How StarCraft 2 made me sad.

#1 Posted by murdocz28 (6 posts) -

Played the beta for StarCraft 2, which was my first time playing any StarCraft game, and really enjoyed it. Now that the game is out, I have been playing it a lot and wanted to look into upgrading my PC to get the most out of the game. Well, my  procrastination over the last 4 or so years has really come back to bite me. I wanted to get a new graphics card but after reading a performance review for SC2 I found my CPU was the real bottleneck of my system. After looking into getting a new CPU, I came to find that my motherboard does not support the newer CPUs. I am now looking at a major replacement effort for my current PC or buying a new one. Still on the fence on what to do. Any suggestions? 
 
Also, anyone else feeling the pain of upgrading for this game or any others? 
 
The performance review article.

#2 Posted by TheManiacsGnome (279 posts) -

Swapping the mobo out for a new one isn't a major operation, just make sure your power supply is up to the task.

#3 Posted by fallen_elite (380 posts) -

Make sure you check for a BIOS update for your motherboard. Often times they will update it to support newer CPUs.  

#4 Posted by Colonel_Cool (808 posts) -

If you don't upgrade frequently, then you might consider going with AMD parts since they make their procs backwards compatible with older mobos.

#5 Posted by Humankillerx (8 posts) -

You need to find out what wattage your PSU has first.

#6 Posted by ajamafalous (12147 posts) -
@fallen_elite said:
" Make sure you check for a BIOS update for your motherboard. Often times they will update it to support newer CPUs.   "
He likely doesn't have the correct socket for new CPUs.
#7 Posted by Humankillerx (8 posts) -

Not to mention you need to know if your Motherboard supports PCIx16 slots for a videocard

#8 Posted by akamu (28 posts) -

I'm assuming that by 'buy' you mean from someplace like Dell, since replacing your motherboard, cpu, memory, etc... is the major part of building a new machine. If you have the cash, just build a new rig. Stuff like case, drives (both optical and hard disk) could be reused (or the old machine could be turned into a house server if you don't have one). Tested did a good guide that included a decent build. If you don't have the cash to replace the main parts (mobo, cpu, memory, gpu) then I'd just wait and save up until you do. Either way, pre-built machines tend to be over priced and loaded with crap ware.
 
I tend to just build a new machine from scratch every few years and then filter the old hardware down into my other computers.

#9 Posted by Shirogane (3581 posts) -

I found my Alienware laptop that i recently bought couldn't handle SC2 when i had massive amounts of units. Even though it can play anything else on High/Highest. 
So i ended up building a new PC, and now i have a proper PC. 
 
From what you're saying, you're essentially changing every part, might as well go for a new PC. Those are the most expensive parts in the PC after all.
#10 Posted by mosdl (3258 posts) -
@Humankillerx said:
" Not to mention you need to know if your Motherboard supports PCIx16 slots for a videocard "
This.  Plus you may need a better power supply.

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