At the moment I'm running GW2 on a minimum spec laptop with heat issues, a shattered screen and an attached 1024X768 monitor I picked up for $20 at Goodwill. Obviously, I need to get a new system.
I'm in the US, and looking to get the most bang for my buck in the $750 to $850 range. In addition to GW2, I use the computer for painting in Photoshop CS4, and fairly simple CAD drafting. I'm looking to use the same monitor, so I can get a system that doesn't threaten to smoke when I play GW2, then get a better monitor (1280X1024?) when I can save a little more.
Based on reading this forum and elsewhere, I came up with:
Plugging similar parts into iBuyPower and Cyberpower I get:
The IBuyPower machine is only slightly more expensive than the parts list, and the CyberPower one ends up being cheaper than building it myself.
So, list of questions:
1. Is the cost difference due to CyberPower and iBuyPower using inferior parts aside from the CPU and GPU? Should I be building myself for better, longer lasting parts? Or is there something unnecessarily pricey in the parts list?
2. The old GPU chart from before launch indicates this build should run GW2 near max settings for the resolutions I mentioned. Now that people have had three months with the game, does this still hold true? I'm looking for a little eye candy in open world PvE, don't care if settings need to be turned way down for WvW.
3. Is it worth the hassle of getting Windows based software to run on Linux to save the $100 on an operating system? $100 could equate to a better GPU, or a better monitor, sooner.
4. I'm not the type to frequently update hardware. To that end, I've avoided overclocking as I understand it does shorten the life of the hardware, though not significantly enough to bother people who keep up with the tech. I'm not one of those people, so I thought I'd play it safe.
5. Does this system have room to add down the road? A sound card, etc.
6. I understand that you only really need cooling beyond the fans that come with the case if you are overclocking. Is that true?
I'm a total newbie at this, excited and a little terrified at the idea of building my own system. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Edited by Kymeric, 20 November 2012 - 03:54 PM.