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#2354110 Seeking PC build advice

Posted Quaker on 03 April 2015 - 02:14 PM

View PostArkham Creed, on 01 April 2015 - 05:16 PM, said:

I've never understood that i5 thing. Its, on paper, literally the same damned process. Same speed, and the same number of cores. What's the difference besides the band name and the i5 is more expensive?
Where to start...
- "Cores" are not all the same. Some cores perform better than others. It's the throughput of the individual cores that matter. As an analogy, think of two 4 cylinder engines running on regular gasoline. They both have the same number of cylinders and run on the same fuel, but one delivers 150 hp in a sports car ( 2.7 litres, turbo charged, fuel injected, etc) and the other delivers 48 hp in an old farm tractor (1.8 litres, carburated). SImilarly, you can't compare CPUs solely based on the number of cores and the clock speed.
- The FX-4300 doesn't have 4 "true" cores. It has 2 "processor modules" that each have 2 lesser cores that share some resources like a floating point register, etc. The FX-4300 is more equivalent to an Intel dual-core i3 with HyperThreading.
- In almost all gaming tests, an Intel i5 outperforms any AMD processor, but an FX-8320/8350 comes closest. The FX-8320/8350 is sometimes referred to as an "8 core" processor - but really it's a 4 "processor module" processor.


Likewise I've seen video tests on youtube of people playing GW2 PvE on high-ish settings using a 730 1gb (this one has a 2gb) and getting between 30 and 60 fps.
If you're happy with 30-60 fps at high-ish settings, go for it. You didn't mention what game resolution those videos were set to. My reasoning is that, if you want 60 fps or better (which most people do) at high-ish settings, at 1920x1080 (the most common modern resolution), you'll need something better than a GT-730. If you are happy at lower fps, lower settings, and/or lower resolution, that's fine.


A quick look and the i5 4460 is a quad core running at 3.4ghz and cost $118 from the seller I’m looking at. The FX-4300 is a quad core running at 3.8ghz and cost $28. What am I missing here? The cache size? The i5 is 6mb, and the 4300 is 4mb. That isn't a lot. Seriously what am I missing?
You are missing any real knowledge of how CPUs work and what specs actually make the most difference. It's not just a matter of how many cores and what clock speed. There's a lot of other details to consider - think of those 4 cylinder engines with carburetor vs fuel-injection, turbo-charged vs normally aspirated. Similarly, there are features within a CPU that make quite a difference besides just the number of cores and the clock speed.

In any case, you gave no indication of your budget in your original post, so I was just trying to give you options that would increase the machines performance. Within your budget, that FX-4300 with GT-730 is about the best you'll find. I'd still suggest you try to spring for an FX-6300 at least. GW2 is a very CPU bound game and you'll find that an FX-4300 will stumble in crowded areas.

#2353927 Personal Story Restoration

Posted Kovalenko on 31 March 2015 - 05:19 PM

I remember back when I did Arah story for my first time, there were so few players available through LFG that we ended up having a Spanish-speaking player in our party after waiting for an hour or so. I ended up having google translate open on a laptop next to my monitor, and we ran 80% of chat through translate (english to spanish and spanish to english).

Absolute nightmare of a dungeon because the Spanish guy was the only one who had run the dungeon before :eek:

Always made me wonder why the last part of your personal story wasn't really all that personal :mellow:

#2353576 Gaming Computer under $600

Posted Quaker on 22 March 2015 - 03:03 PM

Some small suggestions:

For what this guy wants, (unless you plan to overclock it) you could go with a cheaper motherboard, such as:

SSDs are nice to have, but the emphasis should be on CPU and GPU, so in order to cut the price down, you could leave out the SSD altogether. An SSD can always be added later.

For a power supply, I'd suggest a Corsair CX500

And, if you want to cut a bit more cost, you might want to check to see how many fans are included with the case you choose. Although those CM fans are very inexpensive, they shouldn't be needed unless you get a case with no fans, or are planning to seriously overclock the system (which I don't recommend you do).

