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April 17, 2012 4:47:02 PM

Here's the situation. I have a fairly new laptop which is unable to run D3. It's my everyday computer and i'm looking to build a desktop strictly for gaming (playing Diablo and possibly other games.) For this reason I'm only concerned with having a decent processor and graphics card. As for the other parts all i really want is for them to meet the requirements. Not looking for a flashy overpriced case. I prefer an i5 processor at least and graphics card that can run d3 on at least high. Any suggestions?

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April 17, 2012 4:59:45 PM

I'm sure you can run d3 maxed on an i3-2100 with a 560 TI or so with room to spare

For other recommendations If u wanted more power... Pick up a 2500k from microcenter preferably as a combo with a mobo, and add in a gtx 570 or 580 while their prices are down
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April 17, 2012 5:04:46 PM

whats your budget? are you looking to build just a box? do you need a monitor too?
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April 17, 2012 5:15:18 PM

alvine said:
whats your budget? are you looking to build just a box? do you need a monitor too?

i really do't want to go over 700. I have a monitor with a res of 1920x1080. So yes i just need the box. I'm thinking about buying some or one of the parts at best buy with the store credit card so i don't fork all the money at once or should i stick to sites like newegg?
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April 17, 2012 5:24:13 PM

You will overpay so hard at best buy

Microcenter is your best option for a CPU/ mobo combo

Newegg is a good 2nd option
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April 17, 2012 5:35:12 PM

you will overpay as Xxsjxx1 has stated above
you could get a computer case and maybe a power supply from there to save some money for components

anyway heres my list, im giong for amd since your budget is kinda low

$18 ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30 Rosewill R218-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$80 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$140 HIS H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$60 CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$47 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$110 AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$100 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you get the case and power supply from best buy you should upgrade to 7850, I'm not sure how the 7770 will hold up at 1080p. Get a psu with a 500-550 watt rating


Good luck
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April 17, 2012 5:59:35 PM

alvine said:

$110 AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No, just no... it's worse than Phenom in IPC performance which is ALOT worse than Sandy Bridge. If you want a good cheap base that you'll be able to upgrade later on, I'd suggest getting i3 2120 and a mid ranged Z77 board such as Asrock Z77 Extreme4:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Why Z77 you ask? It's a worthy long term investment (only $18 more than Z68 Gen3 Extreme3 which would be my usual recommendation). As I mentioned, when you upgrade CPU to Ivy Bridge i5/i7 later on, you'll get to use all the features that IB brings, unlike with Z68 and prior chipsets.

Also, I can say from experience, any graphics card that is in the same tier as GTX460 will give you steady 60fps in maxed out D3, so Radeon 7770 should do the job.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Edit:
Forgot to mention the usual stuff, 8GB of 1600MHz ram (2x4GB dual channel kit) and storage of your own preference of course.
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April 17, 2012 6:06:05 PM

alvine said:
you will overpay as Xxsjxx1 has stated above
you could get a computer case and maybe a power supply from there to save some money for components

anyway heres my list, im giong for amd since your budget is kinda low

$18 ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30 Rosewill R218-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$80 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$140 HIS H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$60 CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$47 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$110 AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$100 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you get the case and power supply from best buy you should upgrade to 7850, I'm not sure how the 7770 will hold up at 1080p. Get a psu with a 500-550 watt rating


Good luck
Thanks for this list great advice that helps a ton and will make my decision making a lot easier.
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April 17, 2012 6:10:09 PM

when playing on higher resolutions you should concetrate on a good graphics card first and then a processor that will fit your budget
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April 17, 2012 6:21:11 PM

^ I agree, that's why I suggested s1155/Z77 path because if he ever wants to get/can afford a beastly CPU, Intel gives him alot better options in mid range and high end spectrum. FX is just not made for gaming.
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April 17, 2012 6:59:02 PM

Soda88 said:
No, just no... it's worse than Phenom in IPC performance which is ALOT worse than Sandy Bridge.



That may very well be, but its still adequate for smooth gameplay in any game on the market if paired with an appropriate video card. For a 100 bucks an FX-4100 is not a bad price, It should have never been a 150 dollar chip that it originally was.

Another case of paying too much attention to numbers on a benchmark chart and not enough on what that translates to in real-world performance.

At any rate, my suggestion is to use alvines build but change the CPU to this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I own both an i5 SB system and a Phenom II system, both perform the same in gaming. The i5 system is my significant other's it has a GTX 460 card and well, you can see my sig what I've got.
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April 17, 2012 7:26:42 PM

nekulturny said:
That may very well be, but its still adequate for smooth gameplay in any game on the market if paired with an appropriate video card. For a 100 bucks an FX-4100 is not a bad price, It should have never been a 150 dollar chip that it originally was.

Another case of paying too much attention to numbers on a benchmark chart and not enough on what that translates to in real-world performance.

At any rate, my suggestion is to use alvines build but change the CPU to this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I own both an i5 SB system and a Phenom II system, both perform the same in gaming. The i5 system is my significant other's it has a GTX 460 card and well, you can see my sig what I've got.

Well lets say i go with this CPU what motherboard would be a good choice to pair up with this?
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April 17, 2012 7:31:36 PM

pakman24 said:
Well lets say i go with this CPU what motherboard would be a good choice to pair up with this?



