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#2221 sassyjay

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:19 AM

excellent thank you for your reply!! I have blown my budget and gone for the i5 AND the 7850 2gb twin froz OC heh it will get me the best performance and it means spending an extra £70 but worth it.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:03 AM

Looking forward to the OP update, though since we've one day left in October, I'm guessing the 10/12 goal is going to be missed.  I'm looking to buy a new desktop in the next month or so, and still trying to figure out the best build I can put together for $750-$850.

Thanks to everyone who posts here.  It's been very educational.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:38 PM

View Postsassyjay, on 25 October 2012 - 12:36 PM, said:

hmm looks like I will get no comments as ppl are busy. well rickter (kingdom under fire right) thank you for posting that build... I think I will have to upgrade mine a bit at least so I am going with a B75 motherboard with the i5 3550p with a 1g 7850 or stick with an i3 3220 and buy the 2gb 7850 twin rz OC that way I will get a bit better performance on 1080p

An extra gig of DDR5 won't help your performance unless you are using a dual or triple screen setup. 1GB is enough for 90% of all games at full HD.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 01:50 PM

View Posttets, on 12 September 2012 - 03:27 AM, said:

Hi guys,
first time builder here
been spending some time looking over how everything works, separatly and togeather to make a gaming PC.

Im looking for a build that will perform well for GW2 WvW battles. Specifically to not lag in large scales battles (zergs) with a 1920x1080 resolution, and graphics settings better then medium. Im using WvW as an example because i think that would be the most strenuous one the PC, and because i might be there often :)

My Build = http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hdB1

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card

Case: Rosewill R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case


Power Supply: Rosewill 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply



I want to play around with upgrading this build. Im interested in over clocking the processer, installing cooling hardware, updating the graphics cards (dual cards sounds cool), adding RAM and all that fun stuff. The problem is i want to buy a computer now that can play this game good, but slowly update it so that eventually it will play the game with ease while recording.

My plan is to get a video card that will run everything good now and get an additional one later that will make the two together be a good setup for 3-4 yr. I think that would save the cost of buying a GFX card now and a new better model one later.

Would i be able to drop to a lower quality card if this is my plan?
Can i mix an AMD graphics card with an Intel mobo+pcu?
i can get a free version of windows 7 32-bit, will this effect my quality? or should i buy 64-bit (or wait till windows 8 is out and buy v7 64-bit cheap) :)
Will i need better memory then DDR3 1333hz ?
Will this power supply hold up? Im looking for 70-80% load after updating

I would really appreciate some advice on what kinds of upgrades would be worth while so i can incorporate them into my build now. For instance, right now i dont think i have the capability to hold 2 differnt Graphics cards, or overclock to anything signifigant.

Thanks in advance for any input!

Some additional pointers for you.

1. The i5 3450 does not overclock. Get an i5 3570 K instead (K stands for unlocked).
2. Motherboard is ok, but if you intend an Xfire or SLI setup in the future, I advise Gigabyte Z77X D3H. Very accessible OC options here as well and this one will run two cards at 8x PCI 3.0.
3. PSU I would advise to push up a little for future SLI upgrade. I don't know Rosewill, never heard of it. Good brands: Corsair, LEPA, Enermax. A Corsair 550 will get you there for current-gen Geforce cards. A LEPA g650w if you intend to run AMD cards. Both are 80+. Spending 10 bucks extra on your PSU will never be a waste - every other component relies on its stability.
4. 64 bit OS is essential.
5. GPU: Something in the range of GTX 660 or HD7870. Going higher will make your SLI setup overkill and demanding on the PSU; going lower will make it cost-ineffective (you would then be better off with a single card instead).

Note that a single GTX660 / HD7870 is enough to run GW2 at high-ultra settings at stable 50+ FPS. Some tweaks will get you a steady 60 across the board.

The cheapest option for the future-ready PC is always to start as high as possible. So if you have the cash lying around, invest in a single GPU one or two tiers higher than what you intended to place in SLI - it will almost always be more bang for buck.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:31 AM

Hey guys. I'm dying to play Guild Wars 2 but have never built a computer before. All I know is that it is far cheaper than purchasing an Alienware. I have a steady income and am already saving up, so what I'm looking for is a build that is almost over the top; a streamlined, excellent gaming desktop.

