Building a New Rig for D3? Post Specs Here

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Building mine as we speak.

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GB

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD4500HLHX 450GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply

Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

Should have read the reviews on the PSU more thoroughly. It was DOA, gotta wait like 2 weeks to get a working one back =(

Also plan on upping the RAM to 16GB at some point, adding a second 580 to run SLI, and possibly an SSD just for the OS for faster boot / load times when I am ready to reformat.

What are the specs for the system you are building for D3?
LOVE antec towers sir.





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/sips coffee
Not an unlocked processor.

/sips coffee


Hmm I see that now. All the reviews I read for it say you can still OC....perhaps I will exchange out for the 2600K for only $15 more
I would take out the Antec case, those things have WAY too much positive pressure & become a dust magnet.

The WD Velociraptor is a waste. Go 2xSSD in RAID0 for performance. Make sure you research your SSD purchase though.

Add a 2TB storage

And best news of all:

Anyone buying a PC for D3 should wait until D3 is almost out. No point in spending more on less now, Ivybridge will be out soon.

I am not building my new computer JUST for Diablo 3, but it is a main reason.

CPU: Good ivy bridge one
Motherboard: Probably wait until new chipset released with ivy bridge
RAM: 2 x 4 GB G Skill Sniper series low voltage (1.35 V I think? can't remember)
Boot Drive: Most likely Vertex 3 or equivalent at time of purchasing
Storage Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 7k300 2 TB SATA III, 64 mb cache
GPU: gtx 570 / radeon 6970 or equivalent with new series
Power Supply: Either Corsair Pro series 850W, or maybe OCZ ZX series (much cheaper)
OS: Windows 7 Pro
Case: Haven't decided yet, but I like CM ATCS 840, Silverstone TJ11 ($500+ anyone? lolz), FT02, Rosewill Thor v2 is ok

/sips water

P.S. - why arent you going with a Z68 board? I highly recommend it.
If you're going to spend for a raptor drive you may as well just get a SSD, be mindful that the 2133mhz on your ram wont mean much of anything unless you're going to do insane overclocks it likely wont be used above 1333 by default, but the timings should be good.

Personally, I'm an AMD fan. Got an 1100T BE @ 4Ghz with no problems. 16GB DDR3 @ 1760mhz
Case: Thermaltake VN10006W2N Level 10 GT Snow Edition
CPU: Intel Core i7-990X
Mobo: EVGA X58 Classified 3 Motherboard
RAM: Patriot Sector 7 PC12800 RAM - 24GB, DDR3, 1600MHz, 6x4096MB, 9-9-9-24
HDD: OCZ SLD3-25SAT3-120G Solid 3 Series Solid State Drive x2
Video Card: MSI N580GTX GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Video Card - 3GB x2
PSU: EVGA 100-PS-1200-GR Classified SR-2 1200W Power Supply
CPU Cooling: Thermaltake CLP0575 Frio OCK CPU Cooler

yeah it will be awesome. and last forever. (well not forever but at least 2 years)
Budget build...

Case: CM690 II Basic
Mobo: ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+
CPU: Phenom II 955 BE 3.2ghz Quadcore
RAM: Gskill value series 8gb 1333mhz.
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850

PSU, DVDROM, monitor, mouse, keyboard, and HDD (7200rpm) are all salvaged from an existing build.
Case: Thermaltake VN10006W2N Level 10 GT Snow Edition
CPU: Intel Core i7-990X
Mobo: EVGA X58 Classified 3 Motherboard
RAM: Patriot Sector 7 PC12800 RAM - 24GB, DDR3, 1600MHz, 6x4096MB, 9-9-9-24
HDD: OCZ SLD3-25SAT3-120G Solid 3 Series Solid State Drive x2
Video Card: MSI N580GTX GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Video Card - 3GB x2
PSU: EVGA 100-PS-1200-GR Classified SR-2 1200W Power Supply
CPU Cooling: Thermaltake CLP0575 Frio OCK CPU Cooler

yeah it will be awesome. and last forever. (well not forever but at least 2 years)


18 months is about the time frame for new to become old with computers.... also, you wont need anywhere near 1200w of power to run that, MAYBE 850. I have a 125w processor and 2 6850s in crossfire and never pull more than 400 from the wall (i have a kill-a-watt).
Case: Thermaltake VN10006W2N Level 10 GT Snow Edition
CPU: Intel Core i7-990X
Mobo: EVGA X58 Classified 3 Motherboard
RAM: Patriot Sector 7 PC12800 RAM - 24GB, DDR3, 1600MHz, 6x4096MB, 9-9-9-24
HDD: OCZ SLD3-25SAT3-120G Solid 3 Series Solid State Drive x2
Video Card: MSI N580GTX GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Video Card - 3GB x2
PSU: EVGA 100-PS-1200-GR Classified SR-2 1200W Power Supply
CPU Cooling: Thermaltake CLP0575 Frio OCK CPU Cooler

yeah it will be awesome. and last forever. (well not forever but at least 2 years)


18 months is about the time frame for new to become old with computers.... also, you wont need anywhere near 1200w of power to run that, MAYBE 850. I have a 125w processor and 2 6850s in crossfire and never pull more than 400 from the wall (i have a kill-a-watt).


