tobiasAgomez

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Hello, I'm sort of new to upgrading my computer, so I need help on whether or not I should purchase a new processor and video card to play Diablo 3.
Specs:
Dell Dimension E310
(Directly from Speccy)
Operating System
MS Windows XP Home 32-bit SP3
CPU
Intel Pentium 4 521
Prescott 90nm Technology
RAM
2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 266MHz (4-4-4-12)
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0JC474 (Microprocessor)
Graphics
HP S2031 (1280x768@60Hz)
Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Hard Drives
78GB Western Digital WDC WD800JD-75MSA1 (SATA)
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GWA4164B
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
Audio
SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC

Essentially the only non-stock part I have is when I upgraded my 512 Ram to a 2GB.
I know I have a PCIE, so I looked for a nice graphics card, and I decided on the Nvidia GeForce 520 GT (http://www.frys.com/product/6588393?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG). Processor-wise I'm set on the AMD Sempron 145 2.8 Ghz (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/AMD+-+Sempron+145+2.80+GHz+Processor+-+Socket+AM3+PGA-941/4556489.p?id=1218483811869&skuId=4556489&st=sempron%20145&cp=1&lp=1) but I want to know if it will work.

I'm planning to play Diablo 3, League of Legends and eventually DotA 2. Low graphics settings is not a big deal for me, I've never had the opportunity to relish Crysis 2 or have anything above 30 FPS and I'm fine with that. So will this at least give me the bare minimum to play D3 and not destroy my motherboard?
 

wr6133

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You would need a new motherboard. Also the Sempron is to weak for your needs you at least want an Athlon dual core (if low price is must) or preferably a Phenom quad core or Intel i3 (would all need new motherboards. As well as this you would need new DDR3 RAM. The 520 is not a gaming card either a 440 would be absolute bare minimum bargain basement gaming card.

ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131795

GIGABYTE GV-N440-1GI GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125429

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

That totals $289.96 and is really the lowest you can go and still expect to run modern titles for a while

If cost is a major factor you could settle on a cheaper CPU an Intel Pentium G620 and a cheap H61 motherboard would save maybe $40 overall.

I don't play D3 (prefer proper games! :) ) but i highly doubt it will run on a sempron
 

bondy3

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does he really need 8gb of ram to run D3? when Im running it and I open task manager its only taking up 2gb, so if windows takes up 1.5 and D3 takes up 2, he could live with 4gb of ram, (save a couple bucks)