I want to run Diablo 3 on the highest settings

My PC is out of date and need a new graphics card to run Diablo 3. My hope is to use the highest settings but I need help. I'm looking for suggestions for a graphics card (PCIe). My price range is around $300, but is flexible.

My specs are below. I'm hoping all is needed is a new graphics card. I'm worried about compatibility with newer hardware since my PC is quite old. If there's a second choice to bring my PC up to speed please let me know.

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
System Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Motherboard: NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Mainboard
System Model: 122-CK-NF68
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6420 @ 2.13GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
Memory: 4 GB DDR2
Power Supply: 550W
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT
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  1. Diablo 3 isnt all that demanding on graphics cards. A radeon 7850 will be in your price range, should let you max the game and will work fine on your current PSU and system. Your processor is getting old though so you may want to consider an upgrade there as well.
  2. Your CPU will bottle neck with any cards that is over 550 ti on the nVidia side and anything over the 6770 on the AMD/ATI. You might be able to get by with a 6850 or the 7850 but that is ify ify.

    Your CPU needs to be upgraded. I have seen better CPU's than yours bottleneck on the 6850 but not the 7850 because it just came out. Anyway I will you good luck and I hope you are able to play the game the way you want. Cheers
  3. DM186 said:
    Your CPU will bottle neck with any cards that is over 550 ti on the nVidia side and anything over the 6770 on the AMD/ATI. You might be able to get by with a 6850 or the 7850 but that is ify ify.

    Your CPU needs to be upgraded. I have seen better CPU's than yours bottleneck on the 6850 but not the 7850 because it just came out. Anyway I will you good luck and I hope you are able to play the game the way you want. Cheers


    Thanks for the feedback. What is a recommended price point for the processor? I assume core 2 duo is sufficient and no need to upgrade to quad core. I see intel core 2 duo 3 GHz is around $125.
  4. The core duo if you can OC it then you can get in the med settings range of certain games. But you need to take into mind that the duo core is fazing out just like the P4 did.

    The P4 once was the best CPU around and now it is pretty much useless. So my point is in the fucture will you be revisiting this same question? My advise is get a quad core and see if your MOBO will allow that upgrade.

    But if all you can afford is the $125.00 for a CPU, then look at the 6770, 7770 as your choice of cards. If you have a quad core then you would have the free pick of just about any card out there.

    I can't find anywhere that you can even use a AMD/ATI card so the 6770's and 7770's are out. Your MOBO is nVidia's baby and it's price tag is out of this world. Your CPU is a bit high in price also of $189.00 and it to is intel.

    So upgrading would mean you would have to go with a i3 which is a duo core CPU and a i5 which is a quad core CPU. I have linked you to the i3, i5, your current CPU and your CPU at intel and last your MOBO.

    If your CPU now should run the 550 Ti's and or maybe the the 560 non Ti. Your MOBO you don't need anything to change on it except your CPU and GPU. You have a few options. Narrow it down and we can go from there.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115093

    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115016

    http://ark.intel.com/products/29755/Intel-Core2-Duo-Processor-E6420-(4M-Cache-2_13-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB)

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/buy_now_results_ci.html?id=NF680ISLI
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