I wants to play Starcraft

#1 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -

I want to get in on this "Starcraft" nonsense, but there is a problem

I'm not really a PC gamer and my PC is probably ancient by today's standard

I need you kind gentlemen to tell me how much it'll cost to upgrade my PC to a point where I can play Starcraft II at decent to good settings
 
 
Here are my specs:
 
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100218-0019)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 530s
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual  CPU  E2200  @ 2.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 3060MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

#2 Posted by Leviticus128 (217 posts) -

 http://cyri.systemrequirementslab.com/CYRI/intro.aspx
try this out, It'll tell you what you have and what you need

#3 Posted by tnecniv (50 posts) -

Well you could always download the demo and see how that runs.

#4 Posted by Mmmslash (2167 posts) -

I'm assuming you don't have a dedicated graphics card, and you'll need one of those. You don't have to go crazy, an 8800 would probably do you fine. I think BFG manufactured an overclocked edition, and their cards come with a lifetime warranty.

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#5 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -

So all i need is a new graphics card? No RAMs or anything? 
 
I'm PC retarded :( please help

#6 Posted by Mmmslash (2167 posts) -

3 gigs of RAM is probably fine. Your CPU is a little on the old side, but it's a dual core, and Blizzard knows optimization if anything, so you'll be fine in that regard, but it'll will handicap your gameplay in other titles, if you decide to become a full-on PC gamer.

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#7 Posted by D0tti (786 posts) -

You're setup is pretty close to mine actually and I'm playing it with medium graphics settings and so far it's running pretty smooth.

#8 Posted by hedfone (1751 posts) -
@luce said:
" So all i need is a new graphics card? No RAMs or anything?   I'm PC retarded :( please help "
you need mad ramz
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#9 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -
@hedfone said:
" @luce said:
" So all i need is a new graphics card? No RAMs or anything?   I'm PC retarded :( please help "
you need mad ramz "
I got 8 gigs of ram on the main desktop, and the last Protoss mission slowed down to no end.  O_O 
 
Sooo many units....
#10 Posted by Eurobum (244 posts) -

If you buy a separate graphics card, you will most likely need a new power supply as well.   You need to open your PC and look up the max. Wattage of your current Power Supply, there is no way to determine this by software.
 

#11 Posted by Mmmslash (2167 posts) -
@Eurobum said:
" If you buy a separate graphics card, you will most likely need a new power supply as well.   You need to open your PC and look up the max. Wattage of your current Power Supply, there is no way to determine this by software.   "
I doubt this sincerely, assuming he does not go and buy something that's modern. An 8800 OC'd will run on a standard 225, no problem.
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#12 Posted by J0hnnyD (5 posts) -

It's a shame the learning curve is so high and competition so unbalanced, otherwise i would play

#13 Posted by GoodAssLettuce (100 posts) -

I just learned that my computer can run SC2, but I have so many other things to do I really shouldn't get it.  The call of Jimmy is intoxicating

#14 Edited by infamous021 (122 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:

" @hedfone said:

" @luce said:
" So all i need is a new graphics card? No RAMs or anything?   I'm PC retarded :( please help "
you need mad ramz "
I got 8 gigs of ram on the main desktop, and the last Protoss mission slowed down to no end.  O_O  Sooo many units.... "
RAM wouldn't be responsible for that. Most games use about 4 GB of RAM these days at maximum, usually software such as Maya take advantage of 6+ Gb of RAM. It would be the either the GPU or CPU responsible for that slowdown, although that mission had a huge number of units so I'm sure many people got alittle lag during that part of the mission (including myself). Or a noticable framerate drop to the very least.
 
and OP, do you know if your motherboard would even support holding any other kind of GPU? Some manufactured computers are pretty much impossible to upgrade due to limited MOBOs.
#15 Posted by lorddessan (27 posts) -

I have no problems with the game. I try to keep my computer new and powerful every day

#16 Posted by EvilBuddyHolly (25 posts) -

I wish I could but some hooligans took my computer!    

#17 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

You're RAM is good enough, a little short from 4 GB which is normally enough to play most games without problems. StarCraft 2 is heavy on optimization compare to some sloppy PC ports and versions that has came out of late, so you won't really need much on the specs. You can get a decent dedicated graphics card to run the game and it will be no problem. If you want to jump right into PC gaming other than just SC2, you might want to look at higher end cards and buy a bigger power supply for it.

#18 Posted by Veri7as (31 posts) -

i need to stop procrastinating and pick this up.

#19 Posted by zman8 (11 posts) -

I'm running a Toshiba Satellite laptop.  If you can deal with turning down the settings, the game runs just fine.

#20 Posted by scottp (232 posts) -

protossislegit

#21 Edited by juice8367 (443 posts) -

looks like you just need a dedicated video card & maybe another gig of ram but you'll probably be able to run it on medium settings.
 
Edit:  Oh I just noticed you got a dell MB so you might be limited to what video cards you can get or you might not be able to add one at all since I believe Dell's stuff is sorta proprietary, I think.

#22 Posted by CharAznable (778 posts) -
@zman8 said:
" I'm running a Toshiba Satellite laptop.  If you can deal with turning down the settings, the game runs just fine. "
Same here, man. Even on high settings, the campaign only slowed down once or twice for me. I would recommend turning things down to medium for online play, though.
 
For the swarm!
#23 Posted by IronScimitar (485 posts) -

This game has me super hype for D3.  I need to stop procrastinating and buy parts for a new build.

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