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Diablo III PC Builds 2012 – Build a Computer to Play D3

Jump to: The High Settings Build (Build One) – The Low Settings Build (Build Two)

Build a PC to Play Diablo III

“Hello my friend. Stay awhile and listen…”

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:

Diablo III: The Highest Settings Build

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.

Diablo III: The Lowest Settings Build

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.

Know the Minimum System Requirements for D3

Before we get started into the builds, it might be good to know the hardware requirements needed to play D3. This way we can set a baseline for the minimum hardware you need to just barely play the game and then based on benchmark findings, choose the suitable hardware for the Low Settings Build.

The following are the minimum and recommended system requirements for both the Windows and Mac version of Diablo III as set out by Blizzard:

Minimum System Requirements (Reference: us.battle.net)

WINDOWS
MAC
Windows® XP/Vista/7 (latest service packs) with DX 9.0c Mac® OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.x or newer
Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4400+ Intel® Core 2 Duo
NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 or better
1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista/7) 2 GB RAM
12 GB available HD space 12 GB available HD space
DVD-ROM (required for retail disc versions only) DVD-ROM (required for retail disc versions only)
Broadband** Internet connection Broadband** Internet connection
1024×768 minimum resolution 1024×768 minimum resolution

Note: Be advised that some wireless connections do not meet the minimums required to be a true Broadband internet connection. Wireless results may vary.

Recommended System Requirements (Reference: us.battle.net)

WINDOWS MAC
Windows® Vista/7 (latest service packs) Mac® OS X 10.7.x or newer
Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz Intel® Core 2 Duo
2 GB RAM 2 GB RAM
NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M or ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 or better

Diablo III for Mac is only available in English, French, and German.

Note: FileVault and FileVault 2 are not supported for installation at this time.

Diablo III High Settings PC Build

Diablo III Gaming PC Build: High Settings

The high settings build is based primarily on the benchmarks acquired by Toms Hardware. Diablo III is not so much CPU based as it is graphics card based, so the higher end build will include a better graphics card and a slightly better CPU overall than the lower end build. Looking at the benchmarks, it seems that the Radeon HD 6770 graphics faired the best in terms of price per performance, so I decided to go with that one. Similarly, I played most of the beta with this card and can attest to its performance!

This build should enable to you to play Diablo III at the highest possible settings with everything cranked up and still hold strong FPS setting in busier sections of the game.

On average you should see a 75.2 FPS count at resolutions of 1920X1080 with this build.

Gaming PC Build Recipe: Diablo III High Settings Build

*Prices are approximate and accurate when article was written.

 Processor: Intel Core i3-2120 Processor 3.3 GHz 3MB Cache Socket LGA1155
 
Price: $124.99
 Motherboard: ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM <REV 3.0> Intel H61 Chipset DDR3 1333 Micro ATX Motherboard Intel H61 Chipset DDR3 1333 Micro ATX Motherboard
 
Price: $70.99
 Graphics Card: XFX ATI Radeon HD6770 1 GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card HD677XZNLC
 
Price: $109.99
 RAM: Corsair Dominator 4 GB PC3-10666 1333MHz 240-pin Dual Channel Core i3 i5 i7 DDR3 CAS 8 Memory Kit CMX4GX3M2A1333C8
 
Price: $27.99
 Hard Drive: Western Digital 500 GB Caviar Blue SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive
 
Price: $74.99
 Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply (RS500-PCARD3-US)
 
Price: $34.99
Computer Case: Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN1)
 
Price: $41.98
 Optical Drive: LG Electronics GH22NS50 22X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive – Bulk with Software (Black)
 
Price: $17.99
Estimated Price: $503.91 (Will play Diablo III maximum settings no problem)

The Diablo III Hardware High Settings Build Overview:

Intel Core i3-2120 Processor 3.3 GHz 3MB Cache Socket LGA1155

Intel i3 2120 Processor

The Intel i3 2120 processor is more than enough to run Diablo 3. When paired with the Radeon HD 6770 graphics card you should have no problem running Diablo II on the maximum settings and very smoothly.

