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Windows 7: Time For A Upgrade?

01 Mar 2011   #1
CodgX80

Windows 7
 
 
Time For A Upgrade?

I just got starcraft 2 two days ago and it has been running slow and things in the game take about half a second to react to a command. I know that my computer isnt strong enough to run it, even with every possible setting on low. I have a AMD Athlon II x2 215 processor 2.70 GHz, 2.87 out of 3gb of ram free, a windows 7 64 bit operating system, the computer tower was made by compaq, and if it matters windows rates it 3.3. I need to upgrade something so that I can enjoy starcraft withought so much delay. I have no clue what to upgrade and since easter is comeing up soon I should be able to accumulate enough money to upgrade at least my ram or maybe my proccesor. If you have any idea what I should concider uprgrading pleae let me know. Also, I have all of my computer settings on low and use Gboost to stop any unessisary processes. Sorry for my bad spelling.


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01 Mar 2011   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

as far as 3D games go, generally the most important component is the graphics card, which you haven't mentioned as yet.

Quote:
StarCraft II System Requirements

The system requirements for the StarCraft II are as follows:

PC Minimum System Requirements:
  • Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
  • 2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
  • 128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT or ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better
  • 12 GB available HD space
  • 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • 1024X720 minimum display resolution

PC Recommended Specifications:
  • Windows Vista®/Windows® 7
  • Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better
*Note: Due to potential programming changes, the Minimum System Requirements for this game may change over time.
please note that upgrading the graphics card can sometimes mean having to upgrade your power supply unit as well.

help us to help you by providing full system specs.
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01 Mar 2011   #3
CodgX80

Windows 7
 
 

I see what you mean and I don't know much about graphics cards but I think I have a NVIDIA GeForce 6160SE nForce 430 (if that even is the name of the graphics card)
which if it is I doubt that it could run sc2 with ease.
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01 Mar 2011   #4
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CodgX80 View Post
I see what you mean and I don't know much about graphics cards but I think I have a NVIDIA GeForce 6160SE nForce 430 (if that even is the name of the graphics card)
which if it is I doubt that it could run sc2 with ease.
I think you'll find the correct syntac is 6150SE nForce 430

I know this as my rig has 1 until I upgrade
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01 Mar 2011   #5
Clinkz

Windows 7 Professional x64 Backtrack 4 R2
 
 

beat me too it mickey, i was about to ask that exact question! if you are running an on-board GPU it would explain the lag.
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01 Mar 2011   #6
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

can you recommend a suitable upgrade jeff?

preferably one that doesn't include swapping out the psu?
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01 Mar 2011   #7
Orbital Shark

 
 

That all depends on the power of the PSU and price range

450W PSU (minimum recommended) can power This
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01 Mar 2011   #8
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

A HD 5770 would be a better option than the 9800 GTX; lower power, DirectX 11 and faster,

HIS Radeon HD 5770 1 GB Review - Page 1/34 | techPowerUp

But again it all depends on the power supply.
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01 Mar 2011   #9
Orbital Shark

 
 

And at only £78 on EBAY that's a proper steal
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01 Mar 2011   #10
CodgX80

Windows 7
 
 

I don't know my power supply yet so I will have to find that out and probobly go find a good NVIDIA for around $150 like the 9800 GTX or maybe that HD 5770 or something along those lines that my computer can handle. Thanks for all the help.

edit: I just looked up specs for my computer which I just found out is a Compaq Presario CQ5210f and I it has a 250 watt power supply. I have no clue if that is a lot or not.
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