01/18/2013 01:44 PMThanks for the reply. Do i really need the 8 GB of RAM or would 4 suffice? Purely out of curiosity. And also, is a quad better than a dual core 10 times out of 10 or is it all based on the GHz? And i completely forgot to ask about the PSU. I have a 500w. Enough or should i go for a 750-1000 if i got the components you are suggesting?
Posted by Razael
-you dont need 8 gigs of ram, as nothing even comes near to using 4 , much less 8. But i'd still say get 8! There are some kits out there for $35 U.S patriot viper ram. Its up to you. Techically you can save by getting a single 4 gig stick. But i'd still say get the 8 so you can run it in dual channel.. ( dual channel means it will run faster)
-Quad cores are perfect for gaming right now. there will be an industry shift once the xbox 720/ps4 get released to use more than 2 cores. Those consoles are rumored to come out end of this year, and since most games are console ports. Quad core will start becoming a requirement. Dont skimp on the cpu, trust me on this. Skimp else where. You asked about the gigahertz . For games requiring dual core, yes higher gigahertz is better than 4 lower clocked cores. However with the quad cores these days ( i5's) . There cores are actually really good. 3 ghz on on i5 on a single core is like 4 ghz on an a single amd core. The architecture is different, Gone are the days of just comparing core frequences to other core frequences.
For the psu, What matters is if its brand name or not. If its some crap like besttek it would be wise to upgrade that as well. The problem with cheap power supplies are that they give really low amps on the 12 rail ( and pretend to inflate the wattage as its a selling point on 3 v rail and 5v rail with amps you would never need). The most important is the 12 volt rail. Depending on the specs you choose, even a really low 450 watt power supply could be sufficient, just because its brand name and has the amps on the 12. Graphic card makers really need to stop giving out psu advice based of wattage, is so misleading. Look at the v12 rail and see how many amps it gives . Reply in this thread.
I could only make a suggestion on the psu once you choose all your specs, so i know how much power you pc will need.
If you really are only building a pc just for sc2.
you could get some really cheap parts and still max out the game, dont skimp on cpu though as sc2 is a cpu bound game. Graphic cards have no problem putting out a ton of frames when nothing is going on, but if your cpu is crap, when mid-game comes along your frame rates would slow to a crawl thanks to the cpu being !@#$.
Building a pc only for sc2? i'd say get the i5 3570k. You dont even need a graphic card. But if you want to push it to ultra, a $70 dollar gpu will do easily.