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New computer for Diablo 3

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April 4, 2012 5:12:09 AM

Approximately purchase date: After Easter

Budget Range: Around $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web browsing, non-fullHD movie, casual game

Parts not Required: Monitor, Hard drive, Speaker, Mouse and Keyboard

Preferred website for parts: newegg.com

Country: Australia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900. Will upgrade to a better one later.

Additional comments: The main reason for this new computer is to play Diablo 3. Part of that, this computer will be used to run some virtual machines for learning purpose.

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[Processor]
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Motherboard]
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Graphic card]
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Memory]
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Case]
COOLER MASTER Elite RC-331-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
COOLER MASTER Elite 371 (RC-371-KKN1) Black Steel / ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[GSU]
COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Cooling]
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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This is my first build, so not sure if they all are compatible. Really appreciate for any advice :) 

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April 4, 2012 5:16:54 AM

No OC = no i5-2500k and no Z68/P67. Get an H67 MOBO.
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April 4, 2012 5:20:25 AM

azeem40 said:
No OC = no i5-2500k and no Z68/P67. Get an H67 MOBO.


Yeah but then you lose an x16 lane and if your future plans include SLI that means no dice.
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April 4, 2012 5:43:50 AM

azeem40 said:
No OC = no i5-2500k and no Z68/P67. Get an H67 MOBO.

I though these would give a better performance? So any suggestion?

g-unit1111 said:
Yeah but then you lose an x16 lane and if your future plans include SLI that means no dice.

You mean PCI 3.0? What can I use it for?

As this computer will be used for the next 2 or 3 years. Possibly some minor upgrade will be done.

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April 4, 2012 5:47:04 AM

I totally forgot H67 lacks x16 lanes. PCIe 3.0 won't be fully utilized on SB. You will either need Ivy Bridge or LGA 2011.
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April 4, 2012 6:04:21 AM

So I keep the Z68? Also it looks like the Z68 is the lowest one I can get from the local stores in Melbourne.
It has a good price/performance rate?
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April 4, 2012 10:40:38 AM

Any other suggestion :(  ?
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April 4, 2012 10:54:37 AM

I'm building a rig for diablo 3 too, making it better than i need for future proofing. The coolmaster psu tend to be a bit hit and miss, Id suggest getting a crosair...antec...a good brand. Stick with the 2500k or 2550k (depends on prices in your country) for future proofing. I was considering the 6850 too, but getting a 7850/560ti 448 or equivilent depending on prices; again for future proofing. So change the psu and if you upgrade your gpu it would be money well spent
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April 4, 2012 12:50:40 PM

upgraded psu :) 

[Power supply]
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I should stick with the 6850, as dioblo3 properly is the only game that I am going to play.
Is this specs allow me to crossfire the 6850 later on?
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April 4, 2012 1:16:26 PM

I am running Diablo 3 beta. Your build will work great with this game. Personally I like EVGA Nvidia cards. My PC has a GTX 460 and I run the beta at full graphics on a 28" monitor with great results. You can get that card at newegg for $125.
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