Intel Core i3-2120 2 cores 3.3GHz clock speed 4 threads

Other Details:

  • Process Type: Intel Core i3 Processor i3-2120 Frequency: 3.3 GHz DMI: 5 GT/s
  • Intel Smart Cache: 3 MB Process: 32 nm Socket: LGA1155
  • Power Consumption: 65 W Max Memory Bandwidth: 21 GB/s Graphics Base Frequency: 850 MHz
  • Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency: 1.1 GHz This processor is a Dual Core Processor
  • This processor supports Hyper-Threading Technology This processor supports Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
  • This processor supports Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology This processor supports Thermal Monitoring Technologies
  • This processor supports Intel 64 This processor supports Idle States
  • This processor supports Intel Fast Memory Access This processor supports Intel Flex Memory Access

ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM <REV 3.0> Intel H61 Chipset DDR3 1333 Micro ATX Motherboard

This micro-ATX ASUS P8H61-M motherboard an affordable H61 motherboard that is nicely paired with the Intel i3 2120 processor. Having everything you need – One PCI express 2.0 x16 expansion slot for your graphics card and 2 memory slots for up to 16GB of RAM.

Technical Details:

  • EPU – System Level Energy Saving & Real-time Power Management for Superb Platform Power Efficiency
  • Anti-Surge Protection – Safeguard your device by providing voltage protection to all major onboard components
  • GPU Boost – Two simple ways to get quick free graphics upgrade
  • ASUS TurboV – New O.C. Records with Real-Time Super-Precise Tunings
  • EFI BIOS- BIOS control via a Graphical Interface with mouse controlled support featuring unparalleled control options
  • 2.2TB or higher native HD support, and Quick Boot features

XFX ATI Radeon HD6770 1 GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card HD677XZNLC

Radeon HD 6770 1 GB DDR5

The Radeon HD 6770 graphics card is a perfect fit for Diablo III because it will be able to play the game with all settings on max really smoothly.

With this graphics card you should see an average of 75.2 Frames Per Second (FPS) at resolutions of 1920X1080. Even if you play at higher resolutions you can even get up to an average of 47.4 FPS at resolutions of 2560X1600! Not to bad for this card.

Take a look at this benchmark chart (reference Toms Hardware)

Other Details:

  • Chipset: Radeon HD6770; Engine Clock: 850 MHz
  • Video Memory: 1GB DDR5; Memory Clock: 4800 MHz; Memory Interface: 128-bit; Bus: PCI-Express 2.1 x16
  • RAMDAC: 400 MHz; Stream Processors: 800; Max. Resolution: 2560 x 1600; Connectors: VGA, DVI, HDMI; Thermal: Fansink
  • Support Microsoft Windows 7; Support ATI CrossFireX Technology; Support ATI Stream Technology; Support AMD Eyefinity Technology;
  • Support AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Technology; Support HDCP – High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection; Support Microsoft DirectX 11,
  • Shader Model 5.0 and Open GL 4.1; Minimum Power Requirement: 650W
  • Support ATI PowerPlay Technology; Support AMD HD3D Technology

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 8.7 x 1.5 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004Z5GRVW
  • Item model number: HD677XZNLC

Corsair Dominator 4 GB PC3-10666 1333MHz 240-pin Dual Channel Core i3 i5 i7 DDR3 CAS 8 Memory Kit CMX4GX3M2A1333C8

The minimum RAM requirements for Diablo III is 1GB of RAM and the recommended is 2GB, so this package of 4GB (2X2GB) RAM is more than plenty. I do not reccomend going below the 4GB just because I am making this build as user friendly as possible and this kit of 4GB RAM is only around $27.

Other Details:

  • Ultra-high performance 4 GB XMS3 kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 Dual Channel processors.
  • 1600MHz, 8-8-8-24, 1.65V, with Intel XMP support
  • Two matched 2 GB modules for use in high performance Intel Core i3, i5, i7 Dual Channel systems
  • Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) Support
  • Backed by Corsair: A respected name with a passion for quality products, and great service and support.

Technical Details:

  • Model: CMX4GX3M2A1333C8
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 4096 MB
  • Memory Speed: 1333 MHz
  • Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX

500Gb is more than plenty space for a PC build built directly for Diablo III. I would have actually recommended the 250GB Western Digital Hard drive if it save us any money, but in reality the prices between the Western Digital Caviar blue 250GB hard drive & 500GB hard drive only differ by about $5 right now.

Other Details: 

  • WD Caviar Blue hard drives have a multitude of features to deliver rock solid performance and ultra-cool and quiet operation.
  • 3rd generation SATA interface for 6 GB/s maximum data transfer rates.
  • WhisperDrive technology minimizes noise to levels near the threshold of human hearing.
  • 500 GB capacity holds up to 100,000 digital photos, 125,000 MP3 files, and 60 hours of HD video.
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • 3rd generation SATA interface for 6 GB/s maximum data transfer rates
  • 500 GB capacity holds up to 100,000 digital photos, 125,000 MP3 files, and 60 hours of HD video
  • WD Caviar Blue hard drives have a multitude of features to deliver rock solid performance and ultra-cool and quiet operation
  • WhisperDrive technology minimizes noise to levels near the threshold of human hearing

