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Upgrading older PC for GW2

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October 13, 2012 12:03:07 AM

Hi guys, I'm looking to finalize some ideas on which parts to purchase. The purpose of this build will be for gaming on Guild Wars 2 and perhaps other FPS games, with settings between medium and high. My budget is around $200-250 (US dollars)

The build at the moment:

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
AMD Athlon 64 bit Dual core 3800+ Windsor 90nm
Asus Nvidia MCP61- chipset rev A3, southbridge rev A2
Nvidia geforce 7200GS
Dell HP p2507f3p 250 W
Playing at 1440x900 60hz and will not be upgrading the monitor.

Will NOT be overclocking

For GPUs I'm looking at 7750s but don't know how to pick a brand, also the average price fits in well with my budget and gaming preference.

For CPUs I've selected a AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz. Only going off of review and price it seems well for my budget build. Will this be an overkill piece?

Do I need a new motherboard? I've seen high quality gaming pcs with older mobos so I'm confused.

If more power is needed I will probably pick up a Rosewill RD400-2-DB 400W ATX V2.2 Power Supply. Also the temp of the cpu fluctutates around 45-50 deg C, let me know if that's a potential issue



Thanks

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October 13, 2012 12:07:26 AM

you need a completely new build. 250 dollars wont cut it for guild wars 2
October 13, 2012 12:29:17 AM

That may be a little hasty. Though maybe I wasn't clear enough with my post, I'm only looking for advice on GPU and CPU selection. PSU/RAM/Motherboard I am open to suggestions, but those were not to be included within the budget.
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October 13, 2012 12:33:12 AM

you need

a new motherboard
new cpu
new power supply (not that 250w or that rosewell 400w)
new video card

everything is either non compatable or just wont work in a modern system
October 13, 2012 12:52:30 AM

i feel your pain but i just don't see it in the budget. at a minimum you could try get a decent PSU and video card that you can use now and when you upgrade the rest, but your not getting medium to high on GW2 until you do.

If you really want an answer to your GPU and CPU choice, the Phenom II is not overkill, and will work but be limited by the motherboard. The 7750 might install but won't run without a larger power supply.
October 13, 2012 1:33:26 AM

Thanks for clearing those things up. What kind of psu would I need for the 7750?
October 13, 2012 1:48:58 AM

something like a xfx 550w. but id really not get a 7750 since it can only really play games at medium. you will run into the same situation later on much faster
October 13, 2012 5:30:20 AM

abbadon_34 said:
i feel your pain but i just don't see it in the budget. at a minimum you could try get a decent PSU and video card that you can use now and when you upgrade the rest, but your not getting medium to high on GW2 until you do.

If you really want an answer to your GPU and CPU choice, the Phenom II is not overkill, and will work but be limited by the motherboard. The 7750 might install but won't run without a larger power supply.


Okay so how would the game play if I were to buy a Radeon HD 6770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with a xfx 550W for now?
October 13, 2012 6:16:53 AM

i would guess poorly, but you might make do at the lowest settings

i assume you've read Tom's GW2 hardware review...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/guild-wars-2-perfor...

keep in mind when they bench GPU they are using a top of the line CPU, and vice versa. so imagine both low end GPU and old CPU and you don't get a pretty picture

it sounds like you got your heart set on this, but i would really suggest getting some more money together (christmas?)

i will say there is nothing more satisfying when getting new hardware than being able to crank the settings and see the difference
October 13, 2012 7:25:49 AM

orangefloat said:
Okay so how would the game play if I were to buy a Radeon HD 6770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with a xfx 550W for now?


I don't think it's a smart move to spend money on outdated, underpowered hardware like the 6770. And while the XFX 550W PSU is a well made unit it's a little expensive for your budget.

Better options for a power supply/video card upgrade:

XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNFC Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $142 after $20 rebate

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $46.98

This upgrade would cost you around $200, and when you save a couple of hundred more you can look into upgrading the rest of your system.



The other option given your limited budget is looking into used hardware.
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