now that Diablo3 is finally being released, I want a PC that is able to play it. I'm not much of a gamer, so if it's running it's fine. I don't necessarily need all details set to maximum in the game. I just want it to run smoothely on some setting, but since I'm more or less buying the PC for the game it should do at least that. I don't expect to be playing any other game any time soon, so there's not really a need to cater to the possibility of future games. (except diablo 4, but that probably won't be til 2020 or 2030 )
Other than that, I would like to be able to run multiple virtual machines at once to be able to dabble into malware analysis. Apart that I only do the usual browsing, chatting and the occasional photo editing (but no video editing). (I currently have a dual-core 2.4GHz, 4Gb RAM, intel chip graphics laptop that already fullfills all my basic needs except for running Diablo3 due to the graphics chip. The PC should be an upgrade, compared to the laptop.. but since the laptop is from 2008, I think that's probably a given)
I have normal hard drives (2TB) which are currently in use as external drives, but will/could be incorporated into the PC given the space. I am considering getting a smaller SSD for the OS, depending on what you recommend. I also have a sound system at home, which I would hook up to the PC, so there's no need for speakers.
I am using a Samsung SyncMaster 2443 as screen at work, which I like a lot and would like to use at home too, I had a look around but it seems it's no longer available, so something comparable would be great.
I would like the PC to be quite silent, I know this is a price factor, but I would be willing to pay extra to make it more silent.
All hardware needs to be linux/ubuntu compatible, as this is my main OS and I use Windows only for gaming. (If Diablo3 can be installed through Wine, possibly not even that)
This is my first desktop PC, so I need to buy all the peripherals, such as mouse and keyboard, too. I don't really have a preference over custom-built vs retail, I have assembled a PC before and would be able to do it again. I'm in europe, so I can't use newegg, etc... But you can always link me to the hardware there and I'll find myself a shop on this side of the world that can sell it to me. Basically I'm asking what would be good specs for what I want to do, because I haven't got a clue. Does anything meeting the hardware specs for D3 also meet my "many VM's"-request? I would suspect that more RAM would be needed than the minimum given for D3, but what about the power of the CPU?
These are the requirements for D3:
I have an external DVD-drive, so that one isn't strictly necessary.
Fully-updated Windows® XP/Vista/7 with DirectX 9.0cIntel
Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4400+ (or better)
NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro (or better)
1 GB RAM (with Windows XP)or 1.5 GB RAM (with Vista or Windows 7)
12 GB available Hard Drive space,
DVD-ROM drive (for retail disc versions only)
Broadband Internet connection
Video settings reaching a minimum resolution of 1024x768
My budget for the new computer is:
As expensive as necessary, but as cheap as possible. I guess the real hard limit is 1000$, but cheaper would be better. I have a valid Win7 license, so that doesn't factor in the price.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Primary is browsing really and the occasional programming, but nothing too hard core.
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Diablo3, Virtualbox, kde-apps. (I won't be running D3 in Virtualbox though. )
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
Yes. Eg Virtualbox, Firefox, Thunderbird, IRC, Instant messengers, etc...