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#1 Hazardous Waste

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:38 PM

I am considering upgrading either my processor/motherboard or my video card but I’m not sure which will benefit me the most in GW2.

Right now the game runs ok on medium(ish) settings but does have an fps drop in a few places.

This is what I have right now:

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

My question is this, what would give me the best performance boost?
Should I spend a few hundred dollars on an Intel processor and motherboard or spend it on a newer video card.

#2 tijo

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:34 AM

An Intel quad core like the i5-3570K would definitely make a difference in WvW and dragon events. Your 560 Ti is capable of handling GW2 on high settings at 1080p as long as you don't use supersampling.

EDIT: Note that even a core i7-3770K + GTX680 system will drop ti framerates in the 30s in WvW. Depending in what you mean by framerate drops and if you're fine with medium(ish) settings, then you may not need an upgrade.

Edited by tijo, 15 January 2013 - 12:36 AM.


#3 dhatcher1

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

There are basically only 2 upgrades.  The cheap one is to get a good, inexpensive ($30-50 US) CPU cooler and overclock the CPU to 3.4+ GHz.  Take your cheap 10% boost and be happy.

What Tijo said is the other one.  Get a new motherboard and i5 3570K CPU ($350ish US) .  Possibly a 50% boost in crowded areas.

#4 Hazardous Waste

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

Thanks, I appreciate the input from both of you. Sounds like I should get a performance boost with a new motherboard and processor but I shouldn’t expect any miracles.

I have not built a system with an Intel processor for a very long time but pretty much everything I read is telling me Intel is the way to go.

Is the i7-3770 worth paying the $70(ish) more it would cost me over the i5-3570K?

The i7-3770 was my 1st choice when I was researching processors and I’m not really into overclocking.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:47 PM

An i7 is only worth it if you work with multithreaded stuff like video encoding. GW2 benefits slightly from hyperthreading, but not enough to justify an i7-3770 over and i5-3570.




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