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Hi!


I'm about to build a budget PC for a friend's friend.

Now originally I wanted to do an i5-2500k build, but that goes too much over budget, so I probably have to go AMD.

Would a Phenom II X4 and a Radeon HD 6850 1 Gb. be able to max Diablo III on 1680x1050 or 1920x1080 res?


I will push to get the i5-2500k build (w/ a 6850), but it's gonna be more expensive, and he probably doesn't want that....



Anyway, what would you think? smile.gif
    
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I'm pretty sure it will. Blizzard games are usually more CPU heavy than GPU heavy, but I think you'll be okay.
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I'm pretty sure it will. Blizzard games are usually more CPU heavy than GPU heavy, but I think you'll be okay.

Oh, all right smile.gif Thanks! But if it's CPU heavy, then would an i5-2500k not be better?
    
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Oh, all right smile.gif Thanks! But if it's CPU heavy, then would an i5-2500k not be better?

That is correct, but that Phenom should be just fine for Diablo3. Blizzard games are not only CPU heavy, but due to lengthy development process, you can usually get away with older hardware.
Although if you're starting from scratch, you can grab something like 2100 for very similar price as the Ph-2
    
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Oh, all right smile.gif Thanks! But if it's CPU heavy, then would an i5-2500k not be better?

Well I can say that the i5-2500k would obviously perform better, but you might not even notice it at all. Its been said that if you can run Starcraft 2 on max settings then you can run Diablo 3 on max. Starcraft 2 requires much more CPU though for those big battles with lots of units on screen.

I'm sure you'll be more than fine with what you have. If not, you can always upgrade after the game comes out.
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That is correct, but that Phenom should be just fine for Diablo3. Blizzard games are not only CPU heavy, but due to lengthy development process, you can usually get away with older hardware.
Although if you're starting from scratch, you can grab something like 2100 for very similar price as the Ph-2

Naah, I would really want to keep it quad core for multitasking, and it's just better in general. If I can get the guy to buy the i5-2500k, then it'd be no problem.
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Well I can say that the i5-2500k would obviously perform better, but you might not even notice it at all. Its been said that if you can run Starcraft 2 on max settings then you can run Diablo 3 on max. Starcraft 2 requires much more CPU though for those big battles with lots of units on screen.
I'm sure you'll be more than fine with what you have. If not, you can always upgrade after the game comes out.

It's not for me. My system can definitely run Diablo III, no doubt about that biggrin.gif But it's for a friend of a friend of mine... And I really wish to make it a great PC, so he'll be able to pass it on smile.gif I'm trying to establish a bit of a hobby business besides school smile.gif

What about a FX-4100?
    
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Naah, I would really want to keep it quad core for multitasking, and it's just better in general. If I can get the guy to buy the i5-2500k, then it'd be no problem.
It's not for me. My system can definitely run Diablo III, no doubt about that biggrin.gif But it's for a friend of a friend of mine... And I really wish to make it a great PC, so he'll be able to pass it on smile.gif I'm trying to establish a bit of a hobby business besides school smile.gif
What about a FX-4100?

No. Stay away from BD chips. Their single core performance is worse than Phenom2's, and most people wont classify them as true 4 core chips either.

If you are on a budget, i3-2100 is the best bang for the buck chip on the market.. You can't just say "oh, it's a dual core". It's a sandy bridge based dual core. It's an EXCELLENT chip.
    
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I have the DIII Beta and I will say, although the information is out there, DIII is NOT a CPU tank like world of warcraft.

You will need a decent GPU to play with good frames. The graphics engine is still pretty crappy, but I think your best bet is to get the I5-2500k, it is a substantial upgrade for $80. From the overclocking head room later on, to the performance now, I would spend the money on the CPU now.

The Phenom II should be able to play it on high settings, but I'm afraid you will not have 60+fps, diffidently not during AOE.

I was running 2 GTX 570's in SLI while testing, and still didn't get 60+ while in AOE packs, it was very sad times to see them release another game that can not utilize the powerful hardware that is available on todays market.
 
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No. Stay away from BD chips. Their single core performance is worse than Phenom2's, and most people wont classify them as true 4 core chips either.
If you are on a budget, i3-2100 is the best bang for the buck chip on the market.. You can't just say "oh, it's a dual core". It's a sandy bridge based dual core. It's an EXCELLENT chip.

Yeah, well, I will go quad core. I don't like to use a dual core in these times wink.gif It's much better, and for lack of a better word "future proof".

I'll stay away from BD chips. I knew they were bad, but, you know, could've been a good one smile.gif

So it'll be either an i5-2500k or a Phenom II X4...
    
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I have the DIII Beta and I will say, although the information is out there, DIII is NOT a CPU tank like world of warcraft.
You will need a decent GPU to play with good frames. The graphics engine is still pretty crappy, but I think your best bet is to get the I5-2500k, it is a substantial upgrade for $80. From the overclocking head room later on, to the performance now, I would spend the money on the CPU now.
The Phenom II should be able to play it on high settings, but I'm afraid you will not have 60+fps, diffidently not during AOE.
I was running 2 GTX 570's in SLI while testing, and still didn't get 60+ while in AOE packs, it was very sad times to see them release another game that can not utilize the powerful hardware that is available on todays market.

Well, you make a point. Although, 60+ FPS is not required, the i5-2500k does seem to be the better choice... Too bad it's so expensive here. I don't think overclocking will ever come into consideration with this guy. He has no knowledge of PCs what so ever. He's your typical "I-don't-need-to-know-what-it-can-do-as-long-as-I-can-play-my-games" kinda guy wink.gif
    
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Noctua NH-D14 5x Noctua NF-S12B 2x BitFenix Spectre 230 mm 1x BitFenix Spectre 120 mm 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 2x BenQ 24" G2420HDB LG 50PK250N 50" Plasma TV Logitech K200 
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Corsair AX850 BitFenix Shinobi XL White w/ window Roccat Kone+ SteelSeries 4D 
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2x Cerwin Vega XLS-6 speakers NAD Stereo Integrated Amplifier C 325BEE Speedl-Link Medusa NX 5.1 Gaming Headset LG HX906SB 3D Home Cinema system 
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Akasa FC1 Green UV-reactive Anti-kink coils Bitspower 120mm Blue UV-reactive "Skull" fan grill Bitspower 120mm Aluminium "Toxic" fan grill 
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4 standard 120mm fan grills 1x NZXT LED Sleeve Green 2 M 2x DEMCiflex dust filters Hiyatek 10-port USB hub 
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