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Top 3 Computer Upgrades For Faster Diablo 3 Leveling

by Jassper of The Diablo 3 Leveling Guide

Diablo 3 ComputerEverybody wants a faster computer. They’re easier to use, less frustrating, and honestly a lot more fun.  However, when it comes to Diablo 3 leveling, a faster computer can make the difference between a fast, efficient blast to max level and a slow, frustrating death-fest.  Most people aren’t going to want to build a whole new computer just to speed up leveling in Diablo 3…however, there are a few things you can add on to your existing system to make a massive difference in computing power.

Below are my top three suggested computer upgrades to ensure the fastest possible leveling in Diablo 3.

 

Diablo 3 Power Leveling Upgrade #1 – Video Card

Your video card is arguably the single most efficient way to speed up a 3D-based computer game. A vast majority of the stresses imposed on your system by a game are handled by the video card, relieving the CPU of a great deal of the burden.  Don’t get me wrong, your CPU plays a huge role in computing speed, but a) It’s often more difficult  and expensive to replace than your video card and b) dollar for dollar, your video card will net you the easiest, fastest gains in gaming speed. The human eye is capable of detecting up to 60 frames per second, meaning that it should be your goal to have a system that can play Diablo 3 at the resolution and quality settings you desire while outputting 60fps. By making sure that your video card is fast enough to keep the action moving smoothly, you’ll drastically decrease accidental deaths (wasted time and potentially loss of experience) and you’ll enable yourself to power through zones with confidence. Below are some of the latest video card models which I would recommend.  I’ve grouped them according to price:

High-End Diablo 3 Gaming Cards

 

 

Mid-Range Diablo 3 Gaming Cards

Budget Diablo 3 Gaming Cards

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Diablo 3 Power Leveling Upgrade #2 – SSD Drive

SSD, or solid state drives, are the latest craze in computer storage.  Containing no moving parts, they can access and transfer data insanely fast.  We’re talking like 7-8x faster than a standard hard drive.  That being said, they are a bit pricey, but in  my opinion, the extra cost is totally worth it.  Your average hard drive will transfer data at around 80MB/S, at BEST.  SSD drives are moving your files at up to 500MB/S, and sometimes quite a bit faster.

What does this mean for Diablo 3 leveling? Well, let’s just say that your load times will basically disappear.  Any program that accesses data off your SSD drive will have near-instant access to it and you’ll reap the benefits in faster loading, less down time, and ultimately, REALLY fast Diablo 3 leveling!

Below are two of my favorite SSDs currently on the market:

 

Diablo 3 Power Leveling Upgrade #3 – RAM

Ahhh RAM. You can never have enough. If you’re like me, you’ll have Diablo 3 open on one monitor, a Diablo 3 leveling guide open on the other monitor, and about 19 applications running in the background just for good measure.  With the growing amount of things we do on our computers these days, coupled with the increasingly demanding computer games we play, RAM is being chewed up faster and faster.

Feel free to make your own judgement call on this one, but if you want to be sure that you  have enough memory to keep Diablo 3 humming along smoothly while you’re leveling at breakneck speed, I’d go for at least 8 GB of quality RAM. It’s ridiculously cheap right now so it doesn’t hurt to load up a bit.  Personally, I went for 16 GB, but I’m a bit excessive…

A couple quality brands of RAM are below, but you’ll obviously need to make sure whatever you get is compatible with your current system setup.

 

Listed below are the Diablo III system specifications, exactly as stated by Blizzard.  Now what are you waiting for? Go upgrade your system and get ready for warp-speed leveling!!

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DIABLO III MINIMUM SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS

PC
OS: Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
Processor: Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 4400+
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better

Mac
OS: Mac® OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.X (Latest Version) | Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 or better

All Platforms
HD Space: 12 GB available HD space | Memory: 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®

Windows® 7 users, 2 GB for Mac® users) | Drive: DVD-ROM drive | Internet: Broadband Internet
connection | Display: 1024×768 minimum display resolution

DIABLO III RECOMMENDED SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS

PC
OS: Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Latest Service Packs) | Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz orAMD AthlonTM 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz | Memory: 2 GB RAM | Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better

Mac
OS: Mac® OS X 10.7.X (Latest Version) | Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo | Memory: 2 GB RAM
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M or ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 or better

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buy diablo 3 power leveling April 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Hi,
Nice and helpful article shared by you. Its really helpful for everybody. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. power leveling is really a great game.

Thanks
Prash patel

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Mergatroid April 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

“The human eye is capable of detecting up to 60 frames per second”

I wonder where you got that from? The human eye is capable of detecting flicker below 30Hz (fps). For some people it’s a little above, and for some it’s a little below. Anything over 30Hz is not detectable as flicker. NTSC video (60Hz) and PAL video (50Hz) are both flicker free unless they are interlaced, which introduces a 30Hz (NTSC) or 25Hz (PAL) flicker. I think a better argument for fps over 30Hz is the better response you will get from the game and increase in smoothness.

Blizzard’s recommended hardware is like three years old (or older). Core 2 duo is three of four generations old. A buddy of mine is playing this game on a core 2 quad 3.3GHz with an HD4870 video card (which is also three or four years old) and 4G of RAM using a regular hard drive, and the game was smooth as a baby’s bottom (on a 19″ monitor at 1440 x 900). It’s hardly taxing his system. I would say almost any discreet video card less than 5 years old will play D3 just fine. Older on-board graphics may require an upgrade though. Most laptops are lower resolution anyway so they will likely be fine (unless they have really crappy graphics chips and memory). People wanting to run 1080p may require a little more horsepower, but not much. I played it at 1080p on a HD6970 i5 and my video card fan barely even sped up. It sure ain’t no BF3.

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Jassper of The Diablo 3 Leveling Guide April 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Great input, Mergatroid! Regarding the FPS, in the case of crisp clean imagery with no motion blur (such as most games), the additional FPS between 30 and 60 will result in an increase in “smoothness” or “fluidity” of the motion. Great point in clarifying that. Blizzard has definitely done a great job ensuring that Diablo 3 is able to run on a variety of systems, regardless of whether they are cutting edge or a few years old. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at how well the beta has run on my aging PC. I was partially hoping that it would be ridiculously taxing so I’d have an excuse to do some serious upgrading! ;)

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Diablo 3 Leveling guide June 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

Great Post! very useful information you share here… but, about the Ram… 4gb it’s more than enough to play Diablo 3 Without Problems…

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