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I would say amd for a budget build. I own a i5 3570k and love it but a lower end cpu and a better gpu than I have would result in a much better gaming experience. remeber cpu is only 1 part of your system gpu, ram and your choice of video card also play a big part.

The OP mentioned that build is targeted at playing SC2, which pretty much rules out any AMD CPU as their per-core performance isn't sufficient. As such, even an i3 would be more suitable than say an FX-6300.
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That sure is a nice config :-)
Would like to get that, but as I wrote AlDyer, the Danish prices are a bit out of the ordinary... :-(

I5-3470 = 230$
GA-B75M-D3H = 87$
Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB = 79$
Samsung 840 120GB = 119$
WD 1TB = 79$
MSI GTX 660 TI = 336$
NZXT Source 210 = 82$
Rosewill (not sold in DK) = Corsair CX500M = 77$
LG DVD writer = 27$

That brings us to a total of 1116$... :-(

Is the G870 or Phenom really that bad?

I don't want to go for a build that I am going to regret, but as you can see, even a "modest" I5-build is quite price-heavy here in Denmark.. Sure, we have H.C. Andersen and the little mermaid, but we also have some of the highest taxes in the world...

Trying to think along with you. Have you tried seeing if you could get parts cheaper from Germany? I think generally parts are cheaper there, if not by much. You could try comparing prices at http://www.schottenland.de Of course, the question is whether you lose the money you might save this way when you add up the cost of shipping them to Denmark.
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Trying to think along with you. Have you tried seeing if you could get parts cheaper from Germany? I think generally parts are cheaper there, if not by much. You could try comparing prices at http://www.schottenland.de Of course, the question is whether you lose the money you might save this way when you add up the cost of shipping them to Denmark.

That might just be a great idea :-)
I have a friend living in Germany, who could bring the parts..

But it sure would be troublesome if something is faulty and needs to be send back..
I'll have a look at the prices :-)
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Trying to think along with you. Have you tried seeing if you could get parts cheaper from Germany? I think generally parts are cheaper there, if not by much. You could try comparing prices at http://www.schottenland.de Of course, the question is whether you lose the money you might save this way when you add up the cost of shipping them to Denmark.

Just looked it over..

I'll save 10-15% in Germany :-)

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486 euro = 625$ = 3600 DKR :-)

Guess that this is as good as it's gonna get, if I want both a decent CPU and GPU...
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My current build will just barely play SC2 in single player, haven't tried multiplayer yet... :-(

Multiplayer and single player are very different in requirements. Most of the very intensive graphics options won't apply in multiplayer like indirect shadows and AA, and there's also a lot of custom textures in single player that aren't in multiplayer.

I don' tknow what your current PC is, you need to fill out your specs, but there's a big difference in the two.
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I could afford the I5 (still over budget, though..), but that would force me to skimp on everything else and go with a low-mid GPU, like HD7770 or GTX 650TI = poor GPU performance, if I would run other games than SC2 (I guess..?)

Yes, then you'd rather skimp on everything else. You'd literally be better off with an i5, no graphics card at all and a cardboard box, for an SC2 build, than anything else.

An overclocked i5 even, will struggle to stay above 40 minimum fps in 1v1; it's just the nature of the game, it's extremely cpu intensive and doesnt care about how many cores you have, only the strength of 2 of them, so ie a 5ghz i5 locked as a dualcore will outperform a 3990X with 12 cores at 5ghz. Believe me when I say, you really don't need much in the way of graphics at all. This game was made 3 years ago, and it was in development for what, like 7 years? That means it's based off hardware from 10 years ago, the graphics really isn't intensive at all.

Here's a vod of me streaming on medium with integrated graphics on an i7-3770k @ 5ghz:
http://www.twitch.tv/belialtester88/b/406213837

Obviously, integrated graphics sucks, but as you can see even on medium graphics it's still doing very playably. A 7770 or 650TI is literally overkill for SC2. This isn't crysis3 here, it's an old game that was never very graphics intensive to begin with. My GTX460 768mb was able to max out all settings on SC2 easily, and my 7950 literally is the exact same FPS as my GTX460.

Because the game is CPU bottlenecked, not GPU bottlenecked. If you are concerned about running other games, then you need to understand that the more you try to focus on 'other game' performance, the worse your SC2 performance is going to be. Furthermore, an i5-3570k 4.5ghz is just 2-3x as strong as anything else out there... it'll help in many other games as well. It'll also be good enough for you to stream your gameplay, a big plus.
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Maybe the GPU is a bit overkill, only thought it would be good to have a nice GPU, should I throw some more demanding games on it... At least I would like to have either a nice CPU or a nice GPU..

