Hello, I'm sort of new to upgrading my computer, so I need help on whether or not I should purchase a new processor and video card to play Diablo 3.
Dell Dimension E310
(Directly from Speccy)
MS Windows XP Home 32-bit SP3
Intel Pentium 4 521
Prescott 90nm Technology
2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 266MHz (4-4-4-12)
Dell Inc. 0JC474 (Microprocessor)
HP S2031 (1280x768@60Hz)
Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
78GB Western Digital WDC WD800JD-75MSA1 (SATA)
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GWA4164B
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC
I'm planning to play Diablo 3, League of Legends and eventually DotA 2. Low graphics settings is not a big deal for me, I've never had the opportunity to relish Crysis 2 or have anything above 30 FPS and I'm fine with that. So will this at least give me the bare minimum to play D3 and not destroy my motherboard?
You would need a new motherboard. Also the Sempron is to weak for your needs you at least want an Athlon dual core (if low price is must) or preferably a Phenom quad core or Intel i3 (would all need new motherboards. As well as this you would need new DDR3 RAM. The 520 is not a gaming card either a 440 would be absolute bare minimum bargain basement gaming card.
does he really need 8gb of ram to run D3? when Im running it and I open task manager its only taking up 2gb, so if windows takes up 1.5 and D3 takes up 2, he could live with 4gb of ram, (save a couple bucks)