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Cheap Build for SWTOR and Diablo 3

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January 5, 2012 6:10:39 PM

Sorry about the improper formatting, hope this helps.


Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 months

Budget Range: $400ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: SWTOR/D3 (only pc games I play), photoshop and design software

Parts Not Required: input devices, HD (WD 250g 7200RPM), PSU (Thermaltake TR2 420w)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: probably not

SLI or Crossfire: probably not

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: First build

What I am looking to buy at the moment:

edit @ ultimabeam's suggestion: XFX HD-667X-ZHF3 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS

CPU/ MOBO Newegg Combo:
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX

and Windows 7 OEM of course.

Any and all help is appreciated, thanks guys and gals!
January 5, 2012 6:16:26 PM

What exactly is your budget?
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January 5, 2012 6:56:41 PM

Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This costs you $65 more than your Athlon combo and gives you a sandy-bridge CPU with hyper-threading already @3.1ghz. You can also upgrade to a stronger SB chip down the road. If the extra is too much, then your cpu/mobo combo with do alright but look how many tiers $65 gets you: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-overcloc...

To game with any effectiveness at your res you should get a 5670 or 6670. You really need to increase your video card budget unless you want to turn down res. Reference this for help: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

I don't know how Diablo will be, but SW:TOR wants a good graphics card above all else. See: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/star-wars-gaming-te...

edit: I guess my point is that adding around $100-$150 to your budget will increase your value (and longevity) by a lot more than just $100-$150.
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January 5, 2012 7:50:19 PM

Yeah, to the OP: when you click the link ignore that specific response.
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January 5, 2012 8:01:11 PM

Thanks for the all the info and references guys! Much appreciated. If I go with what I have listed now plus the $65 increase for the bio MOBO and i3 chip I'll at $436 after shipping. Sounds very doable (well everything but windows this paycheck and then buy windows on the next, argh).

Thanks again!
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January 5, 2012 8:01:47 PM

Best answer selected by tmorrison3.
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January 5, 2012 8:05:36 PM

Larkspur posted a very good response.
Whatever GPU you are able to get, make sure it has GDDR5 rather than DDR3 RAM on it; the difference in performance can be a couple of tiers on the GPU chart.
As you endeavor to make budget, please do not be tempted to get a cheap PSU. A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Just to keep things simple, I'd recommend a 380W Antec Earthwatts. Relatively inexpensive at around $45, it can power a HD6850. Corsair also has a decent 400W model, but I've only personally used the Antec (many times).

Edit: Ah, you were giving him "Best Answer" while I was posting. Nice!
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