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Old 07-29-2010, 06:16 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. I'm a new member here. My name is Jesse.
My question is do I need to upgrade my current computer to play starcraft2? I'm not to knowledgeable when it comes to computers so I don't really know what parts I would need. It's a few years old. Here's the specs...

http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...L/appendix.htm

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 530
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4600 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1014MB RAM
Page File: 539MB used, 1900MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

Card name: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) GMA 3100
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_29C2&SUBSYS_020D1028&REV_02
Display Memory: 128.0 MB
Current Mode: 1152 x 864 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor



These are StarCraft II Official & Final System Requirements:

Minimum PC System Requirements:

- Windows XP/Vista/7 with DirectX 9.0c
- 2.6 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
- 128 MB PCIe NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT or ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card and better
- 12 GB available HD space
- 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista/Windows 7 users)
- DVD-ROM drive
- Broadband Internet
- 1024720 pixel minimum display resolution

Recommended PC System Requirements:

- Windows Vista/Windows 7
- Dual Core 2.4GHz CPU
- 2GB RAM
- 512MB NVidia GeForce 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon HD 3870 and better

Any help would be great. Thanks.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:44 AM   #2
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Hello Jesse and Welcome to CF.
First off, your system seems fine, but I would reccomend getting some more RAM. This from Crucial should do.
Also, I think your Graphics card could do with upgrading, you can go with NVIDIA or ATI. Although ,ATI seems expensive. Hope that helps.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:00 AM   #3
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With a PSU ( Power Supply Unit) upgrade you can get a 4850 for around 100 dollars

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125236

A couple more gigs would do you well

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141064

As for a PSU i would get this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153023

Thermaltake is a reputable brand for their Cases,Cpu Coolers and PSU's


Newegg is one of the most trusted computer sites out there atm

If you live in Canada, there is also a Newegg.ca
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:44 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I was hoping all I would need is some ram. So basically I need a power supply, graphics card, and more ram? Are these parts that I can install myself or do I need to get a pro to do it? I'm pretty good at fixing / figuring things out.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:50 AM   #5
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How to Install a Power Supply
How to Install RAM
How to Install a graphics card

Hope the helps.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:10 PM   #6
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Coupled with your know-how and gmc's links there, you should be fine. Definitely upgrade the RAM, and get off of that integrated intel GMA crap.

MaximumPC ran a little article the other day that shows most computers can handle the game just fine, and that seems to be the general consensus. Everything short of netbooks can run the game.

The link: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/hom...ii_we_find_out
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:39 PM   #7
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If you're wanting to run it at the absolutely highest settings then go for nvidia as you will get better textures and you can run it in AA (not available in SC2 for ATi cards). I'll try to find an article that I read with comparison pictures.

Comparison

It seems that even a 5750 can max it out easily with 3 monitors so pretty much anything you want to get will be able to play it.
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:08 PM   #8
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I just ordered the three parts that were linked in the third post by holysky. Are you saying that graphics card won't work properly?
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They'll work perfectly, it's just that You'd get slightly better picture quality. Take a look at that link, it's barely any difference
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:22 PM   #10
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Ok great. Yeah there's not that much difference in that link. Thanks for the help.
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