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i can run SC2 on med settings with my sub 200$ system which has HD 4350 hmmm =)
sub 200?! tell me your secrets
post #22 of 32
You may have to bump up your budget a little.. If you live near a Microcenter.. See pic.. Good luck on your rig.
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Best thing you could do for yourself is try to squeeze an i3-2100 sandy into the build. Problem is that said CPU + cheapest 1155 mobos is about half your budget.

If we can't come up with a way to squeeze a 2100 in there, the next thing in line is the Athlon II Rana series.


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On a side note, it's highly disappointing that we had 3 people suggest a quad core before anyone pointed out that a quad core is a waste for SC2..... Kudos to Behemoth777, shame on everyone else.
Edited by mdocod - 3/22/11 at 6:09pm
     
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post #24 of 32
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Well here's a build I just threw together that after using promo codes and combo deals left and right to be at $400.26. I'd love a sandy bridge build but I don't know if it's doable. I wish we had Micro Centers here in FL, hope they replace CompUSA down here.

case
HD
GPU
PSU
RAM
CPU+MB
Let me know what you think, don't know if I picked good parts or how this will run SC2.

Edit - Well forgot a CD drive in there so tack on 20 bucks. ~420 for that build before rebate, ~400 after.
Edited by forkhazmodan - 3/22/11 at 6:29pm
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Install Linux on that machine and you can use the whole $100 you alloted for OS because Linux is free maaaan.
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Install Linux on that machine and you can use the whole $100 you alloted for OS because Linux is free maaaan.
But then gaming performance would be crappy....
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post #27 of 32
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Well if I do the i3-2100 Sandy Bridge build it will only cost me like $30 more.

CPU
Mobo
found a cheaper HD
GPU down to this

Everything else the same. Which would be better/more future proof?
post #28 of 32
If you can fit the i3-2100 into budget it would definitely be well worth it for a SC2 specialized rig.

Here's some video card options that would perform better around the same price point as that 4670.

PowerColor AX4830
(the 512MB VRAM could be a limitation if resolution is set really high, but for SC2 I find it highly unlikely to run into a problem. This should be faster than a 5670 1GB card for this application in most situations).

Some GT240 GDDR5 512MB: (same VRAM limitation but should perform better non-the-less)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125304
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133321

This 5670 for a few dollars more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161365

The 4830 looks like the best deal to me, as it should out-perform any of the others based on it's higher core-count.
     
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post #29 of 32
Here you go, problem solved. Might as well play maxed out.

X3 450 Rana / EVGA GTS 450 combo $179 after $20 mir
Lian Li K-58 / Biostar 880G+ combo $120 after $5 mir
Corsair CX500 / XMS3 1600 combo $80 after mirs
Win7 / Samsung 1TB HDD combo $160

Total = $539 after rebates (includes OS). This would be a very solid rig without the need to upgrade for a while.


If this is too much, here is a more basic setup that will get you in the medium to high settings.

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz $61
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 open box $50 shipped
XFX 4850 $60 after rebate and promo code XFX3113 (this is a great card for a killer price)
HEC Blitz $40
Corsair CX500 / XMS3 1600 combo $80 after mirs
Win7 / Samsung 1TB HDD combo $160

Total = $451 after rebates (includes OS).
Edited by Badwrench - 3/24/11 at 6:30am
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post #30 of 32
What you definitely shouldn't buy from Microcenter: RAM
I think Badwrench just aced tihs though so I'll step back this time.
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