Hey, im looking to build a gaming computer for around $500. I already have a case/power supply/cd drive/hard drive from my computer that just stopped working. I am hoping to get something that will run starcraft and diablo 3 when it comes out. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates: around $500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: mainly gaming. really like to play heroes of newerth / starcraft2 / and really hoping to be able to play diablo 3 nicely when it comes out
Parts Not Required: keyboard/mouse/speakers/case/hard drive/powersupply (not sure of brand but I think is 350 watt)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or any one who ships cheap to southern california
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: no preference in who makes it as long as I can run diablo 3!
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Additional Comments: I am new to building my own system, my brother came here for advice and got some really good info. I would really like thehelp the advice any one can give.
the system you are trying to make cannot run at that psu, go with an antec psu
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply 90$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the 350W PSU is not going to be strong enough. you can put a whole system together for the price of $500 pretty easily. Several will reccommend an I3-2100, but I'm going to go down a step with a 3-core AMD processor, which is slower, but will allow a better GPU, which is what you want for games.
TBH i don't even think you need all the crazy systems above to run Diablo 3. I don't think any of the Blizzard games have proven that you need a crazy GPU to run them. So alternatively this is the case where I think you should go with a low TDP and power usage build and also save money at the same time.
Here's the build. It's $400. http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Llano would be a solid build for you, the 6550D integrated is better than the 5670 if not on par and the CPU is on the same die so the 100w TDP is pretty good for a CPU performing at the level of a lower end Phenom and a pretty good GPU.