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You need to LISTEN. I've built many, many computers for sc2, I have a high profile stream, I do a lot for sc2. You NEED an i5 to play sc2 well. If your budget is tight, you can go with a Phenom X4 (dont get an i3...), and it'll play sc2 well, but an i5 will be a good 2-3x times better for only 2x the price, it makes a huge difference.

You dont have the budget for both a good CPU and GPU, so for SC2, you need to get a good CPU. Get an i5-3570K, a Z77-D3H, 2x2gb of RAM, just a 128gb SSD, cx430, nzxt source 210, and then get a 7750, or a 7770 or 650ti boost if you can afford it.

you could also try to find a gtx 460 1GB on ebay or something, if you can find it for cheap, that'd be great. It performs the same as a 7770/650TI Boost. If you can't afford that, a GTX 450 would be able to max out the game just fine, it'll be at the cusp of "able to max out the game and have high forced AA on still"
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But if I should go with a I5-3570K, I would really, really have to skimp on everything else.. And that just seems like putting all of your eggs in one basket.. On the other hand, I was always planning on going with a build, that would need to be upgraded sometime in the future.. I guess my initial thought was to go with a cheap CPU and a nice GPU, as I can get a G2020 or a Phenom II X4 965 for 70-106$.. It wouldn't be that much of a waste to swap it for an I5 in the future, whereas a 7770 of a 650TI would set me back something like 175$.. And then I would have a GPU, that would also need an upgrade, but it would have been so expensive, that I would want it to last for at least some years...

It's what starcraft 2 is. It's all about CPU. Games only care about 2 things - your CPU and GPU. They really don't care for much else. SC2 in particular is extreeeemely CPU intensive. If you are playing other games, then tell us what games they are. For an sc2 focused build though, you really need to get an i5. You can always upgrade your GPU when you play some new game after some time.

Going with a cheap CPU, and then upgrading in the future, isn't really a great idea, because then you have to upgrade the motherboard to. Sure, you could just throw an i5 in your current board, but you either won't be able to overclock because you bought a cheap i3 board to save money, or conversely, you bought an i3 with an expensive motherboard, so you won't have a good graphics card, rest of system, etc. Does that make sense?

Seriously, SC2 does NOT require much in the way of graphics at all. As I linked in the above video, having no graphics card at all can handle Medium. A 7770 or 650TI would be absolute overkill for SC2, and you can find the similarly performing GTX460 for much cheaper if you know where to look. Those GPUs will still be half decent at most games, and you can always upgrade your GPU easily in the future. You can't exactly upgrade your CPU as easily.

It would actually be much harder to swap for an i5 in the future... like I said, either you're gonna have to spend a considerable part of your budget today on a motherboard that you won't utilize at all in the hopes you one day upgrade to an i5, or you're going to have a cheap motherboard for your i3 which won't do anything for your i5. Graphics cards, on the other hand, don't care what CPU or motherboard you are using.

Seriously. Go to Teamliquid.net, and go ask in the Tech Support thread:
http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/index.php?show_part=46

All these people do all day is tell people how to build starcraft 2 computers, and most of them are in europe. They will all tell you, an i3 is a waste and will struggle to play sc2, while an i5 will do a great job. If you have to go with an i5-3570K and then can only get a 7750, that's perfectly fine, you'll max out the game easily and play smoothly. But an i3 and a 7990, will struggle to play sc2 on a decent level just in 1v1. I5,i5, i5.
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Cheap CPU + nice GPU = Won't be able to play SC2
Nice CPU + cheap GPU = Will max out SC2 easily

FTFY

As I said:
i3 + 7990 = will struggle to play
i5 on integrated graphics = will play on medium very well.
i5 on a cheap graphics card = will max out sc2 easily

Understand this: CPU is for minimum FPS, which is very important. It's the ability to micro in big battles, to move around the map quickly without stutter, to jump to any point base or army without lag.
GPU is for graphics settings.

So an i3 + 7990, will be around 25fps most of the game. It'll be at 25fps on low graphics, it'll be 25fps on ultra graphics. Because you got the 7990, you can max out the game - the graphics isn't any impact to the CPU, but what difference does that make if your CPU is too weak?

But an i5 + 7750, will be around 60fps most of the game. It'll be at 60fps on low, it'll be 60fps on ultra. Because the 7750 is strong enough to max out the game.

you NEED an i5 to play sc2 on a good level. Even an i5 will struggle to stay above 60fps the entire 1v1 game. It's useless to put money towards a graphics card if you can't even stay above 60fps. It's just the kind of game SC2 is.

Here's a stream of me playing on ultra graphics on a GTX460, by the way:
http://www.twitch.tv/belialtester88/b/405547358

I'm also on an i7-3770k @5ghz and 2400mhz RAM, and streaming takes a huge chunk of CPU power, and you can see just in this vod I dip to 80fps in a small battle.
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I would probably go with a 2GB GTX 650 Ti. You can go with an Ivy pentium or an i3. For SCII it should be good enough. An i5 was just a precaution. Try to keep a SSD in there as it will make the system feel much faster.

