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Specializations Ready Up

24 April 2015 - 11:37 PM

Well I’m going to assume a lot of us saw this. So, thoughts?


As for me…nice changes to engineer, but my Mesmer and necro builds got destroyed. Completely and irrevocably. They even went so far as to call out my Mesmer build as an “unhealthy play style” and said they were intending to have it completely removed from the game. That really, really sucks. There’s an alt I’ll never be touching again.

Seeking graphics card advice

04 April 2015 - 08:09 PM

Okay, round two. Let’s hope this goes a bit more…civil, than my previous thread. Lessons learned. So before I even get into the cards I’m looking at I’m going to give some important bullet points to make sure we’re all on the same page.

The important information to keep in mind
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Okay, onto the cards themselves. I’m looking at three right now, and I know for a fact that each is pretty much straight up better than the last. That isn’t the issue. I’ll get to that, but first the list.

*Nvidia GeForce GT 730 2Gb: My minimum choice and the one I’ll most likely end up with. A cheap card with less than stellar specs, but consider this the baseline of what I’m looking for. From the service I’m looking at this comes with a 350w power supply and a listed cost $73. Not sure how they arrived at the number, but there it is.

*Nvidia GeForce GT 740 2Gb: Obviously a better card than the above, but a bit over budget. I could be persuaded to stretch the budget for this one if it’s really worth it, but doing so will force me to cut my storage in half, and I really want that 1Tb hard drive. Comes with a 400w power supply and listed price of $115.

*Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 2Gb: That benchmark score, compared to the others…damn. I want this one, obviously, but it’s over budget for my bundle. So unless I get an extra windfall when my cash clears this one is out. Consider it a “goal point” to shoot for, but obviously fall short of. Comes with a 400w power supply and listed price of $164.

Okay, firstly let me confirm that these prices are being added to the cost of other parts for my bundle and are probably so cheap because its assumed I’ll be buying a full bundle, and I will be. I’m shooting for something between approximately $500 and $600 dollars here, ideally sticking closer to $500 because, you know, sales tax is a thing. Basically what that means is, through this service, I’m looking for something listed (link in the important info section) as between $50 and $150, ideally closer to the $50 side. Split the difference at $100.

Secondly; yes all these were chosen because of “Nvidia hype.” The brand has a following and it’s easy to find people saying it’s better than AMDs. But as you may have gathered from the above section I don’t necessarily put much stock into that. All I know is most of my games have a big Nividia logo on startup, so there is that. I’m fully open to grabbing an AMD instead, and that’s what this thread is really about; deciding between a Nvidia on this list or an equivalent AMD. If there is an equivalent AMD…

Anyway, look over the cards listed and on that service, look over their prices, and offer your advice. I welcome all opinions here, and will take everything under advisement. Thanks in advance.

My bundle so far...
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Seeking PC build advice

29 March 2015 - 08:42 PM

I’m a gamer on a budget, and can’t afford a great PC, likewise I lack the technical know-how and confidence to build my own PC. As a result of this I’m opting to get myself a bargain pre-built desktop in the next couple of months when an expected windfall comes through. I’ve pretty much decided on my system, but I don’t really know what to expect with GW2. All I really care about is a stable, modest framerate in PvE with fairly high settings. I have no interest in PvP or WvvW, so expected performance there isn’t an issue. Below I’ll list the specs of the model I’m looking at, and I’d greatly appreciate any opinions or advice from the more technically minded members of the community. Thanks in advance.

Processor --- AMD FX-4300 Zambezi (3.8GHz/4.0GHz Turbo, 4MB L2 Cache) Quad Core
Motherboard --- AMD 760G
Graphics Card --- NVIDIA GeForce GT 730
Video Memory --- 2GB
Power Supply --- 350 Watt - ATX
Memory (RAM) --- 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive --- 1TB - SATA III - 7200RPM

Addendum:
A quick list of games I'm hoping to run on mid to high settings with an average fame-rate between 30 and 60 FPS.

Guild Wars 2
XCOM Enemy Within
Boarderlands The Pre-Sequel
Mass Effect Trilogy
Saints Row 4
Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning
Dragon Age Inquisition (probably going to fall short with this one)

Please help with a serious pain in the...back

26 February 2015 - 05:09 AM

In preparation for Heart of Thorns I'm working on gear for my insta-leveled revenant, and currently I'm putting together a back slot...or trying to. You see I'm planning on going celestial stat with him, and after spending a few days grinding up luck for the Lucky Ram Lantern I find, much to my disappointment, that celestial isn't a stat option for it. How very unlucky for me. I can't even take comfort in knowing I got the skin because frankly I think it's butt ugly.

Next idea; crafter back items. So I whip up a jewelcrafter back item at its highest quality, even has an infusion slot, and go to throw in a celestial jewel....and realize that in their great "wisdom" Arena Net decided that those items are only level 78 and thus can't accept exotic jewels....and there is no rare celestial jewel in the game.

Needless to say I'm a little aggravated right now, so I figured I'd come here and ask the guru community just to cover all my bases;

Anyone out there know of an exotic back item, level 80, with celestial stats and how to get it?

Yeah I could just go ascended, but have you ever tried that on a budget? I have like...six gold to my name. And don't even mention the "free" one you can get by doing Fractals of the Mists. I don't follow the zerker meta (obviously); I'm not allowed in Fractals.

Revenant: Legend Dream Teams

23 February 2015 - 07:42 AM

Just a little thought experiment I decided on to get an idea what the rev players here on guru have in mind. We all know that the profession’s “thing” is channeling the spirits and powers of important figures (human and otherwise, hero and villain) from Guild Wars lore. We can also reasonably assume that list isn’t going to be very big. At least at first. In fact based on the recent Points of Interest live stream you could be forgiven for believing that the rev will only get four, MAYBE five, legends to choose from. And contrary to popular speculation we have zero reason to believe that the rev’s specialization will add to that list.

Likewise we know that each legend will have a theme, and emphasize a different core MMO playstyle. Currently we know the dwarf king Jalis Ironhammer will act as our defensive/brawler/tank playstyle, and the demon Mallyx the Unyielding will serve as our condition spec. So keeping these things in mind, and assuming that our total list of legends will be NO MORE THAN FIVE, let’s throw out our ideas of what legends we may get, or just want, and what roles/playstyles they might entail. I’ll start us off.

Legendary Dwarf Stance – King Jalis Ironhammer: Tank spec

Legendary Demon Stance – Mallyx the Unyielding: Condition spec

Legendary Betrayer Stance – Shiro Tagachi: DPS spec

Legendary Sage Stance – Ventari: Support/Heal spec

Legendary Prophet Stance – Glint: Utility/Control spec