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$750-800 Diablo 3 build - Tired of my crappy laptop and need some help

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October 5, 2012 11:47:59 PM

Tired of playing on my crappy laptop with a fan blowing on it since my internal fan doesn't work well enough to keep cool enough to play Diablo.
Been wanting to do this for a while, just been busy.
Not picky really at all.
Been looking at various similar threads and trying to customize, but computer components are pretty much over my head.

Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: $750 after everything - could be persuaded to bump up to around $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming - mostly just play Diablo 3 and older games that don't require anything nowadays

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, don't really have a preference for resolution

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere

Location: Denver, CO, USA

Parts Preferences: none really

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: whatever

October 5, 2012 11:56:41 PM

You don't have a preference for screen resolution, but do you care about the overall size of the monitor?
October 6, 2012 12:04:13 AM

Doesn't really matter. How bout just bigger than my current 15" laptop screen.
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October 6, 2012 12:15:32 AM

There's a Microcenter in Denver. Parts are really cheap there. I'd suggest going there. Since you have to get Windows and a monitor, that means you have $500 for the parts. So, pick up the Phenom II x4 965 with an ASRock 970DE3 mobo bundle for $120. Then, get a 7850 for your GPU. Here's the bundle (its at the bottom of the page):
October 6, 2012 12:26:46 AM

my droid4 could run d3 on ultra lol...
but seriously ill put a parts list together for you later when i have more time if someone hasnt already

Haha. My phone is definitely better than my computer.

October 6, 2012 1:01:18 AM

CPU - i3-2100 - $104.99*
GPU - XFX DD HD 6850 - $139.99
MOBO - ASRock Z75 Pro3 - $72.24*
RAM - G.Skill DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V - $38.99
PSU - Corsair CX600 - $57.99*
CASE - Antec Gaming Series One - $44.99*
HDD - Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB - $69.99
MON - Acer 21.5" LED 1080P - $125.99*
OS - Windows 7 64-Bit - $99.99
ODD - LG DVD Burner - $16.99*
Mouse+Keyboard - Microsoft Desktop 400 - $18.99

*Promo Codes: EMCJNNF33, MB106, CollegeSave5, EMCJNNF2, MN106, EMCJNNH24

Total:$791.14 + Free Shipping

MIR: $20

There is some min-maxing you can do, but I think this is a well rounded system for your gaming needs.
October 6, 2012 1:29:51 AM

Here's what I came up with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $788.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Pretty similar to lycros, his build list looks good too.
October 6, 2012 1:45:14 AM

Great build. Get the parts from Microcenter, and you'll save some money. Only I'd change is the 660 to a 7870 which is better and can be found for $200-$220.
October 6, 2012 1:49:56 AM

Awesome. Thanks guys. I'm going to start looking through the parts suggested.
October 6, 2012 5:28:50 AM

7870 O.O to play diablo 3?
October 6, 2012 12:24:48 PM

I used to play alot of team fortress 2, portal, and half life, but since I could play those all on this same crappy laptop, I'd assume I should be fine. I just want to maximize my dollars for the same price that it would take for me to buy a decent pre-built.
October 6, 2012 12:28:34 PM

I like jrgong's build the best.
October 6, 2012 6:52:34 PM

Cool. I think I'm going to stick with the 7850.
Now I just have to buy the parts and the build it.
Thanks everybody.
October 9, 2012 4:23:34 AM

Best answer selected by definistrated29.