Thanks for the advice. I took it as several votes for “Just get something with a K at the end of it.” Got the i7 3770K, ASRock Z77 Extreme4, an additional 4gig of ram and saw an immediate improvement in Guild Wars 2 without any overclocking. The only thing I’ve done so far is set the ram to its native 1600.
Before with the i7 2600 I had to run the game with shaders and shadows on low, sampling on native (resolution is set to 1920 by 1080), everything else high. And even though Fraps would claim 24~ fps it had noticeable chop in large battles (dropped to 16~fps with Fraps recording).
With the 3770K I can set everything to max and rarely see it dip below 30fps even with Fraps recording. Over all very happy with its’ performance right out of the box.
Thanks again for the replies.