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In Topic: Buying/Building a PC? Check here First! (The Suggested builds thread)

Yesterday, 01:56 PM

Given the specs of the linked config, it should play GW2 quite well. You can't get much better than the i7-4790 for a processor - which is the main concern for WvW - and the 760 Ti is more than adequate for 'high' graphics settings (at 1920x1080).
We'd have to check out various reviews of it to see if there are any specific problems or missing features, but the specs are certainly good enough. One concern might be cooling - it might get hot during a lengthy GW2 session, because of the small case.


In Topic: Can I run GW2?

20 October 2014 - 01:51 PM

That Lenovo is an older model overall. The graphics performance of the 720m is significantly lower than the 840m. While the earlier system only had a dual-core i5, it was significantly faster (2.6 vs 2.2), a newer design, and has hyperthreading. The best bet would be if you could find a model of the first machine with the next step up in CPU.
I wouldn't want to pick one of those over the other without actually trying them with GW2 first. ^_^

Speaking of Lenovo, this would be much better (but I don't know what your budget is)

In Topic: Can I run GW2?

19 October 2014 - 01:44 PM

The GT-840m graphics should handle GW2 with no trouble - at least medium. You didn't say what the screen rez is, but the GT-840m should be good up to 1920x1080. I can't say what the exact graphics settings could be, and it may depend a bit upon how much the CPU sucks.

Which is the problem - a dual-core mobile CPU (with single channel RAM, to make things worse) is apt to choke whenever there's a lot going on, such as in crowded towns (LA), events and WvW.

The speed of the hard drive only affects load times, not the fps of the game.

In Topic: Buying/Building a PC? Check here First! (The Suggested builds thread)

04 October 2014 - 03:00 PM

View Postnamasher, on 03 October 2014 - 08:46 PM, said:

gonna leave the cpu cooler for later when i begin the OC plan when i change the mobo
This may be another typo, but, you'll want to change the CPU (and the motherboard) if you want to overclock at some later time. You'll want a processor that ends with 'K', such as the i5-4690K or i7-4790K, plus an overclock friendly 'Z' series motherboard (Z97 chipset).
If you actually think you might overclock later you should get those parts now. But I wouldn't worry about it much, you'll probably be so happy with the performance of your new system, you won't ever bother to overclock it.
(For example, I used to get OC friendly parts for many years, but after never actually OC'ing in the past 7 years or so, I've finally given up even buying the required parts. :) However, I do have an i5-3570K, because it was the fastest at the time, and I do use a CM Hyper TX3 because it's very quiet.)

In Topic: Buying/Building a PC? Check here First! (The Suggested builds thread)

03 October 2014 - 03:22 PM

1. I hope you are joking, or it's a bad link, about that power supply. You really, really don't need a 1000watt power supply, and $2K+ is a ridiculous price. Buy a good 500-650watt power supply and use the extra money to get a fancy 2560x1440 or 4K IPS monitor or 2 (or 3), to give the 970 a work-out.

2. You don't "need" any CPU cooler other than the stock Intel one that comes with the 4570. However, a basic Cooler Master Hyper TX3 or TX4 would operate a lot more quietly and keep the CPU a bit cooler, and would easily fit in that case.
It's worth mentioning that the only real advantage to the ability to keep the CPU temperature low, is the resultant headroom for overclocking. Since you are not overclocking, you don't need to worry about the CPU temperature as long as the cooler is functioning.
So, you really, really don't need a CM Hyper 212 and from the look of the relative dimensions, it won't fit anyway.

3. There's no need to worry about the heat generated by the GTX-970. It uses even less power than the previous generation (GTX-760/770) and even the previous gen had no problems with a basic fan setup. (A 120mm fan in front and a 120mm fan in the rear). The only time you really need to worry about air flow (in a modern case) is when you are running multiple, overclocked GPUs and an overclocked CPU.
In the specific instance of that case, you could add a 120mm fan at the top, if you are concerned with heat.