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply (RS500-PCARD3-US)

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Supply

Other Details:

  • Maximum Power: 500 W
  • Type: ATX from factor 12V V2.01
  • PFC (Power Factor Correction): Active PFC
  • Fan: 120mm Sleeve bearing fan
  • Connectors: 1x 20+4 pin Motherboard Connector; 1x 4+4pin 12V CPU Connector; 2x 6+2pin PCI-Express Connectors; 6x SATA Connectors; 3x 4pin Peripheral Connectors; 1x 4pin Floppy Connectors
  • Compliance with the newest Intel std ATX 12V V2.3
  • Green power design to meet with energy star
  • More than 70% efficiency
  • Multiple protection design
  • Protection: OVP/ OPP/ Short Circuit Protection
  • Super silent operation with intelligent fan speed control

Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN1)

A fantastic budget computer case, the Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX case not only comes at an affordable price, but looks great too. A nice blue glow on the front, a large side window the view your hardware and two 120mm fans to keep your case cool. This is a great quality case for only $41.

Other Details:

  • Interior black coating makes stylish inside looks
  • Front 120mm fan with brilliant Blue LED provides the best airflow to HDDs
  • Rear 120mm fan for high-efficiency ventilation
  • Tool-Free mechanical design for quick assembly and maintenance
  • Side ventilation holes for better cooling performance
  • Large transparent side window included

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Cooler Master
  • Model: RC-430-KWN1
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Form Factor: Mid Tower
  • Supported Motherboard: ATX
  • Device Type: Computer Case
  • Color Name: One Color
  • Width: 19.30 inches
  • Weight: 13.85 pounds

Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

Your basic optical drive that can read and write DVD’s and CDs. For the most part, I usually choose the optical drive based on price and this Sony drive is fairly cheap. It is of my opinion that optical drives are soon becoming out of date, For example, you could potentially install a Digital Copy of Diablo III and install the operating system from a USB stick and you would never even need this, but at only $17 it might not matter.

Other Details:

  • Drive Type: Internal DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
  • Interface: SATA
  • Buffer Memory: 1 MB
  • Random Access Time: DVD – 160ms; CD – 140ms
  • O/S Compatibility: Windows 7 compatible
  • Write: DVD+R/-R: 24X; DVD+RW/-RW: 8X/6X; DVD+R/-R DL: 12X; DVD-RAM: 12X

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: AD-7280S-0B
  • Form Factor: 5.25-Inch
  • Weight: 0.63 Kilograms

Diablo III Low Settings PC Build

Diablo III Gaming PC Build: Low Settings

The low settings build for D3 is based off of the recommended system requirements for Diablo III and the benchmark performance settings found by Toms Hardware. The major differences between the high and low end builds is the graphics card type and processor type.

It turns out that Diablo II is less dependant on the CPU than on the graphics card, so if you are reading this article with the intention of not building a whole new PC, but rather upgrading your current PC, then you may want to focus on upgrading the graphics card.

The differences in the highest graphics settings and the lowest graphics settings is actually not that robust. Therefore, if you are opting to build the lower end version of a D3 computer, fear not! The biggest differences lie in things like shadows and other graphics clutter.

With this build you should expect to see an average of 48.1 FPS on lowered details at resolutions of 1920X1080. This will allow for very smooth gameplay!

Gaming PC Build Recipe: Diablo III Low Settings Build

*Prices are approximate and accurate when article was written.

 Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ
 
Price: $119.48
 Motherboard: GIGABYTE AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a Chipset DDR3 1600 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard GA-M68MT-S2
 
Price: $52.88
 Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD6670 1 GB DDR3 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card – 100326DDR3L
 
Price: $74.99
 RAM: Corsair Dominator 4 GB PC3-10666 1333MHz 240-pin Dual Channel Core i3 i5 i7 DDR3 CAS 8 Memory Kit CMX4GX3M2A1333C8
 
Price: $27.99
 Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX
 
Price: $74.99
 
 Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply (RS500-PCARD3-US)
 
Price: $34.99
Computer Case: GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black)
 
Price: $39.99
 Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)
 
Price: $17.99
Estimated Price: $443 (A very cheap gaming PC solution for DIABLO III!)

The Diablo III Hardware Low Settings Build Overview:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz

The AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black edition is a fantastic pick for the low end build. Since Diablo III is not very CPU dependent, we do not have to fork out a bunch for a more expensive CPU, but I also did not skimp on it either. The Phenom II X4 965 has a ton of overclock potential.