I'd say the one I have in my sig, but unfortunately, it comes with a $185 price tag. Well worth it, but for a more budget-conscious system, this is a decent choice:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It works with both the Phenom II and the FX so if you went with either one, you're covered. It doesn't have a lot in the way of features, it doesn't support USB 3.0 and I don't think it has headers to hook up front panel USBs on the case, if you want a higher level one I could recommend one. This is pretty entry level.
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April 17, 2012 7:48:15 PM

nekulturny said:
I'd say the one I have in my sig, but unfortunately, it comes with a $185 price tag. Well worth it, but for a more budget-conscious system, this is a decent choice:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It works with both the Phenom II and the FX so if you went with either one, you're covered. It doesn't have a lot in the way of features, it doesn't support USB 3.0 and I don't think it has headers to hook up front panel USBs on the case, if you want a higher level one I could recommend one. This is pretty entry level.

Yes could you recommend maybe a step above this?
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April 17, 2012 7:54:27 PM

Personally I'd do something along the lines of this:

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 - 59.99

SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W Modular Power Supply - 59.99

Intel Core i3-2120 Desktop Processor - 127.99

GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V - 59.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - 41.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SE - 129.99

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner - 15.99

Seagate Barracuda 500GB Hard Drive - 79.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - 99.99

TOTAL = $675.91 (shipping, rebates, promo codes not included)

This will run the heck out of Diablo 3 no problem.

If you are really wanting to do the AMD route, then change the processor to this:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - 119.99

and the Motherboard to this:

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 - 89.99

But the AMD route puts you $22 higher, towards the upper end of your $700 budget. Either route will give you great performance for what you are looking to do.
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April 17, 2012 8:04:09 PM

Pezcore27 said:
Personally I'd do something along the lines of this:

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 - 59.99

SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W Modular Power Supply - 59.99

Intel Core i3-2120 Desktop Processor - 127.99

GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V - 59.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - 41.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SE - 129.99

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner - 15.99

Seagate Barracuda 500GB Hard Drive - 79.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - 99.99

TOTAL = $675.91 (shipping, rebates, promo codes not included)

This will run the heck out of Diablo 3 no problem.

If you are really wanting to do the AMD route, then change the processor to this:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - 119.99

and the Motherboard to this:

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 - 89.99

But the AMD route puts you $22 higher, towards the upper end of your $700 budget. Either route will give you great performance for what you are looking to do.


That makes me mad the 560 is so cheap now, I paid more than that for the 550 TI 3 months ago. Oh well..

While I personally would take the quad core 965 BE over the dual core i3, same deal with that motherboard, its pretty entry level for an Intel build. This would be the upstep equivalent on the Intel side of the equation:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 17, 2012 8:07:17 PM

Understandable. I would take the AMD before the i3 as well, but I was trying to find him the best gaming possibility at his budget, hence why I listed both routes :) . I'd see if I could up my budget to 750 and do the x4 975 BE + gigabyte 970-ud3 board you posted, but given the budget, the x4 965 BE + ASRock 970 Extreme3 is a very viable alternative.

That 560 is a heck of a deal, but the only downside is while it is a fermi card, it isnt a 560ti :(  but for the price, who can argue.
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April 18, 2012 4:04:07 AM

okay i have taken everyone's suggestions and put a setup together. TO be honest im not sure if these are even compatible with each other but thats what you guys are here for :)  If you see something wrong or something that can/should be changed feel free to let me know!

$18 ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

$80 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$129- EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


$127 Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120


$65- Cooler Master - CM Storm Scout Mid-Tower Chassis

$60 CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

$46 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

$69- ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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April 18, 2012 5:33:34 AM

you probably dont want to buy a raidmax power supply. Corsair, Seasonic, antec are some pretty good ones.
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April 18, 2012 8:16:59 AM

pakman24 said:
okay i have taken everyone's suggestions and put a setup together. TO be honest im not sure if these are even compatible with each other but thats what you guys are here for :)  If you see something wrong or something that can/should be changed feel free to let me know!

$18 ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

$80 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$129- EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


$127 Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120


$65- Cooler Master - CM Storm Scout Mid-Tower Chassis

$60 CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

$46 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

$69- ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard


Yes they're all compatible with each other, definitely avoid Raidmax PSUs, I see you changed it. Corsair makes very good PSUs, so you're fine there. Thats a common first-timer mistake, buy decent components and rely on a cheap power supply to drive them.
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April 18, 2012 1:27:41 PM

pakman24 said:
okay i have taken everyone's suggestions and put a setup together. TO be honest im not sure if these are even compatible with each other but thats what you guys are here for :)  If you see something wrong or something that can/should be changed feel free to let me know!

$18 ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

$80 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$129- EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


$127 Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120


$65- Cooler Master - CM Storm Scout Mid-Tower Chassis

$60 CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

$46 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

$69- ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Will be a good build. I would still use this PSU for the same price as it is modular which will help you with better cable management and is also a little better quality PSU.

SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W Modular Power Supply - 59.99

If it goes off sale, then I would stay with the CX500.
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April 18, 2012 1:48:25 PM

Pezcore27 said:
Will be a good build. I would still use this PSU for the same price as it is modular which will help you with better cable management and is also a little better quality PSU.

SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W Modular Power Supply - 59.99

If it goes off sale, then I would stay with the CX500.

That really is a pretty decent price for a quality modular.
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