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#1 Jun 30 2010 at 1:32 PM Rating: Excellent
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Tip from another thread: Take the Benchmark, unzip it onto a USB and take it to Wal-Mart, Best Buy; any computer hardware store and run the benchmark on whatever latop you are looking at. I don't think they would have any objections. Besides the benchmarks would show off some nice HD for other customers. Free advertising.

Source: Official FFXIV Website
 
                  | Windows XP 32-bit SP3 
 Operating System | Windows Vista 32-bit/ 64-bit SP2 
                  | Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit 
                  
              CPU | Intel Core 2 Duo (2.0 GHz) 
                  | AMD Athlon X2 (2.0 GHz) 
 
              RAM | Windows XP: 1.5GB or Higher 
                  | Windows Vista / 7: 2GB or Higher 
 
          HDD/SSD | Installation: 15 GB or more 
                  | Download: Space on the hard drive where My Documents should be 6GB or more. 
 
    Graphics Card | NVIDIA GeForce 9600 Series or Higher with VRAM 512MB or Higher 
                  | ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series or Higher with VRAM 512MB or Higher 
 
       Sound Card | DirectSound compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0c or higher) 
 
   ISP Connection | Broadband Internet Connection or Higher 
 
Screen Resolution | 1280 x 720 or Higher, 32-bit or Higher 
 
          DirectX | DirectX 9.0c 
 
           Others | Mouse, Keyboard, Gamepad (not required) 


Disclaimer: These are the required specifications for the Windows PC Beta Test. The requirements may chance at the time of retail launch.

Tom's Hardware: Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart

Looks like a lot of older computers will be able to run the game, guess it is just a matter of how much settings you have to turn down to make it runnable at a decent fps. Good news for a lot of people that have not upgraded their computers yet like moi. Don't upgrade your GPU yet if you don't have to, see if you can run it the first day you can logon on low settings.

GeForce 9600 512MB @ $70.00 to $100.00 @ Newegg

[iRecommend] nVidia 9800 GX2 $130.00, GTX 260 $200.00, GTX 275 (Obsolete?), GTX 465 $300.00

Radeon HD 2900 @ $70.00 to $100.00 @ Ebay

[iRecommend] ATI Radeon 5770 @ $150.00 to $179.00 @ Newgg

Good site for average PC Gaming Rig Builds: PC Wizkid Tech Talk. Very good site for the average build/prices etc. In 3 months all those prices could drop.

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That's basically my PC - except I run 4GB of RAM and a 9800.

Same everything else.

Pretty stoked except for my questions about Secuity Token/Account Registration.
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Question: putting a computer together with those specs will put me back how much?
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I am pretty sure it will use the token you have now. Unless they have a need for two different tokens between the two games but I doubt that they would do that. Would be easier just to use one for both. The extra token you get in the CE just look at it as a backup in case something happens to the current one. Then all you need to do is call them, unlink it and then link the new one up.

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Question: putting a computer together with those specs will put me back how much?


Not very much. Depending on how high tech you go with everything it could be an easy $500.00. I actually have an old Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz sitting around the house with a Radeon HD 2400 card sitting in it that I am going to attempt to try to play the game with until I build a new one. I got a laptop that is Turion X2, 3gb, Radeon 3100. All depends how low you can set the graphics.

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#5 Jun 30 2010 at 1:37 PM Rating: Good
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Excenmille wrote:
Looks like a lot of older computers will be able to run the game, guess it is just a matter of how much settings you have to turn down to make it runnable at a decent fps. Good news for a lot of people that have not upgraded their computers yet like moi.
This was the best news of the release. My laptop just barely exceeds the processor and GPU requirements. I bet even with a bunch of setting turned down, this game will probably still look and run better than FFXI ever did.
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#6 Jun 30 2010 at 1:41 PM Rating: Good
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It'll be interesting to see how my laptop runs it. My comp was purchased with CAD and rendering in mind, so I have a Nvidia Quadro FX 2700M in there. I can't imagine it'll have too many issues, but it's not exactly geared towards gaming, so we'll see. I'm not going to worry about it until the release, at any rate.
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#7 Jun 30 2010 at 1:49 PM Rating: Good
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What's the source on this?
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FFXIV Core. It is down the page some. I haven't read the forums so no clue where they got it from. Most likely the Japanese FFXIV site or another news outlet.
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If someone here could answer a question for me, I'm not sure of the hierarchy of Nvidia cards -

I have a GeForce 8800 is that equivalent or higher than 9600?