When paired with the Radeon HD 6670 graphics card in this build, the AMD Phenom II X4 965 will pump out similar FPS as some higher CPUs at lower settings playing at resolutions of 1920X1080.

Other Details:

  • Second generation AMD Phenom II processors feature a refined architecture
  • 45nm technology for maximum performance headroom
  • Has the latest C3 stepping for enhanced electrical and thermal stability; now able to run 1600 and 1800 DDR3

GIGABYTE AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a Chipset DDR3 1600 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard GA-M68MT-S2

GIGABYTE AM3+ Micro ATX AMD Motherboard GA-M68MT-S2

A very basic motherboard that has everything you need to run this PC build. There are two memory slots tat can be upgraded up to 8GB, a PCI Express 20 slot for the graphics card and any other upgrade card you may want to add later on and plenty of USB 2.0 ports. Basic, but gets the job done at a great price.

Other Details:

  • CPU: Support for AMD AM3+ FX/Phenom II/Athlon II processors. Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset.
  • Memory: 2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8GB of system memory. Dual channel memory architecture. Support for DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules. Onboard Graphics: 1 x D-Sub port.
  • Audio: Realtek ALC887 codec. High Definition Audio. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel. LAN: 1 x Realtek RTL8211CL chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
  • Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots. 1 x PCI slot.
  • Storage Interface: 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD.
  • Back Panel Connectors: 1 x PS/2 keyboard port/1 x PS/2 mouse port/1 x D-Sub port/1 x serial port/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports/1 x RJ-45 port/3 x audio jacks
  • Internal I/O Connectors: 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector/1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector/4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors/1 x CPU fan header/1 x system fan header/1 x front panel header/1 x front panel audio header/3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers/1 x parallel port connector/1 x clearing CMOS jumper
  • USB: Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports.

Sapphire Radeon HD6670 1 GB DDR3 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card – 100326DDR3L

Sapphire Radeon HD6670 1 GB DDR3

The Radeon HD 6670 Graphics card is not necessarily the lowest graphics card you can get to play Diablo III, but it is a great middle ground low end card that allows you to play D3 at the lower settings very smoothly.

This graphics card will get an average of 48.1 Frames Per Second (FPS) at lowered details at resolutions of 1920X1080; which should be very smooth gameplay!

If you pumped up the graphics settings to the highest, then you should expect frames per second to drop down to and average around 38.1 FPS.

Take a look at this benchmark chart (reference Toms Hardware)

Other Details:

  • 1 x D-Sub(VGA)
  • 1 x Dual-Link DVI
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4a
  • Chipset: Radeon HD6670
  • Core Clock: 800 MHz
  • Connectors: VGA; DVI; HDMI
  • Stream Processors: 480
  • Video Memory: 1GB DDR3

Corsair Dominator 4 GB PC3-10666 1333MHz 240-pin Dual Channel Core i3 i5 i7 DDR3 CAS 8 Memory Kit CMX4GX3M2A1333C8

Corsair Dominator 4 GB PC3-10666 1333MHz 240-pin RAM

The same RAM as used for the high settings build and quoted form above:

The minimum RAM requirements for Diablo III is 1GB of RAM and the recommended is 2GB, so this package of 4GB (2X2GB) RAM is more than plenty. I do not reccomend going below the 4GB just because I am making this build as user friendly as possible and this kit of 4GB RAM is only around $27.

Other Details:

  • Ultra-high performance 4 GB XMS3 kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 Dual Channel processors.
  • 1600MHz, 8-8-8-24, 1.65V, with Intel XMP support
  • Two matched 2 GB modules for use in high performance Intel Core i3, i5, i7 Dual Channel systems
  • Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) Support
  • Backed by Corsair: A respected name with a passion for quality products, and great service and support.

Technical Details:

  • Model: CMX4GX3M2A1333C8
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 4096 MB
  • Memory Speed: 1333 MHz
  • Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB

The same hard drive as used in both builds. As quoted from the Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB hard drive description above –

“500Gb is more than plenty space for a PC build built directly for Diablo III. I would have actually recommended the 250GB Western Digital Hard drive if it save us any money, but in reality the prices between the Western Digital Caviar blue 250GB hard drive & 500GB hard drive only differ by about $5 right now.”

