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May 8, 2012 6:13:57 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month

Budget Range: 800 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo 3, surfing, general usage

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not sure never bought parts online

Country: Canada, (Ottawa)

Parts Preferences: No Preferences

Overclocking: I dont think I need to.

SLI or Crossfire: Not 100% what this means lol, but I dont think i need it.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Hi there! Friend referred me to this site for a new PC build, really nice of you guys to help us out with this! Anyways, my knowledge for computers is not the best, Its my first build ever, I currently have a pretty old system, around 6-7 years old and only ran the beta on minimum, was ok for single player, but multilplayer was unplayable.

So obviously i'm in need of a new computer, I will be purchasing about 2 weeks or up to a month after may 15th, I am not sure if its worth it for me to get a new monitor, I currently have a Samsung syncmaster 2233.If it makes a noticeable difference, then sure, if you guys could recommend a monitor that will go well with the new build, My limit is 800, EXcluding the monitor, I would like to pay around 200 for the new monitor.

If you guys can get my build under 800, then great, but I really want to max out everything possible without running into any complications at all.



May 8, 2012 6:36:53 PM

monitors and keyboard should be priority # 3 or 4.... right now worry about your CPU (I5 2500K), GPU (GTX ***/ HD 7***) and a good motherboard and SSD.

Ill let my team of Architects put some build plans together for you and we'll see what fits you....


Lets get to work!
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May 8, 2012 6:38:21 PM

After seeing those benchmarks for Diablo and noticing just how low the system requirements are, you shouldn't need the full budget especially if you only want to play Diablo.

You could easily play it on ultra high settings with something like this:

Intel Pentium G620
2x2GB DDR3 RAM 1333Mhz
H61 Motherboard
500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
HD 7750
Case of Choice
DVD Burner
Antec EA-380D 380W or Corsair CX-430 430W or Seasonic 350-380W PSU

Total should be around $500.

If you think you will also play other more demanding games, I would go for a build based on the i5-3570K. The integrated graphics should be fine for lower settings on Diablo if you would prefer to save for a better graphics card.
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May 8, 2012 6:39:25 PM

Welcome to the forums!
Since you're in Canada the best website to buy parts is newegg.ca or Tiger Direct.

I'll give you the components/price/where to buy

CPU: Intel i5 3550/$210($190 after MIR)/Tiger Direct
MB: Biostar TZ77B/$110/Newegg
GPU: HIS Radeon HD 7850/$240/Newegg
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912/$60/Tiger Direct
RAM: G.skill Ripjaw series 1600 8gb/$47/Newegg
HD: Sasmsung by seagate spinpoint 500gb/$80/Newegg
Optical Drive: Asus 24x OEM/$18/Newegg
PSU: Cooler Master extreme 600w/$65/Newegg

Grand Total=$830+after rebate=$810

I know it is a little over but its definately worth it!

and about the Monitor...If your current monitor is under 20" and not HD I think a new monitor would make a ton of difference.
I personally like this 23" ASUS and it comes under budget as well!
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Good luck with your build!
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May 8, 2012 6:45:41 PM

Andy's build would handle Diablo 3. Things i have been researching about with most modern games and future upcoming is... they require alot of VRAM. Why? because companies Port them over from console to PC and just put tons of texture layers to make the game look better for PC. Explaining why your computer may lagg in the game but checking all hardware monitors, they arent being fully utilized.

SO a 7850 will give you enough vram, maybe not max...
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May 8, 2012 7:07:16 PM

That build is overkill for DIII. I would replace you motherboard with and ASUS Z77 and your video card with a EVGA GTX 460SE 1GB on sale at new egg for $99 (refurbished).
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May 8, 2012 7:55:15 PM

Ok, so I like Andy's build, its in my price range and it seems it will handle Everything well, also, I saw the gtx 480 on newegg is in special, 70 dollars off, should I consider getting it or is it just overkill?
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May 8, 2012 8:20:57 PM

The GTX 480 would perform slightly better than the HD 7850 but would run a LOT hotter and noisier with around double the power consumption. Considering the HD 6850 is fine for running Diablo 3 at 60+ FPS at 2560x1600 (according to the recent benchmarks), I would say it is overkill. At 1080P, the HD 6670 is fine. (The HD 7750 is a bit better just to be sure, it is similar to the HD 6790.)
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May 8, 2012 8:27:03 PM

Pown4 said:
Ok, so I like Andy's build, its in my price range and it seems it will handle Everything well, also, I saw the gtx 480 on newegg is in special, 70 dollars off, should I consider getting it or is it just overkill?

I would stick with the 7850 tbh. The 7850 has more vram and better bit. The 480 is quite loud and consumes 2x as much power. They are about on par with each other in terms of preformance though.
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May 8, 2012 8:44:57 PM

Ok thanks everyone for the help, really appreciate it, I'll be goin with Andy's build, if anyone has any other Input or anything else feel free to add!
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May 8, 2012 9:16:12 PM

Best answer selected by Pown4.
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