System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo 3, not many other games (at the current time, at least), internet
Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: No preference
Overclocking: Not compelled to unless recommended
SLI or Crossfire: Again, don't think its needed but not opposed to it
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 I believe? (HD)
Additional Comments: Main purpose is to play D3 on my tv. I don't really play many other PC games, but if something catches my interest I'll play it (i.e., something that can last later down the road is preferred, but not necessary). I was looking at i5 2500, but after reading up an i3 might be enough for what I need? Not sure about longevity though. Anyways, I'll turn it over to the experts, thanks in advance!
Well, U might get a 2500k with any of the suggested parts. It's coz u tend to retain the CPU longer than the GPU. And with the OC capability of a 2500k, u will not regret buying it in the future. In terms of gaming, it's the best value for money, being overclockable and thus future-proof.
That and an i5 2500k, u'll be done for a long time. Suggested a 6870 coz the 6850 bottlenecks all these quad core sandy bridge CPUs. Thus, in trying to save money, u'll end up using less than for what u paid.
Although, if u analyse closely, and strictly w.r.t. to DiabloIII, u may need only the following.
Intel i3 2120 ~ $125 / AMD FX 4100 ~ $110
HD 6870 ~ $170 / 560 GTX ~ $180.
Although, the CPU may require replacement in a couple o' years.
I would suggest that you wait for D3 to actually launch so we can have some post release benchmarks. The retail version might be a little heavier than beta.
That's true but if the system can run the beta, it can probably run the full version. Blizzard games at least in my experiences aren't the resource hogs that, say, BF3 is. You can definitely get by with a $700 system.