I built my current computer back in 2008, and in anticipation of Guild Wars 2, I'm wondering if some upgrades could be done. I'm not a hardcore PC gamer, but it is my gaming system of choice. My computer now handles what games I currently play (Guild Wars 1, Mass Effect 2), so I don't know that it's time to build one from scratch.
Here is my current setup:
SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
NZXT HUSH Black SECC Steel/ Aluminum/ Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
PNY XLR8 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD2048KD2-800-X4
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM
I'm hoping for some feedback from those more up-to-date than I about what options there are for improvement. Developers for GW2 say that their game will run on older machines, but if my "older machine" could be tweaked to improve the game experience, I'd like to make the tweak.
Gonna be honest, it all needs an upgrade But other than a total overhaul, I would suggest maybe 2 more GB of ram? You could grab another GPU, and recycle it in your next build. The 4830 is kinda slow nowadays.
You can easily reuse the case, heatsink, HDD, optical drive.
It really depends on how much your budget is and how "well" you want GW2 to run at. Meaning, low, moderate, ultra settings.
No information on GW2 hardware settings, but MMOs seem to utilize CPU processing power as well as GPU power. Meaning, upgrading to a quad-core and a 6000series GPU would give you a huge boost in performance. If I were you, I would wait till at least the GW2 open beta. I heard news that GW2 closed beta were going to start this year, so waiting would be my ideal bet.