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May 29, 2012 7:52:51 AM

Hi guys,

I'm trying to build a rig that it is future proof (5 years) and can run diablo 3 on max settings.

My current parts picked out.

My budget is $1000. Any help is appreciated!

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 29, 2012 11:48:00 AM

actually I would make several adjustments. first i'd go with a 3rg generation Ivy bridge intel processor. I'd also get 16 gigs of ram as ram is cheap. why the slow hard disk? do you already have another one your using as a primary hard disk? I'd recommend an SSD or at least a 7200rpm drive.
Finally in June MS is having a promotion where you can upgrade to Windows 8 for $15 if you get a windows 7. that would future proof it quite a bit I think.
a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2012 5:48:17 PM

16gb of ram is not needed. Use any extra cash to get your gpu budget to $200 if you can so you can pick up a 6950 or lower pick up a 6870. Gpu muscle is the most important factor in gaming.
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May 29, 2012 6:15:28 PM

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a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2012 6:41:50 PM

Your build is perfectly fine as it is with one exception, I would get a more powerful video card than a 6850.

If you plan to overclock, I would not consider an Ivy Bridge over a Sandy Bridge, Ivys are more or less a failure in Intel's history book, under overclocking conditions they get insanely hot, and stock to stock, at best the 3570K is only a 6% improvement over the 2500K.

I would consider this video card instead, its factory overclocked, and It would be about the Nvidia Equivalent of a GTX 570.

And no, you do not need any more than 8GB of RAM for gaming, take it from someone who thought he was being cute by getting 16GB.