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    Help me build a badass computer For Diablo 3 and GW 2

    Alright so i want this to run in order of importance at max settings with 60+ fps (If possible) Diablo 3 / Guild wars 2 / WoW / Starcraft 2 (Mostly Diablo 3 and GW, but down the line might start playing WoW and starcraft 2 again)

    I Have spent TONS of time configuring soo many different builds on cyberpowerpc over the last 3 weeks trying to find the best build. Budget is Under 1350 Including tax preferably.

    Please help this is my first build, i dont know alot about computers and im driving myself crazy trying to figure this all out and research it on my own

    Im having the most trouble finding a motherboard, and video card that will run my games on max with good smooth fps, ANY suggestions are much appreciated.

    Specs: Includes Keyboard, Headset, Windows 7 64 bit, And main components

    CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)

    CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]

    HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

    MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory [+0] (Patriot Viper III [Free upgrade from 1600MHz Major Brand])

    MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Ultra Durable4 Classic, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x Gen3 PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI [+17]

    FAN: * Cooler Master V6 GT CPU Cooler (Nickle Plated Double-V Heatpipe w/ Color Changing LED Cap) [+22]

    SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

    VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+131] (EVGA Superclocked [+0])

    CAS: Raidmax Agusta Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ 1x USB 3.0 Port, Fan & LED Light Control [+59]

    POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Cooler Master Silent Pro Gaming 80 Plus Power Supply [+110]

    OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)

    CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]

    KEYBOARD: AZiO Levetron Gaming Keyboard (KB555U) w/ Quick Access Keys [+30]

    HEADSET1: Tt eSports Shock Gaming Headset Bass Enhancement, Foldable Design, In-Line Control Box Noise Cancelling Mic & Gold Plated 3.5mm Plug (White Color) [+48]

    Total Price: CyberPower Z77 Configurator (NO MONITOR) - $1,349.00

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    Get a better video card, at least a GTX 660 or radeon 7870. If you want to run GW2 at max with 60+fps you're gonna need a SSD drive and atleast a GTX 660 TI or radeon 7950.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakadam View Post
    Get a better video card, at least a GTX 660 or radeon 7870. If you want to run GW2 at max with 60+fps you're gonna need a SSD drive and atleast a GTX 660 TI or radeon 7950.
    First off id like to say thanks for takin the time to read and comment on my post, Do you think that with that current setup i would be able to run D3 and WoW at max settings with 60+ FPS, Also if you have an opinion about it what do you think about my choice of motherboard? Need something better? can afford to have something worse for what i want to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhodor View Post
    First off id like to say thanks for takin the time to read and comment on my post, Do you think that with that current setup i would be able to run D3 and WoW at max settings with 60+ FPS, Also if you have an opinion about it what do you think about my choice of motherboard? Need something better? can afford to have something worse for what i want to do?
    For just WoW and D3 it should be enough yeah, although not by much. I'd really recommend something a little better than a gtx 650 TI. Even a gtx 660 (non-TI) would be a good choice for quite a bit better performance at only very slightly higher cost.
    Can't see anything wrong with that motherboard, looks like a solid choice and Gigabyte is a high quality manufacturer.

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    $1350 seems a bit exapensive for what you're getting. Power supply on your build is also overkill


    This build is a bit cheaper and has a Gtx 670 (will run all the games you mentioned excellently). Doesn't include an optical drive, an os, a keyboard or a headset.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1046.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 00:55 EST-0500)


    Newegg doesn't have tax in most areas and you can get all / most of this on free 2/3 day shipping.

    (Also the graphics card from new egg comes with a free borderlands 2 and assassins creed 3)
    Last edited by TyloBedo; 2012-12-10 at 06:03 AM.

