What Kind of Machine Will Run StarCraft II? We Find Out!

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gamefreakjtb

I'm having an issue, when I enable crossfire, games get all grainy and bad...I hope it's not a bad card.

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Caboose

All games or just a few? I had some issues with Bad Company 2, but then I think a combination of a patch release from EA, along with driver updates (you are using the latest version right?) fixed the issue.

What OS are you running?

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gamefreakjtb

Thanks for the encouraging words. I can't wait! My second comes tomorrow, along with a GA-P45t-USB3P, an H50, and some DDR3-2200 G.Skill RAM. It should be beastly.

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Scatmanbrandt

I have a P4 2.5Ghz Dell Dimension 4550 on the brink of death, I'm hoping replacing the hard drive fixes it again. It has 1Gb ddr533 ram and an Nvidia GeForce 4Ti (128mb) and will soon have a sata ssd running on ide interface once my converter comes in. That's about as close as anyone can get to your suggestion lol.

My gaming computer is an aging Alienware M7700 with 3.8ghz P4, 4GB ddr800 and an Nvidia 7950GTX (512MB overclocked 25%). It can play L4D at 1440x900 on high everything at a respectable 20-35fps and Dragon Age: Origins at a poor 8fps (that was at min settings before I overclocked so now might be as high as 12fps).

Once I get a copy I'll test it for myself, but until then I just bought AoEIII at Walmart for $10 so I'm a little behind the times (Get it? because I'm playing an old game on an old system that takes place way before Starcraft?)

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gamefreakjtb

That's the exact card I had! Hahaha! I had that machine handed over to me, (dimension 4550) and I know your pain. I scrapped it and kept the cables, ram, and HDD...but that's it...I still have my old P4 3.0 chip around...good times.

 

Also, lol, that was quite witty.

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Dac

I'd have to agree with some other posters here about the "aged" gaming machine specs.  While I have no doubt that there are users who upgrade every 6 months, I think the vast majority (even the vast majority of MAX PC readers) are in the 8-16 month range.  I just don't think there is enough difference (yet) in the current & previous generations to declare them BEST vs AGED.  Perhaps when the 400's drivers mature further? 

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tehLazyNinja

Why not try an Athlon X2 with 2 GB of RAM and an Ati 5750?  That's the real budget rig.  Interesting that it was tried on a netbook.  

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richeemxx

C'mon guys seriously? The low end desktop you throw at it is a quad core i5 with a GTX 295 how the heck does that tell you what type of machines will handle the game? You should have thrown a few mid range mainstream rigs in there with some sub $300 cards. Hell I'd even be happy with a decent lappy with anything but on-boad graphics. At least then I could get some idea what a mid-range gpu would do.

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ibfreeekout

I really think the "mid-range" system that is used to benchmark this is a higher end machine. All in all I spent around $650 on my machine, with $180 going to a 5770. I would consider this to be a mid-range machine, which can play this game flawlessly, as well as so many other games that are much more graphically intensive than this (Bad Company 2, Shattered Horizon, APB, Metro 2033, etc).

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Havok

I don't know what the frame-rate is, but my 1201n runs StarCraft 2 just fine. Totally playable on 'medium' settings. However, if I want it to look 'purdy', then my gaming rig can handle it in stride.

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Spartacus

the 1201N has a dual-core Atom and Ion graphics. The one they tested has a single-core atom and integrated graphics. Yeah no dip your netbook is going to rape the one they tested.

As for the rest... yeah, I don't really see how the "aging" gaming rig is aging at all. The GTX 295 is almost as powerful as the GTX 480... lolwut. I'm surprised you actually got worse framerates on that thing than on the Predator. Test it on a rig with a Core 2 Duo E6700 and an 8800GT, and that will be a REAL measure of how an aging rig can handle it. And then something in between your version of an "aging" rig and an actual aging gaming rig... like an OC'ed Q6600 and a GTX 260. This tells me nothing as to how my Q9550+ Radeon HD 4870 1GB will run the game at 1920x1080.

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Raspop

I refuse to give up on my e8400@3.6 and OC'd gtx 260 216.  Plays everything fairly well at 1920x1080 so far.

Probably go with sli 260's before upgrading the CPU/Mobo/RAM.

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CTskifreak

Good luck finding another 260 for below $500 - you won't find it.

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vistageek

Yea, so gtx 260's are like $150-200 on newegg still.

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Raspop

$214.99 does seem less than $500 doesn't it?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

 

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frizzly

it is $180 after $20 rebate now.  teehee  8-P

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