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Hi everyone,

Friend just asked me today to build him a budget build to play Diablo 3. He needs the whole setup. Tower, monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS, speakers, etc...
I figure an AMD rig cause I think it'll be hard to fit the budget since he needs monitor, etc.

Budget: 1000 USD

Radeon video card only he said

He doesn't know how to overclock so the stock CPU cooler will be fine

If there's anymore information I can provide, please let me know.

Thank you,
Jason
Edited by itzzjason - 5/14/12 at 4:26pm
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For a computer whose primary purpose is Diablo III, you don't want AMD, you want Intel. Why? Intel is faster on a per-core basis (although AMD is cheaper on a per-core basis), and Blizzard games like Diablo III are notorious for being limited in the number of cores you can use. You want 2 fast cores. You'll have no problem creating a rig that can run the game at maximum settings though. It takes very little GPU power to run Blizzard games.

Given your purposes, I'd recommend a fairly cheap CPU, a mid-range GPU, and a good monitor. That'll give you at least one quality piece of equipment, and some flexibility to run other games well while still running Diablo III at max.

Your overall CPU choices are basically:
i3-2100 ~$170 w/H61 mobo (dual core with hyperthreading - keep in mind diablo 3, like most games, only uses 2 cores iirc)
i5-3450 ~$210 w/H61 mobo(non-overclocking intel quad core @ microcenter)
AMD 960t ~??probably pretty low(amd overclocking quad-core. I don't recommend, on cost effectiveness for your purposes basis. AMD cores aren't as fast as Intel cores and you want 2 fast-as-possible-cores)
or i5-2500k ~$270 w/z68 or z77 & aftermarket heatsink (overclocking intel quad)

The one thing I'm not sure of are the microcenter specials. There are two microcenters in the new york area, and if either is reasonably accessible you'll want to see what specials they have available. Generally they offer CPUs for cheap and motherboard combos if you buy in-store. I'm not near a microcenter, so good luck, heh.

Add whatever CPU & mobo you choose to:

GPU: MSI 560 ($142 after MIR & promo code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127592

Radeon 6870 for $140 AMIR
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62756&promoid=1069
If you don't like mail in rebates you can get a 6870 for $160:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57118&vpn=AX6870%201GBD5%2D2DH&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1069

RAM: 2x4gb ($40)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55544&vpn=996770&manufacture=Mushkin%20Enhanced&promoid=1368

PSU: Antec Neo Eco 450C ($33, special might not last)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=60491&vpn=NEO%2DECO450C&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1069

Case: The Coolermaster HAF 912 is one of the more highly regarded budget cases ($55)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC%2D912%2DKKN1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1069
You might like the looks of something else like a Zalman z9 better ($50):
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&manufacture=ZALMAN%20TECH&promoid=1069

500GB HDD & DVD-ROM combo ($85)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.936991

Mouse - get a good one. It's worth it. If right-handed I heavily recommend my mouse, the Mionix Naos 3200 ($53)
http://www.amazon.com/Mionix-Naos-Wired-LED-optical-Mouse/dp/B0041SPG24

Keyboard: Some cheapo keyboard ($5)

Speakers: Some cheapo speakers ($20)

Cost of listed parts (after mail in rebate on the GPU & with the Haf912): $431
That leaves $550 or so for CPU/mobo/heatsink if overclocking and monitor.

For a high quality 1920x1080 monitor a good choice is a Dell u2312hm ($260)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260055&Tpk=dell%20u2312hm

Which should give you just enough to get an i5-2500k / overclocking mobo on special from microcenter & cheap heatsink like a coolermaster 212. If you don't want to overclock, I recommend the i5-3450 on special at microcenter with a cheap $55ish h61 mobo from us.ncix.com or www.newegg.com

Possible ways to raise price of system:
Get a better video card like a 7850 (Diablo III will be maxxed on a 560 or above, so this would just be for other games)
Get a 128GB SSD for $125ish. The Crucial m4 is usually (relatively) cheap & reliable.
Get a 1TB HDD instead of a 500GB HDD
Get a nice (but expensive) 120hz 1920x1080 monitor or one of the Yamasaki Catleap 27" 2560x1440 monitors everyone in this website's display forum is raving about.

Possible ways to lower the price of the system:
Get a cheaper video card if your friend doesn't care about graphics quality, like a 6770 or something like that.
Get a non-overclocking CPU like an i3-2100 or the i5-3450 and a cheap h61 mobo
Get a cheap $100-120ish 1920x1080 monitor 22" or 23" monitor
Buy used parts from OCN marketplace
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Originally Posted by MisterFred View Post

For a computer whose primary purpose is Diablo III, you don't want AMD, you want Intel.

So completely untrue.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diablo-iii-performance-benchmark,3195-6.html
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Benchmarks tell the simple story any Dualcore since 2010 can run Diablo 3 just fine.
MisterFred's idea about wanting fast cores for gaming is a correct one as far as I know. But it seems that D3 runs better on a Quadcore then a Dualcore. The difference however is the same as a car able to drive 200 km/h instead of 180 km/h: you are not allowed to drive faster then 120 km/h anyway.

So for D3, even a lower end i3 or older AMD Phantom will do just fine, consider that you are making a rig for someone who enjoys games. If you spend 1000$ on a rig, you can probably fit a i5 in there. And ultimately, that is what every OCN wants in his gaming system smile.gif
On the AMD side, I see suggestions for 960 and 1050 phenom II's. If my gf's 955 is any indication, they game wonderful. But they are less powerful then an i5, so they come into consideration when an i5 is above budged.

With your budget it's a tradeoff between an i5 and some lower end other parts (such as a case and monitor) and the option of a cheaper cpu and maybe a better case or more room for an SSD.

Personally, I would trade off a lot to get an SSD in my rig. loading times matter as well!

Also, MisterFred's suggestion to make room for a nice monitor is a great way to enjoy any game. But I would spend some money into speakers or quality headset as well, since the sound design of Blizzard is truly great.
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This will max it with ease, you could get cheaper peripherals, a cheaper case and drop the SSD if you want to cut costs.
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CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($85.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Rosewill 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($121.19 @ Mac Connection)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($96.99 @ B&H)
Mouse: Razer Naga Wired Laser Mouse ($76.97 @ CompUSA)
Total: $976.82

You could grab an AMD build too, but you will have much less to spend on peripherals.
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