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Old 08-06-2010, 05:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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For Starcraft 2 this is what you need to play Recommended settings (not optimized settings mind you, so this is to play the game without max graphics)

PC: Windows Vista/Windows 7
Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor (you chose a 3.0 quad, you're fine)
2 GB RAM (you chose 4, you're fine)
512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon HD 3870 or better (you will need to buy a vid card, the radeon you listed should work alright. )

I would get this board of the ones you listed: Newegg.com - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

The build that Fat.Clown recommended looks great, the only thing I'd point out is that the case only comes with one fan, and if you're going to pump out a quad core with that gfx card (and running on that mobo, which is known to run hot) you'll probably want to get more fans for the case (it can support quite a few) or get a case with more cooling.

And I personally never use home edition windows since it's the worst for upgrading but that's a personal preference.

Even with his build you will still need a SATA cord for the bare drive.
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Even with his build you will still need a SATA cord for the bare drive.
the motherboard will come with sata cables.
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the motherboard will come with sata cables.
I know my mobo never did when I built my PC, I had to buy them separate. The only cable I ever got was the one with my DVD drive.
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Yeah, I've bought a couple mobos for people which didn't come with SATA cables; luckily I have a pack of 20 or so (well, my mum does and I just steal them). I think it depends on if you're buying low-, mid- or high-end mobo. Those two were fairly low-end, and my mobo, which was mid-high-end when it came out came with four or five SATA cables.
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