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#1 bishop22

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:18 AM

Well, i am planning on playing the Diablo3 game the night of launch.

But i am not sure if my PC is able to run it. I have roughly $400-500 to spend on upgrades.

Here are my spec:

Operating System:Windows 2.6.1.7601 (Service Pack 1)

CPU Type:Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 3.16GHz

CPU Speed:3.19 GHz

Motherboard: ASUS P5P43TD

power supply: 700W silent pro

OS: Windows 7 64bit home premium

Casing: Tsunami Dream

System Memory:3 GB

Video Card Model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM v1.1)

Video Card Memory: 2.11 GB

Desktop Resolution: 1440x900

Hard Disk Size:148.95 GB

Hard Disk Free Space:51.5 GB (35%)

Diablo 3 Requires:

•Windows® Vista/7 (latest service packs)
•Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz
•2 GB RAM
•NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better

Please give your advice on what would improve my desktop in my price range. I just purchased a 120GB OCZ SSD card to replace my hard drive.

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#2 bishop22

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:11 PM

come on fellow "geeks" 25 views and no help?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:02 PM

First off, be more patient, you only waited two hours.

Second, the required specs are what is needed just to get the game to run. Suggested specs are what is needed to get a game to run at about medium. Normally, I would suggest getting a quad core CPU, but those are hard to find for that old motherboard. It is still quite good, but socket LGA 775 is just old. You may be able to find some on eBay or sold through Amazon third parties.

You may also want to consider updating your graphics card. Such as the HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB. Or, if you want something a little less powerful, you can get the XFX HD-687X-CNFC Radeon HD 6870 2GB.

If you're wanting something more current in terms of the motherboard and CPU, you could get the ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970, AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz (Or, AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz), and CORSAIR XMS3 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333. You will have to reinstall Windows, possibly rebuying it if you don't have a retail version due to licensing.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

Thank you for getting back to quickly an for the great advice.

the requirements i listed for diablo3 are the (recommended) req.

so i can run it on medium, but with my budget.. what would be the smartest thing to upgrade first?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:46 PM

The first thing i would would upgrade would be the graphics card then i would upgrade the ram to 8GB.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:48 PM

I would start with the GPU, but, keep in mind, that the more substantial upgrades will force you to reinstall everything. The 8GB is suggested only if you plan on going with the mobo, CPU, and RAM. You must use a 64-bit OS to use more than 4GB. 3GB of RAM is pretty unusual for an installed RAM amount.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:43 PM

a buddy builds his own rigs an gave me his hand-me down. he has 3x 1gb in ram
I want to upgrade it.. obviously to play D3. im whipping everything off, and purchasing a oem version of win7 64bit

This was going to be my first project on upgrading my pc myself...


from my knowledge i would like to replace my evea geforce gtx 260 with
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 PCIE Video Card

and

remove the 3x 1gb RAM and add 2x 4gb RAM..

Would this work with my MOBO and Processor?

If not, what should i upgrade?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

According to Asus, you can have a maximum of 16GB with RAM, that means you can get 4 x 4GB. However, the cost/benefit of upgrading a motherboard with a very obsolete socket is very if-y at best. I would get a quad core CPU over 2.8 GHz. to remain current with upcoming titles and programs as more and more are utilizing them. The problem is that socket LGA 775 is largely gone with CPU's at 2.8 GHz. being hard to find at a reasonable price when compared to newer stuff. Think about it, a Core 2 Quad 9550 is $330 or so, with that, you can get a motherboard and new CPU from a current generation that is often more efficient and has more features such as the motherboard I suggested paired with an FX-8120.

BTW, if you going for a Radeon 6800 series card, the 6870 does offer a little more bang for you buck, but you can overclock the 6850 and get 6870 speeds.

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