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Old 02-22-2009, 05:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I posted a while back with a rig I wanted to buy but I cannot afford that same rig anymore.

I was going to go with an e8500, hd4870 etc...but now I have to downgrade, yet I don't anything about the lower-tech items.

I would like some of you very helpful tech-savvy people to help me find a build that will run Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft and most importantly Starcraft 2 when it is released (anyone know when that will be by the way?). Along with the usual internet browsing and downloads. As for a hard-drive I think 500gb would be plenty of space for my needs.

The cheapest possible build, but I still want it to be reliable and once again...play Starcraft 2 on full settings in the future.

I already have: DVD/CD drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, 4gb of RAM.

Thanks in advance!
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What's the budget, and do you need an OS?
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Do you have a case? What kind of ram do you have?
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes I believe I need an OS. Was thinking Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. The RAM I have is Newegg.com - CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory.

I have my old Gateway case...but i would prefer a new one. Antec three hundred seems to be the standard but if there is equal or better for cheaper I would consider that option.

edit: and the budget is just the cheapest possible system that will be reliable and run Starcraft 2 and WoW on high settings. i would love to spend around $850 and get a e8500/q6700 with a HD4870 etc...but I think that might be overkill for what I want to do.
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Cpu:
Newegg.com - Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Mobo:
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

GPU:
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
This will handle WoW and Starcraft

PSU:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

HDD:
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Case:
Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

OS:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - Operating Systems

Total comes to $804.70 including shipping. Then you have $30 of mail in rebates.
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok thank you, but that 800$ is not a whole lot less than my 850$ build...

Is that the cheapest parts that will do the things I want to do? I think not.

Can a 600$ or less build do the things I want to do? That is a bit more specific.
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Also, does anyone know if Starcraft 2 will make use of a quad-core processor or would a dual core be better?
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I doubt it, generally Blizzard doesn't focus on higher end hardware.
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You can substitute some things to make it $600.

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Comes to $607.70 with shipping, then $40 of mail in rebates. I doubt Starcraft 2 will support quads, so a dual core will be fine.
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thank you very much, if anyone else has other suggestions please let me know.
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