It really isn't a game changer. The stat differences are marginal and it's not like you're going to be using that gear forever anyway. Just go with the GC you like the best.
To back this up, I'm pretty sure that I read somewhere that unless you're a min/max type of person, the gear difference is too minute to notice. In addition, with the attribute points you can even things out.
Furthermore, it's my understandign that PvP will be GC vs GC vs GC, if that makes any difference to your choice, in regards to playing with friends.
i'm not saying, i'm just saying
Babu Voyvoda - Hyur Midlander