Hi, I'm new here. My name is John. First, a little background. My current desktop at the moment is a pre-built Dell Inspiron 518. My research has led me to believe that upgrading is not an option. I have not been a big PC gamer in the past, but one of my buddies has sparked my interest in Diablo 3. Building a PC has always been a goal of mine, since I was younger. I just never really had the resources or a real reason to do it. This is where Diablo 3 comes in. Although, I can run Diablo 3 on my pre-built Dell it is at horrible quality. So, I have decided it's finally time to build a PC.
For the past few days I have been spending countless hours researching articles, forums, etc. I have learned a whole lot, but I still have an overwhelming feeling when trying to put together a parts list. My brain has become so strict on trying to achieve the best performance for the lowest dollar amount. Since I'm not knowledgable enough to know about every single piece of hardware out on the market and how it performs, this creates a problem.
I finally sat down this morning, and decided to just put something together. I got serious on a budget, and really thought through what I absolutely needed. I used this Tom's Hardware article to decide on which CPU and GPU I wanted to buy. I found that once I decided on those two components it made choosing the others a little easier.
Before I dive into the parts list, here are a few details on my build:
$400-$600 ($700 if absolutely necessary)
Almost 100% for gaming, more than likely just Diablo 3.
Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, OS
Not particular to any brands.
Not at this time.
SLI or Crossfire
Not at this time.
Dell 21.5", 1080p, 1920x1080
For my build I just want something reliable, I don't want to have to spend more time troubleshooting than actually playing games. I'm not really concerned about future proofing, since probably the only game I'll play for quite a few months (possibly years) is Diablo 3. However, if there is a component that's within a reasonable price range that will provide a better base for my system then I'm perfectly fine with that.
Like I mentioned above I'm planning on buying all of my parts from Newegg. One difference that isn't shown abve in the PCPartPicker list is a combo deal on the CPU and HDD that saved me about $15. The total amount in my Newegg shopping cart comes to $534.51.
A question I have:
1. There is this combo deal on Newegg, which combines the above optical drive with a COOLER MASTER GX PSU (450W) that will save me about $50. From comparing the two PSUs they appear to be about identical, except the SILVERSTONE above is modular. Since I have a large case with plenty of fans, I'm not sure how much of a difference a modular PSU will make. Suggestions?
I'm open to any suggestions, and encourage them. I want to get the best build for my buck. I do want to say thank you ahead of time for anyone that provides feedback. I have found it hard to get that over at the Reddit Build a PC. If you need to know anymore details please just let me know. Thank you.
Hello John, I created a build for you to look at. I recommend an i3 processor and an ATX with 2 PCI express x16/x8 slots. Unless you never plan on crossfire/SLI, we could change the motherboard to something a bit cheaper. Are you also willing to buy parts off Amazon? You may get free shipping and no tax (depending on the state where you live)
I'm unsure about the HDD choice and the newegg combo deal, hopefully someone else can give their opinion on that.
But, the build I gave you I feel will be very solid for Diablo 3 and should not provide any issues.
I like that build, and points you raise are good ones. To be honest, I don't see myself ever doing crossfire/SLI. However, if the price difference between a motherboard that supports it and one that doesn't is minimal then I'm fine with having it as an option down the road.
I don't mind buying parts elseware, as long as it saves me money. I do get free shipping and no tax from Amazon.