#2353498 Whats Your Magic In Guild Wars 2

Posted Haggus on 20 March 2015 - 09:36 AM

View PostZhaitan, on 19 March 2015 - 05:13 PM, said:

Many people will say GW2 is extremely casual and lacks "hardcore" content. However, definition of the term hardcore is quite varied and changes dramatically depending on who you ask. I think, GW2 design primarily caters to a crowd base that is past 25 and can rent their own cars.

People forget that most people playing the game may log in 2-3 times during the week, or one or two days on the weekend; and they won't be spending more than maybe 2-3 hours at a time in the game.  For them, the game has plenty to offer.  Sorry, but if you work and are good at your job, have a family, have other social events, and/or other games, even, chances are you won't be one of those crying, "This game has nothing to do anymore!  They need more content!"  Even for those playing the game hard core, most in a good, friendly, casual guild won't be having many issues, either.  This game was made for THESE people.  

For me, this is the magic of the game.  I don't feel the desire to need to log in and play 5 hours a pop like a crack head.  I can treat it casually, and my character can look the way I want them, without having to spend a lot of cash or grind for days.  It's a beautiful game, the animation is great, and breaking with the trinity is the best thing that ever happened.  The LS can be Scooby Doo at times, but that has its own charm.  

You'll always have those of a small, vocal minority who think they, but for lack of money/backing, could do better.  If they could, they would.  It's good just to take them with a grain of salt, and enjoy the game with open eyes.

#2352862 Chunx's Minion Mastery Guide

Posted Thorfinnr on 10 March 2015 - 03:01 PM

View PostOChunx, on 03 March 2015 - 08:17 PM, said:

Just wanna say for those of you who have followed my thread, it's been a good several years playing with necros and their minions. Unfortunately, it just seems that the entire concept of defensive stats in PvE has been outdated for a while. As such, I wouldn't really advocate this build or any minion build for that matter as a build as any kind of optimal setup, but only optimal if your sole goal is to run a minion build for the sake of maintaining minions. Anyway, I've sort of updated this thought process in the philosophy section to reflect my current thoughts.

I have to share those sentiments...I LOVE playing the minions...but...they just don't work very well...maybe like the ranger is getting the "Druid" option...perhaps(now I ain't holding my breath here) ANet will give us a specified "Minion Master" option for the Necromancer...I know its unlikely...but a guy can hope. Necromancer as a whole needs some serious dev-love...at least that's my opinion. Thanks for keeping this up, and know some of us still use it because we enjoy it...and its the best thing going for Minions at this time. :)

#2352376 Vinewrath Chest & Preserved Queen Bee

Posted typographie on 03 March 2015 - 12:04 AM

View PostCrystalline, on 02 March 2015 - 11:39 PM, said:

But how do I extract it?

So is the preserved queen bee in the Vinewrath chest or not? The wiki says it is.

The item that actually drops is the Charged Quartz Orichalcum Amulet of the Hive.

The Preserved Queen Bee is the default upgrade in that amulet. I assume you extract it like you would any other upgrade component: with a salvage kit. Though with 1099g at stake, it had better be a Black Lion kit.

#2350945 Looks Like This Game is Dead

Posted Hobbesqt on 16 February 2015 - 01:48 PM

I constantly see people everywhere, running events and in the world.

You were probably on a dead map instance and needed to zone in to another. Also, not many people hover in cities when there is shit to do.

Try looking a bit harder for people before you cry that the sky is falling.

Also, why did you space every line out with an extra needless line?

There are things called paragraphs.

You should use them.

They are great.


#2350762 Whats Your Magic In Guild Wars 2

Posted davadude on 14 February 2015 - 09:29 AM

My magic for Guild Wars 2 is that I only play when I want to.  For me, that  currently amounts to 1 hour or less per day.  I just do what I want, zerg a bit, PvP a bit, do some PvE, and stop.  During Living Story seasons, I'd play 1-2 hours per day.  It's fluctuating, but that's the advantage of a game that is Buy to Play.

#2344578 Introducing the New Daily Achievement System

Posted Baron von Scrufflebutt on 16 December 2014 - 07:56 PM

View PostCaptain Bulldozer, on 16 December 2014 - 06:01 PM, said:

Well said.

