They've objectively succeeded in freeing up players from needing a tank and healer, I don't think that's in question. Problem is that when support/control/tanks/healers are optional, pure DPS can by definition accomplish the same things faster and no one will ever use anything else. Thus the meta.
Problem is, I'm not sure its really even possible to fix. Tanks and healers are an all-or-nothing thing. Without a need to bring them, no one will. Best they could really do is rebalance the sources of damage in the game to focus less on avoidable OHKOs, which might make toughness/vitality better, but that still doesn't mean we need support/control.
You ever been in dungeon runs with full-glass-garbage-can players who are downed half the time?
I recommend Berserker's to newer players because if they care enough to ask how to improve their play they're likely the sort who can make the most of the advice. Do you really think that the players you're describing are the ones who bothered to research how to maximize their potential? I don't think they are.
In my experience, those who can't stay on their feet are the ones who are either lagging heavily, keyboard-turners, or have no idea how or what to dodge. Gear doesn't make this sort of difference in a game so heavily focused on damage that must be avoided, so a player who is surviving in Knight's is doing exactly what they'd be doing in Berserker's: positioning themselves to survive.
iBuyPower has a reputation for using lower quality parts in their builds. Even if you spend the same money on a system, with a little guidance you'll be able to build something more reliable and you'll have gained some experience in the process.
There's the choice of the cheapest RAM/power supplies, which iBuyPower refers to as "standard," and various upgrades where they give the specific brand and model. I think Cyberpowerpc gives a wider assortment of choices as to specific products, but a Corsair power supply from iBuyPower is no less adequate than from anywhere else.
Building is my personal preference, but everyone needs to decide for themselves their own level of comfort. There's nothing wrong with buying a pre-built system as long as you're making conscious, informed decisions about what you're getting.
A SSD would reduce loading times and is highly recommended.
I'd only recommend an SSD once all of the vitals are taken care of. It makes no sense to use such a low-end video card while spending $100+ on an SSD. Framerates first, then load times.
Katsumi Kei, on 05 December 2013 - 11:42 AM, said:
The PSU sounds a little weak, I ready somewhere that when functionning around 70% of it's maximum output it works best (or survives most if you prefer).
Keep in mind that even a very high-end PC these days with a single video card will only draw, under load, somewhere around 350-400 W—and I'm talking like GTX 780 Ti/GTX Titan/R9 290X systems. And this is a very, very low power system.. 70% or less of that 300 W is probably a very safe bet.
Its enough for the system as it stands now, but I would strongly recommend at least an R9 270X and a trusty 500 W PSU.