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Old November 25, 2012, 04:13 AM
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You're better off going with AMD; their APU (CPU/GPU hybrid) lines offer amazing value/performance for gaming on-the-budget. I was just going to suggest that you buy the A10-5800K paired with 2133mhz ram, since the GPU on the 5800K uses system ram, it is absolutely necessary that you buy high frequency ram to get the most out of it. But since NCIX is selling the HD 6670 for about $50.00 (almost as much as the 2133mhz ram), it would be better to get lower frequency ram and crossfire the A10-5800K with the 6670.

Review: AMD A10-5800K Dual Graphics evaluation - CPU - HEXUS.net - Page 3

AMD Trinity A10-5800K Review | Pure Overclock

As you can see in the reviews above, performance is pretty beast for the price. I was looking over the requirements (Wikipedia) for GW2, and they don't look very demanding; I'm confident you'll be able to play at max settings at high frames with the build below.

Motherboard:

ASRock FM2A75 PRO4-M mATX FM2 A75 FCH DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 1PCI SATA3 HDMI DVI USB3.0 Motherboard

CPU:

AMD A10-5800K APU Quad Core Processor Socket FM2 3.8GHZ 4MB 100W Retail Box

RAM:

Corsair Vengeance Blue CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

Video Card:

MSI Radeon HD 6670 800MHZ 2GB 1.3GHZ GDDR3 DVI HDMI VGA PCI-E Video Card

PSU:

Corsair CX Series CX500 500W ATX 12V 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply 140mm Fan

Case:

Fractal Design Core 3000 Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case 2X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB

or

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU

or

Fractal Design Core 1000 mATX Computer Case

Total + Tax (so far): $390.00 (give or take, depending on your case choice)

At this point you have around $110.00 - $120.00 left (again, depending on your case choice) for an SSD or aftermarket CPU cooler (not both). I personally think that an SSD is one of the best upgrades you can do for a PC (I'm assuming you're using an old HD for storage), but it's not absolutely necessary. Since you might not be that interested in overclocking, the SSD is the way to go. You can use the stock heatsink for now and save for an aftermarket CPU cooler later, should you feel the need to. However, if you don't much care for the over all snappiness & boot-time of the system, and you want to squeeze as much as you can out of the system for performance, NCIX is having a huge sale on closed loop liquid coolers.

SSD:

Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5in SATA3 MDX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

CPU Cooler:

Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H60 CPU Cooler System LGA1155 1366 1156 2011 AM2 AM3 FM1 & FM2

Grand total + Tax:

w/ SSD: $495-$510
w/ CPU Cooler: $465-$485

I tried to avoid finding parts that have mail-in-rebates cause they're a pain in the *** to deal with, but that's the only way you're gonna get super deals on good products right now.
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