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Old December 8, 2012, 10:44 AM
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Hello and thank you for your help! o/
I am currently playing GW2 and my old computer is not up to the task. I love to play BUT i dont have as much time as I'd like so I dont need an ULTIMATE system.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
Dont plan to but I'm willing to.
The K CPU is only worth it if you plan to overclock given your use.

Don't forget if you're getting a non-K processor you also have the option of a cheaper motherboard and staying with the stock cooler:
With the non-K CPU you can go as low as a $65 B75 motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 mATX LGA1155 B75 DDR3 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 1PCI SATA3 DVI VGA USB3.0 Motherboard

If you want to get any noticeable overclock out of a 3570k and have the board last the 2-3 years you want you'll need a Z77 (or Z75) board with decent voltage regulation (power circuitry around the CPU socket), at least this which is on sale for $115-15:
MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SLI SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard
Also add $30 or so for the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 or other aftermarket cooler.

As for the rest of your build, you can look at the following:
PSU: $80-15 Antec HCG-520M 520W ATX12V Modular SINGLE-RAIL 40A 80PLUS Bronze 135mm Fan Active PFC Power Supply
Case: (Pick something up locally, probably $35 or so)
RAM: $40 DDR3-1600 8GB of-the-week (whatever's on sale that's on your motherboard's QVL list)
GPU: $120-20 Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 OC 1050MHZ 1GB 4.5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card
Storage: The sale seems to change every week so I won't comment...

I ran a (low priority) Blender render task while playing GW2 and it was OK with the computer in my sig on a stock i5 2500k. (May have different result in WvWvW or any crowded dynamic event.) As GW2 is right now, I noticed the difference a lot more by moving the game to my SSD than with overclocking my CPU. (I play max details 1080p with 8xAF and no AA if you're wondering.) Your frames DROP when you enter a new area and it starts loading models and things. I managed high settings with native sampling on a nVidia 550Ti at 1680x1050 before switching to my GTX 660 Ti. I don't look at FPS at all, but the frames I get is perfectly playable for interrupting enemy skill activations and dodging.
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