Guild Wars 2 Build Help


Oct 3, 2012
Hey guys, Newbie here so I'll try not to be too pushy :)

I've been playing Guildwars 2 with my girlfriend since it's come out now and we're both having troubles with World vs World PvP ( for those who do not play it's pretty much very large zergs of 20+ people against each other)
I myself am seeing 8fps while in these and to me it's unplayable.

I made a mistake quite a few years back with buy an XPS 720 prebuilt which cost a lot more than it's worth ... and need a serious upgrade.
I don't think I could keep any parts from it, though I do still have a HD 5850 if it's decent at all anymore.

Thinking around $900-$1200, being a personal trainer money isn't very stable atm....

I would love to have an SSD, if that's in my range.
I have a crappy Dell monitor so 24" Benq monitor would be nice.
Will need Windows 7

If you guys could help out in anyway would love it,

Hello and welcome to TH,

Here's a build that will run GW2 the best it can. Although, for WvW to be smooth you might still have to turn down a few eye candy.

Please note I didn't include Case and SSD, you can get both for about $100-200 bucks, but it's a matter of preference and how much money you're willing to spend, so I'll leave it up to you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.20 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.00 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.76 @ Amazon)
Total: $1065.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you want something cheaper you can downgrade to 7870/7950, they perform very well and are quite a bit cheaper. (Don't downgrade to 660ti, if you need something cheaper than 670, because ati offers better bang for the buck at that point)

That's about it. This build has space to add an SSD as you mentioned or you could get another HDD for raid. You could potentially update to i7 or add a second 670 in sli down the road (although you might have to get a bigger PSU for SLi).

If you're completely unsure on the case, I can suggest this - NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon) [it's cheap and functional]

Hope that gets you on your way, so you can be faster than a centaur (tm)


Oct 3, 2012
Firstly, I'd like to say awesome response =)
You've pushed me from the edge of being unsure in whether to spend money on it or not, I will give this a go !

In say that, I currently live in Australia. Does this effect pricing and if so is there other options I can go with (websites / merchants)


Oct 3, 2012
Hey AntiZig,
I've looked through a couple local stores coming up with:

NZXT Source 210 Elite Case Black
Intel Core i5 3570K
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard
Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
Western Digital WD Black 1TB WD1002FAEX
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB
Antec EarthWatts 650W Green
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM

Some things are quite a bit more, nothing too crazy but 2 of the places with the GPU's were... $500+
Couple of the things I wasn't quite sure if I got the correct ones but I shall be checking a bunch of websites tonight to find the cheapest prices.

Thanks again,