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#828739 - 08/13/12 11:32 PM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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Waiting a bit for Arenanet to optimize Guild Wars 2 and hopefully announce recommended (not just minimum) stats.
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#829810 - 08/20/12 10:56 AM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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Dang. The 460 is gone from ecollegepc now I don't know what graphics card to get.
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#829813 - 08/20/12 11:07 AM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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You should get at least a 600 series card - nothing less! smile
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#829814 - 08/20/12 11:14 AM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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Tom's Hardware is a great resource for comparison of graphics cards. I'm not sure, but I think Nvidia stopped making the 400 series graphics cards some time ago, so eCollegePC probably just used up their current stock. I put a 560Ti in the computer my grandson and I built and it's a really, really good one. But, budget plays a role, so I would do a little research on the ATI cards and the Nvidia cards and find the one the gives you the best bang for your buck.

Tom's Hardware Graphics Cards
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#829815 - 08/20/12 11:15 AM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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Switch back to Radeon HD 7770?
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#829840 - 08/20/12 03:57 PM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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Guybrush, here is the most recent "Best Graphics Cards for the Money" from Tom's Hardware.

August 2012
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#829863 - 08/20/12 07:41 PM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: Draclvr]
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Originally Posted By: Draclvr
Guybrush, here is the most recent "Best Graphics Cards for the Money" from Tom's Hardware.

August 2012


My son just picked up a 560 Ti - we're putting a build together. Looks like a nice card.

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#829868 - 08/20/12 08:37 PM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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Nvidia's web site's Guild Wars 2 page recommends GTX 560 as the least card to get.

ecollege pc has 3 different GTX 560s.

GTX 560SE
GTX 560
GTX 560 Ti

The last is more than I can spend right now.
What's the difference between the SE and the not SE? The price difference is $45.

That Toms Hardware list had GTX 560SE but when I clicked on review link it went to 560Ti instead which didn't help me.

Unfortunately Raedon web doesn't seem to have any suggestions that I could find.

Nvidia's a Guild Wars 2 sponsor, they give away each other products so makes sense they have a section on what to get for the game.
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#829878 - 08/20/12 09:25 PM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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Guybrush, read the reviews of the GTX 560 cards in the August 2012 link I posted. They compare all three of them. The SE is listed in the $115 - $150 cards and the other two are in the $160 - $270 category.

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#830426 - 08/23/12 07:18 PM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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I keep trying to find ways to put more money into graphics cards. How does this build from ecollegepc look? Somebody at Tom's Hardware said that if I'm not overclocking 3450 is same as 3570.

Intel Core i5-3450 3.1Ghz 6MB Cache Quad-Core
Stock Intel LGA1155 Heatsink and Fan
GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H (Intel H77, HDMI, 2xPCI-E, 6xSATA, 4xDDR3)
8GB (4GBx2) PC3 10666 DDR3 1333Mhz Memory Lifetime Warranty
500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA3 6Gbps (Major Brand)
24X LG SATA Dual Layer DVD /-RW/CDRW w/Nero
1GB GeForce GTX 560 GDDR5 PCI-E Dual-DVI/HDMI (Major Brand)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition (4 5.25, 5 3.5) Fan, Audio/USB
500watt Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus
Onboard LAN included
Onboard Sound included
120mm Case Fan
Wires and Cables neatly tied up away from fans
3 Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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#830433 - 08/23/12 08:02 PM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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Looks fine to me, unless you want an extra case fan. I don't know which computer case you're getting with it.

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#830457 - 08/23/12 10:56 PM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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I think I see an additional 120 mm case fan towards the bottom. That case comes with one 120 mm rear fan, but you can add another on either on the front or on the top. I don't know where they will put one additional one.

This looks excellent to me, Guybrush.
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#830469 - 08/24/12 12:19 AM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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I have an extra fan listed there, I could add another one wouldn't add much to the cost.
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#830470 - 08/24/12 12:25 AM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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One would probably be enough, but a third couldn't hurt! They are cheap.
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#830563 - 08/24/12 10:42 AM Re: Time for a new computer again [Re: GuybrushThreepwood]
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I'd have to say it looks like a pretty good build. I doubt you'll have any issues gaming on it.

When you get it all set up and running look for a CPU/GPU temperature monitor, if things seem to run hotter than normal then you can pick up that additional fan. My GTX 460 run at 30°C under normal loads and tops out at 56°C when gaming.

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