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Originally Posted by skitlets View Post

I see the appeal of buying items when you're working all the time and can only play a few hours a week. Buying a few items here and there = going out for a night and buying a drink or two.

agreed. considering my pay/hour after selling my world of warcraft account (i think it was something like $4/hr) i'd rather spend the 10 ~ 20 dollars (lower than my current pay/hr) than grind an hour for stuff that may or may not be an upgrade and maximizing my time.
post #212 of 1647
Alright, so need a little help. Anyone know if there is any feasable way to build a decent machine at or under $500? Or should I just purchase some HP or Dell or something?

Only will need the machine to play Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 as well as handle simple word processing and such. This computer will not be my primary one for personal/work use.
post #213 of 1647
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Originally Posted by Imhoff View Post

Alright, so need a little help. Anyone know if there is any feasable way to build a decent machine at or under $500? Or should I just purchase some HP or Dell or something?
Only will need the machine to play Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 as well as handle simple word processing and such. This computer will not be my primary one for personal/work use.

possible.

are you building from the ground up or do you already have components that you can start with?

what type of harddrive do you want, etc. etc.

how WELL do you want to run this game? dual or single monitor (are they provided)?
post #214 of 1647
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Originally Posted by skitlets View Post

I see the appeal of buying items when you're working all the time and can only play a few hours a week. Buying a few items here and there = going out for a night and buying a drink or two.
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Originally Posted by yjeezle View Post

agreed. considering my pay/hour after selling my world of warcraft account (i think it was something like $4/hr) i'd rather spend the 10 ~ 20 dollars (lower than my current pay/hr) than grind an hour for stuff that may or may not be an upgrade and maximizing my time.

whatever floats your boat, i suppose. with that being said, the concept of "the grind" is gone. now, every crappy blue/yellow that drops will be used for crafting materials. materials + gold = craft items that you want. you may have to re-roll if you want something nicer, but you should at least be able to get by with gear that scales with you as you play through the game.
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Originally Posted by Imhoff View Post

Alright, so need a little help. Anyone know if there is any feasable way to build a decent machine at or under $500? Or should I just purchase some HP or Dell or something?
Only will need the machine to play Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 as well as handle simple word processing and such. This computer will not be my primary one for personal/work use.

if you find a local pc wholesaler or parts place they usually have low/mid-end boxes (sans monitor, peripherals, etc) for around 500. nothing special, integrated video card etc. but you should find one above the minimum specs for a reasonable price.
post #215 of 1647
Actually, my tv will be acting as the monitor. 32'' Samsung. So not sure how that plays in effect with certain video cards.

I would be building it from the ground up. Hard drive I am looking for something around 500 Gig(anymore is overkill for me).

Ram somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-6 gig. Would also like to try and build it in a compact sized case (bigger than a mac mini obviously, but way smaller than those behemoth Alienware cases).

Video card is abviously important for gaming, but would like something that will play the likes of Diablo 3/Starcraft 2 at max settings. My only gaming experiences will be with Blizzard games, not going to be playing games like Crysis and such that demand high end cards.
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post #217 of 1647
choose a Mb that you can upgrade in years to come and you can upgrade your videocard and processor at a later date.
post #218 of 1647
i paid 600$ for my box and i have NEVER run into big performance issues with any recent game.

yeah, SSD's are nice and the latest nvidia hardware is pretty sexy, but you absolutely do not need that for d3/sc2. i've been using an amd dual core 3.0ghz w 4g ram and a nvidia gtx 250 for the past couple years and i've been able to play sc2/d3 on max settings and play stuff like crysis2 on moderate. if all you're after is d3, paying anything over 600 is ridiculous.
post #219 of 1647
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Originally Posted by hoozah View Post

choose a Mb that you can upgrade in years to come and you can upgrade your videocard and processor at a later date.
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Originally Posted by jarude View Post

i paid 600$ for my box and i have NEVER run into big performance issues with any recent game.
yeah, SSD's are nice and the latest nvidia hardware is pretty sexy, but you absolutely do not need that for d3/sc2. i've been using an amd dual core 3.0ghz w 4g ram and a nvidia gtx 250 for the past couple years and i've been able to play sc2/d3 on max settings and play stuff like crysis2 on moderate. if all you're after is d3, paying anything over 600 is ridiculous.

Thank you gents so much for your help. I know it seems a bit ridiculous to just build a machine for only a couple of games but my current "gaming" machine can barely play Warcraft 3....hahaha.
post #220 of 1647
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Originally Posted by skitlets View Post

I see the appeal of buying items when you're working all the time and can only play a few hours a week. Buying a few items here and there = going out for a night and buying a drink or two.
whatever floats your boat, i suppose. with that being said, the concept of "the grind" is gone. now, every crappy blue/yellow that drops will be used for crafting materials. materials + gold = craft items that you want. you may have to re-roll if you want something nicer, but you should at least be able to get by with gear that scales with you as you play through the game.
i don't think "the grind" will ever disappear... especially since after beating the game (as with all blizz type rpg's) people are going to want to min/max their characters... and gathering crafting materials is a form of "grind."

i'm not 100% convinced that some of the legendaries/uniques or whatever are better than some of the set pieces in the game.
post #221 of 1647
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Originally Posted by Imhoff View Post

Actually, my tv will be acting as the monitor. 32'' Samsung. So not sure how that plays in effect with certain video cards.
I would be building it from the ground up. Hard drive I am looking for something around 500 Gig(anymore is overkill for me).
Ram somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-6 gig. Would also like to try and build it in a compact sized case (bigger than a mac mini obviously, but way smaller than those behemoth Alienware cases).
Video card is abviously important for gaming, but would like something that will play the likes of Diablo 3/Starcraft 2 at max settings. My only gaming experiences will be with Blizzard games, not going to be playing games like Crysis and such that demand high end cards.

right on. i'm was in the same boat as you earlier this year...

Advice: in order to get the most bang for the buck, i would try to get a decent ATI graphics card... (http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-video-card-february-2012/)
you should also consider getting an AMD motherboard & chipset... (http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-cpu-best-processor-april-2012/)
i would also seriously consider getting a legit heatsink... the ones that come with your cpu are flimsy at best.
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=698854 - something like this should work.. (might be a little bit pricier than you would like).
you can also check that forum for used goods... just as good imo.


Question:
1)also, are you looking at a microatx form factor or a normal ATX tower? i think the micro atx's are a bit more pricey but are a lot smaller... (my current rig is about 17" tall vs. my previous rig which was closer to 25" or so)

2) Check to see if your 32" SS TV/monitor is close to 1080P quality. if not, invest in a decent monitor... (i really like the LG 236v's... imo, they are the best bang for the buck led monitors out on the market right now... and they're close to EOL so you should be able to find them pretty cheap)
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post #223 of 1647
I liked the beta quite a bit. Run smooth for me, too. Hardly any problems, no lag. Just so short, but whatever, two weeks to go. smile.gif
post #224 of 1647
The bosses look HUGE and way more difficult than D2 bosses.

siegebreaker.jpg

This isn't even a act boss.
post #225 of 1647
things have changed a lot since that photo...
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