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#1 Jul 19 2010 at 11:49 PM Rating: Decent
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Ok, I haven't done any PC gaming in a while, but for FFXIV I've decided to pull out my old gaming rig. Sadly, it didn't even turn on when I tried to start it. I'm hoping I only need to replace the power supply. Anyways, it's a Commadore 64... kidding. I don't remember many of the specs but it's an AMD system that was top of the line circa 2007. It had a multi-core processor, though I don't remember how many cores. An nVidia GPU that I remember costing about $450, and I think the machine itself had 4GB of memory. I won't know until (if) I get it started. I should be able to find a power supply to test it this coming Wednesday. It had no problem playing Doom 3 and other games of the time in HQ mode. I was wondering what's the likely-hood of being able to play FFXIV on this system if I can get it running?
#2 Jul 19 2010 at 11:52 PM Rating: Decent
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Uh maybe get it running, run the benchmark, then post the specs? Not trying to be rude but we cant help you to much with this little info, *shrug*
#3 Jul 19 2010 at 11:54 PM Rating: Decent
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Heh... sorry. Just feeling a little impatient waiting to figure out if my machine can even run it... =p
#4 Jul 20 2010 at 12:12 AM Rating: Decent
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No problem heh. But yah try and get it running and get us the specs and what not. Wish you the best on it being able to run!
#5 Jul 20 2010 at 12:25 AM Rating: Decent
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That you were able to play Doom on high settings doesn't mean that much, that's possible with an 6800. But i seriously doubt FFXIV or the benchmark would even start up with an 6800 videocard :)
To be some what sure you'll have to run the benchmark. Personally i think you can count yourself lucky if you're able to run FFXIV some what acceptable on the lowest settings.
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#6 Jul 20 2010 at 12:33 AM Rating: Decent
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if the video card cost $450 in mid 2007 then chances are it will run FFXIV. The video card that I currently have in my computer is a Radeon 4850 HD and I bought that in 2008 for $200 along with a e8500 and it pulls in a benchmark of 3012. So chances are depending on what part of 2007 that you built it, that it will play FFXIV, probably not the very well, but it will work.

Note: if for some reason it can't run it, you'll have to build an entire new computer I'm sure, but my guess would be a 2500 score on low quality benchmark.

Edited, Jul 20th 2010 2:35am by Diggtown
#7 Jul 20 2010 at 6:04 AM Rating: Default
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Run the benchmark and post the processor model and GPU model.

Preemptive reply, same thing I tell everyone:

Processor - Quad core or better. i7 for high end. Dual core is bad.
Video card - GTX 260 or Radeon 5770 or better. GTX 400+ or Radeon 5870+ for high end. GT/GTS and anything 5670 or below are bad.

If you're below that, strongly consider upgrading.
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#8 Jul 21 2010 at 2:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Well, the good news is that it was the power supply. I was able to find a power supply for testing and got the computer started. The power supply I used for testing wasn't enough to power the video card though, so I still was not able to run the benchmarks yet. Anyways, I pulled the video card out when testing the power supply and it's a GeForce 8800 GTX with 768MB RAM. I'm gonna buy a new power supply so I can benchmark it. Hopefully it will run the game so that it's at least playable, and I can save up for a new system in the mean time.
#9 Jul 21 2010 at 3:48 PM Rating: Good
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There's a hardware sticky at the top of this board that has just about every hardware answer you can fathom, and if it doesn't, has people watching it who will answer!
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#10 Jul 21 2010 at 3:57 PM Rating: Default
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god no. if you did it for doom 3. At the time i bought a 6800 to run d00m3 at max graphics..

Your comp will fail like a fail out of the fail book @_@

Time for a whole new comp :(
#11 Jul 21 2010 at 10:49 PM Rating: Decent
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~1500 on the low res benchmark... Still, it doesn't stop me from watching it repeatedly. =p

Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 12:50am by XelKarin
#12 Jul 21 2010 at 10:53 PM Rating: Decent
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With an 8800 GTX you can actually score decently depending on your processor. I have two dual cores (server motherboard) with a 8800 and managed to get 2580.
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#13 Jul 21 2010 at 11:19 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah, I'm thinking of upgrading my motherboard, processor and memory first. Then I'll upgrade the video card later. I think my PCIe 1.0 video card should still run on recent motherboards, but my current motherboard doesn't support recent processors and DDR3 memory.
#14 Jul 21 2010 at 11:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Does the rendering during the Benchmark lag at all for you like play, stop 1 second, play kind of thing? If not, it's possible you might be alright to play the game on low. A lot of activity on the screen without settings being the lowest they can be might lag you a little bit. But yeah I stand by what was said above about the 5770 and the nVidia being the lowest however some cards before the Official Minimum System Requirements might be able to play the game just fine. 2 months to find out.
#15 Jul 21 2010 at 11:28 PM Rating: Decent
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Actually it seems to render just fine. It's the audio that's choppy and out of sync.
#16 Jul 22 2010 at 4:12 AM Rating: Decent
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XelKarin wrote:
Actually it seems to render just fine. It's the audio that's choppy and out of sync.


That should be a clue that your computer may not be able to handle the game well.
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