Approximate Purchase Date: May 15th (you know why! )
Budget Range: 600-800$ (I don’t care about rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Short term, playing Diablo 3. Long term, other games like Total War, RTS games (I also own a PS3 and will normally play console version of the big titles i.e: Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, will look into that later as it is more personal preference than performance
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: All Canadian online website, Newegg, TigerDirect, BestDirect, DirectCanada, NCIX
Parts Preferences: Any parts that will give me bang for my buck and that are reliable
Overclocking: Short term no. Long term, a little but nothing crazy.
SLI or Crossfire: No, from what I’ve read, you’re better off upgrading your single card than buying a 2nd “old” one
Monitor Resolution: I don’t have a good monitor now so 1280x1024, 1440x900 but would like to go 1080p long term.
Hi guys, so I would like some inputs from the great community that Tom’s Hardware forum is. I’m relatively new to PC gaming since I owned a PS2 and a PS3 ever since PS2 came out. I played a lot of Diablo 2 when I was young and now I want to play Diablo 3. Eventually, there’s plenty of titles that came out during the time I was a “non-PC gamer” that I would like to play and since I will now own a PC, I’m sure there’s plenty of titles that I’ll want to try out.
So I’ve looked at parts for a month now and here’s the build that I came up with:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
I thought a lot about going with Intel i3-2120 and buy a good 200$ graphics card but I now changed my mind with the recent Ivy bridge release and Intel HD graphics 4000. I realized that it will be decent enough to play D3 at my current resolution and give me the best upgrade path when paired with a good graphics card for the long term.
GPU: None short term but will buy something around 200$ when I’m done with D3 (If that’s possible)
I already own a 1 TB Seagate and will eventually add a Crucial m4 SSD
CPU cooling: None
When I’ll start playing something more CPU intensive I’ll buy a Corsair H80
So I want to know what you think about my plan. Is this a good build? Is it crazy to want to play D3 on integrated graphics and then buy a graphics card when I play something else or upgrade to 1080p? Tell me what you think, I’m looking foward to your input, thanks!