As Verity already pointed out, computers less than two years old should be able to run it fine (as long as they're marketed as gaming computers, if not then they're likely to not have a dedicated gfx card). What's your computer specifications by the way? I was wondering since you said it's 6 months old but also that you'd do whatever it takes to play D3 at release. I'm assuming that if it doesn't meet the requirements, you'll just need to switch (or add) a piece of hardware, likely the gfx card.
Well...i saw a good deal on an HP slimline; not realizing the upgradability limitations at the time. But...
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor 3.00 GHz
3.00 GB RAM
Integrated ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics (not important enough to list on the system info page)
"whatever it takes" might mean a new box and power supply since my six month old purchase was a horrible one.
Interesting. I was under the impression that everyone thought a gfx card was essential for gaming. You're correct about casual gamers wanting to play this game, but surely even they must know that graphics integrated with the motherboard yields horrible performance? I am not trying to pick on you, I'm simply asking because I think our views on casual gamers differs quite a bit.
...So, how did you come up with that nickname of yours?
I'm casual in the sense that I grew up with warcraft 1-3 and diablo 1 and loved playing those games. I was about 12 and didn't know a thing about computers. Years down the road i hear blizzard is going to release the next of the warcraft series so i purchase on day 1 and become addicted for 2 years not even knowing was an mmo was at the time. I used my computer that i had bought for college which was mediocre when i got it a year and a half earlier. It suited my needs for the duration.
I bought a new computer six months ago and i'm realizing new, does not equal, "i don't even have to look at the games requirements" like it used to for me.
I'm a very casual pc gamer but i will do whatever it takes to play diablo 3 at release. All of my friends play console games but also have store bought, less than 2 year old computers. Convincing them to buy and try out the game would be easy but their computers won't cut it.
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
When referring to minimum i would assume these specs would be needed to run the game at 800x600 and every setting on low.
While I do understand that pretty much everyone reading this will have way better systems than these minimums, it seems weird to me that having a dedicated GPU is pretty much a requirement if you even want to play pc games now.
I feel as though i must be mistaken in my thinking seeing that most people purchasing the game will be casual and not even know what a video card is. Especially since it should run fine on older systems. Does that refer to older gaming systems that most here have built or just 'older system'?