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Trying to find a PC to run Diablo 3 and other games

Greetings, community. First time poster.

My current gaming PC is about 5 years old, and the video card is going out (again). It's getting harder to find replacement parts, and it barely runs Star Wars: The Old Republic at the lowest possible settings. So, I think it's time for a new PC.

The problem is, I've been living under a rock for 5 years and haven't paid much attention to gaming needs. I would like to get a prebuilt PC that will run Diablo 3 comfortably when it releases. It doesn't have to be on Ultra, but I'd prefer high or medium graphics on that game. I'd also like to play Star Wars: The Old Republic on high-ish settings, but I'm assuming D3 > TOR in terms of power.

I found this on New Egg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229294
and also this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229285
and even this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229283

It's so much "alphabet soup" to me. Would any of those suit my needs? I'd rather not spend more money than I have to.

Any help or advice you guys have is much appreciated.
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  1. Nope. SWTOR > D3. D3 is actually pretty weak on the graphics side.

    Do you have to buy a prebuilt? You can get so much more for your money if you build it, it's really not hard.
  2. Well, no, I don't have to have a prebuilt. I've never built one before, though. Is building myself that much cheaper/efficient/better?
  3. Yes/Yes/YES. I actually just built my first one also, took me like an hour and a half to put it all together.

    So your budget is ~650-700?
  4. The actual top end (as in "X amount of money before you're broke") is 1000.

    I'd love to stick in the 600-700 range. If it goes a little over that, it's cool. Honestly, I just want to play D3 when it comes out and SW:ToR without it looking like a Game Boy game. =)
  5. Take a look at this month's 650$ budget PC.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-overclock,3159.html

    However, if you could go a little bit over, you could get a better case, as well as a better power supply. But, that setup should be pretty good for D3.
  6. Question: If I was to get a better case and better power supply, what would you recommend?

    Another Question: I'm comfortable with screwdrivers and jumper cables, but is there a simple tutorial around for building a PC from scratch?

    Another Another Question: Would this run a game like D3 or SW:TOR at 1360x768 or better without graphical stuttering? I hates st-stu-stuttering.

    And thanks for answering all these questions.
  7. Best answer
    Royal_King said:
    Question: If I was to get a better case and better power supply, what would you recommend?

    Another Question: I'm comfortable with screwdrivers and jumper cables, but is there a simple tutorial around for building a PC from scratch?

    Another Another Question: Would this run a game like D3 or SW:TOR at 1360x768 or better without graphical stuttering? I hates st-stu-stuttering.

    And thanks for answering all these questions.


    Here's a good post that has a lot of resources regarding assembly. Credit goes to Proximon

    Assembly
    Finally, I would like to provide a few links to help some of you learn how to assemble a PC correctly:

    Here is a GOOD step-by-step. Really good. If you encounter anything in any other links that contradict this, THIS is the right one. Sadly, no pics:
    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_T [...] sembly#CPU

    Tecmo has a very good guide up now, with pics, and it very well could be the best around:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] e-building

    Driverheaven has a great guide up now with pictures:
    http://www.driverheaven.net/articl [...] 2&pageid=1
    The very nice case makes it look a bit too easy maybe, but it's a nice system using great parts.

    Here is a tutorial with pictures that shows how to put together a cheap PC. All parts are cheap and you should NOT use the PSU they use:
    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/f [...] s?page=0,1

    This you tube video has some good points, and is done with fairly modern equipment, all new. The case he is using is a micro-ATX case from Antec:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdsUuWlhOvo

    Finally, I have my own method for applying thermal paste to Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) coolers such as the Xigmatek or Sunbeam CCTF...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] e-xigmatek
  8. I'll just link you the whole thread. Lots of good info!

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257075-31-guide-choosing-parts
  9. Royal_King said:
    Question: If I was to get a better case and better power supply, what would you recommend?

    Another Question: I'm comfortable with screwdrivers and jumper cables, but is there a simple tutorial around for building a PC from scratch?

    Another Another Question: Would this run a game like D3 or SW:TOR at 1360x768 or better without graphical stuttering? I hates st-stu-stuttering.

    And thanks for answering all these questions.


    Better case meaning less ugly? The Antec 300 is a good case, and not too expensive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    As far as PSUs go, you could get a 80 Plus Gold 550W from Rosewill, more efficient and higher quality: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068

    Newegg has a 3 part tutorial for building your own PC: http://www.newegg.com/Store/Computer.aspx?name=Computer-Hardware

    I'd also look into getting a 7850 instead of the 6950, they both perform the ~same(7850 is slightly better), cost the same, but the 7850 uses significantly less power: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=510

    At that resolution that machine shouldn't have any issues running anything without stuttering.
  10. I think building your own PC is a very good thing. Its save costs, u know what is under the hood and it gives you a sense of pride.
  11. Best answer selected by Royal_King.
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