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Need Advice on $850 Gaming Rig for Diablo 3!

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May 12, 2012 8:33:59 AM

Bottom line is that I need a PC that can run Diablo 3! This is my first build so any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


Approximate Purchase Date: 5/15 or this upcoming weekend


Budget Range: $800-$900 Before rebates.(would like to stay closer to the $800 mark)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(Diablo 3/SC2), Surfing the web, Schoolwork


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, DVD burner


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com and Micro Center


Country: U.S.A.


Parts Preferences: I would prefer an AMD CPU but Intel is fine too


Overclocking: Maybe in the future


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200


Additional Comments: I don't care to much about all the bling or how quiet it is. I just want the biggest bang for my buck.
a b 4 Gaming
May 12, 2012 9:23:13 AM

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $69.99
Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $57.99
Antec High Current Gamer Series 520W ATX Power Supply

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $59.99 if purchased with the i5 3570K processor
Z77 Pro4-M 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $189.99
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $36.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $39.99
Crucial 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $74.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST3500641AS-RK

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050I1PGU/ref=pd_lpo_... $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1463-KR

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $99.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM (PC)

Total: $799.91


http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4-... <----- another look at that board along with the latest bios update

*alternate card

http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphi... $159.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card
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May 12, 2012 10:11:49 AM

Hey Pson44, I cannot wait for DIII too! The build Hiya posted is a great build, fits well within your budget and will be great for many more games other than just D3. However, you may find this video of interest too - Diablo III PC Builds

It is a basic overview of the minimal hardware needed to play Diablo III on both the highest and lower settings just for an FYI.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 12, 2012 10:28:32 AM

Nice build Why_Me +1. Microcenter is rockin the Intel CPU prices. that will definitely play DIII without any issues.
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May 12, 2012 1:52:54 PM

Why_Me said:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $69.99
Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $57.99
Antec High Current Gamer Series 520W ATX Power Supply

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $59.99 if purchased with the i5 3570K processor
Z77 Pro4-M 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $189.99
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $36.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $39.99
Crucial 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $74.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST3500641AS-RK

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050I1PGU/ref=pd_lpo_... $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1463-KR

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $99.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM (PC)

Total: $799.91


http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4-... <----- another look at that board along with the latest bios update

*alternate card

http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphi... $159.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card



I'm new at this so I have a few questions
Would getting a GeForce GTX 560 Ti be worth the couple extra dollars and is the CPU cooler necessary if i'm not going to OC it anytime soon?

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
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May 12, 2012 1:55:25 PM

bloodymoth said:
Hey Pson44, I cannot wait for DIII too! The build Hiya posted is a great build, fits well within your budget and will be great for many more games other than just D3. However, you may find this video of interest too - Diablo III PC Builds

It is a basic overview of the minimal hardware needed to play Diablo III on both the highest and lower settings just for an FYI.


Do you think a $500 dollar build will get the job done on the highest settings with no problem?
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May 12, 2012 4:10:01 PM

Pson44 said:
Do you think a $500 dollar build will get the job done on the highest settings with no problem?


I do indeed. If you read the article Diablo III Performance, Benchmarked posted here at Toms Hardware, you can see the various benchmarks that par up with the build in that video.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 13, 2012 7:11:18 AM

bloodymoth said:
I do indeed. If you read the article Diablo III Performance, Benchmarked posted here at Toms Hardware, you can see the various benchmarks that par up with the build in that video.


for barely playing DIII on max $573 (OS eats up $100 by itself).

basically you can take the above build and dial down the CPU and GPU to a i3 2100 (MC has for $90) or an AMD Quad Core (to be safe) Saves $100 and the video card to a GTX 460/HD 6770/7770 card ($130) saves another $40, drop the aftermarket cpu cooler saves $40, Switch to a H61 or AM3+ MB depending on CPU - no savings. go with a NZXT Source 210 case for around $40 from new with free shipping saves $30. then drop the RAM to 4GB ($23 from newegg) saves $17

800 - 227 = $573. (I hope i calculated right) you can build for less using older CPU's and chipsets, but that would be foolish in my opinion.

Personally, if you have the $, Why_Me's build is the best bang for the buck build I have see so far this month - thanks to MicroCenter's crazy prices on ivy/sandy and MB. it will handle way more that just DIII.

you need to buy it NOW.

edit: I saw MC had the i3 2100 for $90
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