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Hello guys,

Yesterday I pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 and downloaded the beta client. Just by sitting in the login screen I noticed my system was lagging, even on low settings. I want to be able to enjoy the game with an acceptable frame rate and decent graphics.

My system specifications are below:

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
PSU: HKC 180V-264V, 47Hz-63Hz (max. output 15A/400W)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H AM3
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 840 (4 CPUs, ~3,2GHz)
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4250 (integrated, shared memory)
RAM: 8192MB DDR3
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1.0TB SATA/64MB Cache

At this time I'm using a 17" monitor at 1280x1024 and a 32" LCD TV at 720p as a secondary monitor. I might upgrade the 17" monitor in the future. I also like to play games on my LCD TV.

I'm pretty sure everything besides my GPU is good enough. This is why I'm looking for a nice GPU, which allows me to play new games smoothly in the future too. I'm planning to use this system for at least 4-5 years. My budget is about €120,- so it would be nice if I don't have to buy a new PSU too. What do you guys recommend, taking my build into consideration?

Thanks in advance,
Sheyi

I've bought the 6870 and the OCZ ModXStream 500W for €209, thanks for your help!
Edited by Sheyi - 4/26/12 at 1:23pm
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Upgrading the GPU should do the trick, I'm thinking something like a radeon 6850/70.
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Upgrading the GPU should do the trick, I'm thinking something like a radeon 6850/70.

If I bought one of those, would my PSU be sufficient for that?
Also, what are the advantages of the 7 series over the 6 series? I heard they're in the same price range but the 7 series performs worse.
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If I bought one of those, would my PSU be sufficient for that?
Also, what are the advantages of the 7 series over the 6 series? I heard they're in the same price range but the 7 series performs worse.

Off brand 400W that only has 15A on the 12v? No your PSU couldn't handle any modern graphics card. My system is using 350W on the desktop... I don't see your computer being able to run this game very well, if at all due to the graphics card.

Also you have a 5400RPM hard drive as your main OS/gaming drive? That's not ideal at all. That's much slower than a normal HDD which is already pretty slow. Those green drives are designed for storage, not for OS/Gaming. Get a solid 7200RPM HDD if you can't afford an SSD.

With your current budget, I don't see you buying a decent PSU and a decent card in order to play GW2 at enjoyable FPS and settings. If you use all of your budget you will get maybe low/medium settings, definitely not 4-5 years worth of gaming, and definitely not a quality PSU either. With a 5400RPM drive, expect tons of loading chops in an open world game like this too. I think you should of put your pre-purchase money towards new parts before buying the game, no offense.
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Off brand 400W that only has 15A on the 12v? No your PSU couldn't handle any modern graphics card. My system is using 350W on the desktop... I don't see your computer being able to run this game very well, if at all due to the graphics card.
Also you have a 5400RPM hard drive as your main OS/gaming drive? That's not ideal at all. That's much slower than a normal HDD which is already pretty slow. Those green drives are designed for storage, not for OS/Gaming. Get a solid 7200RPM HDD if you can't afford an SSD.
With your current budget, I don't see you buying a decent PSU and a decent card in order to play GW2 at enjoyable FPS and settings. If you use all of your budget you will get maybe low/medium settings, definitely not 4-5 years worth of gaming, and definitely not a quality PSU either. With a 5400RPM drive, expect tons of loading chops in an open world game like this too. I think you should of put your pre-purchase money towards new parts before buying the game, no offense.
I see, seems like my expectations weren't really realistic.

I don't really know a lot about the PSU stuff. A friend just told me I need at least 500W? Do you have any suggestions regarding an affordable yet decent PSU able to power a 6 series?
I may have to buy them one at a time then. Just hoping I can play at an acceptable fps this weekend, even if at a lower resolution.

About the HDD, I'm not gonna buy a new one of those too. I still have my old 250GB Caviar WD2500JB (which does run at 7200RPM) sitting in a USB 2.0 Hard Drive Case. I think I can safely assume it's impossible to run the game from a HD Case, but was hoping there is a way to install this HDD in my PC as a gaming HDD. I'm not sure whether it's possible, any thoughts on that?

Thanks for your help!
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Antec EA 650W cheap and enough for years thumb.gif
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Corsair, XFX, antec, OCZ, seasonic, silverstone. All these brands build good quality psu. I would just buy the cheapest from these guys
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you could prolly run a gtx460 off that psu, wouldnt suggest doin it for long though........
 
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I've decided to upgrade my budget to about €200,- and buy both a PSU and a GPU tomorrow. Still trying to decide whether to go with the 68xx or the 77xx
I know the 68xx is slightly more powerful and the 77xx, on the other hand, uses about 50% less power.

Are there any other things I need to know about when choosing between these options? How about longevity, enhanced performance and utility in the future etc.?
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I believe you could just buy a 7770 for about $130 and call it a day.

Although in the long run, you should invest in a better PSU and better GPU.
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