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Beid25 
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Subject: Upgrading Computer
So its been 5 years since I built my current machine and I am looking to make some slight upgrades to squeeze out some more performance. I haven't really been keeping up with things so i don't know what is good or bad at this point. Any thoughts would be appreciated as I am mostly looking to be able to run diablo 3 and have it look good. thanks.

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506)
System Manufacturer: NVIDIA
System Model: 122-CK-NF68
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4094MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8800 GTS
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Display Memory: 2404 MB
Dedicated Memory: 613 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB

 

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I don't know anything about Nvidia cards, haven't had one for at least 10 years, probably more, so can't comment on that aspect. However, the one thing that did scream out at me from your specs was the memory - I'd go for 8GB these days.

 

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Intel® Coreā„¢2 Duo Processor + 4gb ram and a NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS.

http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/diablo-iii-system-requirements

I don't know how intensive D3 will actually be. I get the feeling it would run even on your current machine given above. You are nearly at recommended settings. Maybe not all the bells and whistles. I did not get into beta so not sure. I know others are they could probably give you better idea.

I would guess that you could probably just get a 560 ti or something, and be fine for D3 with everything turned on max.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html


*** still got probably 3-6 months before we know when it will even be released.

 

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Your Nvidia 680i motherboard doesn't like the 45nm Core 2 Quad processors, so your CPU options are pretty much zero. And probably not really worth buying DDR2 RAM for that either, 4GB shouldn't be hurting you for gaming.

So short of replacing the motherboard, CPU, and RAM all at once, I'd go with a new graphics card. Something like a GTX 560 or 570.

Blizzard games do tend to be CPU heavier than normal though.

 

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thanks for the suggestions, it seems more like i may be needing to upgrade everything i have to something slightly more modern.

 

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I'm in the same boat. My home machine is a 5 1/2 year old Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz).

I'll be building a new machine with my tax return this year.

 

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Seffrid posted:
I don't know anything about Nvidia cards, haven't had one for at least 10 years, probably more, so can't comment on that aspect. However, the one thing that did scream out at me from your specs was the memory - I'd go for 8GB these days.


I don't think you will see much improvement going to 8GB, but if you have the extra money I guess it's OK.

 

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chouranyu posted:
I don't think you will see much improvement going to 8GB, but if you have the extra money I guess it's OK.


Possibly not with Diablo, I wouldn't know, but it makes a big difference with loading times in SWTOR, for example.

 

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Unless you are the type of person that keeps dozens of windows/apps/etc open at a time, having more than 4GB of RAM really won't benefit you. Of course, it can't hurt to have 8GB or more in your system, but is it truly worth it? I'm running 6GB in my current machine, but it's because I'm running a motherboard that uses tri-channel RAM so I put 3 2Gig sticks in each slot.

See here: Windows RAM question

 

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memory is nothing now imo. i have gigs & gigs & gigs of free ram and yet wow's 64-bit client never uses even 1gig. it sticks at about 800-900mb. :\ cpu/gpu is where it's at.

 

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The best upgrade would be a new machine with an i5 or i7 processor. If you cannot do that at this time the only upgrade that you will notice is the graphics card.

 

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