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Need a new CPU for GW2! Advice Needed

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September 20, 2012 8:58:33 PM

So here is my current rig.

OS: Windows 7 64
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition Deneb
GPU: Radeon 5850 HD 1GB Cypress Pro XXX Edition
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
RAM: 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1333
PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W
HD: Seagate 7200RPM 1TB

What I am doing is playing GW2 and I like it a lot, however my computer seems to struggle to keep my FPS high, even in low populated areas during PvE. I'm talking around 40-45 fps outside of dynamic events. In WvWvW/DE if there are more than 20 people on the screen I drop down to 15-20 fps max. I do run the game at 1920x1080 because that's what my monitor defaults to. I keep hearing that this game is VERY CPU heavy so I am looking for recommendations for what to upgrade my CPU to given my other hardware. If possible I would like to keep my MOBO since I'm not ready to do a full overhaul yet.

I should also add that I'm fairly happy with my FPS in most PvE situations, but I love to hit WvW and it sucks playing at 20 fps.

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September 20, 2012 9:25:51 PM

Well the problem is the new FX series won't make a big difference and you need to change motherboard if you want something good.
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September 20, 2012 9:26:41 PM

lyrius said:
Well the problem is the new FX series won't make a big difference and you need to change motherboard if you want something good.


Well I'm not opposed to changing to another mobo I just didn't want to have to take it all apart again and rewire but I can if doing so will make a major difference with not only this game but the new generation of games coming.
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September 20, 2012 9:29:47 PM

Oh and if I really do need to upgrade the Mobo with the CPU I would like to spend less than $300.
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September 20, 2012 9:38:59 PM

Well for these money you can get mobo with i5 3550. (checked roughly in newegg) but they are a bit over the budget (with ~15 bucks)
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September 20, 2012 9:41:19 PM

lyrius said:
Well for these money you can get mobo with i5 3550. (checked roughly in newegg) but they are a bit over the budget (with ~15 bucks)


Sorry, should have put in before hand, I don't use INTEL chips. I'm an AMD guy all the way.
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September 20, 2012 9:41:27 PM

but I'm not sure your main problem is in the CPU
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September 20, 2012 9:46:32 PM

The thing is I'm not sure your CPU is the problem. The GPU you use is quite outdated and usually in games that is what is used mostly. I bet that you will get better results if you change to your GPU.
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Wait for more answers and decide yourself what to do. I'm not Intel fanboy but atm they are the top dog in chip industry and AMD are in quite bad position. One thing is sure going to FX won't make your game a lot smoother.
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September 20, 2012 9:58:17 PM

I would read through this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/guild-wars-2-perfor...

If you are dead-set on AMD only it looks like the FX4000 would be an o.k. option if you OC it.

I actually think your 5850 will be fine for a while yet if you are just looking to keep in the ~40fps range in the busier moments.

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September 20, 2012 11:57:40 PM

If you don't want to go intel then overclocking your current CPU is the only upgrade worth doing CPU wise
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