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
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):
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.