I'd like to be able to play Guild Wars 2 in a huge battle on WvWvW at high-max resolution without any lag, basically excel on the part of the hardware. I have future gaming plans in mind as well, namely Planetside 2 (out in days!) and whatever else catches my eye.

My budget is based pretty much on how long I'm willing to save up money, so a shot in the dark would be $600-$1200.

I'd be grateful for any help. Have fun out there.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:29 PM

View Postjoeandbobsentme, on 18 November 2012 - 04:31 AM, said:

Hey guys. I'm dying to play Guild Wars 2 but have never built a computer before. All I know is that it is far cheaper than purchasing an Alienware. I have a steady income and am already saving up, so what I'm looking for is a build that is almost over the top; a streamlined, excellent gaming desktop.

I'd like to be able to play Guild Wars 2 in a huge battle on WvWvW at high-max resolution without any lag, basically excel on the part of the hardware. I have future gaming plans in mind as well, namely Planetside 2 (out in days!) and whatever else catches my eye.

My budget is based pretty much on how long I'm willing to save up money, so a shot in the dark would be $600-$1200.

I'd be grateful for any help. Have fun out there.
This will play it as good as it will play.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/obkU
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812119269
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835100007

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:02 AM

View PostZerk2012, on 18 November 2012 - 03:29 PM, said:


Thank you. This seems like just what I'm looking for. Any tips on where to look for assembly tutorials?

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:07 PM

View Postjoeandbobsentme, on 19 November 2012 - 06:02 AM, said:

Thank you. This seems like just what I'm looking for. Any tips on where to look for assembly tutorials?
Google newegg how to build a PC youtube. It's a 3 part video.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:40 AM

View PostZerk2012, on 19 November 2012 - 07:07 PM, said:

Google newegg how to build a PC youtube. It's a 3 part video.

Sweet. Thanks a lot.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

Hi, I'm new to the forum but not gw2, my current set up only gives me 2-5 fps in wvwvw so obviously looking for a new build, had a look through this thread and some very pc friendly people on here, how ever a lot seem to be focused on $ and I'm in the uk so not much help, can any 1 help for British people or point me in be direction where there Is a thread or post for the uk :)

All help is appreciated:) thank you kindly

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 02:52 PM


Customizations:

CPU:  NEW! Intel Core i5 3570K

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CPU Overclocking:  4.3Ghz - Moderate Overclock

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CPU Cooler:  Xigmatek Loki SDS963

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Operating System:  Microsoft® Windows 8 Standard 64-bit

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Motherboard:  NEW! Asus P8Z77-V LX

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RAM:  8GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)

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Hard Drive:  500GB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s

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Optical Drive:  22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA

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Graphics card:  NEW! NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB

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Sound card:  Onboard 7.1 Audio

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Case:  Xigmatek Asgard

£-25.10

PSU:  500W Xigmatek

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Warranty:  3 Year SureCare Warranty

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Posted Image Product Subtotal: £603.90


i went for the cheapest case, do cases really make much of a difference? i do not care on how it looks its under the desk :)

does this sound all ok? according to the web site thats their cheapest option, so i am not expecting it to be the best just a lot better than i have.

your input is very valuable :)

chris

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:37 AM

Links not worked at the bottom, http://www.dinopc.com/ this is the website I have been using as its been referred to me by a friend :)

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:42 PM

Hello guys, this will be my first gaming pc my budged is around 1500$.

1st build.

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card

Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case

Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Total:  $1457.80

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2. build

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600    

Hitachi 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

EVGA GeForce GTX 670x2 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI)

Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case

Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Total:  $1513.7

Who is better or tell me what needs to be changed.

Thanks.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

View PostNotUrBish, on 02 December 2012 - 06:42 PM, said:

Hello guys, this will be my first gaming pc my budged is around 1500$.

1st build.

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card

Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case

Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Total:  $1457.80

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2. build

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Hitachi 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

EVGA GeForce GTX 670x2 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI)

Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case

Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Total:  $1513.7

Who is better or tell me what needs to be changed.

Thanks.
Are you building this or having it built or buying a prebuilt PC I see wasted $ with the first build and a poor HDD. For the 2nd build I would never recomend 2 video cards unless you like messing with it alot and some games will not even suport it also the demishing returns not to menchen they will be running at 8x8x speed instead of 16x16x Where do you live their better options like adding a good SSD.

