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Desktop - Ultra Settings

30 December 2012 - 07:48 PM

I have been playing GW2 on a 2-year-old gaming laptop.  It has served me well, but I am looking to upgrade to a desktop in order to crank up the settings to the max.

I have never built a computer, and I am kind of a tech noob, but I have been doing some research and this is what I came up with on ibuypower.com:

Processor - Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache)
Processor Cooling - Corsair Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU Cooling System - ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
Memory - 16 GB [8 GB x2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand
Video Card - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB EVGA Superclocked - Single Card
Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V LX
Power Supply - 750 Watt - Corsair CX750
Primary Hard Drive - 120 GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD - Single Drive
Data Hard Drive - 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive
Optical Drive - 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )
Case - CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer Gaming Case - Black
Operating System - Windows 8 - 64-bit

Cost: $1352 (+ $75 shipping)

I compared the price to buying parts and building on my own, and I did not see much of a difference.  I would rather pay a few extra dollars and have it come assembled.

I am wondering if this would be enough to run GW2 on max settings with consistent FPS of 40+.  Or on the flip side, is it a bit overkill?

GW2 is currently the only game I play, but I am planning on dabbling in the re-release of FFXIV as well.

Critiques, suggestions, personal experiences welcomed!

Best Healing/Condition/Beastmaster Build

27 December 2012 - 06:46 PM

Just looking for some feedback on my current build.  PvE and WvWvW.  Not really into PvP.


Armor - Apothecary (H/t/c) (Sigil of Dwayna x6)
Trinkets - Carrion (C/p/t)
Weapons - Apothecary
- Shortbow (Sigil of Battle)
- Sword (Sigil of Battle)
- Torch/Warhorn (Sigil of Fire)

- Shared Anguish, Hide in Plain Sight, Empathic Bond
- Nature's Bounty
- Mighty Swap, Intimidation Training, Natural Healing

Utility Skills:
They change depending on my situation and mood.  Mostly use:
- Healing Spring (never change this out)
- Signet of the Hunt
- Signet of the Wild
- Flame/Spike Trap
- Sick 'Em
- Rage as One/Entangle

I normally run with wolf, drakehound, or a feline.  This is where I'm at a bit of a loss.  I know I need to rely on my pet for the bulk of my damage with this build.

I'm all about critique, so feel free to tear me apart.  I came here looking to better myself.  I had been a shortbow/axe-warhorn trapper ranger for quite some time.  I just recently switched to sword-torch healing/bunker and I'm loving it so far.

My goal is to be able to tank anything (within reason) while letting my pet and condition damage handle a lot of the damage while playing solo.  In group play, I'd like to be pure support for my party, without really worrying about direct damage as much.  I'd love to be a complete healing machine in dungeons, etc.

Any feedback, similar builds, or success/failure stories would be great!

Medium Armor Choices - Asthetically Speaking

19 November 2012 - 05:22 PM

Is anyone else struggling with the lack of diversity in the medium armor lineup?  I feel like every armor set has the same sillouette (i.e. trenchcoat) and none of them really fit my character.

I'm a male human ranger.  I would like to look like a ranger.  Not a pirate, or a cowboy, or a super hero, or a samurai, or even a walking quilted blanket.  I can't believe this game is so visually stunning, yet so limited in armor choice.  Every medium armor is basically a re-skin of another.  

Is there a profession-specific line of armor I may be missing?  Or has anyone heard of plans to expand armor choices?

Obviously this is subjective, but I feel as though I'm forced to wear ugly armor and play a profession/race I enjoy, or find visually appealing armor and play a profession/race I can't stand.