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

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
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  1. You don't have a preference for screen resolution, but do you care about the overall size of the monitor?
  2. Doesn't really matter. How bout just bigger than my current 15" laptop screen.
  3. 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):

  4. Quote:
    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.

  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. ^^^
    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.
  8. Awesome. Thanks guys. I'm going to start looking through the parts suggested.
  9. 7870 O.O to play diablo 3?
  10. 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.
  11. I like jrgong's build the best.
  12. 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.
  13. Best answer selected by definistrated29.
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