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Is this gaming rig fast enough for Guild Wars 2??

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August 15, 2012 10:11:05 PM

Ok so here's what I have so far... I want it to be able to run games such as Guild Wars 2, WOW, BF3, AC3 on at least high to max settings. Please leave any info you can to help me!


AMD Phenom ll X4 965 Black Edition 3.40Ghz Socket AM3
http://bit.ly/NniFOI

Kingston HyperX RAM 8GB, DDR3-1333mhz
http://bit.ly/TFAvjw

Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD SATA
http://bit.ly/TFAvjw

LG Internal 24X DVD Writer SATA
http://bit.ly/RS1XKQ

Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case
http://bit.ly/Q0k50c

Ultra 650-Watt Power Supply
http://bit.ly/PdJHuQ

Corsair CAFA50 A50 Air Series Performance CPU Cooler
http://bit.ly/NCvwxe

ASUS M5A99X EVO AMD 990X AM3+ Motherboard
http://bit.ly/RS2Gvw

OR

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD 790X Socket AM3 Motherboard
http://bit.ly/RX7aTj

(Not sure which one, any advice?)
This would run me about $570 - $600, then I would purchase this video card a few months after. Good rig or?

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB
http://bit.ly/SorBEl
August 16, 2012 1:02:48 AM

It's still an unknown as to what the hardware requirements for GW2 will be because everything graphics wise is still not optimised, however I would be willing to bet that the system you posted would play it absolutely fine on medium-high settings. The only thing i would consider putting a little bit more cash into is the GPU.
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August 16, 2012 1:13:03 AM

If you're looking to play all those games you mentioned maxed, I would really get a totally different build. If you can't afford it, at least get a Radeon HD 7870 or GTX 660 Ti over the older Radeon HD 6950. If you can swing it, here's a pretty great gaming build for a little over $1000.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eyuo
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August 16, 2012 1:27:13 AM

The Ultra PSU includes in its specs "Special Features Manual 130v & 220v Switching," which is a great big laff, as it almost certainly indicates an overrated, obsolete design (the Antec VP-450 is a notable exception; it also has a voltage switch). I'd choose a better PSU, such as anything [built by] Seasonic.
I have participated in a few of the GW2 beta events and stress tests. My CPU is a 970BE, and it has no trouble with the game. Axleh is correct about it not yet being fully optimized, but it's clearly getting a lot better. The game looked great on my 970BE+HD7870, and also on my i5-3570K+HD7770; in fact the first system was better, but either did well enough that I couldn't complain. Since you're building new, I'd strongly recommend Intel. Recent reviews and benchmarks are all consistent in indicating that there is no longer any price point where Intel is not the stronger performer in games. No, I'm not planning to scrap my AMD rig, but if I were to build new, it would be Intel.

Edit: stantrm1's build has some good choices in it (CPU, mobo, case, PSU, and RAM), and some I would not choose (GPU for poor compute [get GTX560Ti or 570 if nVidia, HD7850 or HD7870 if AMD], HDD for brief warranty [get WD Black for a 5 yr. warranty], and cooler for being CM, a dishonest company [get Xigmatek or Corsair]).
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August 16, 2012 1:28:32 AM

I had a Sapphire 5770 Vapor X before, I can max out the graphics but the shadow could only be around low or medium otherwise the screen isn't smooth.

I agree with stan1rm, newer videocards also have lower power consumption (I upgraded to Sapphire 7870 just for this game.)

OFF TOPIC : which server are you playing?
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August 16, 2012 1:39:02 AM

lanceor said:
I had a Sapphire 5770 Vapor X before, I can max out the graphics but the shadow could only be around low or medium otherwise the screen isn't smooth.

I agree with stan1rm, newer videocards also have lower power consumption (I upgraded to Sapphire 7870 just for this game.)

OFF TOPIC : which server are you playing?

I haven't tested my HD7750 on it yet, but my other systems I configured specifically to test modest CPU + strong GPU vs. strong CPU + modest GPU; the former combo came out on top, but then I'm a PvE guy, and the great big WvW battles may be more CPU-dependent.

I'm in Divinity's Reach. Since I particularly enjoy the RPG aspects of this type of game, my characters will likely all or mostly be human males. Shaemoor is a cool area, and you'll get to a crafting area pretty quickly.

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August 16, 2012 3:25:16 AM

Onus said:
I haven't tested my HD7750 on it yet, but my other systems I configured specifically to test modest CPU + strong GPU vs. strong CPU + modest GPU; the former combo came out on top, but then I'm a PvE guy, and the great big WvW battles may be more CPU-dependent.

I'm in Divinity's Reach. Since I particularly enjoy the RPG aspects of this type of game, my characters will likely all or mostly be human males. Shaemoor is a cool area, and you'll get to a crafting area pretty quickly.



Yea i think Arena mentioned that GW2 is CPU-dependent or something i cant remember, actually my vcard is being bottlenecked by my processor 1st gen corei7. -.- but not that much that you can actually notice ingame.
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