Building a computer for Diablo 3, hopefully ~$700


I am looking to build a new computer for Diablo 3 (system req here

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 1-2 months

Budget Range: $600-800

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!
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  1. CPU: i3-2120 - $127 (current $15 rebate, $112)

    MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $130

    MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance 2x4Gb DDR3 1600mHz, Low Profile - ~$50

    GPU: GTX 560 448 Core - $300

    CASE: HAF 912 - $60

    CD Drive: Pick one.. ~$20

    ~$670 (Need Power supply though)

    These are all price estimates.. depends on where you want to shop.. I'd recommend newegg.. if I get a minute I will update this with links..

    I'm no good at picking power supplies, so I will leave that to someone else. :D
  2. ^

    A $300 GPU on a $700 budget is quite ridiculous and major overkill - I'd rather get an i5 and a 6850 and then you can always add / upgrade the GPU later on.

    Try this:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 - $69.99 ($20.00 MIR)
    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $129.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz - $44.99
    HD: Samsung / Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB - $84.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99 ($15.00 MIR)

    Total: $747.92 - $45.00 MIR = $702.92
  3. Pezcore27 said:

    That looks pretty decent except for mATX - I would not recommend that on a full ATX desktop build. Limited expansion, what have you.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

    Since u suggested a budget within 800$, may I suggest getting an HD 6870 frm newegg -

    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. :D
  6. viktorbkk said:
    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.
  7. Check out my $650 build here:
    I'd wait 2 weeks to pick up the 7850/7870 though, that'll be much better than anything currently offered in the $200-$300 @ 1920x1080. Performance bench here:,3148.html

    All in all, just use my $650 build, then swap the 6870 for the 7850 when it releases.
  8. Thanks everyone for the helpful replies, it's given me a pretty good sense of what to get
  9. Glad we could help good luck!
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