Starcraft 2 PC


Jul 21, 2011
Sorry didn't see this sticky at first...

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: 500-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SC2 / D3 / Skyrim)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or one step down

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC with low heat output but it's not required


Jul 20, 2011
$244.99 $30.00
$142.99 $10.00
$89.99 $10.00

Subtotal: $1,001.92
Tax: $50.10
Total: $1,052.02
After MIR: $1,002.02

This would work out very well. I used tax @ 5%. Pick an ATX case that you like. I put in $60 as a marker.
If you don't think that you need an SSD, remove it, swap the HDD for a Caviar Black SATA3 and get a GTX 580 video card.
FREE SHIPPING for this entire build. :) $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1) $54.99 FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code Julsv10, ends 7/31
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $69.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock H61M-GE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $421.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $401.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $31.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996585 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $149.99 - $134.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

Total: $863.91 *not including mail in rebates and promo codes
So, your budget needs to include the monitor?
Why_Me has a nice build, but Starcraft (like any Blizzard game) performs better on nVidia cards, so switch out the HD6950 for a GTX560Ti, -OR- start with Kraash's build but drop the SSD for the monitor.
The previews I've seen of Starcraft show it looks pretty darn good even with reduced settings, so don't be convinced you need a monster GPU; get a 1GB GTX460 if necessary to make budget. If you are interested in overclocking, you'll need to get the i5-2500K, and anticipate spending $30-$40 on a decent 120mm cooler like the Xigmatek Gaia or Coolermaster Hyper 212+.