Edited by Zerk2012, 03 December 2012 - 12:43 PM.


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Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:56 AM

Hey guys hoping you can give me some advice. I cant build a pc i just would like to buy a cheap gaming one and have been getting mixed reviews on this one. As long as i can run guild wars2 on here ill be happy :) thnx in advance!
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

Hey guys. i'm building a computer on a low budget so i need som advice how well this build up can run GW2.

CPU:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819113283
or
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819113282

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131885

Memory:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820104362

Hard drive:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136769

Graphic card:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121633
or
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121632

Please respond :) Thanx in advance!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:52 PM

View Postsimon2508, on 09 January 2013 - 11:01 AM, said:

Hey guys. i'm building a computer on a low budget so i need som advice how well this build up can run GW2.

CPU:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819113283
or
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819113282

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131885

Memory:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820104362

Hard drive:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136769

Graphic card:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121633
or
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121632

Please respond :) Thanx in advance!
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xglv

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

Hello all,
I am looking for a new pc to play GW2 on mid to high (the higher the better) settings and was needing some advice on what to get or best to get.  my budget is between $500 -$700. I am new at trying to piece together what i would need to ensure i can run the game smoothly in WvW, PvP, and dungeons with high FPS. Some of the numbers look good on paper but i am not tech savvy enough to know the performance i will actually get and overall it just spins my brain trying to figure out what is compatible or in prebuild systems if what is there is good (CPU, graphics, ect). My monitor resolution maxes out at 1920x1080 but will upgrade monitor in the future.
If anybody can give me advice on a system (prebuild or self build, doesnt matter) it would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by pkddixie99, 25 January 2013 - 03:03 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

View Postpkddixie99, on 25 January 2013 - 02:57 PM, said:

Hello all,
I am looking for a new pc to play GW2 on mid to high (the higher the better) settings and was needing some advice on what to get or best to get.  my budget is between $500 -$700. I am new at trying to piece together what i would need to ensure i can run the game smoothly in WvW, PvP, and dungeons with high FPS. Some of the numbers look good on paper but i am not tech savvy enough to know the performance i will actually get and overall it just spins my brain trying to figure out what is compatible or in prebuild systems if what is there is good (CPU, graphics, ect). My monitor resolution maxes out at 1920x1080 but will upgrade monitor in the future.
If anybody can give me advice on a system (prebuild or self build, doesnt matter) it would be greatly appreciated.

Do you have a current desktop PC that you can salvage any parts from?  Even if it's just the case itself and some cooling fans that could be an easy $50 saved.  With a max budget of $700, everything saved from an old PC would help allot.

Also, do you need to include the cost of Windows for your new system, or is that taken care of already?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:54 PM

Yes my pc i have now is a Dell Inspiron 530. the only thing that was replaced was the graphics which is GeForce 8300 GS. I dont know the size of some of the new components and if they would fit, so was unsure if the case could be salvaged. As far as fans go....well the inspiron has them and lets everybody in the state know they are on and running. They sound like an industrial vaccum turning on =P
The operating system is taken care of, i have an unused windows 7 64-bit that i was going to  upgrade my current but after analysis of the system i am running, i knew it would be a waste and would be better off to just to save it for a new system.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:35 PM

Well, that case is probably going to be too small to be of much use to you - once you get a good case that was designed for PC enthusiasts you won't ever go back to Dell anyways. ;)

You can salvage the Hard Drive and the Optical Drive (DVD burner).  If you need more Hard Drive space you can add a second one later, right now you want to save all that you can for a better CPU and GPU (Processor and Video Card).

http://www.newegg.co...t=Combo.1069078

That combo comes with everything you need (counting the HDD & ODD salvaged from your current desktop).  The total comes to $703 after a couple of rebates and a gift card.  I know it's the upper end of your budget, but that's the type of power you need to run GW2 on Best Appearance settings @ 1080p.  It will do quite well with just about every other game on the market right now too. :)

Another Option:

Video Card - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161404

Processor - Case - Power Supply (Combo) - http://www.newegg.co...t=Combo.1188876

Memory - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233335

Motherboard - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157305

Also comes with a free game that you could either play or sell on EBay.

Total comes to $538.28 after Rebate.