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I see it:
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Recommended Specs (?)


No idea how the question mark makes this official.

[EDIT] Okay, it's on the official JP site.

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#11 Jun 30 2010 at 2:05 PM Rating: Excellent
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I have a GeForce 8800 is that equivalent or higher than 9600?


Depends on what aspects of directX they are using, but from a raw performance standpoint it should suffice.
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I'm considering buying windows to run bootcamp on my Macbook Pro.
It looks like my specs check out mostly
intel core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, lots of space; but I'm not sure about the graphics card from Summer 2008: GeForce 8600M GT VRAM 256 MB
any ideas?
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Good thing i just bought 4gb of pc 1600 ram >_>; Nahh, its all good, i don't want to run on minimum specs anyway. But those do seem much more reasonable than the benchmark...I wonder why the discrepancy.
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Lamnethx of the Seven Seas wrote:
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I have a GeForce 8800 is that equivalent or higher than 9600?


Depends on what aspects of directX they are using, but from a raw performance standpoint it should suffice.


Thanks Lamnethx :)
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I am thinking the Alpha client up until they finally added graphic configurations to it basically ran at max settings. Which isn't really a bad thing because I assume they wanted to make sure it ran very smooth at high settings. Finally there are some graphic configurations that you can set to lower a lot of stuff to bring down the draw on your GPU a little to get a higher FPS. I have not heard if they added anything more though. Beta starts soon though so I am sure we shall find out.

I say just wait the 3 months until the release. 3 months can bring prices down on a lot of graphics cards, computer components considering that all the major manufacturers are working on updated architecture to release during 4th quarter 2010/1st quarter 2010. As for the two graphics card questions above, it's in the chart and in low settings it would probably run rather well. I can run max settings with the 2048x2048 background in FFXI on my HD 2400 Pro and a 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 single-core.

I think we will be fine. I don't mind missing out on the graphics. I can always upgrade later and make the game new again when I get bored down the road. Besides I want them to have high standards for max settings like Crysis/Crysis 2. It means the game would be future proof for at least 6 years of the remaining life of the PS3. Crysis 2 on PS3 looks pretty sick.

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I'm delightfully surprised at how low some of the primary specs are. I was a bit bummed when I saw the late PS3 release date, as I had intended to get two. But since both PC's in the house exceed the required specs aside from Video Cards (both are running 9500GT's), it will be fairly inexpensive to upgrade both. Around $120-$150 ea at Newegg will yield more than adequate upgrades per PC.
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Good thing i just bought 4gb of pc 1600 ram >_>; Nahh, its all good, i don't want to run on minimum specs anyway. But those do seem much more reasonable than the benchmark...I wonder why the discrepancy.


Because "minimum" really does mean "minimum." Like, low resolution and low detail.

If you actually want to play at a decent resolution with shadows and dynamic lighting and anti aliasing and all the good stuff turned on, then you'll definitely want a lot more than the minimum spec requirements indicate.

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Keep an eye on this site: http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri

Eventually they'll add FFXIV to their product list, and then you can just use their free scan to figure out how well your rig can run the game. It's a great site.

If anyone is really worried about how their comp will fare and can't wait until FFXIV is added to the CYRI product list, they can try the scan with other, comparable games that are already available. That should provide you with a pretty good impression of where you stand.

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That's basically my PC - except I run 4GB of RAM and a 9800.


