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Cheap Build for SWTOR and Diablo 3

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!
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  1. What exactly is your budget?
  2. Read this: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261222-13-build-advice

    EDIT: btw. that GPU is horrible, even low settings might be a pain.
  3. Hey man,

    If you really want to spend that little on a graphics card, there's a killer deal on a Galaxy GT430 for only $35 right now. The GT430 blows the HD 4550 out of the water.

    That being said, I would really recommend you bump up to at least something like a Radeon HD 6670. The price/performance boost is worth it.
  4. You'll want a 4850 to run the game well, a 5570 might do, depending on your resolution. A GT430 would struggle on the lowest settings, you would probably have to play at 1024x768 to maintain smooth gameplay throughout.
    Here's a neat chart you can use to compare GPUs on newegg for example:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-game-performance-radeon-hd-6670,2935-7.html
    Here's the reference SWTOR benchmark:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/star-wars-gaming-tests-review,3087-4.html
  5. Best answer
    Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332

    CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

    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-overclocking,3077-5.html

    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-card-review,3107.html

    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-tests-review,3087.html

    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.
  6. fatfatr said:


    Yeah, and I just love that guy peddling the Zambezi!
  7. Yeah, to the OP: when you click the link ignore that specific response.
  8. 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!
  9. Best answer selected by tmorrison3.
  10. 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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