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May 7, 2012 4:20:48 AM

Budget gaming build for Diablo 3 / Starcraft 2, etc...

Would an upgrade to the processor or the video card reap big gains, pushing a little beyond what I would want to spend? (i5-3450 + $75 / Radeon 7850 + $80)

Is the B75 motherboard sufficient?

How do you feel about this machine on a budget?

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$80 - ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel
$125 - Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
$70 - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB
$140 - Galaxy 56NGH6HS3KXZ GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB
$40 - Rosewill CHALLENGER Case
$50 - Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W
$100 - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$30 - Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 *Already purchased
$--- - DVD Drive * Already owned

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$635

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May 7, 2012 4:35:48 AM

Thank you! Do you think it is worth shelling out the extra $70-80 to jump to an i5 processor at this point or will this handle those games well?
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May 7, 2012 4:41:32 AM

xmatt007x said:
Thank you! Do you think it is worth shelling out the extra $70-80 to jump to an i5 processor at this point or will this handle those games well?

An i5 2300 would help give you some more FPS.
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May 7, 2012 4:51:41 AM

Btw, Diablo 3 benchmarks are out, and a cellphone could probably max it.
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May 7, 2012 5:28:49 AM

I found that a MicroCenter near me has the i5 2500K for $169...

If I was to get that processor instead, would I need to do anything special to cool it?
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May 7, 2012 5:40:39 AM

As has been stated, you're good to go for Diablo III, SC2 is a bit of a CPU-intensive beast and a stronger card probably wouldn't hurt you either. You say "etc.", does that mean other Blizzard games or what exactly?
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May 7, 2012 6:31:23 AM

xmatt007x said:
I found that a MicroCenter near me has the i5 2500K for $169...

If I was to get that processor instead, would I need to do anything special to cool it?

You can't over clock with that board. See if Microcenter has a i5 2300 or 2400 cpu for cheaper than that 2500K.
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May 7, 2012 6:41:04 AM

horrible motherboard horrible psu

ASUS for Gigabyte for motherboard
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May 7, 2012 7:05:56 AM

apache_lives said:
horrible motherboard horrible psu

ASUS for Gigabyte for motherboard

Maybe you could explain in detail what is so "horrible" about that motherboard. Did you have a bad experience using that board in a build?
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May 7, 2012 2:24:03 PM

xmatt007x said:
Given the review of the motherboard here and its inability to ever OC.. Would I be better off spending an extra $80 and jumping to the i5 Ivy Bridge?? I am beginning to think so.

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P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

MicroCenter package - $280



That price on the package is pretty awesome, I would jump all over that.
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May 7, 2012 11:08:37 PM

apache_lives said:
horrible motherboard horrible psu

ASUS for Gigabyte for motherboard

Do you have support for those claims?
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