 2x improvement over the 6770.

 

I'm a pretty big fan of Schmuckley's build with the sole exception that a 960T is bought on eBay at a higher cost than if at NCIX where it is still in stock.


The 6790 generally provides very slightly better performance but consumes 3x as much power as a 7750 and while costing about the same, would require a bigger PSU.  What difference could probably be made up by overclocking the 7750 as well.


Edited by xd_1771 - 3/30/12 at 4:50pm
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How about this XD and Schmuckley redface.gif

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.63 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.26 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $529.84 and after MIR $499.84

you can replace the motherboard with
ASUS M4N75TD $55.99

you have
  1. a great CPU
  2. 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 @ 1.5v
  3. 6850 GPU 256 Bit
  4. 650 watts Decent PSU with which you can CF the 6850 in Future
  5. 500GB 7200 RPM HDD

Hope you like it smile.gif

an another thing Schmuckley you forgot the Case in that Rig rolleyes.gif
Edited by Tarun - 3/30/12 at 9:51pm
post #15 of 15
If you are mainly looking into SC2 and Dota, you shoulr grab an i3-2100 or better. Blizzard games (and Dota) run better on faster processors and they always seem to favor the most up to date intel CPUs. Both games barely need a GPU to run at max. xD
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CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Biostar H61MGC Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($105.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.26 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $459.18

and you still have cash in the pocket or for some nice gaming peripherals. thumb.gif
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