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    I like that build, more than the one i made. But is a GTX 670 really necessary for diablo 3 and WoW? Or would a 650TI 1gb or 660 2gb play those 2 games at 60+ fps with high/max settings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhodor View Post
    I like that build, more than the one i made. But is a GTX 670 really necessary for diablo 3 and WoW? Or would a 650TI 1gb or 660 2gb play those 2 games at 60+ fps with high/max settings?
    A GTX 670 is more future-proof than the 660 ti. But yes, if you're ONLY going to play D3 and WoW, the 660 ti will suffice.
    System Specs -
    CPU - i5 2500k @ 5ghz | CPU Cooler - RASA RX240 | Motherboard - Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen3| GPU - Nvidia GTX 590|
    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB | RAM - 8GB Corsair Vengeance | PSU - Corsair TX850M | Case - CoolerMaster HAF 922
    | Monitor - Crossover 27Q (2560x1440) | Sidewinder X4 Keyboard |


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    Quote Originally Posted by TyloBedo View Post
    $1350 seems a bit exapensive for what you're getting. Power supply on your build is also overkill


    This build is a bit cheaper and has a Gtx 670 (will run all the games you mentioned excellently). Doesn't include an optical drive, an os, a keyboard or a headset.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1046.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 00:55 EST-0500)


    Newegg doesn't have tax in most areas and you can get all / most of this on free 2/3 day shipping.

    (Also the graphics card from new egg comes with a free borderlands 2 and assassins creed 3)
    Um it would be better 2 have a 2x4 setup for ram so you can actually use the dual channel. Also if your spending more then 1k on a computer now adays it would be beneficial to throw in at least a 128Gb SSD.
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    Component Selection Base Price Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
    CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99 FREE $214.99 Amazon

    CPU Cooler
    Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $16.99 $16.99 SuperBiiz

    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $129.99 FREE $129.99 Newegg


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    Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $69.99 FREE $69.99 Newegg

    Storage
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $92.99 $92.99 SuperBiiz

    Video Card
    EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card $179.99 -$20.00 FREE $159.99 NCIX US

    $20.00 mail-in rebate

    Sound Card
    Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card $41.99 -$10.00 $6.69 $38.68 Newegg

    $10.00 mail-in rebate

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    Case
    Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 -$10.00 FREE $69.99 Newegg

    $10.00 mail-in rebate

    Power Supply
    Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $89.99 -$20.00 $5.99 $75.98 Newegg

    $20.00 mail-in rebate

    Optical Drive
    Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99 $4.99 $24.98 Newegg


    Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $99.99 FREE $99.99 Newegg



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    Keyboard
    Razer Arctosa Wired Standard Keyboard $40.24 FREE $40.24 Amazon
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    Mouse Choose a Mouse
    Custom Add Custom Part
    Base Total: $1077.13
    Combo Discounts: -$15.00
    Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
    Shipping: $17.67
    Total: $1019.80

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhodor View Post
    Component Selection Base Price Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
    CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99 FREE $214.99 Amazon

    CPU Cooler
    Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $16.99 $16.99 SuperBiiz

    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $129.99 FREE $129.99 Newegg


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    Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $69.99 FREE $69.99 Newegg

    Storage
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $92.99 $92.99 SuperBiiz

    Video Card
    EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card $179.99 -$20.00 FREE $159.99 NCIX US

    $20.00 mail-in rebate

    Sound Card
    Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card $41.99 -$10.00 $6.69 $38.68 Newegg

    $10.00 mail-in rebate

    Add Another Sound Card
    Case
    Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 -$10.00 FREE $69.99 Newegg

    $10.00 mail-in rebate

    Power Supply
    Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $89.99 -$20.00 $5.99 $75.98 Newegg

    $20.00 mail-in rebate

    Optical Drive
    Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99 $4.99 $24.98 Newegg


    Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $99.99 FREE $99.99 Newegg



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    Keyboard
    Razer Arctosa Wired Standard Keyboard $40.24 FREE $40.24 Amazon
    Remove

    Buy
    Mouse Choose a Mouse
    Custom Add Custom Part
    Base Total: $1077.13
    Combo Discounts: -$15.00
    Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
    Shipping: $17.67
    Total: $1019.80
    Why pay for a sound card when the z77 extreme4 onboard is good enough, if im spending 1k+ on a build the video card would also be better then a 650ti. atleast a 7870ghz or gtx660.
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    You're right, i got rid of it. And i think i will go ahead and upgrade to a gtx 660. I was just worried that it wouldn't be worth it to spend the extra money for the 660 compared to a 650 ti because it wouldn't make a noticeable difference for d3 and WoW is all. And i could always upgrade if i wanted to play a game requiring a better graphic card. unless that is...that a 650 ti wouldn't give me 60+ fps at high/max settings with D3 and WoW

