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Way too many of these threads, so going to create a hopefully a single topic that deals with that question once and for all.
This topic will explain whether your PC can handle D3 or not.
If you read through this and find out that your system is not up to the task and needs an upgrade, then take a good look at this comprehensive PC build I made on the WoW forums:
===== CPUs =====
Diablo 3 is not a very CPU intensive game when you are playing solo or in a small group. Supposedly, CPU becomes more important in a full group, with massive number of monsters and spells happening all around. But there is no benchmark detailing that.
So I will simply describe what is a decent level of CPU you can still use for the time being.
If you have the following CPU brands, you do not have to upgrade your CPU:
If your CPU is not listed here, then your CPU is pretty ancient (or weak), and your computer as whole is likely to be ancient. Getting a new PC would be recommended in that case.
*** Intel ***
- Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs (LGA 1155, 2011):
*** AMD ***
- Athlon II (of any type)
===== GPUs / Graphics Cards =====
I will explain to you here how AMD/ATi and nVidia names their cards, and their approximate representative power, and how that translates into D3 performance.
If your GPU is not listed here, D3 will either:
1) Run, but unplayable
2) Does not run
Besides that, the other requirements are that your graphics card fully support DirectX 9.0c, and Pixel Shader 3.0. What does this mean? This means, any and all AMD/ATi / nVidia graphics of the following models will never run D3.
- AMD/ATi / nVidia GPUs that can't run D3 no matter what -
Caution: The relative graphics performance of the cards explained below ALL ASSUME THE MONITOR RESOLUTION IS 1920x1080!!!!
*** Intel ***
Any and all Intel integrated graphics prior to Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge graphics will not work. Only Intel integrated graphics that can run D3 are:
*** AMD / ATi ***
The AMD / ATi nomenclature for their models are as follows:
Given the model, AMD Radeon HD 6870...
1. The "6" indicates the generation. This indicates how recent it has been released. It has no real bearing in how powerful a card is, unless if your card is ancient.
As indicated below in the list, cards older than the HD 4000 series is fairly ancient, and the top-end cards of those days will barely match up to entry mid-range gaming cards of today. Even though these cards are supported, if you are still sporting cards older than the Radeon HD 4000 series, I would seriously recommend you to upgrade the card.
2. The "8" indicates the primary power level of the card. The levels are as follows:
Caution!: AMD switched around the primary power level of the card, and what it represents with HD 6000 series and onward. Prior to HD 6000 series, the "8" meant it was the flagship, "7" being performance, and "6" being mainstream. Now, they all moved up a step.
- 9: The flagship card. Can run pretty much anything you throw at it at maximum settings.
3. The "7" indicates the relative power in that given primary power level. The levels are as follows:
- 9: Sometimes seen, these are usually cut-down versions of the next powerful card. This is the most powerful card in that primary power level. If this number is seen on a 69xx / 79xx series of cards, that means it's a dual-GPU on a single card solution, the absolute flagship card.
4. The "0" has no meaning.
=== Putting the Description Together ===
*** nVidia ***
The nVidia nomenclature for their models are as follows:
Caution!: Like AMD/ATi, nVidia changed the naming schemes post 200 series. For cards using 4 numbers, like 9000 / 8000 / 7000 / 6000 series, their description will be similar to that of AMD cards.
Given the model, nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti...
1. The "GTX" is given to a "performance gaming card" of the series. Lower-end series will have "GTS", and the weakest will have "GT".
2. The "5" represents generation, much like AMD/ATi. Once again, no real bearings on its performance, unless if your card is ancient.
As indicated below in the list, cards older than the GeForce 200 series is fairly ancient, and the top-end cards of those days will barely match up to entry mid-range gaming cards of today. Even though these cards are supported, if you are still sporting cards older than the GeForce 200 series, I would seriously recommend you to upgrade the card.
3. The "6" indicates the primary power level of the card. The levels are as follows:
- 9: Flagship card, usually a dual-GPU solution. Out of range for many users in terms of $.
4. The "0" can sometimes change into "5", which means it's a slightly improved version compared to one with "0" here. Not seen often in desktop scene, but common in laptops.
5. The "Ti" indicates 'superior' version of that primary family. IE) GTX 560 Ti is better than plain GTX 560. Sometimes, this suffix shows "SE", which means it's a gimped version. IE) GTX 560 SE is worse than plain GTX 560.
=== Putting the Description Together ===
I hope this topic has helped you figure out whether your PC is ready for Diablo 3 or not. Any questions and comments can be posted here.
Edited by Ehrengarde#1143 on 5/22/2012 2:37 AM PDT
Thank you Kalganized.
You don't mention the GE suffix for nVidia, but I'll assume it's somewhere around GT/GS. I have a GeForce 9300 GE 512MB - sounds like according to your specs it's a fairly recent generation but lower end card, correct? It runs D3 but it's choppy - zombies across the screen suddenly appear next to me.
What's the minimum nVidia card you would recommend to "destroy" and not worry about low/med settings?
9300 is actually an old generation now, and yes, lower-end card.
Assuming GeForce 500 series (because only high-end 600 series are available), minimum is 550 Ti, and coincidentally, 550 Ti is the weakest available for nVidia now (retail).
Radeons have even weaker cards available.
hope u guys can help me since i bad with computers , i read ll this and i belive my card can run the game but could u honestly tell me if it can ...
this is what i got...
windows vista home premium (service pack 1)
intel(R) core(TM) i7 cpu 920 @2.67GHz
64-bit operating system
ATI radeon HD 4850 (512mb)
please help as i know nothing of computers , and what upgrades would be best or just get a new pc
thanks in advance
ty for letting me know kind person , but why when i click install it pops a window telling me i need a newer operating system to run , im confused
i down loaded the client and click the diablo set up and once i click the install i get that
Edited by mrfear420#1956 on 5/16/2012 2:24 PM PDT
Pillow: There are some, but not noticeably large difference between a 5750 and 5770.
If you had a GT 520, it's very likely your power supply is crappy. Check what company made it, and what wattage it supports before you buy any new graphics card.
Darkpharaoh: GT 525M will require the game to run at low (some medium), but FPS should be pretty decent because your laptop's resolution should be low-end 1366x768.
A very nice thread and topic...
Which unfortunately doesn't answer my question, heh.
Here's my laptop:
Winfows Vista Home Premium, 64 bit, Service Pack 2
Intel Core Duo T5550 @ 1.83 GHz
Memory: 4.00 GB
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB RAM
I'm actually able to play Starcraft II on it, and WoW at low settings. No worries if I can't (my home system is a first gen i7 with an AMD/ATI 5770 card, and smokes it at max settings, when I'm not being disconnected, sigh, and is no where close to bleeding edge anymore).
Thanks for you assistance.
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 430 @ 2.27GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce G105M
I guess my video card is crap, but can my computer run D3? If not would it be worth it to buy a new motherboard for my laptop or just buy an Alienware X51. Also if I have to get a new computer would you advise me in a good desktop computer for gaming. Remember im on a little bet of a budget.
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