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Need graphic card upgrade w/ existing system to play Diablo 3

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May 7, 2012 10:53:46 PM

I have an old system:

Asus P5N-D 750i motherboard
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz (OC 3.1 GHz if needed)
4gig DDR2 800 Ram
8800GT Video Card
750W PSU

My goal is to play Diablo 3 on High/Ultra w/o any lag at 1680 X 1050 resolution. I've tried playing the D3 beta with my current configuration, but it's only playable if I set all graphic settings to off/low. I only want to spend about $200 for a graphic card and I don't want to upgrade my motherboard/cpu/memory.

I was thinking of getting a GTX 480, GTX 550Ti, or GTX560Ti. I'm pretty sure they are powerful enough to play the game, but how much will it be bottlenecked by my current mobo/cpu configuration? I don't have enough experience to answer this question. Thank you in advance.
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May 7, 2012 11:54:47 PM

Smokescreen1234 said:

Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz (OC 3.1 GHz if needed)


@ilysaml, that's a quad core.

@Smokescreen, you'll notice some bottlenecking due to the CPU with any upgraded video card (find one that suits your price range) but any of the ones you listed should handle D3 on Ultra at 1680x1050.
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May 7, 2012 11:56:12 PM

Smokescreen1234 said:
I have an old system:

Asus P5N-D 750i motherboard
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz (OC 3.1 GHz if needed)
4gig DDR2 800 Ram
8800GT Video Card
750W PSU



I had a similar rig and beta'd diablo 3.

EVGA 750iFTW
Core2 Quad Q6600 OC'd 3.4
8gig DDR2 1066
GTX 560Ti
1000w PSU
intel 510 120gb ssd

Ran everything on high 1680x1050 no probs. SDD took care of load times and the extra 4gigs of ram kept me with about 50% free memory. Tried running it at stock speed 2.4GHz and notice it got crappy. So cpu speed and video card plays a big role in your experience. I'd dump an extra $50 to your $200 vid card budget as it will help you with your goal.
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May 8, 2012 12:00:46 AM

nbelote said:
@ilysaml, that's a quad core.

I know, read my post well.
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May 8, 2012 2:49:27 AM

Thank you guys for the informative post. I think I'll get the GTX 480 ($209.99) since its performance is rated really high on Tom's Hardware April's Video Card List even though it's about 2 years old. Price wise it's about the same as a GTX 560ti, performance wise it's as good as a GTX570.
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