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Old August 18, 2010, 01:08 AM
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Hi, I have never built a PC before and am looking for advice. My budget is around 600-800 dollars (I want it to be as cheap as possible) my main goal is to have it good enough to play Starcraft 2 smoothly.
The requirements (recommended) for Starcraft 2:
GFX: GeForce 8000 or Radeon 2000 series with 512 MB RAM
CPU: Core 2 Duo or Athlon X2
RAM: 2 GB

Thanks for the help!

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XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1Gb 4.8GHZ GDDR5 - $175.00
OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV4GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB - $89.00
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core 3.0GHZ 8MB - $146.00
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 DDR3 ATX 880G Motherboard - $138.00
Antec Three Hundred Min Tower Gaming Case ATX - $58.00
Corsair VX450 450W ATX ATX Power Supply - $70.00
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM - $123.00

$799.00 CDN based on NCIX Prices
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Old August 18, 2010, 03:39 AM
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Where are you buying from?
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Old August 18, 2010, 07:01 AM
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decent sugestion, change the case to a ps04b or cm430
cpu to a 240/250
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Old August 18, 2010, 07:20 AM
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My best kick at the cat...

XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1Gb 4.8GHZ GDDR5 - $175.00
OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV4GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB - $89.00
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core 3.0GHZ 8MB - $146.00
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 DDR3 ATX 880G Motherboard - $138.00
Antec Three Hundred Min Tower Gaming Case ATX - $58.00
Corsair VX450 450W ATX ATX Power Supply - $70.00
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM - $123.00

$799.00 CDN based on NCIX Prices
you forgot a hard drive.


I'll take a run at the cat myself.

Gigabyte P55M-UD2 mATX LGA1156 P55 - $105
Intel Core i3 540 - $136
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws - $98
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB - $65
Random Computer Case - $50 (Antec 300, or similar)
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W - $45
EVGA Geforce GTX 460 768MB - $210 (1Gb - $260)
or
XFX Raedon HD 5770 - $160

Total = $499 + video card. That's before pricematch, tax and shipping.
Personally, i'd try to get the 460 768 minimum.. but with budget concerns, may have to go towards the lower end 5770. If you got the cash, go up to the 1GB card instead of the 768MB.

That would be a good system, that would handle SCII quite well. Watch the weekly specials, you can pickup ~500W power supplies for $30-45 easy (I got a ModXtream 700W for $30 after MIR at NCIX) as well as computer case specials / etc.
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Old August 18, 2010, 07:32 AM
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hes buying out of victoria bc so either memory express or ncix
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Old August 18, 2010, 07:37 AM
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Wow that's great stuff guys thanks for replying! I would most likely be buying from NCIX.
Does any hard drive work? or does it have to be a special brand?

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I'll take a run at the cat myself.

Gigabyte P55M-UD2 mATX LGA1156 P55 - $105
Intel Core i3 540 - $136
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws - $98
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB - $65
Random Computer Case - $50 (Antec 300, or similar)
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W - $45
EVGA Geforce GTX 460 768MB - $210 (1Gb - $260)
or
XFX Raedon HD 5770 - $160
I like this setup, especially with the 460 768MB if you can swing it, I would however not get the OCZ psu and instead go for a Corsair, Seasonic, Antec or Silverstone offering. A 550W would do well for the 460 but if you want to upgrade later on then I would suggest getting a 650W to leave you with some spare headroom.

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Old August 18, 2010, 01:37 PM
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I'm looking to do a build for similar purposes. I only need to get some parts since I have a case, power supply and hard drive.

I was thinking

AMD Phenom II X4 945 - $146
Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 - $102.96
G-Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) - $97.99
EVGA GTX-460 Fermi 768Mb - $209.99
Total $556.75

What do you guys think? I would go dual core but I don't want to upgrade for a couple more years. Any other suggestions?
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Old August 18, 2010, 02:16 PM
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I'm looking to do a build for similar purposes. I only need to get some parts since I have a case, power supply and hard drive.

I was thinking

AMD Phenom II X4 945 - $146
Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 - $102.96
G-Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) - $97.99
EVGA GTX-460 Fermi 768Mb - $209.99
Total $556.75

What do you guys think? I would go dual core but I don't want to upgrade for a couple more years. Any other suggestions?
i would go with the MSI HD 5770 (hawk) its like 180 and gets the same performance and better if you overclock it... i got mine at 1015 core and 1385 memory with 1.274 volts
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