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Making small changes to run Diablo 3...

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May 7, 2012 4:45:29 PM

Hello Community,

As a previous long-time player of Diablo 1 and 2, I've got some serious interest in playing Diablo 3. However, I'm not a serious PC gamer and don't want to drop a ton of money to just play this one game.

I'm currently running an older system from, hm, probably '07. It has the following specs:

OS: Vista 32-bit Home Premium
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
GPU: Radeon HD 2400 (256 MB)
RAM: 2 GB DD2-PC2-5300 (2 1 GB Sims)
PS: 340 W (I believe, not at home to check)

With the latest benchmark/performance review not putting a big premium on the CPU, I'm wondering if I could upgrade the GPU and RAM and get away with good performance running D3.

For RAM I know I can upgrade to DDR2 PC2-8500 with 2, 2GB Sims (won't get full 4 GB without upgrading to 64-bit OS, as I understand it, but much better than the 2 GB I'm running now).

For the GPU it seems like I can put in a Radeon 7750 1 GB card (55 W power requirement) and not need to replace my PSU (though I do have access to a 700W Thermaltake from a friend if I need it/should get a better GPU that needs more power).

My question is whether upgrading just the RAM and the GPU will be enough to get good performance on D3 (1920x1080 with most moderate-high level graphics settings)...

Thanks in advance for any response!

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May 7, 2012 5:00:07 PM

according to the benchmark article Tom's did today, I'd say it should be very good performance if you can get 7750 in there.
May 7, 2012 6:46:35 PM

The 7750 and 2 more gigs of ram should be more than adequate.
May 16, 2012 4:29:08 PM

Thanks for the original responses, guys.

I went with the 7750 and the 2 more GB of RAM.

Game runs very smooth at 1920x1080 with everything set to high. I was somewhat surprised by this, but definitely more happy than surprised.