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Old November 4, 2010, 07:26 PM
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So I want to get a computer that can run Starcraft II, but i cant upgrade my current computer because it is a laptop. So I'm taking a desktop and I'm going to upgrade what is in there and I hope I'll be able to run Starcraft II on min settings 4v4 little to no lag.

I have around $200 CAD at my disposal, and will have around $200 more come mid-january, but i really dont wish to wait this long.

So this is what I have in my desktop:
AMD Athlon 7550 Dual Core 2.4 GHz (2511 Mhz) 32-Bit
Nvidia GeForce 6100
2 gb RAM
2 Network Cards <--- I don't know if this is important.
A fan system
Case
CD-Drives and such
~430 watt power supply.
(Motherboard is unknown, but I am assuming it wont be able to run starcraft)
I have a screen, but it is old and crappy. I might need a new one, but I'll go find that myself.

I live in canada, so I will order stuff from there. I dont care what the brand is as long as it can run it. The fan system might, or may not be good enough for an overclock, but i can always just open the case and stick an external fan beside it. 1240x720 is the minimum resoloution for starcraft, so that is what I need. refurbished parts, clearance and all that are OK.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old November 4, 2010, 07:41 PM
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howdy and welcome.

is this like a dell, or hp desktop?

and what part number is on the power supply?

a newer video card might or might not be recognised. i say stick with nvidia, and dont go over g92 if you cannot test it first/return it.


lcd wise there are decent deals. 200 can get you a sammy 23 incher, 1080p resolution. 20-25 more a 24 incher, same resolution.
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Old November 4, 2010, 07:46 PM
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I can't say for certain, but your CPU seems decent enough to run it at minimum adnd beyond.
In terms of RAM, you are ok. I guess the first 2 upgrades you might need to do (depending on what your mobo is) would be the PSU and the GPU which you could easily get for under 200$ (for example, while staying on the cheap side of things Corsair 500CX and Zotac GTS 250)

Of course you'd have to look at your mobo to be sure it has PCIe x16 slot.
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Old November 4, 2010, 07:47 PM
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It was a custom desktop my brother built to run a server. It was top of the line then, but now is much older. All parts are custom. Case is Mid-High quality. PSU part number is unknown.
Remember, i only have $200, im OK with 19 inch 720p
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Old November 4, 2010, 07:49 PM
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ok. so there is nothing on the side of the psu? and what is the p/n and revision of the motherboard?
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Old November 4, 2010, 07:52 PM
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As i said, uknown. But im going to need to upgrade it anyway, so I MUST get a new one. Sorry for the lack of info.
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Old November 4, 2010, 07:52 PM
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Man, no point for a 2nd network card, one is fine. Proccesor is ok, motherboard might not need to be changed, just check if you have a x16 PCI Express slot in there. Only thing you would need is a newer Graphics card, maybe a Geforce 9*** or a 2** series. Nothing too large becuase the P/S would not support a larger card. Maybe a 9600?
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Old November 4, 2010, 07:56 PM
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ok. video card + psu and monitor in 200 dollars tax in etc is a bit hard but is probably doable. but, you got to get the gpu and lcd used or such.
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Old November 4, 2010, 08:38 PM
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These are the min and recomended requirements for starcraft 2:

PC Minimum System Requirements*:
  • Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
  • 2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
  • 128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT or ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better
  • 12 GB available HD space
  • 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • 1024X720 minimum display resolution
PC Recommended Specifications:
  • Windows Vista®/Windows® 7
  • Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better

So I need a graphics card, a monitor and a mobo. Currently I am using a 2 GHz CPU and it lags like hell, but is kinda playable(This is on my non-upgradable laptop). Maybe a PSU if i go crzay with the card.
Around 80 for the screen: Newegg.ca - Hanns&#183;G HZ194APB Black 18.5&#34; 1366 x 768 5ms Tilt Adjustable WideScreen LCD Monitor w&#47;Speakers 250cd&#47;m2 10,000&#58;1 (Refurb)
Video Card 60?: Newegg.ca - XFX PVT95GZAFG GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card (Refurb)
All I need is a mobo. I doubt that my old one can handle it.
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Old November 4, 2010, 09:11 PM
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for that price you can get an 8800gt with a decent hs on it. as for monitor, remember, you dont buy one every second week. borrow some cash and get a decent one. hannsg's are nice, but not that small lol.

if you want to stick with that brand : Newegg.ca - Hanns&#183;G Hi-221DPB Black 22&#34; 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd&#47;m2 1000&#58;1 Built-in Speakers
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