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    This is what i came up with.
    Pretty much the same as the one above, but including a SSD at a minor cost of video card.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($92.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($288.49 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1075.38
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 15:39 EST-0500)

    Benchmarks for 650Ti vs 660Ti:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/680?vs=647

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    I looked into getting a SSD but i found with research its a great to have but if your looking for overall performance and on a tight budget other things should come first? I read it will load loading screens and do downloads faster (game installs, music, files, etc) but other than that doesn't help with performance? this true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhodor View Post
    I looked into getting a SSD but i found with research its a great to have but if your looking for overall performance and on a tight budget other things should come first? I read it will load loading screens and do downloads faster (game installs, music, files, etc) but other than that doesn't help with performance? this true?
    It doesn't help with performance at a gaming level other than lower loading times, however once you get one you'll never want to be without again. If you're going to by spending almost $300 for a video card, might as well go ahead and get a Gigabyte 7950 for $300. You'll get better performance more on the level of a 670 for the price of only $12 more than the 660. Also, if you're getting a SSD, there's no need to get a Black, so you might as well save $40 and get a blue/green.

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    What I would build right now for primarily gaming:

    CPU: i5 3570k (214.99) Cooler: Zalman CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler (57.99)
    GPU: Gigabyte 7870 (229.99)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK (139.99)
    Ram: Corsair Vengeance 16gb 1866 (104.99)
    PSU: Corsair HX750 (129.99)
    HD: WD Black 1tb (109.99)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 (109.99) *after $30.00 rebate
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (99.99)
    disc drive: Asus 24x CD/DVD Burner (19.99)

    Optional....
    SSD: Crucial M4 64gb (79.99) (can upgrade to 128gb and still be under stated budget)

    Total: 1297.89 (1217.90 without SSD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varyk View Post
    What I would build right now for primarily gaming:

    CPU: i5 3570k (214.99) Cooler: Zalman CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler (57.99)
    GPU: Gigabyte 7870 (229.99)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK (139.99)
    Ram: Corsair Vengeance 16gb 1866 (104.99)
    PSU: Corsair HX750 (129.99)
    HD: WD Black 1tb (109.99)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 (109.99) *after $30.00 rebate
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (99.99)
    disc drive: Asus 24x CD/DVD Burner (19.99)

    Optional....
    SSD: Crucial M4 64gb (79.99) (can upgrade to 128gb and still be under stated budget)

    Total: 1297.89 (1217.90 without SSD)
    Probably shouldn't have dropped the GPU and bumped up the budget for a marginally better CPU cooler, 16GB of 1866, HX 750 and full tower. 16gb of 1600 is around $65 and the Xigmatek Gaia is $20. A $70 PSU would have sufficed for his build. Full towers are not only expensive, but extremely large and difficult to work with.

  17. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by yurano View Post
    Probably shouldn't have dropped the GPU and bumped up the budget for a marginally better CPU cooler, 16GB of 1866, HX 750 and full tower. 16gb of 1600 is around $65 and the Xigmatek Gaia is $20. A $70 PSU would have sufficed for his build. Full towers are not only expensive, but extremely large and difficult to work with.
    I wouldnt exactly say full towers are hard to work with. Ive always liked how much space I have and how nice cable management is. But I do dread anytime I decide to move my system since it weighs a ridiculous amount lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by demonskies View Post
    I wouldnt exactly say full towers are hard to work with. Ive always liked how much space I have and how nice cable management is. But I do dread anytime I decide to move my system since it weighs a ridiculous amount lol.
    Also takes up a lot more space.

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    i would go with something like this to start. it will play both games listed at max, for the best price IMO. its got solid components only, and some can be upgraded and fit inside your budget.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 750GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $929.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-11 18:45 EST-0500)

    on another note, i have that headset you included in your first post and im very happy with it.
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