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With Diablo II being released back in 2001, Diablo III has been a game long anticipated by many hardcore fans (pardon the pun) and Blizzard fans alike for many years.
Diablo III’s release day is/was May 15, 2012 and I have had some ask me what they hardware they need to play the game. While Diablo III is by no means a heavily graphics intensive game individuals want to know either -
- What is the minimum amount I can spend and still be able to play D3 and
- What is the minimum amount I can spend to play D3 on the highest settings.
Therefore, I have put together two builds for Diablo III to satisfy these questions:
This build will be of the assumption that you want to play Diablo III at the highest possible settings for the best price possible.
This PC build will compile hardware that will allow you to play D3 at the highest settings, at a good FPS value and at resolutions of 1920×1080.
This build will be of the assumption that you want to play Diablo III, but are not concerned at what graphics settings. It will play Diablo II at the lower settings very smoothly and with good FPS at resolutions of 1920X1080.
Therefore you want to spend as little as possible to build a PC or upgrade your current PC to be able to play the game. We will take a look at some benchmarks and the minimum / recommended requirements set out by Blizzard and compile a build.
Diablo III Performance and Benchmarks
Take a look at this graphics comparison of the LOW and HIGH settings in Diablo III
(reference: Toms Hardware)
The benchmarks in this article will be based off of the Diablo III Performance article done by Toms Hardware. The benchmarks and FPS findings are primarily based off running around the edges of Old Tristram from the portal and back again with the recording of FPS rates with the program FRAPS.
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Diablo III PC Builds 2012 – Build a Computer to Play D3
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Build a Gaming PC to Play Battlefield 3:
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Here are three different gaming PC builds for Battlefield 3. Yes this could have been done much earlier when the game was initially released, however I have now been able to compile benchmark results from various hardware site sources, which makes the quality of these builds as powerful as possible when selecting BF3 specific hardware. BF3 has been massively successful and ever since the release on October 25, 2011 the reviews have been over the top - IGN: “It delivers a scorching multiplayer… – Metacritic: “89/100″ – Gamespy: “5/5 Stars” – 1up.com: “A-” – Gamespot: “8.5/10″.
BF3 is both a primarily a GPU dependent game. Even though this build is primarily for BF3 there is no point including a processor less than an Intel i5 2500K for the higher builds since you may eventually want to play other more PCU demanding games, but in the lower build I will ty to be the most budget conscious as people using this are trying to save on every penny. Keep in mind that the higher the resolutions you play, then the more stress you are putting on your graphics cards. If you are going to be playing on resolutions of 1920×1080 and higher you must have a card to match this.
Here at Newb Computer Build I usually recommend three builds for every gaming p build article: An introductory one that can play the game, but at lower graphics settings, a mid range that can play the game at an average level frame rate at higher and ultra settings and an ultra build one that can play the game at the maximum graphics settings at higher resolutions. I suppose I am going to manage these builds based on the assumption that you want to spend as little as possible to play, but I am going to also base these builds off of several benchmarks I have read on other sites. Here I will compile these and give an overall hardware synopsis of what I came up with. I will include references as well as an overall synopsis of what each of the three builds will be capable of in terms of graphics settings in BF3 and screen resolutions you can play at. For the most part, each of the three builds included here will be based on the graphics settings of 1920X1080, since this seems to be the current mainstream resolutions for gamers (right…? :P)
If you want to build a PC and have a lower budget and do not care too much about playing at the higher/highest settings (and the lower quality build here is not sufficient to your budget needs), then please leave a comment and I shall help you, or else visit the PC Requirements for Battlefield 3 here at Newb Computer Build to gauge the minimum hardware requirements (also posted below).
Price ~= $1996 USD
The third build will be able to play BF3 seamlessly at resolutions of 1920X1080 at ULTRA settings at frame rates with an average of >62 and will even be able to play up to resolutions of 2560X1600 if you wanted at average frame rates of up to 62. If you do want to play with higher frame rates at higher resolutions (which is for those insane gaming hardware enthusiasts), then you could always go with a Crossfire setup using two of either GeForce GTX 580 or GTX 590 graphics cards depending on your budget.
Price ~= $1063 USD
The mid range build is always one that is capable of pushing boundaries. This build will be able to play BF3 on ULTRA graphics settings at resolutions of 1920X1080, although you will get smaller frame rates (around 49.25 – not bad!). Even at resolutions of 2560X1600 you will get frame rates around 28.80. For anyone with a mid range budget, there is nothing wrong in going with this build as you will be able to play BF3 just fine!
Price ~= $695 USD
The first build I am posting for BF3 is one for those on smaller budgets and do not mind buying the barbones of hardware parts in order to play BF3 very well at HIGH graphics settings. This build will be able to play BF3 well at HIGH settings on a monitor of 1920X1080 resolutions. Keep in mind that you could possibly play at higher graphics settings if you dial down the resolutions, but I am base lining with the 1920X1080 as stated above. This build is made cheap by only purchasing what you need for BF3 very well at the higher settings, nothing more!
Minimum PC System Requirements for Battlefield 3:
|Processor: Core 2 Duo @ 2.0GHz
|Operating system: Windows 7 or Windows Vista
|Memory: 2GB RAM
|Hard Disk Space: 15 GB for Disc Version / 10 GB for Digital Version
|Graphics Card: DirectX 10 or 11 compatible NVidia or AMD ATI Card
Recommended PC System Requirements for Battlefield 3:
|Processor Quad-core Intel or AMD (Quite high!)
|Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
|Memory: 4GB RAM
|Hard Disk Space: 15 GB for Disc Version or 10 GB for Digital Version
|Graphics Card: DirectX 11 NVidia or AMD ATI Card, GeForce GTX 460, or Radeon HD 6850(with Graphics card memory of 1 GB)
Jump to: The Introductory Build (Build One) - The Mid Range Build (Build Two) – The Ultimate High Settings Build (Build Three)
The long awaited game title where you are the hero of your own Star Wars saga in a story driven massively multiplayer online game brought to you by BioWare and LucasArts. Whether you choose to be a Jedi or a Sith, one of the most important aspects of being able to play a game like this is having the right hardware to play it at the quality this game deserves.
So in this article I am going to discuss a few gaming builds that you can use to play SWTOR at several different settings; these builds will determine whether you want to play the game on a introductory level or at the maximum possible settings. So I am going to organize these builds on these three assumptions: (all builds will include a Processor, Motherboard, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, Power Supply , Optical Drive and Computer Case)
This build will be of the assumption that you want to play SWTOR, however do not want to spend more than you have to, or have a lower budget. The thinking behind this build will be looking at the minimum system requirements to play and putting together a minimum build.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Build Two: The Mid Range Build
This build will be a mid range build able to play SWTOR at relatively higher settings while being able to keep within a mid range budget. You may even be able to play at the higher setting levels, but may have a lower FPS in more areas with more activity (large battles etc).
The third build will be the the build of builds for SWTOR. If you are wanting to build your gaming pc for this game and want to play it at the highest possible settings at all times, then this is the build for you.