I know but am going to be doing some massive OC with the CPU and RAM so I need the extra power. Plus its always better to have more. :) Plus you need a special PSU for the Mobo, so logical choice is the EVGA PSU for the EVGA mobo.


18 months is about the time frame for new to become old with computers.... also, you wont need anywhere near 1200w of power to run that, MAYBE 850. I have a 125w processor and 2 6850s in crossfire and never pull more than 400 from the wall (i have a kill-a-watt).


I know but am going to be doing some massive OC with the CPU and GPU so I need the extra power. Plus its always better to have more. :)


How MASSIVE? if you are going for anything over 4.1-4.2 you should get faster ram for stability. my 1600 wont tolerate anything over 1760mhz to go with the 4Ghz CPU
Well the parts came in the mail today. and im setting it up a little a time right now. but going to go for 4.3 or 4.4 I also ordered some corsair ram to play with as its faster then the sector 7 stuff that is there for gaming. the mobo is so nice for OC'ing. something doesn't work there is just a button to press for clr cmos :) but then again I would expect that for $360.00 a mobo.
10/26/2011 04:41 PMPosted by Shelara
Well the parts came in the mail today. and im setting it up a little a time right now. but going to go for 4.3 or 4.4 I also ordered some corsair ram to play with as its faster then the sector 7 stuff that is there for gaming.


wellllllll good luck xD it took me like 3 days to get my system stable, I kept coreboost enabled and unlocked it to boost 5 cores independently out of 6 so I can have 5/6 cores @ 4.4ghz
I would take out the Antec case, those things have WAY too much positive pressure & become a dust magnet.

The WD Velociraptor is a waste. Go 2xSSD in RAID0 for performance. Make sure you research your SSD purchase though.

Add a 2TB storage

And best news of all:

Anyone buying a PC for D3 should wait until D3 is almost out. No point in spending more on less now, Ivybridge will be out soon.


Ivy Bridge might not be out until Q2-Q3. There is no reason for Intel to even release Ivy Bridge.. There 2600k is pretty much faster than the new FX cpu in most benches. The bulldozer's initial launch has made things really easy for intel.

OP if you concern is running D3 at maximum settings a GTX 580 and a 2600k is a lot more than you need. AMD is releasing the new 7xxx series cards in the next month or 2 which will be faster than what Nvidia has out now.. and + you could always add 2 more monitors in the future with 1 highend 7xxx series cards and have yourself an eyefinity setup. Eyefinity is pretty bad !@# in a lot of games and you only need 1 high end card from AMD, unlike Nvidia where you need to have 2 cards. I wouldn't worry about Ivy Bridge the 2600K is more than enough for many years to come.

Yeah and definitly grab an Intel 120 gb for your system drive.. then I would grab a 2 or 3 TB drive and partition the first 300-400 gigs for your games. Then you have the rest of the partition for back ups and extra storage. I wouldnt bother with the 10,000 rpm drives.. if you partition a 2 tb drive you get incredibly fast performance even faster than the veli drives.

obviosly a raid set up would be better but thats more money and if 1 drive fails your screwed.
Budget build...Case: CM690 II BasicMobo: ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+CPU: Phenom II 955 BE 3.2ghz QuadcoreRAM: Gskill value series 8gb 1333mhz.GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850PSU, DVDROM, monitor, mouse, keyboard, and HDD (7200rpm) are all salvaged from an existing build.


Thats a good solid choice for D3 and for most people you won't be able to tell the difference between this system and a high end Intel system.

Also if gaming is the most demanding thing you are going to do on your system at 1080p resolution there is less than 1 fps difference between most quad core cpu's.
I'll personally be waiting for a substantial sale closer to release - probably black friday, maybe the day after christmas, or whenever I see a sufficiently large sale on the items I have my eye on.

I already have an antec arctic sonata III case (awesome case - survived a metre drop on a hardwood floor without a scratch, and with everything fully functional afterwards). Also have a simple 7200 RPM sata HDD, dvd drive, keyboard and mouse.

AMD FX-4100 (3.6GHZ, quad) ($135)
M5A97 AMD 970 board ($95)
EVGA GTX550 Ti ($130) or similar 6000 series radeon card
Some 2x4GB DDR3 1600 ram (~$50)

A little over $400. Can't imagine this failing to play anything I want at max settings with high resolution (I don't play graphically intense FPS games with tessellation or all that prickaprack).

Might also do a Llano setup, since that should still max out D3 no problem for dirt-cheap. Might need to SLI its integrated card (a 6550) with another budget radeon card though.

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