Sounds like a good update and the removal of culling in PvE is MUCH desired on my part. As long as they give the same options for it in the F11 menu that they have for WvW culling there's no reason for anyone to complain about it. The other WvW changes sound pretty good too. As for the Living Story content - I think it's cool - so what if you probably don't ever do it again, it's still fun and telling a story. Pretty darned nice for not having to pay anything for the gameplay (hundreds of hours) since release. *if you buy gems, fine, but they don't have much to do with actual gameplay do they?
Nothing bad. The card just doesn't have to work as hard - or - if you run without vsync, you'll get more fps from the game.
I run GW2 on an HD7870 and I get 60+ fps in GW2 normal PvE @ 1920x1080 (everything max'd but Sampling:Normal), but of course, I only get 30-40 fps (vsync off) in large events because of the CPU (i5-3570K). (Large events and WvW are CPU limited.)
So an HD7870 would be a good choice, but you might consider a GTX-660 Ti or HD7950 for a bit extra power.
I can also recommend 7870 for full HD gaming (1920x1080), this card is a beast and can be acquired on the "cheap" side for "higher end" card. It absolutely runs anything, flawlessly i would extend my recommendation to Asus (direct CU II) version or MSI (twin Frozer IV) both come overclocked with insane good cooling (my Asus get`s on 55C on almost full load, and it remains dead silent) !!!
Fractals are not better at all. A relentless geargrind treadmill. Doing the same annoying, non-memorable dungeon endless times just to get "better" gear when Anet said this game would be cosmetic and not a geargrind.
Change geargrind/treadmill into money farm, and you have Sorrow's Furnace. It's a matter of taste.
I would love to see magic find removed from the game entirely and the loot systems updated to reflect that (by increasing the chances of good drops in a way which is equivalent to everyone having tons of magic find.) I personally have never felt that magic find made much sense from either a lore perspective or a gameplay one.
Having said that, the FoW-approach to vanity items is bullshit. Different people have different tastes. Now, while I feel that my fashion choices are superior, I don't mind humouring the poor *ers who want to look like shit. Expensive shit, but shit none-the-less.
So, what I'd suggest is multiple skins for each stat, catering to a wide variety of tastes.
People can't differentiate fantasy and real life I guess, doubt we'll get Cantha (as we know it) but something completely different because hurr durr intelligent logical thought is a very rare trait in this world. Reminds me of those idiots that are offended by panda's being in video games. Get real... must be the gamer versions of PETA.
Congratulations, it only took you a few lines to insult the majority of Asian people. It might seem "illogical" for us but for gamers in e.g. Japan, South Korea, China it isn't.
Let's imagine a fairy tale land where rangers (which i dont concede at all) do equal dps as warriors. Now since this is dependent on a spirit and a pet, let's make a list of the instances where depending on them for dps will result in you being totally gimped...
4. Any CoF path besides P1
6. Dredge fractal/cliffside fractal/uncategorized fractal/swamp fractal/ascalon fractal
Probably add CM to that list too. Those are generally places where either the spirit or pet won't survive long due to AOE or enemy aggro. So basically any content more challenging than CoF1 or HotW 1. Oh wait the pet will get destroyer by the Butcher on HotW1, so thats out too.
It seems a bit expensive. You may be better off to configure a system from iBuypower, Cyberpower, etc.
Also, a GTX-680 is overkill for a single 1920x1080 monitor. A 750watt power supply is overkill - a 500watt would do, particularly if you reduce the video card to a GTX-670. 4Gigs of RAM is 'enough', 8Gigs is comfortable, 16Gigs is overkill.
This thread basically proves how underwhelming rangers are in dungeons for a dps role. Even on paper, they do less dps then a dps warrior and almost half of that dps comes from an annoying pet.
And obviously in a real scenerio, the warrior is better for party buffs, functional dps, better cleave dps, better burst dps, and the fact they don't have a stupid pet that doesn't cleave and dies to AoE or screws up fights like GL.
I would be interested in seeing the lag vs server population metric. I have a feeling that all of the netlag is based on Anet's side.
I am also unbelievable disappointed with WvW lag in general. I mean after 7 months those optimization bugs should be ironed out by now. I have little to no faith that GW2 will ever run as intended by the developers until the i9 6770k processors roll out in 2020+
Skill lag in an action oriented game is completely unacceptable.