The big difference here is the Processor is a fair bit weaker.  In many games it wouldn't matter, especially at a higher resolution where the Video Card makes the biggest difference.  GW2 however, is very CPU intensive and having a Phenom II in WvW compared to a current gen i-5 is going to be a noticeable difference.  If you stay out of WvW and primarily play PVE and normal PvP you would be fine.  The second option actually has a more powerful video card, but either one would be ok for GW2.


* With the money save on the second one you could get a bigger HDD or even get a SSD, which would be a wonderful addition to nearly everything you ever do on your PC. :)

** With the first one you have a slightly fancier case and you have the option to go SLI, whereas the second one will always be limited to one Video Card.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:10 PM

Awesome thanks!!
I think i will be purchasing the first one, i am not hardset on the upper end of the budget, i dont mind springing a little over for quality. Will the first option be able to run good in WvW? I read that the intel processors significantly out perform the AMD. I dont do WvW every day but do jump in for events and other things. I mainly do dungeons and PvP.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:45 PM

Yes, an i5 3570k is as good as it gets for GW2.... any limitations you run into will be due to the servers and game engine, not your computer. :)  If you're comfortable doing so, I would highly recommend grabbing an aftermarket cooler and Overclocking that CPU to let it really shine.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835103065

$20 and totally worth it.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:29 AM

Hey! I'm checking to buy a laptop mostly for school but I would like it to be able to pack enough power for occasional gaming (like playing most modern games at ok settings if possible)! I do nothing really heavy at school its mostly math programs.

I have a budget of around 1500 bucks but it can be a bit higher or much lower depending on what you think could be ideal !

Size wise I'm thinking around 15inch.

I'm also wondering, is it possible to send the signal from a PC to a tv screen (or PC screen) that isnt in the same room? Because I like to play many games on my PC on the couch but for others I need a better surface and moving my big tower around isn't much fun.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:01 PM

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834152368

You would have allot more options for gaming grade laptops if you jump up to a 17" screen... prices are sometimes better too, due to a larger amount of gamer oriented laptops on the market.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

has anyone come up with a sample build to hit all the bells and whistles for GW2 for the next few years? I'm at the first stages of looking to either build or buy a desktop, and really Gw2/gaming is the only reason. Between GW2 and Chris Roberts http://www.robertssp...m/star-citizen/ Star citizen, i probably won't have time for any other games.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:19 PM

View Postwhy?, on 01 February 2013 - 06:51 PM, said:

has anyone come up with a sample build to hit all the bells and whistles for GW2 for the next few years? I'm at the first stages of looking to either build or buy a desktop, and really Gw2/gaming is the only reason. Between GW2 and Chris Roberts http://www.robertssp...m/star-citizen/ Star citizen, i probably won't have time for any other games.

What's your budget and what kind of monitor resolution would you be playing at?

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:21 PM

View Postwhy?, on 01 February 2013 - 06:51 PM, said:

has anyone come up with a sample build to hit all the bells and whistles for GW2 for the next few years? I'm at the first stages of looking to either build or buy a desktop, and really Gw2/gaming is the only reason. Between GW2 and Chris Roberts http://www.robertssp...m/star-citizen/ Star citizen, i probably won't have time for any other games.

This is killer, overclock the CPU to about 4.4 or so for WVW large zergs and it will run the game the best it can be run.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ATo8

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:28 PM

View PostElder III, on 01 February 2013 - 10:19 PM, said:

What's your budget and what kind of monitor resolution would you be playing at?


For budget, just reasonable. No problem spending a few grand to get a computer that will last a few years of playing games.

for resolution, at least hd. if i can find a great monitor, maybe higher.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:38 PM

View PostZerk2012, on 01 February 2013 - 10:21 PM, said:

This is killer, overclock the CPU to about 4.4 or so for WVW large zergs and it will run the game the best it can be run.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ATo8

View Postwhy?, on 01 February 2013 - 10:28 PM, said:

For budget, just reasonable. No problem spending a few grand to get a computer that will last a few years of playing games.

for resolution, at least hd. if i can find a great monitor, maybe higher.

Change that Video Card to an HD 7970 3 GB and I'll second it.  Overall GW2 seems to have run better/more stable on AMD than NVIDIA, but more importantly, GW2 has had substantial issues with 4GB video cards - to the point of not even running the game.  Anyways, GW2 doesn't need more than 2 GB of VRAM (and it won't even use all of that either), so if you want a GTX 670 just get the 2GB version and save yourself $150.00 :)




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