Other Details: 

  • WD Caviar Blue hard drives have a multitude of features to deliver rock solid performance and ultra-cool and quiet operation.
  • 3rd generation SATA interface for 6 GB/s maximum data transfer rates.
  • WhisperDrive technology minimizes noise to levels near the threshold of human hearing.
  • 500 GB capacity holds up to 100,000 digital photos, 125,000 MP3 files, and 60 hours of HD video.
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • 3rd generation SATA interface for 6 GB/s maximum data transfer rates
  • 500 GB capacity holds up to 100,000 digital photos, 125,000 MP3 files, and 60 hours of HD video
  • WD Caviar Blue hard drives have a multitude of features to deliver rock solid performance and ultra-cool and quiet operation
  • WhisperDrive technology minimizes noise to levels near the threshold of human hearing

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WD5000AAKX
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Warranty: 2
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Form Factor: 3.5-Inch
  • Hard Disk Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
  • Buffer Size: 16 MB
  • Weight: 0.95 pounds

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply (RS500-PCARD3-US)

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Supply

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Supply

500 Watts is a good amount for both of the builds featured in this article since they both do not demand too much power.

Other Details:

  • Maximum Power: 500 W
  • Type: ATX from factor 12V V2.01
  • PFC (Power Factor Correction): Active PFC
  • Fan: 120mm Sleeve bearing fan
  • Connectors: 1x 20+4 pin Motherboard Connector; 1x 4+4pin 12V CPU Connector; 2x 6+2pin PCI-Express Connectors; 6x SATA Connectors; 3x 4pin Peripheral Connectors; 1x 4pin Floppy Connectors
  • Compliance with the newest Intel std ATX 12V V2.3
  • Green power design to meet with energy star
  • More than 70% efficiency
  • Multiple protection design
  • Protection: OVP/ OPP/ Short Circuit Protection
  • Super silent operation with intelligent fan speed control

GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black)

GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black)

The GAMMA Classic series case always fits the bill for any budget gaming pc build if you ask me. It is generally priced around $39 and it a quality computer case for this price range. Just because this is the lower end budget build, does not mean it cannot look cool!

*Note: If you would like to save even more money, you could always go for a cheaper case like the Lunaris ATX Mid Tower PC Computer Case, Black/Silver [INT-96-04S] which is only $23!

Other Details:

  • 6 fan capability ( one rear 120mm included )
  • Black Interior
  • Wire routing: motherboard punched holes allows for quick CPU bracket removable and optimal wire routing, turned HDD also helps with managing cables
  • High end graphics card support, the Gamma features space that is especially designed to fit longer 10.5-Inch cards

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nzxt
  • Model: GAMMA Black
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Color Name: Black
  • Warranty: All NZXT cases comes in 1-year top to bottom Warranty, please email your request to RMA@NZXT.COM

Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

Same one used in both builds; quoted from above:

Your basic optical drive that can read and write DVD’s and CDs. For the most part, I usually choose the optical drive based on price and this Sony drive is fairly cheap. It is of my opinion that optical drives are soon becoming out of date, For example, you could potentially install a Digital Copy of Diablo III and install the operating system from a USB stick and you would never even need this, but at only $17 it might not matter.

Other Details:

  • Drive Type: Internal DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
  • Interface: SATA
  • Buffer Memory: 1 MB
  • Random Access Time: DVD – 160ms; CD – 140ms
  • O/S Compatibility: Windows 7 compatible
  • Write: DVD+R/-R: 24X; DVD+RW/-RW: 8X/6X; DVD+R/-R DL: 12X; DVD-RAM: 12X

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: AD-7280S-0B
  • Form Factor: 5.25-Inch
  • Weight: 0.63 Kilograms

The Diablo III Gaming PC Builds Conclusion:

I hope your enjoyed reading this article whether you want to build a PC to play D3 or are looking to upgrade the gaming PC you currently have to play D3.

Both of the builds included in this article were compiled based on a price per performance perspective to minimize hardware costs as much as possible. The goals of these builds were to either just be able to play Diablo III, or to play Diablo III on its highest settings.

With the Lower Settings Build you should be able to achieve an average FPS of 48.1 at lower settings and with the Highest Settings Build, you should be able to achieve an average FPS of 75.2 FPS; both at resolutions of 1920X1080.

I wish you luck when purchasing your hardware for Diablo III and if you need any pointers or help choosing the right hardware pelase leave a comment below or get in contact with me via the comment form.

Diablo III PC Build Hardware Overview Video

Other Gaming PC Builds:

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Entering Whimsyshire (Diablo III’s Secret Level)

Also, for fun I did a quick overview of how to get into the magical world of Whimsyshire for anyone who would be interested:

One Response to “Diablo III PC Builds 2012 – Build a Computer to Play D3”

  1. Anon

    The XFX ATI Radeon HD6770 (graphics card for the High Settings) has a minimum power requirement of 650 W. The power supply provides a maximum of 500 W. Is this going to matter?

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