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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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  1. You did a heck of a job with that budget. :)

    That board will work fine.

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=B75%20Pro3 <----- there's another look at it there.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. That's brilliant. +1.

    Both those games are a bit heavy on the CPU, so if you want an upgrade, I'd suggest the i5 2310 going for just $165 on Amazon.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00520J9KU/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=banforbucga08-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00520J9KU
  5. Btw, Diablo 3 benchmarks are out, and a cellphone could probably max it.
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. horrible motherboard horrible psu

    ASUS for Gigabyte for motherboard
  10. 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?
  11. 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.

    ASUS
    P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387156

    Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

    MicroCenter package - $280
  12. Edit.
  13. 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.

    ASUS
    P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387156

    Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

    MicroCenter package - $280



    That price on the package is pretty awesome, I would jump all over that.
  14. apache_lives said:
    horrible motherboard horrible psu

    ASUS for Gigabyte for motherboard

    Do you have support for those claims?
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