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July 12, 2012 1:35:53 AM

Hello everybody. I am wanting to build my own PC to be able to play Diablo 3 on medium-high settings. Also to play other games of course.

I was wondering if anybody could help me review this build and make sure everything is compatible with one another. I don't need any other parts for my PC other than what I have already picked (i.e., i didn't list an optical drive because I already have one here at home I could use).

If there's anyway you could help me choose other parts that are cheaper and just as good, that would be nice.

I used the site PCPartPicker.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black 3.3GHz Dual-Core

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing

Motherboard: ECS A885GM-A2 (V1.1) ATX AM3

Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Case: Azza Solano 1000R ATX Full Tower

Power Supply: Rosewill 500W ATX12V

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July 12, 2012 1:42:07 AM

Azza Solano is overkillish. The Cooler Master HAF 912 is more in your price range.

I would get a 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive if you aren't using a SSD, because 5400 RPM sucks as the main drive.

The Rosewill 500w is not a great one, I would see about getting an XFX 450w instead.

The ECS motherboard also isn't that great of a brand, I would suggest you consider something from Asrock instead as they are usually a good medium between quality and price.

The Hyper TX3 is also a bit overkillish. I would just use a stock fan for a budget this low and spend more on a plain more powerful processor.

If you could make the change to an Intel G series (like G630) + motherboard instead of the AMD setup, your gaming experience would improve too most likely.
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July 12, 2012 1:58:23 AM

It would be helpful to know the resolution under which you are gaming to suggest a graphics card.
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July 12, 2012 2:04:08 AM

I'll be playing on 1280x1024

I researched the Diablo 3 benchmarks on this site, and I think the card I chose should be sufficient. I could be wrong though =\
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July 12, 2012 2:08:44 AM

I am not a big fan of suggesting graphics cards based on the resolution to be used.

For the most part, I suggest people just get the best video card they can get for the money they have available and let the resolution stuff sort itself out later.

For larger monitors or for multiple monitor setups it helps to err on the side of more RAM on the video card if different models are available with more or less RAM, but that is about as far as I would go in that line of thinking.

The 6770 is a good budget card, nothing for the same price beats it. The next step up costs like 50% more. Whatever you are playing there is nothing that will do a whole lot better for the same initial outlay that a 6770 requires.
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July 12, 2012 2:09:42 AM

At 1280x1024 that gpu is excellent, you could however do just as fine with a more efficient 7770.
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July 12, 2012 2:23:33 AM

How is this build? I took the advice of Raiddinn.

CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor

Motherboard: ASRock H61ICAFE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: XFX 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply


This build is about $50 cheaper than the first one.
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July 12, 2012 2:53:23 AM

If you have the money for it, the i3-2120 will do better than any of the G series chips.

I would, however, switch the RAM back to what you had before. Corsair XMS is one of the worst model lines on the market.
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July 12, 2012 3:03:58 AM

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor

Motherboard: ASRock H61ICAFE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: XFX 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply


Alright, here we go. Let me know what you guys think of this.

This build is in my price range and the parts look good to me :) 
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July 12, 2012 3:09:45 AM

Everything looks good to me.
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July 12, 2012 3:11:23 AM

Best answer selected by Focus187.
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July 12, 2012 3:12:07 AM

Thank you very much Raiddinn. I appreciate it.
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July 12, 2012 3:14:06 AM

I hope everything works well with no DOAs or anything when the stuff shows up at your house. GL with the setup.
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July 12, 2012 5:28:37 PM

Great pick on the I3 you wont be sorry and good luck
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