^ Same here. Thing is, when I ran FFXI a bit above basic requirements in 2003, it looked terrible. The PC I have now was purchased to run FFXI on max, lol. I'm having deja vu.
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#20 Jun 30 2010 at 4:07 PM Rating: Decent
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I used that site that you linked Eske and I can barely minimally run Crysis Warhead so maybe I will be okay for minimal settings on Final Fantasty XIV. 3 months is a long wait. Nice little site though, will book mark it forever. Thanks.
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Excenmille wrote:

I used that site that you linked Eske and I can barely minimally run Crysis Warhead so maybe I will be okay for minimal settings on Final Fantasty XIV. 3 months is a long wait. Nice little site though, will book mark it forever. Thanks.


I'm not that familiar with Crysis, but isn't that supposed to be like, the end-all-be-all of steep graphics requirements? I wonder how it stacks up to FFXIV's requirements. My computer got about 1/3 of the way between "pass" and "recommended" for Crysis Warhead (hampered by graphics card). Perhaps someone who's a little more tech-savvy than me can tell whether or not that game is a good benchmark, or if there's a better one on there to check at the moment.

Glad to help, btw : )

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I know it's probably going to bite me in the *** but here the BG Benchmark thread, basically gives you an idea of like the top scores and what not from everyone there. It's pretty useful.

Bluegartr FFXIV Benchmark Thread with Scores

Celeras in the High Settings benchmark is what I am tailoring my new system around. Though I am going to opt for the 1090T the one right above the one they used for the benchmark. I figure anything above 4,000 looks great.

Edited, Jun 30th 2010 6:36pm by Excenmille
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That site does look pretty cool. I hope it recognizes SLI though.
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this is a welcome surprise. thanks for the links to the hardware too....turns out all i might need to upgrade is my graphics card.
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Eske wrote:
I'm not that familiar with Crysis, but isn't that supposed to be like, the end-all-be-all of steep graphics requirements?


In 2007/2008 yes, now people are using the Metro 2033 game I believe.
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I know nothing about computers so i was hopeing i could get some help.

1st off, this is for a laptop that i bought around 6 months ago. Can you actually upgrade a laptop?

Windows 7.
Intel core 2 duo, 2.2ghz.
4gb memory.
Nvidia geforce G210M.

I ran the benchmark on low and got a score of 540, i would really like to get ffxiv to work but i dont have much cash to spare. If you can upgrade a laptop, what would i need to upgrade and to what for me to be able to run ffxiv.

Thanks in advance.

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1st off, this is for a laptop that i bought around 6 months ago. Can you actually upgrade a laptop?



technically yes, at least from my experience. ive upgraded the RAM in my laptop, and ive had friends of mine upgrade the hard drives in theirs. im not 100% sure about the video card or anything else, but id imagine it would be possible. i think it largely depends on the make of your laptop however.
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Unfortunately the only things upgradeable in laptops seem to be the HD and memory. I haven't really tinkered with anything else. I think that graphics you have is embedded so you can't really do anything about that. Looks like you will have to wait until the game is actually out. I bet your laptop will run it though. Even though FFXIV has 720p and 1080p, it IS going to be able to be ran in other resolutions ie 1024x768, 800x600, 1280x1025, etc etc. I guess it's just a matter of what the graphics will look like in doing so. Honestly I don't mind the lower end of graphics.

I've played many FPS and I always have my settings low. It's kind of cheating in a way with barely any lag lol. I'm more gameplay over graphics though. All depends on what type of game player you are.

And as for Metro 2033 with that one site Eske linked.... failllll. Metro 2033 minimum is Directx 9 too. My shaders are a lower version. And my CPU wasn't a dual-core. Makes me want to find the game and run it just for the **** of it.

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Eske wrote:
I'm not that familiar with Crysis, but isn't that supposed to be like, the end-all-be-all of steep graphics requirements?


In 2007/2008 yes, now people are using the Metro 2033 game I believe.


I just tried that on the CYRI. The result?

FAIL


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EDIT: I should also mention...the Can You Run It? analysis isn't the final word on the subject. I've run at least one game that it said my computer couldn't handle, and at fairly decent settings, too. It is good to get an estimate of where you stand, however.

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Eske wrote:
I'm not that familiar with Crysis, but isn't that supposed to be like, the end-all-be-all of steep graphics requirements?


