Guild Wars 2 has given a much needed boost to the MMO world. Not only has it delivered a unique and enjoyable in-game experience in a genre that is overcrowded with stale combat and copycat features, but it has also delivered a new standard of high quality graphics and gameplay for fans to enjoy.
However, with improved graphics and more immersive gameplay, there is a much higher demand on your computer. While some Guild Wars 2 players have gaming systems that can easily play the game with the highest graphics settings, many struggle to get good frame rates on even the lowest of settings.
Fortunately, for those of you who are struggling to play Guild Wars 2 there is an easily affordable option: you can build your own gaming computer!
By building your own PC, you will cut out the middleman and save yourself a lot of money in the process. In fact, for just $500 you can put together a system that will be -powerful enough to play Guild Wars 2 on the highest settings.
In this article, I’m going to go over the components you’ll need in order to build a gaming computer that is capable of maxing Guild Wars 2 out for only $500.
$500 Part List for Guild Wars 2 Gaming Computer
The following is a list of all of the components you will need for your computer:
- CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965
- Motherboard - ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+
- Video Card - XFX Radeon HD 7750
- RAM - Corsair Vengeance BLUE 4GB
- HDD - Seagate Barracuda 500 GB
- Case - Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower
- Power Supply - Antec VP-450
- Optical Drive - Samsung 24x SATA DVD RW
- Operating System – Windows 7 Home Premium
Grand Total: ~$480-$520 (Prices fluctuate on a daily basis)
I have taken all of the prices for these components directly from Amazon. Since the price of components changes on a daily basis, I did not include specific prices. However, you can check the current prices of these components by going here. Also, by shopping around, it’s likely that you can find better deals and save even more money.
This list comes with everything you need to build your own system and get it up and running (except for maybe a SATA cable or two, for your hard drive and optical drive, which can be had for about $3-$4 each.)
Of course, you’ll need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse if you don’t already have them. However, these parts are everything you need to build the actual computer.
How These Parts Stack Up to the Guild Wars 2 Requirements
The following are the recommended requirements for Guild Wars 2 according to game-debate.com:
- Intel CPU – Core 2 Quad Q6400 or better
- AMD CPU – Phenom 9650 Quad-Core or better
- NVIDIA GPU – GeForce GTS 450 2GB DDR3 or better
- AMD GPU – Radeon HD 5670 1GB or better
- RAM – 4GB or more
First, it’s important to note that these are the recommended requirements and not the minimum requirements. These requirements show what you’ll need to play the game at a high level.
Since the build I listed uses an AMD CPU and an AMD GPU (or video card), we’ll compare those to the AMD CPU and GPU in the recommended requirements.
First, as shown by CPUBoss.com, the AMD Phenom II x4 965 is a much more powerful processor than the Phenom 9650, outperforming it in single-core performance, multi-core performance, and overclocking ability.
The only downfall of the Phenom II x4 965 is that it requires more power. Fortunately, the Antec 450-VP power supply is a quality unit and will supply more than enough power to handle the processor and all of the other components in the build. (You can check the power requirements for this system here.)
Next, we’ll compare the Radeon HD 7750 from the parts I suggested to the Radeon HD 5670, which is the GPU that is recommended for Guild Wars 2. Using GPUBoss, we can see that the HD 7750 outperforms the HD 5670 in every test/benchmark.
And, finally, for the memory, the $500 list of components comes with 4GB of RAM, which meets the recommended requirements for GW2.
So, when we go by the recommended requirements listed on game-debate.com, it’s easy to see that the provided list of components will easily meet and surpass all of the recommended requirements for Guild Wars 2.
Start Playing Guild Wars 2 on Max Settings – Build Your Own Gaming Computer
The bottom line is that if you’re tired of playing on the lowest settings and you don’t have a huge budget, you can still build an affordable gaming computer for under $500 that will allow you to play GW2 on max settings.
And, if you’d like to get even better performance, you can always stop by Elite Gaming Computers and check out these gaming computer builds for more ideas on parts and pricing.