questionschallenge! can you help me find the best computer…

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that will be a tough build your choices of intel and nvidia are always more money, could be done much easier with amd and ati also are there any parts you have already or do you need the whole works

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Let me preface this by saying I'm an absolute computer moron and I have no idea what half the specs mean in terms of real world performability and how they compare to the standards for other computers, but maybe try looking at the sponsored laptop deal here. It's $274, so that's definitely in your price range and you can upgrade the RAM to 4 gigs, which I assume will make playing Diablo III a bit easier, for $30 bucks which may or may not be a good deal (like I said, computer moron).

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@raremonkey: The intel preference is due to the user friendliness of it, I need something a computer novice can take care of on his own so that every time there is a problem, particularly driver issues, I don't have to be the one to fix them. That convenience is worth the extra to me, even if it means cutting corners in other places.

I need all parts.

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@metaphore: gotcha yea windows plays much nicer with intel in general makes sense

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@captainsuperdawg: Thanks. I do intend to dig through the deals and see if there is and see if there is anything viable in there. However the deal you linked does not look to come from a site I would trust, due to the lack of information on their refurbishment, warranty(they promise it will turn on when it arrives but not much more than that) or how they acquire these computers pre-refurb.

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Quick Note: Here is the system requirements for Diablo III...

Minimum System Requirements

Windows® XP/Vista/7 (latest service packs) with DX 9.0c
Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4400+
NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista/7)
12 GB available HD space
1024x768 minimum resolution

Recommended System Requirements

Windows® Vista/7 (latest service packs)
Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz
2 GB RAM
NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better

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Lets take a look at the GFX first.

7800 GT will be a bit harder to find these days because of its age, but u can get a GT 430 which is a bit better for $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130656

GeForce 260 will be hard to find as well, but a GTX 550 is comparable just a bit better and that costs $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

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Now the CPU I really would not advise the Pentium D 2.8 GHz. If you are truly on a budget I would go for the core 2 duo that they list for recommended.

Here is a refurb HP pc for $249.99 with the follow specs

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Memory: 2GB
Hard Drive: 400GB
Optical Drive 1: DVDRW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883148090

This takes care of most of the recommended system requirements for the game, but you would have to get a GFX card with the left over $50.

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If you could come up with $40 more and would not mind an ATI, I would advice the Radeon HD 6750 for $89.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161395

The 6750 is about 3 times as powerful as the 7800 GT, and roughly 6.55% weaker then the GeForce 260. Which is a good balance between min and recommended requirements while being 45$ cheaper then the 260.

If you must have nvidia, there is also the GTS 240, priced at around $55 for a refurb. It is roughly 2x as powerful as 7800 GTX, but 35% weaker then the 6750.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130723

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@metaphore: I hope the above information turns out to be useful for you.

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Warranty information for the refurb PC / Video Card above.
Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days

Both have extended plans that can be purchased if you can come up with the money to cover it.

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@darkinc: Thank you so much!! This is a lot of really helpful information. Its a great place for me to start and a lot better than the progress I was making on my own.

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@metaphore: No problem, I had some free time last night before I went out :)