In 2007/2008 yes, now people are using the Metro 2033 game I believe.
Well, I ran mine against both Metro 2033 and Crysis Warhead. Passed Metro, but Failed Crysis Warhead due to CPU speed.
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#31 Jul 01 2010 at 7:16 AM Rating: Good
Guys these are the spec I have at the moment,


Motherboard = Gigabyte G31M-ES2L
Processor = Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83Ghz
RAM = 4GB
Graphics Card = nVidia GeForce 9500GT
Hardrive = 1.5TB SATA
OS = Windows 7 64 Bit

Im looking to upgrade my graphics card I know the 9500GT isnt too good, I was looking up this one,
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/ATI+5700+Series/VTX+ATI+Radeon+HD+5770+1024MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=38291

would this card be good for ffxiv, Or would I be able to just stick with my current card?
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Okay going to add a disclaimer into my original thread. But guys don't worry too much about the graphics. Your current system will most likely handle the game. The Benchmark was built to show off 720p/1080p. Your current system should be able to handle 720p at the minimum (I don't own a widescreen monitor though so rules me out). Also you can probably run as low as 800x600. Max I can run at the moment is 1280x1024. I think just about everyone will be able to run the game on low settings. So don't go crazy saying and crying that your PC can't handle it. **** my low end PC can handle Crysis Warhead and almost Metro 2033 but Shaders are 2.0 and not 3.0 and I don't own a dual core otherwise I would have passed.

I think everyone will be fine for the most part. You won't be able to run in the OMGJizzInMyPants settings but it will be playable. Haha, FFXI in low settings is actually kind of crazy. 30fps and everything is so snappy. When monsters load in FFXI on low settings it shows them dead with their name grayed out for a split second and then they come to life. And you can even see HNMs pop unclaimed. Playing in low settings has its advantages anyways.

I highly recommend the ATI 5770. It's a great priced mid-range card. ATI 5770 Review by PC Wizkid. The equivalent card would be the nVidia 9800 GX2, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 465 .
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My biggest question is, why did they present the idea that you needed these huge amount of specs, but then the actual game is going to run on DirectX 9 and 32-bit? With the kind of system requirements they seem to be asking for, anyone who has that hardware is probably running on a 64-bit operating system and can handle DirectX 10 for pete's sake. I hope they at least have an option to run it in DirectX 10 like most of the newer games do.

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Good morning everyone,

This is what I have

How would you gauge expected performance from it?

This is what I'm thinking of getting. (Standard or More Power)

Would it be better/enough?

Thank you for your time :)
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Depends on what aspects of directX they are using, but from a raw performance standpoint it should suffice.

Would you think the NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT with 256 MB would then be unable to run XIV? I'm just looking for something to just get the game to work until March and the PS3. It came in this Gateway MG5478.

Related, what it says for "audio" is "integrated 8-channel (7.1) high-definition audio".. Is this too low (7.1 compares to 9.0c)? If so, I've never even heard of needing a "sound card" when building a PC.. So I really may be in over my head here trying to get XIV to work on this PC.

In short, just to get XIV to run on low settings for 6 months, what do I need to upgrade, if anything? Both graphics card & sound card? Neither?

Appreciate any thoughts.. I was planning on having a long time to build a PC for XIV, but now I have to do it in a couple of months with a PC I wasn't going to use at all.

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Hmm, does this mean a Macbook Pro is going to have problems running XIV? :/

The graphics card in mine is Nvidia GeForce 9400M. All the other specs seem fine and running either boot camp or a virtual machine to run Windows 7 32-bit.

I tried running the benchmark on my macbook pro and it didn't run. You could *hear* it but couldn't see anything.

Guess I might end up having to build a PC for this...
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Right, those are the minimum specs, but if you head over to Eorzeapedia and do a little searching for the benchmark release posts, you'll see it's going to take more.

Folks who've got $2500+ tweaked-out machines were only getting mid-range benchmark scores. Granted the 'mark isn't a true test of the game, but I found out back then my vid card (which Nvidia lists in 'extreme gamer' section) wasn't up to snuff for even the benchmark.

I'm sure there's a lot of us that'll be running on minimum settings for awhile though!
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