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 $200 more come mid-january, but i really dont wish to wait this long.
So this is what I have in my desktop:
AMD Athlon 7550 Dual Core 2.4 GHz (2511 Mhz) 32-Bit
Nvidia GeForce 6100
2 gb RAM
2 Network Cards <--- I don't know if this is important.
A fan system
CD-Drives and such
~430 watt power supply.
(Motherboard is unknown, but I am assuming it wont be able to run starcraft)
I have a screen, but it is old and crappy. I might need a new one, but I'll go find that myself.
I live in canada, so I will order stuff from there. I dont care what the brand is as long as it can run it. The fan system might, or may not be good enough for an overclock, but i can always just open the case and stick an external fan beside it. 1240x720 is the minimum resoloution for starcraft, so that is what I need. refurbished parts, clearance and all that are OK.
I can't say for certain, but your CPU seems decent enough to run it at minimum adnd beyond.
In terms of RAM, you are ok. I guess the first 2 upgrades you might need to do (depending on what your mobo is) would be the PSU and the GPU which you could easily get for under 200$ (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.
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
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?
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.