$500 Gaming build

Building a gaming compuer to play diablo 3 since my laptop burnt out on me. I have some ideas in mind on parts, but want to see what you guys can come up with to try and make the most out of my budget. Thank in advance!

Approximate Purchase Date:ASAP

Budget Range: 500 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse, OS, Monitor, HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: If budget allows

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050; 1920x1080 once I can afford a new monitor.

What do you guys think about this build. I know it doesnt have a graphics card with it, but I was thinking that the HD 4000 graphics on the cpu would be good enough to tie me over for a couple weeks till I can afford a decent mid range graphics card.

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor ($189)

Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case ($59)

Antec High Current Gamer Series 520W ATX ($59.99 , 49.99 after rebate)

Corsair Vengeance Series 4GB DDR3-1600 ($34.99)

ASUS P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 Z77 ATX Intel ($89.99)

Total $464.47 after tax (before rebates)
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  1. Normally, you try to look for the parts yourself, then ask if they are compatible with each other or worth buying. The fact is that not too many people want to spend time doing the leg work and the thinking when you can easily select things yourself.

    By the way, I'm sure you've read the Diablo 3 Benchmarked article, maybe even a System Builder Marathon article? If not, here they are:


    You will notice they have a $240 6950 (1GB), you can get a 7770 or 6850 for about $140 ($100 saving brings it much closer to your budget). Personally I would get a look for a better CPU than a i3.

    Hope I helped, and didn't sound too rude. ;)
  2. Sorry, but you are going with AMD. There is $40 off of a motherboard with an AMD cpu, and it is just too good to pass up,
    BUT, you will have to pick up the CPU and Motherboard at the store!
    Also, not needing an HDD and OS Helps :D
    However, I added a small ssd (as they are epic) :D

    $100 CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965
    $85-40= $45 Motherboard: ASUS M5A97
    $85 SSD: Crucial m4 64gb
    $20 RAM: Crucial 4gb DDR3 1333
    $130 GPU: HIS Radeon HD 7770
    $48 PSU: LEPA 500w
    $37 Case: NZXT Source 210
    $4 x 2 = $8 Case Fans: 2x Kingwin Long Life 120mm
    Sata Cable for SSD: Link Depot Sata III Cable
    $16 DVD Burner: LG 22x

    Total: $495
    I think that is everything you need. It should be a pretty good value.
    The Quad core CPU and energy efficient GCN graphics core are strong, and you get the integration of an all AMD system.
    You can definitely game at your resolution, and the SSD will make everything snappy.

    Hope this helps!
  3. Your suggested build is not as fast as what I created (due to the SSD), and is overkill for Diablo III, as the game is rather lenient on hardware requirements. :non:
    This build has everything, for a great experience immediately (after you finish building that is) :D
  4. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340862 = Case $30.00
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0358081 = Mobo $85.00
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388579 = CPU $150.00
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360526 = Ram $35.00
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373329 = GPU $108.00
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0301547 = PSU $50.00

    $500.00 isn't really a lot to work with but the above totals less than that (so you can upgrade a little). :)
    At least you're shopping in my favorite store, so you know the prices are going to be hard to beat. The above should handle D3 no problem. I originally had the GTX560 but it put you over budget.
  5. I appreciate everyone for the quick responses!
  6. I can across this build, what do you guys think as I am also interested in building a diablo gaming rig. I have an 80 gig hard drive from my old computer and am confused on whether or not I need to get a new OS? I also am going to reuse the DVD drive as well as the monitor possibly the sound card.

  7. You will need a new OS and a new HDD. 80gb is too small for modern OS's.
    i would make some upgrades to bring it up to $500.
  8. what would you suggest? also do I still need to get a PSU?

    It says that its more than enough to run the game, and it will be the only game I play on a PC i mostly stick to console games so if its adequate id rather not spend the extra $100
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