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#1 Jul 12 2010 at 6:29 PM Rating: Good
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Hey ZAM! I'm completely new to building custom desktops, but all I have currently is this barebone laptop. That probably couldn't even run <insert laughably weak game here>! Well anyways, I've been doing my best to educate myself on the Art of Building Rigs and I think I might have designed one that's okay. I would like to generally play FFXIV on high settings, but would also like to have at least 30 FPS. So, input anyone?

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($139.99)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX ($159.99)

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply ($109.99)

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 ($124.99)

GPU: HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity ($329.99)


HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($74.99)

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($69.99)

Optical Disk Drive: SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM ($24.99)

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers ($189.99)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM ($99.99)

The SubTotal comes down to... $1,324.90! I meant to aim for 1000 but I didn't anticipate having to buy the OS and the Monitor. I'll manage somehow. OH but, please any advice, I'll take all the advice I can get. If you think there's something better to buy, as long as it doesn't raise the price up 'too' much farther, I'd appriciate you letting me know! :D

I wonder if this will run FFXIV well...

EDIT: Thanks guys, fixed the motherboard link. I don't really need two cases. xD

Edited, Jul 12th 2010 6:42pm by Austyn
#2 Jul 12 2010 at 6:31 PM Rating: Good
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Since your motherboard is a case, this isn't going to run at all.

Also, we have a sticky on this.
#3 Jul 12 2010 at 6:40 PM Rating: Default
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ADMIN EDIT: Linking to torrent sites and reccomending someone download a pirate operating system is a bannable offense. Please consider this your one, and only warning on the subject

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Edited, Jul 12th 2010 7:54pm by Kaolian
#4 Jul 12 2010 at 6:45 PM Rating: Decent
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After my poor laptop scored a 411, I went ahead and bought the dell xps 9000. I know I couldve built my own for cheaper but I am stupid and lazy.
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#5 Jul 12 2010 at 6:48 PM Rating: Good
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Austyn wrote:
I would like to generally play FFXIV on high settings, but would also like to have at least 30 FPS.


You should be able to manage on medium/high. Supposedly the game will be capped at 30 FPS like XI was though, so unless they uncap it, you can forget that "at least" part.
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#6 Jul 12 2010 at 6:53 PM Rating: Good
While I admittedly do a bit of software pirating here and there, Operating Systems are one thing you should just spend the money on.

You really don't want to exclude yourself from Windows security updates because you don't have a legit copy. MS eventually catches on to these things and once you're cut off, you may as well uninstall it. You're just asking to be hacked without service packs and security updates.
#7 Jul 12 2010 at 7:05 PM Rating: Decent
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CAPPED at 30?! That can't be right.. :\ Ack. Well I'm happy I can at least run the dang game lol. xD

About the OS torrenting.. its VERY tempting. Especially since I might not be able to make enough money to afford my PC by the time the game is released. I'm running out of time and I can only make so much money as a dishwasher. @.@ Cruel world is cruel.

Security Updates arrre pretty important tho I guess. ._.

Edited, Jul 12th 2010 7:09pm by Austyn
#8 Jul 12 2010 at 7:17 PM Rating: Default
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lol @ thinking you can't get security updates with a pirated copy of windows.
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#9 Jul 12 2010 at 7:24 PM Rating: Default
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I enjoyed all of the security and software updates legitimate users enjoy. If something ever did happen, simply download a new activator, or run Ubuntu or another Linux distro to grab important files from your hard drive and purchase a legit copy. Of course once I saw how it could be done, I immediately uninstalled Windows and purchased a legitimate copy.

Edited, Jul 12th 2010 8:26pm by xXMalevolenceXx
#10 Jul 12 2010 at 7:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Mmm. Interesting knowledgefacts. Thanks guys!
#11 Jul 13 2010 at 1:44 AM Rating: Decent
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I got myself a refurbished Dell XPS 8100 for $910 off of Ebay (partly thanks to Bing Cashback, which I think is going away July 30). It has a 2.8 Ghz Core i7, 8GB RAM, and an ATI HD 5770. It scored 4599 when I ran the benchmark, i.e. "high performance." I'm pretty happy with the XPS 8100, it got the top score when Consumer reports recently rated prebuilt systems which is why I picked it up, and there are some great deals on ebay if you look for refurbished models.

My problem with self-built rigs is that they tend not to fit together into a unified machine. All my custom built rigs have had a ton of fan and hard drive noise because they weren't engineered, just put together randomly (and there was one with the tooty frooty flashing rainbow LED lights on the case fan... which is what you get when you just pick the cheapest case fan from online). What you get in a higher end prefab system (in the $1000 range) is an engineered piece of technology, that's been designed with things like noise and light pollution in mind. You can go to the store and see an assembled one, see how well organized it is internally, see how the case fans and lights are. Plus, you have other people writing reviews for the machine online, so you know what you're getting before you get it, instead of getting a surprise like a bunch of random components you assemble yourself. I know, it's not that big a deal how pretty it is or how loud it is, if it rolls all over FFXIV's system requirements like a mighty beast, but it's something to consider. Especially since you can get a more than adequate rig for a great price when you get refurbished ebay systems.



Edited, Jul 13th 2010 3:53am by Solimurr
#12 Jul 13 2010 at 2:18 AM Rating: Decent
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Thank you Solimurr! I will definitely take this into consideration. I just wish I could test out my build before I bought it. xD
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