For comparison purposes here, I'll walk in and add the following observation:

The original Guild Wars game did not add anything in the form of daily rewards until the daily Zaishen quests; something which happened more than 4 years AFTER GW1 launched, and more than 2 years after the last major purchasable content release.  Also, from my recollection, a significant portion of GW1's playerbase started playing the game (and contiuned to do so) somewhere around the 2 year in mark. Though I doubt it's anything new to say, how can anyone not acknowledge the difference in quality between those two games given these two striking difference?

Personally, I still consider ZQuests to be a pretty decent model of how to incorporate dailies. I always found them to be a way that promotes doing content, whereas GW2's dailies are about doing non-content, or filler. GW2's requirements such as  "salvage items", "apply conditions", "dodge", "craft items", "kill non hostile creatures", ...are nowhere near as intriguing as  "Do Vizunah". Even ZBounties were more intriguing because of the instanced nature of GW1: the boss was designed with a specific party(size) in mind, so the fight could push the player much more. In GW2, the fight in open-world basically need to be able to be played by 1 person or 30. It's simply impossible to design these encounters as tightly and precisely as you can an encounter where you know exactly how many people are going to go against it.

And it was that tight design that kept the content intriguing and allowed the dailies to be an extra incentive to do it, rather than the sole reason for doing it. In GW2, on the other hand, the reward is the sole reason to do something, because without it, you might as well not be doing it.

#2344235 Introducing the New Daily Achievement System

Posted Mordakai on 11 December 2014 - 02:55 AM

View PostSatenia, on 10 December 2014 - 11:29 PM, said:

And precisely because of that business model they have absolutely no obligation to keep up the bi-weekly rhythm over the holidays or even offer you something on top of their scheduled announcement such as this change to the daily achievement system.

If the kind of consumers who complained previously in this thread had indeed any saying, I'm fairly sure Anet wouldn't make a single buck with this game because said consumers keep on moaning about "how they don't financially support them till they make proper content" - which of course never happens because they are impossible to please. Empty consumers promises don't look very good on a financial report I'm afraid. They also do not make a company want to work overtime or involve them into decision-making processes.

Based on this research from April 2014, the average revenue per user is about 3.88$ - give or take a few. The important part to consider here is that because there is no actual sub, those players who actually do spend money on the game end up far far higher than this average, meaning they carry a whole bunch of those "complaining free-loaders" I've mentioned.

Since you brought up fairness, next time one complains about the games content or the perceived lack of such, said person might want to consider what his personal average spending per month is and how that stands in relation to what Anet should deliver to that person in return. We might just start seeing more constructive points in the future.

It's not just about content.  Hell, I played GW1 for years with no meaningful updates.

But Anet is the one who promised "an expansions worth of content.". They are the ones who claimed we would be getting the same updates as a sub game.  I didn't expect it until they promised it.

And I've spent well over $200 on this game expecting them to deliver.  Now it's over 2 years in, and nothing to show for it but gimmicky LS segments.

Where are the major game-changing new professions, races, or at least weapons needed to breathe new life into this game?

#2340596 Is GW2 dead now or is it just the forums?

Posted rukia on 03 October 2014 - 12:45 PM

View PostDoctor Overlord, on 22 September 2014 - 08:42 PM, said:

No worries :)   I've done the avatar mistake myself lol

Dear God, I thought the WoW forums were bad back in the day, I never imagined PvP EVE forums.

Agreed.   When I was burned by Warhammer Online, I just divested myself of it.   I did not bother logging onto WAR websites when the game was still going for months afterward complaining at people who were still playing.

Now, that's not to say I did not (and still do) bring up WAR as an example of truly terrible, wretched game on MMO sites like Massively, but as you said, I find I have better things to do with my time than troll forums with bitter posts at players who do not share my viewpoints.

However I would be lying if I did not admit to making one short, parting post on the official WAR website when the announcement of the game finally being shut down. It reminded me of this scene from Firefly:

[standing over his wounded opponent, refusing to kill him]
Mal: You know, they say mercy is the mark of a great man.
[stabs the man]
Mal: Guess I'm just a good man.
[stabs him again]
Mal: Well, I'm all right.

