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In Topic: Upgrading from Mac

27 March 2015 - 01:58 PM

It depends a lot upon what sort of performance level you're aiming for. $400-700 isn't going to get you a high-end machine.
The usual advice for playing an MMO like GW2 would be to try to get something with an Intel i5-4xxx CPU and a graphics card such as a GTX-960 or R9 270, but you may have to juggle things around to fit within that price range.

You could check out some of the info in this thread: http://www.guildwars...uter-under-600/

I would suggest that, at a bare minimum you would want a GTX-750 Ti or R7 260X for graphics.
An AMD FX-6300 or Intel i3 would be bare minimum CPU for GW2. There other lower cost CPU options, but GW2 is very CPU dependent, so you don't want to go too low.

In Topic: Guild Wars 2 Laptop Guide

27 March 2015 - 01:51 PM

It should perform quite well. It has an excellent (for mobile) quad-core CPU and a latest gen mobile GPU.

In Topic: Best AMD CATALYST drivers for GW2

25 March 2015 - 02:15 PM

I think you'll find that, in those instances where you get 12 fps the only graphic setting that might make any difference is if Sampling is set to Supersampling. Other than that you'll find that the graphics settings won't matter. The low fps is due to the CPU having to keep track of so many characters, enemies, spell effects, etc. Even if you set your graphics to "low" you will still get low fps in WvW, large events, and crowded towns.
Adding more RAM won't help.

In Topic: Best AMD CATALYST drivers for GW2

24 March 2015 - 03:00 PM

GW2 is CPU bound. It doesn't matter too much what video driver you use, you will still get poor fps in large fights. About the only video related option I can suggest is to make sure Sampling is set to "Native" and not "Supersampling".

I would assume that by "large fights" you mean WvW, but if you are just talking about large events, your fps does seem very low. I have a 3750K (stock clock) and an HD7870 and I would get similar (but higher than 12) fps in large events. You might actually do better by setting your 3750 to stock clocks as I have heard that GW2 is sensitive to overclocks and can actually perform worse.

It is normal for some games to get no benefit from crossfire, btw.

The best you could hope for from one video driver to the next, is maybe a 10% difference. 10% of 12 fps is 1.2 fps - whoop-de-do. :)

BTW - how much RAM do you have? Less than 4Gig would suck. 4gig is OK. 8Gig would be better. (16gig would be overkill.)

In Topic: Gaming Computer under $600

23 March 2015 - 01:34 PM

View PostMy Signature, on 22 March 2015 - 04:21 PM, said:

The bigger question I have, is does he need that powerful of a computer to play games like BF3,
You said originally, that your friend wanted a "PC that will be in between a standard rig, and a high end one", which is basically what that system is.
Some of it depends upon what he intends to use as a monitor, but I'm assuming it's a 1920x1080 LCD.

If you wanted a slightly more basic rig, I'd suggest you just use an AMD A10-7850, (and appropriate motherboard) with no extra video card and a CX430 power supply. That would play many games reasonably well. I have an HTPC using an A8-7600 that will play some games well, but doesn't work well with GW2 or SWTOR (MMOs, because they are CPU dependant).