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In Topic: Can I run GW2?

Yesterday, 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.

In Topic: I3 2100 3.10GHz (Sandy Bridge) VS. I5 3550 3.3GHz (Ivy Bridge)

27 September 2014 - 02:04 PM

In a CPU heavy game like GW2, you will get quite a significant boost with an i5 quad-core over an i3 dual-core. I don't know what sort of fps you were getting in WvW, large events, and crowded area, but it should improve significantly in those areas - going to 40-45 fps.
In normal PvE, again not knowing your i3 results, you should get over 60 fps consistently with the i5, but of course, the R9 270 is responsible for much of that.

You won't notice a lot of difference in browsing, watching videos, etc, but more intensive apps like video editors, spreadsheets, etc, will be a lot snappier.

The upgrade would be well worth the money and effort.

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

22 September 2014 - 05:24 PM

View Posttypographie, on 22 September 2014 - 05:06 PM, said:

the modular cable feature often tends to command a $20-40 difference on its own.
Too true, but ....