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$500-$700 AMD gaming build. Need some help!

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February 5, 2012 7:21:38 PM

Hey guys I am looking for some options on an AMD build to run Diablo 3 at the highest settings without a problem. Here are the specs for Diablo 3. http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/diablo-iii-syst... I have researched some Intel builds and I want to compare my options against AMD. I don't know very much when it comes to AMD so I was hoping somebody could make me a good build in my price range. Thanks for your help.

Approximate Purchase Date: (The next week or 2)

Budget Range: ($500-$700)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, surfing the internet)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg)

Country: (United States)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (I would like to see my options with a AMD build, I have looked at some Intel builds I just want to compare)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: not sure.

February 5, 2012 7:30:39 PM

Blizzard games aren't as resource intensive as say BF3 is, it won't take much to power a system. Try something like this:

Here you go:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair CX600 - $59.99
Motherboard: Asrock 970 Extreme 3 - $89.99
CPU: 3.0GHz AMD Phenom II X4 960T - $129.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 - $29.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X 8GB 1333MHz - $41.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500G - $89.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $89.99

Total: $674.91
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February 5, 2012 7:35:43 PM

Thanks a lot. is there a better CPU or Video card I could get and still stay under $700? Those look good I just have heard some good things about the Radeon 6870.
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February 5, 2012 7:37:58 PM

or possibly getting the Phenom II x4 980?
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February 5, 2012 7:40:23 PM

TyLeR115 said:
Thanks a lot. is there a better CPU or Video card I could get and still stay under $700? Those look good I just have heard some good things about the Radeon 6870.


First - I would not bother with FX. There's way too many installation issues and software conflicts associated with it. With AMD there's not much better you can do right now - I'd recommend the CPU I use which is the 1055T but that looks like it's been discontinued. If you're considering FX it'd be better to skip that and go to Intel.

The 6850 and 6870 are among the best cards you can get for the money right now. I wouldn't bother with the 550TI - it's a decent card but for the price the 6850 and 6870 are far far better.

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or possibly getting the Phenom II x4 980?


The 980 is a good choice, definitely. Or the X6 1090T but that will run you quite a bit more.
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February 5, 2012 7:41:59 PM

At this point AMD is terrible for the money except in GPU.

Check out my $600 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
You get the 6870 plus the i5 2400.
i5 2400 vs 980
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/363?vs=362
The AMD chips just don't compare to the SB chips, specially in gaming. A fellow forum member went from a 955 to a i5 2500K and said he gained huge amounts of frames even though the CPU is one of the things that don't matter as much as the GPU in gaming.
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February 5, 2012 9:01:09 PM

Check out the build I posted/link. It's all listed in there.
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