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Hi Guys, I"m preparing for Diablo 3 and want to make sure I can play everything on High settings with perfectly smooth fps.

I will be playing on 30" 2560x1600 but will most likely play in smaller window mode so my eyes don't bleed, so ~1900x1200 resolution.

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Q6600 G0 stepping 2.4 @ 3.2 oc (rather not push it further unless an expert believes I will get noticeable gains (3.4? 3.6?)
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8800GTX but GPU will be upgraded to 560 Ti 448 Core come May 15th.
PSU 620W

What do you guys think of these specs for Diablo 3? I know its not graphically intensive but I'm thinking about later levels when swarms of monsters and spells from 4 players may slow things down.

I have funds to upgrade to 2500K setup but rather not if I don't have to which is why I'm just going with the GPU upgrade. I've read it is a good match with the Q6600. For browsing, movies, etc I certainly don't feel I need an CPU upgrade. I'm not interested in FPS games so thats why I haven't upgraded my CPU/mobo/ram for 6+ years.

I just want to be 100% for Diablo 3. Please give any advice if you have. Thanks
    
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post #2 of 18
It's more than enough.

I've been running the beta on a backup machine with:

Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 - 2.4GHz

and a Sapphire HD 5450

and 2gigs of ram rated at 667MHz.

You should be more than fine wink.gif
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post #3 of 18
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Nice, but what resolution and detail settings do you use?

During Open beta on my Laptop with 3870x2 I can play 1900x1200 High except Medium Shaders but still slows down sometimes and screen is not that fluid but definitely playable. But when I drop it to lower settings everything just feels lighter, which is what I"m aiming for.

I'm hoping for super smooth fps on the desktop smile.gif
    
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post #4 of 18
If u can find a used Q9550, sell the Q6600 as better oc head room and 12MB L2 cache would def increase ur experience.

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Nice, but what resolution and detail settings do you use?
During Open beta on my Laptop with 3870x2 I can play 1900x1200 High except Medium Shaders but still slows down sometimes and screen is not that fluid but definitely playable. But when I drop it to lower settings everything just feels lighter, which is what I"m aiming for.
I'm hoping for super smooth fps on the desktop smile.gif

I was running at 720p medium setting on that crappy system. Without any fps drops.
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post #6 of 18
I have a Q6600 with HD4850 and it's enough most of the time. When there are a lot of things happening (the event before SK for example), I do suffer extreme fps drop. It's mostly playable overall though. Oh and I was running at 1080p with all settings maxed. If you lower some settings I guess it will be smooth.
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I have a Q6600 with HD4850 and it's enough most of the time. When there are a lot of things happening (the event before SK for example), I do suffer extreme fps drop. It's mostly playable overall though. Oh and I was running at 1080p with all settings maxed. If you lower some settings I guess it will be smooth.

Is your q6600 overclocked?

btw, diablo 3 recommended specs for gpu is NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better which may explain the extreme fps drop..
    
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I find Blizzard games to be written quite poorly. When I play Starcraft 2 it pegs one of my cores at 90-100% utilization and then barely uses a second core, the other four cores are for intents and purposes idle.

The best bet would be to wait a few days after the game comes out and look at some of the reviews of the game that come out.
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I find Blizzard games to be written quite poorly. When I play Starcraft 2 it pegs one of my cores at 90-100% utilization and then barely uses a second core, the other four cores are for intents and purposes idle.
The best bet would be to wait a few days after the game comes out and look at some of the reviews of the game that come out.

I'm preparing now so I don't have to wait after the game comes out. Obviously if my setup is not up to par while I am playing the game I will jump into a 2500k setup thumb.gif but I'm trying to minimize my downtime and just be ready before May 15th wink.gif

I guess it's all speculation now, but since Diablo 3 will be a lot less demanding than the new fps games (Crysis, BF3, etc), has anyone with a Q6600 and modern mid-range GPU been bottlenecked severely by their Q6600 while playing those games, even if overclocked?
    
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post #10 of 18
Well, based on the recommended specs, you will definitely be able to play it. So I wouldn't be worried about that, but if you find that you would like higher FPS once you've got it, then upgrade. I can't imagine it being unplayable with that rig.
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