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April 25, 2012 6:52:51 AM

Hey
Trying to build a PC for diablo 3 so i can play on high graphics
my budget is about 600 dollars
the main question for me is to decide if i should get a 1gb radeon with 256 bit or a high end 512 mb with 128 bit
now i have no idea what those numbers mean but someone told me high end 512 can be comparible to a low end 1gb vga card
here is what im comparing
HIS H675F1GD Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
vs
XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

the price difference is about 80 dollars for those two
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
theres so many technical terms that i don even know
all ive been looking at in the past is the 1gb part and i read somewhere that the 6xxx in the number, the 2nd and 3rd number higher than 5 means better for gaming vs watching videos lol(let me know if theres any truth to that) and the 6 means the generation
also how does nvidia card # work? lol
what is eyefinity and HDCP? GGDR5 GGDR3???whats fermi? i know i dont need crossfirex

with all these things to consider remember the requirements for diablo3 isnt like super high end
recommended
Windows® Vista/7 (latest service packs)
Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz
2 GB RAM
NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better
thanks...i don care about the brand name lol
thanks

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a b B Homebuilt system
April 25, 2012 10:05:06 AM

you never want to go with the minimum requirements and you probably want to exceed the recommended ones so that you can turn on all the bells and whistles.

the Diablo III Demo at the G-Star show in Seoul, Korea used a nVidia GTX 460. The AMD equivalent is the HD 6850. These run about $140.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I never recommend a gaming build with anything less than a HD 6770/5770/7750 for a GPU and I'm hesitant on the the lower end nVidia GPU's such as the GTX 550ti. For a decent gamer with nvidia you need to jump to the mid-range cards like the GTX 460 and 560, these are more expensive (more powerful too). The HD 6870 is more powerful than the 6850 and is probably a better buy depending on the current pricing.


This is the a link to budget Quad Core/ HD 6850 gaming rig I have recommended before for $600 without an OS. if you need an OS included then I can work that in as well going with an AMD solution or dropping to a Dual Core.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...






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April 25, 2012 11:26:04 PM

thats a u.s site right on the newegg.ca site theres less choices and prices are slightly different ill try and find those items on the canadian site and see how much that is


i found most of the parts and the prices are abit higher
https://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.asp...
comes to $730 with shipping
maybe i should consider forking out 800 bucks
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 26, 2012 8:03:53 AM

I looked at your build and didn't really like it.
weak PSU, Weak GPU and if you are going with a AMD platform get a AM3+ motherboard. eventually AMD will put out a CPU that is good for gaming and having an AM3+ MB may give you a future upgrade avenue.

this build uses a i5-2400, it is much faster than the x4 965BE even after you overclock it.

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Item #: N82E16811119227
-$10.00 Instant
$59.99
$49.99

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Item #: N82E16822152181
-$20.00 Instant
$99.99
$79.99

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Item #: N82E16814102908
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$159.99

SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Item #: N82E16817256071
-$6.00 Instant
$10.00 USD Mail-in Rebate
$74.99
$68.99

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Item #: N82E16820146748
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$22.99

MSI H61MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Item #: N82E16813130629
-$21.00 Instant
$89.99
$68.99

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Item #: N82E16819115074
$194.99
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picked out a good solid case, but a case is in the eye of the beholder if you don't like it find a good ~$50 case (watch the shipping costs)

GPU: the 550ti is not a good gaming GPU. I recommend the 6850 as it is = to the GPU that D3 was demo'd on. if you need to trim the budget some a 6790 is a good basic gaming GPU and is about $30 less expensive than the 6850. the GTX 460 is also a good pick as GPU and save $10.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Please buy a quality PSU like Corsair, silverstone, xfx, seasonic or antec. when you buy an off brand its a crapshoot as to what you get.
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April 26, 2012 7:22:22 PM

nice build comes to $671 might be a keeper
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May 6, 2012 6:32:52 PM

Best answer selected by uhutac.
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