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StarCraft II Sells 3M

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty has sold over 3 million copies worldwide in its first month of availability, announces Blizzard, saying this builds on the gameís momentum as the bestselling PC game of 2010 and the fastest-selling real-time strategy game of all time. "We appreciate all the enthusiasm that players around the world have shown for StarCraft II," says Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "It was important to us to deliver an overall gameplay experience that was accessible, balanced, and fun, and itís been gratifying to see how strongly the global community has already embraced the game."

28. Re: StarCraft II Sells 3M Sep 1, 2010, 19:55 Dev
Tumbler wrote on Sep 1, 2010, 17:55:
a mid-2GHz dual core with an ATI 57XX can play everything out there at good resolution and high details, certainly if you play it at typical console resolutions of less than 1280x720.
We just built such a PC (with an Athlon 2 X3 3GHz, ATI 5770) for 500 bucks for a friend (he could get a cheap student Windows which would otherwise have been a major cost factor).

So a person who is a gamer can go play games that look acceptable at 1280x720 (720p) for $500?

A console can play that same game at 720p for half the price. That's half price for the system AND the game. What is the point of buying a PC for games if you're going to get the same level of performance as a console? To me if you're going to play on the PC the only reason to do so is to take advantage of the higher graphical quality or exclusive games.

And $1000 is a realistic number to shoot for to see some noticeable difference that won't leave you wondering why you bothered buying all that PC hardware if the game looks about the same.

Nowadays you can throw a $100 or so graphics card into the vast majority of computer systems sold (even the cheap $300 systems have enough bang for the buck to play games as long as they have a pci-express slot. In fact, hardocp recently did some tests and even systems sold with 4x or 8x pci-express slots won't slow the graphics card down much.) and have a gaming computer. The reason is that CPUs and GPUs are overpowered for the majority of games. Partly because consoles are getting obsolete so just about anything has more power than that, and they are holding game developement back since a ton of companies develop games mostly/first on console. You can actually get playable framerates with high details on games like L4D2 with something like a $50 nvidia 240 card at 720p.

Just today there was a sale at newegg:
PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 465 1GB Memory PCI Express 2.0 Video Card + Nvidia Just Cause 2 & Mafia 2 Game Coupons $168 AR

For under $170 you got 2 free current decent games and a geforce 465, which is capable of gaming most games at 1080p with good details.

Nowadays the main reasons to get the $400 video cards or go SLI is so you can do double or triple monitors. Most decent video cards can handle 1080p single monitor no problem.

Example, this was on sale at OD for $280 or so a couple weeks ago

2gb ram, semprom 140 cpu.
The sempron can game in 1080p at playable resolutions:
I wouldn't reccomend it, since its a single core cpu, but its possible. And a very cheap upgrade for that system would be a $50 X2 dual core. Or a $75 X3 triple core. Or just build your own with one of those CPUs. AM3 mobos start at around $50.

Am3 mobo $50
X3 triple core CPU $75
2gb ddr3 ram $50
1 TB hdd $50

$225 for the basic components. Throw in $50-$150 for graphics card. Under $300 unless you go for a higher end graphics card.
Reuse an old keyboard/mouse/case, or get cheap ones (you can get decent cases nowadays for $50 or less, I've seen antec 300 for $40, and keyboard/mouse runs you $10 each if you need it).

That was for mid range gaming system. In my next post I'll examine a higher end gaming system.

This comment was edited on Sep 1, 2010, 21:35.
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