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Need Min / Cheapest build to play Starcraft 2 on Max Ultra

has to be less than 800 dollars. I will be upgrading my brothers current computer with is a Inspirion 530. Looks like the only thing he'll be keeping is the hard drive , and the cdrom LOL.

Mobo, Ram, PSU, Graphics, CPU suggestions needed to run Starcraft 2 on Max and also be able to play Grand Theft auto 5 when it comes out
    
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Phenom II x3 740
2x2gb 1600 DDR3 Ram
790FX mobo
Corsair 650 psu
gtx 470
NZXT gamma
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Originally Posted by overclockingXTC View Post
Phenom II x3 740
2x2gb 1600 DDR3 Ram
790FX mobo
Corsair 650 psu
gtx 470
NZXT gamma
Easy peasy. You could definitely fit an i5 760 or at least a Phenom II X4 into that build as well. And maybe a 6870 would shave off $20 and give you a frame or two.
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Phenom II x3 740
2x2gb 1600 DDR3 Ram
790FX mobo
Corsair 650 psu
gtx 470
NZXT gamma
1600MHz RAM isn't really affective with AMD processors, I would go for 1333MHz instead.

I would pick the following;

- $199 - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103851

- $69.99 - Cooler Master CM690 II Basic - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119215

- $82.99 - OCZ Gold 4GB (2x2GB) 1333MHz Kit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227583

- $93.99 - GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128443

- $99.99 - Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371026

- $269.99 - XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150477

Total is $816.85, you can always go with the GTX 460 instead, depending on the resolution you play on
     
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Guys.. You could go lower than that! I'm on a laggy 1.6GHz Dell right now so I'm just rounding to nearest dollar.

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 $90 + 1 year extended warranty $10 = $100 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-198-_-Product

AMD Athlon II x4 640 $100 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-871-_-Product

Xigmatek HDT-SD964 $28 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-014-_-Product

Gigabyte HD6850 $180 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-348-_-Product

Ripjaws CAS7 $65 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-307-_-Product

Silverstone 650W $90 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-021-_-Product

Rosewill Challenger $55 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147153

$563 without the case, $613 with. The case is really whatever you want, lots of cash left to change it up there
Edited by boom50cal - 10/26/10 at 4:05pm
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What do you guys think of this build.......


SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Model #:100314SR
Item #:N82E16814102909
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$239.99 $239.99


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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Model #:F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Item #:N82E16820231277
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock
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$79.99 $79.99


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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Model #:HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #:N82E16819103727
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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$159.99 $159.99


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ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:M4A79XTD EVO
Item #:N82E16813131402
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
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$118.99-$10.00 Instant$108.99


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COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:RS650-ACAAE3-US
Item #:N82E16817171052
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$99.99-$30.00 Instant$69.99
Subtotal:$658.95
    
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What do you guys think of this build.......


SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Model #:100314SR
Item #:N82E16814102909
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$239.99 $239.99


Update

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Model #:F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Item #:N82E16820231277
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$79.99 $79.99


Update

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Model #:HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #:N82E16819103727
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$159.99 $159.99


Update

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:M4A79XTD EVO
Item #:N82E16813131402
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card
Note (Add)
$118.99-$10.00 Instant$108.99


Update

COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:RS650-ACAAE3-US
Item #:N82E16817171052
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
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$99.99-$30.00 Instant$69.99
Subtotal:$658.95
good!, that mobo is amazing (for the price and for the overclocking capabilities it offers), where's the hdd, optical drive, i suppose you have all that alerady?...I think you could definetely save that 15$ off the cpu and get a phi 955 instead of a 965...that 200mhz difference wont change anything...and if you really wanna run @ 3.4 you could just overclock the 955 with the stock fan and reach that speed... For the psu, i'd suggest getting a seasonic, corsair, antec, silverstone, xigmatek (if you feel like it), but i've heard cooler master psus weren't that great...anyways, good build!

Here's a psu i strongly reccomand:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-096-_-Product
Edited by polm - 10/26/10 at 5:39pm
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post #8 of 17
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15 dollars lol nah it hink ill keep the 965 lol
    
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heatsink wise, i suggest a arctic cooling freezer pro rev 2, keep my starcraft 2 game around 45-49oC full load. Really cheap too.
    
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post #10 of 17
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Whops I changed that PSU to this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151096

Seasonic
    
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