STOP. I cry every time I am reminded of fireflies cancellation.

OT: I only post when I am currently playing, which is not often lol. The game is just stale.. I need raids or new skills... something, anything. I've been waiting for the new WoW expansion so I will be here a bit. Whenever a game runs out of content I usually just head to pvp, but it is so atrocious in GW2 being 1 map only and the same BS builds 24/7.

#2338476 What future do you want in GW2? A comprehensive poll...

Posted Alex Dimitri on 08 September 2014 - 06:22 PM

This feature pack like others before him added some stuff but none of it was essential.
Anet`s fixation on Living Story made GW2 so underdeveloped game, 2 years Live and we only got two tiny maps to actually expand the world of Tyria !!!
Shame really if you take in consideration that every LS they bring doesn`t give more than 30 - 45 min gameplay and certainly do not bring anything close to challenge why they are so fixated on it ? ? ?
Anet repeat`s over and over that it`s listening to playerbase but their actions speaks different........

For me it`s really simple i supported every game i played with ($) of course when i was satisfied with what they bring to the table, i have GW1 (complete) and i spend over that just to say i`m happy !

GW2 will not see a penny from me simply because i do not want to pay to craft damn things, and do world events over and over again, dungeons are not rewarding (i don`t and i never did run dungeons for coin on the end of it) fractals are same, WvW is stale because you always know winner (even before start) sPvP has only one mode (which is totally silly) and list goes on.......

If Anet want me as happy camper (and i guess i`m not alone on this) here`s few hints:

2.Guild Halls (home instance sucks big time)
3.Hard Core dungeons (possibly raid party`s)
4.More sPvP modes (use your imagination)
5.Balance game (giving meaning to any other build besides Berserker ) note:this doesn`t mean nerf Zerker more !!!
6.Open new zones (large chunks not some crappy little maps with silly achievements)
7.Rework reward system (getting blue/green item after investing 2hrs in let`s say Fractals is bitter disappointment)
8.STOP with crafting everything (crafting is usually the most boring part of any game, and no matter what you craft (Legendary) it wouldn`t make you happy as you actually getting it as a DROP !!!

#2331971 ArenaNet to "address [...] the dominance of Berserker/DPS"

Posted Phineas Poe on 14 July 2014 - 06:17 PM

View PostDatenshi92, on 13 July 2014 - 08:40 PM, said:

This "reduce 10%" damage from full zerker builds won't cut it. Its like applying a short-term bandage over a much larger issue.

To be fair, they admitted themselves that this ferocity overhaul was just the first step of a larger process. It wasn't meant to fix everything overnight, but it was a part of the solution to bringing Berserker in line with other stat allocations. You've touched on the other side of the Berserker issue, and that's that content doesn't encourage support builds enough. And not "support" in the sense that you bring Tome of Courage to Tequatl, but through-and-through support builds like "healway" guardians that you see in WvW.

You already see content like Wurm optimizing roles by classes, like having engineers and necromancers killing husks, so I'm not sure it's out of the question that we start expecting support builds being more integral in fights, where content becomes unmanageable/impossible without guardians and elementalists in healing gear. We're already sort of implementing that kind of stuff at Tequatl, which allows us to finish the fight with over 11:00 remaining.

The game has room for support builds in PvE, and has pre-existing boss mechanics that push players toward that direction. The issue is just that the game hasn't full-stop required us to use them.

#2333312 Dragon's Reach: Part 1

Posted Neo Nugget on 24 July 2014 - 04:51 PM

View PostMiragee, on 24 July 2014 - 01:05 PM, said:

I'm sure I heard that before. Uhm yeah, like every 2-3 month since release.

I'm still very interested to find out what they have planned for the second anniversary. Assuming we have two living story releases spaced two weeks apart left, that lands us pretty close to anniversary week. There's gotta be something going on.

#2332172 Don't you dare, ANet! [slight patch spoiler]

Posted Mordakai on 15 July 2014 - 06:54 PM

Trahearne gets corrupted and we have to kill him.  Win/win.