How about a Pentium G2020 with a GTX 660 card?
Then I can upgrade the CPU sometime along the road to a I5.
Would the G2020 and let's say a Gigabyte GTX 660 go well hand in hand?

A 660 will not play SC2 any better than a 450 will. It's a waste of money. Meanwhile, because you bought an i3 instead of an i5, your computer will struggle to play SC2 on a decent level, while someone who spent just as much as you did, with an i5 + GTX 450, will be able to stream the game on ultra graphics at a much higher level of performance than you can.

You can't just upgrade your CPU - that means you either wasted a big part of your budget getting a high end motherboard and thus you had to cut back on other components, or it means you are buying a cheapo H77 board perfect for your i3 today, but won't be able to handle your i5 in the future.

G2020 and a 660 is a total joke. You'll have maxed graphics easily... with 20fps minimums in just 1v1. But someone with an i5-3570k + 450, will max out sc2 easily and have minimums of only 50fps.

Seriously, the people in this thread don't know what they are talking about. They don't build SC2 computers, they don't understand sc2's requirements.

You need to go to TEAMLIQUID.NET, to the TECH SUPPORT forum, and ask there, where people who only build sc2 computers, talk all day about sc2 computers:
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Generally amd is more budget oriented but you will definitely get better performance with nvidia and intel , benchmarks prove all. Anyway all depends on what you want to spend.
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Trying to think along with you. Have you tried seeing if you could get parts cheaper from Germany? I think generally parts are cheaper there, if not by much. You could try comparing prices at http://www.schottenland.de Of course, the question is whether you lose the money you might save this way when you add up the cost of shipping them to Denmark.

Just looked it over..

I'll save 10-15% in Germany :-)

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486 euro = 625$ = 3600 DKR :-)

Guess that this is as good as it's gonna get, if I want both a decent CPU and GPU...

i3-3220 = wont play sc2 smothly at all times.
asrock b75 = just fine for an i3, but you won't be able to overclock an i5 on it. won't be able to handle an i5. you'll have to replace that motherboard
gigabyte 660 = 660 sucks, you need to go for the 660TI... but the 7950 is better than the 660TI. Either way, even the 660 is complete overkill for SC2. Seriously, you are basically buying a 660 just to play Doom (the original doom!). That's so stupid, who would do that? Well, why would you buy a 660 just for starcraft? Total waste of money. Your computer is going to suck, seriously. Someone with an i5 and a GTX450 or 640 will play sc2 better than you, they'll actually play it very smoothly on maxed graphics.
Good SSD choice
RAM is fine, as long as it's the cheapest...

CX430 = it's not about power it's about quality. 350w would be more than enough power. You need to realize that the wattage ratings mean NOTHING. Be aware that the CX430 is rated for 430w at 30*C.... your PSU is never going to be at 30*C. It's more in line with a 350w power supply. But, whatever, cx430 is a fine psu if you are strapped for cash. It'll work just fine, if it's just for a gaming build it's perfectly okay. Just your question 'will this be enough power' indicates to me that you do not understand power supplies (and frankly, who does?).

You don't want a decent CPU and GPU for an sc2 build. You want a freaking awesome CPU, and a crap GPU. Even if you had 1 billion dollars, you still wouldn't want to get anything more powerful than a 7770 for SC2 build. It's just not worth it... You are wasting your money.

Furthermore, everyone will tell you the 660 sucks, that the 660TI is better, but the 660TI sucks because the 7950 is much better performance for similar price. You aren't buying a decent GPU, you are buying a crap GPU all to play solitaire...And the i3 sucks.

Why are you buying a crap CPU and an okay GPU, to play sc2? your build will NOT play sc2 smoothly. You'll struggle to play sc2. You might struggle to do it on ultra graphics, sure, but you'll struggle all the same. Good luck with your crappy build, have fun with 25fps in just 1v1...
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Generally amd is more budget oriented but you will definitely get better performance with nvidia and intel , benchmarks prove all. Anyway all depends on what you want to spend.

This is a stupid post...

OP - go to teamliquid.net tech support. Ask there. You will only get a bunch of people giving you blanket responses on how to build a gaming computer, they aren't telling you how to build an sc2 computer.
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I disagree I could easily tell him how to build a computer for just starcraft two, I can even theme it, but it all comes down to how much he wants to spend. At tight budgets, you need to start thinking about what hardware runs best for what. Starcraft 2 runs best on intel. You will need a decent cpu and gpu for sc2 on high settings. What settings do you want to run the game at max? , medium, low? It all depends on what he really wants.
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