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#1 Jul 11 2010 at 7:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Here's my rig:

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 2.5Ghz
Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512mb
2Gb DDR3 1333Mhz RAM


Now this by default doesn't yield any impressive results. But I was wondering, if I overclock my CPU to 3.0Ghz or 3.5Ghz and get 2 more gigs of ram, would the performance gain be very significant, or is the Vcard still holding me back?
#2 Jul 11 2010 at 8:00 PM Rating: Decent
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I would also recommend upgrading the video card and you would probably get a decent boost as well.
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#3 Jul 11 2010 at 8:05 PM Rating: Good
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Overclocking might help a little bit, ram might help a little bit, but the benchmark is heavily reliant on the video card and your card doesn't fit the minimum specs.
#4 Jul 11 2010 at 8:10 PM Rating: Decent
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The geforce 9800 is essentially the 8800, so actually it would be acceptable. Not necessarily that high above the minimum requirements, but it will do the job.
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#5 Jul 11 2010 at 8:24 PM Rating: Decent
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What would you guys reccommend? Like something with a reasonable price, I'm not going to spend like $400 on a new Vcard.
#6 Jul 11 2010 at 8:25 PM Rating: Good
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What would you guys reccommend? Like something with a reasonable price, I'm not going to spend like $400 on a new Vcard.


I've been recommending the eVGA brand gtx 465 for people who don't want to splurge on the 470/480. 279 at Newegg. Solid performance card, good manufacturer (and a lifetime warranty).
#7 Jul 11 2010 at 9:40 PM Rating: Good
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I just ran a benchmark on my desktop with similar specs and got about 2200 low-res score. However, looking at the CPU/memory gadget, I could clearly see that the memory bottleneck was what was dragging the score down. Two gigs of memory and a minor vid-card swap would probably do you well, but don't take that to the bank just yet.

Edit: Oh and the 465 like most of the 400 line needs a minimum of a 550W powersupply.

Edited, Jul 11th 2010 8:58pm by desmar
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#8 Jul 11 2010 at 11:34 PM Rating: Good
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Specs:
Intel Q6600 Quad-core 2.4 GHZ processor
2GB 800MHZ DDR2 Memory
NVidia 8800 GTS

Base low score was about 2223.
Overclocked it from 2.4 -> 2.6 GHZ
New score: 2234.

So I don't think overclocking will do you much good. We're in the same boat, albeit yours is a bit nicer. New video card of 5850 (ATI)/ 465 (NVidia) probably would bring the best results for the money. Oh and definitely up it to 4 GB. Because with the operating system and any programs and FF14 running you'll probably get close to the 2 GB ceiling. Once you hit that, computers begin writing information to the page file which slows down the computer. 4 GB would be comfortable and a good fit seeing as you are running a 64 bit OS.

Edited, Jul 11th 2010 10:38pm by desmar
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#9 Jul 11 2010 at 11:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello

So im not really a pro with the Video Cards Models, but is there a list where i can see, if that XY Video Card is better or not then the minimun requirements
#10 Jul 12 2010 at 12:00 AM Rating: Good
mmolma wrote:
Hello

So im not really a pro with the Video Cards Models, but is there a list where i can see, if that XY Video Card is better or not then the minimun requirements


http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html
#11 Jul 12 2010 at 1:12 AM Rating: Decent
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not to hijack your thread, but I have 5 gb of available ram ...I had a geforce 8800 GTS (which I believe was below the req?), and an intel duo core 2.4..I scored around 2000. The alpha was choppy.

Bought a Radeon 5850 icooler turbo...#5 on the benchmark chart, same everything else, scored 2400.

Does the processor/motherboard combo really make that much of a difference? If I buy this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849&cm_re=AMD_Phenom_II_X6_1090T-_-19-103-849-_-Product


Will it make that much of a difference to get into the optimal settings? I figure it will. Comments appreciated, also not sure really what motherboard would go with that processor..
#12 Jul 12 2010 at 1:31 AM Rating: Good
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not to hijack your thread, but I have 5 gb of available ram ...I had a geforce 8800 GTS (which I believe was below the req?), and an intel duo core 2.4..I scored around 2000. The alpha was choppy.

Bought a Radeon 5850 icooler turbo...#5 on the benchmark chart, same everything else, scored 2400.

Does the processor/motherboard combo really make that much of a difference? If I buy this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849&cm_re=AMD_Phenom_II_X6_1090T-_-19-103-849-_-Product


Will it make that much of a difference to get into the optimal settings? I figure it will. Comments appreciated, also not sure really what motherboard would go with that processor..


It'll make a world of difference, on top of your 5850. Mik's better at estimating scores though. But no, your motherboard will not work at all going from an Intel chip to an AMD. Your RAM will also need to be upgraded.
#13 Jul 12 2010 at 4:19 AM Rating: Decent
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Yeah I have an Antec Sonata III tower with 500W, +80.
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