When D1 came out I built my first computer just for it. When D2 came out, I once again built a new computer *much to my wife's happiness*.
So here we sit waiting for D3 not really knowing what we will "need" to run this mass of software. I'm going to assume that most of us that troll the community for any and all info that we can get on D3 are computer geeks, I know that I am.
Now that D3 is here I decided *against my wife's attorney's advice* to build another new computer. (and yes I've upgraded 2 or 3 times since D2) I'm wondering what everyone else is doing and what you are putting together.
I went with a primarily red and black system with red lights to pay homage to Diablo, and I'll have to tell you, it turned out pretty sweet.
Antec Lanboy air Red/Black Case
Asus Crosshair V Formula A3+ AMD 990FX Mobo
AMD Phenom II x6 1100T Black Edition Thuban Processor
Corsair Vengence 8GB DDR3 1600 (PC312800) Memory
Asus ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 Geforce (Fermi) X2 Video Cards
Antec High Current Gamer Series 750W Power Supply
Corsair H80 High Performance CPU Liquid Cooler
I get this all up and running with Windows 7 x64, get a back lit keyboard and am thinking about getting the D3 edition mouse, and realize that my 2 24" widescreen monitors *need* upgrading as well.
Visio 32" E3D320VX 3D TV/Monitor
Now that the video cards I'm running are in SLI and have HDMI output...this system is ready for the 3D aspect of Diablo 3.
So...what do you guys think....what are you doing to prepare for battle?
I've been on a laptop forever, and to be honest I have no idea how compatible it is... but I recently came into possession of a projector, and so I am currently in negotiations over a new tower to play D3 and SW:TOR.
Those specs are overkill, but hey if cash is not problem, go for it!
Also, I would look into getting a Intel CPU with less cores, from my impression more than two cores, right now, is not used by many games. IDK, I need to look more into this.
For me I think my PC is ~4 years old now and when I bought it I grabbed low-high end gear. Radeon HD 4870 Toxic 1GB vid card, AMD 9950 4x core, 4gig ram, and it runs Crysis 2 at full specs just fine. (1680 x 1050). If you look at SC2 min or req specs they are rather low and the assumption of many is D3 will not require much more than SC2.
But if you need an excuse to buy a new system then yeah, your current system sucks and I would not even give it to my grandma to check email so buy that new system!!! =P
I'm leaning towards an i5 Ivy Bridge build for my diablo iii rig. I'm sure that as soon as AMD anounces Bulldozer release dates, we'll find out when Ivy Bridge is coming out hehe. In any event, I just got this nice little case for my diablo iii rig:
Currently none of AMD processor is a match for Intel core i5 2500k (or i7 2600k) for games, even the strongest Phenom.
Also Ivy Brigde won't come out this year (right now Intel aim for March 2012), before that there will be Sandy Bridge - Extreme, which should be on pair with new AMD Bulldozers.
This is the rig I'm currently putting together right now:
CoolerMaster HAF X Blue Edition - with additional 200mm top fan and 80mm video card fan
LGA2011 (Sandy Bridge E) - once released
Core i7 Extreme 3980X - once released
16+GB quad channel memory - depends on how much the motherboard supports - either GSkill Ripjaws or Corsair
Crossfired Radeon HD 6990's
Corsair H100 (assuming it fits) or full liquid cooling system on top of the HAF X cooling system
Samsung MD230x6 - 6 monitor setup
Samsung 470 Series SSD 256GB
4x Samsung F3R 1TB HDD
Looking at getting the Diablo III steelseries mouse
Logitech G19 Keyboard
Logitech z906 Speaker System
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card
I'm actually building this because I've started doing a lot of video/picture editing and folding in addition to a lot of other programming and high computational tasks, so it's time to build a beast
My rig is a Dual Core 6600 (2,4Ghz), 4Gb RAM, GTX260 896Mb and a X-Fi Platimun. Of all these parts the weak point is definitely the CPU but i still manage to max out most current games since they are usually console ports with exceptions like GTAIV which is a port and still requires a much better cpu than mine.
With D3 i hope i can max out settings, but if additionally i could add anti-alias i'd be most happy. I don't know about that last part though. The isometric view probably plays on our part so the game's requirements shouldn't be much different to SC2 i think.
With SC2 i can do just that, Max settings and works normal, but i add anti-alias and i'll start noticing a slowdown.