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A friend of mine has a computer that has the following specs:

Intel Core2 Duo E6400 @ 2.13GHz
1GB DDR2-667Mhz ram
Windows 7 (unsure on 32 or 64 bit...assumption that it is 64 due to processor being 64 capable?)


He wishes to play Starcraft 2. So far I have determined that he will be needing a ram upgrade (not just to play starcraft 2, but to run windows 7 properly) and a video card upgrade (currently has integrated).

Now, he doesn't know much about PC components so I checked out his rig and found that it uses PCI-express (I was physically able to insert an ATI Radeon 4670 PCI-e into the slot)

Now, with the graphics, I will be going with the 5670 or 5570 (dependant on price ... currently they are both relatively close to each other) since they do not require extra power to be plugged in and they give good enough performance for today and should give decent performance in the future.

With the ram, considering that he has 1GB DDR2-667, would it be very beneficial to go with 4GB instead of 3GB (purchasing a 2GB stick and coupling it with the current 1GB)?
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go 4gb, 5670, and OC the hell out of that C2D
    
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go 4gb, 5670, and OC the hell out of that C2D
It is one of those stock boards or whatever you call them. The kinds you get from best buy computers
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It is one of those stock boards or whatever you call them. The kinds you get from best buy computers
oh well then find that fastest C2D you can get for that board, cuz SC2 is super CPU intensive
    
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How much is the budget of your friend?
Ram upgrade is a must - 3GB will be good (won't notice a big difference with this CPU of the 4GB)
Video - I would go for 5750/70
CPU - Even if the board is stock it can handle some OC to, lets say, 2.4-2.6, with some luck even 2.8.
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Yeah, get that 5670 and grab 4gb sticks. If you buy a 2gb stick it won't always work nicely with the stick he already has, unless it has the same volts and timings, etc. Also he could upgrade to DDR2-800 if he decided to go with 4gb.

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How much is the budget of your friend?
Ram upgrade is a must - 3GB will be good (won't notice a big difference with this CPU of the 4GB)
Video - I would go for 5750/70
CPU - Even if the board is stock it can handle some OC to, lets say, 2.4-2.6, with some luck even 2.8.
I believe it's a board that doesn't allow OCing at all.

A C2Q may be necessary then. I had issues running SC2 on my E8400 @ stock because the CPU bottlenecked half the time. (this was on ultra settings, so if he's not planning to play above medium, he's fine with his current processor)

A tip for SC2, put textures on Ultra and everything else on medium and it doesn't look much different, but it runs a lot better.
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Sell it as is and put it towards a new rig.
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That cpu won't be enough.Sc2 is super cpu intensive.Something like the power of an i3-530 is needed before you have enough cpu power.
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I've played SC2 on a Turion X2-1.8GHz mobile chip. Architectural differences aside, I was able to play decent on the lowest settings (coupled with a Radeon HD3100). So I don't think a CPU upgrade or an overclock would be necessary since he'd be most likely gaming on the medium setting.


As for the 5770 recommendation, I decided not to go with it since the power supply in his box is 420 watt and its some generic brand that doesn't have PCI-e. Plus, the CPU isn't very powerful so it'd be a waste of additional money over something like 5670 imo
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I've played SC2 on a Turion X2-1.8GHz mobile chip. Architectural differences aside, I was able to play decent on the lowest settings (coupled with a Radeon HD3100). So I don't think a CPU upgrade or an overclock would be necessary since he'd be most likely gaming on the medium setting.


As for the 5770 recommendation, I decided not to go with it since the power supply in his box is 420 watt and its some generic brand that doesn't have PCI-e. Plus, the CPU isn't very powerful so it'd be a waste of additional money over something like 5670 imo
bbbbutt, if you upgraded the cpu and gpu further, you could set him up to do some boincing in the free time
    
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