Asus P5N-D 750i motherboard
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz (OC 3.1 GHz if needed)
4gig DDR2 800 Ram
8800GT Video Card
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.
You're just lucky for 2 reasons, first the game is very playable with a Dual core CPU, it doesn't benefit at all from a high end CPU.
Second, Also the game will be maxed out with a mid range card, no need to grab a high end one.
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.
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.