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#102 Jul 22 2010 at 8:45 PM Rating: Decent
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Well if you want a cheap build that runs the game well I will just give my suggestion below:

CPU: Phenom II x6 1055T $200.00
Motherboard: DDR2 1200, PCI-E 2.0 1 x16 slot $70.00
Memory: DDR2 1200 4GB (2x2GB) $125.00 or more
Case: Any Mid Tower ATX Case is fine $50.00 or more
PSU: 600w+ Atleast more than 25 Amps or more on 12V Rail, I prefer two 12V rails $50.00 or more
GPU: ATI 5700 1GB 170.00$ or ATI 5830 1GB $200.00

Missing DVD-RW, HD. Some parts you can re-use and save money on from your old computer depending on what you have of course. Everything else is cheap etc and personal preference. So minimum system would cost you roughly...

Total: $665.00 to $695.00 if you build it yourself.


Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 10:46pm by Excenmille

Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 11:00pm by Excenmille
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Completely agree with you Mikhalia,

These things are up to the individual. Some people will not be happy playing FFXIV unless it is on total maximum graphical settings in the highest resolution. THese people are going to be very unhappy at launch as even if you spend $10k on a machine, you are not going to run everything at max.

Others are serious hardcore gamers who also have plenty of cash and will build a rig capable of playing this game at a very high level. Good for them.

Others will want to play the game at a reasonable graphical standard on a PC they can afford. They will not miss the impressive graphical effects of shadows and water because they will be too busy playing the game and having fun.

Dont get me wrong, I intend to completely upgrade my PC next year to be a very high end system, but for the time being, I have just upgraded my processor as high as I can go without having to replace my MB and I will buy a GTX 480 when the game is released.

Graphics are not the only thing that matters. I think there is a lot of scaremongering on this site put about by people who really dont know any more than anyone else but have powerful computers and want to tell us all about it.
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#104 Jul 22 2010 at 8:53 PM Rating: Good
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Excenmille wrote:
Well if you want a cheap build that runs the game well I will just give my suggestion below:

CPU: Phenom II x6 1090T $200.00
Motherboard: DDR2 1200, PCI-E 2.0 1 x16 slot $70.00
Memory: DDR2 1200 4GB (2x2GB) $125.00 or more
Case: Any Mid Tower ATX Case is fine $50.00 or more
PSU: 600w+ Atleast more than 25 Amps or more on 12V Rail, I prefer two 12V rails $50.00 or more
GPU: ATI 5700 1GB 170.00$ or ATI 5830 1GB $200.00


I've been thinking about a 1090T system, but more expensive on the other stuff, ddr3, 2 5770s(attempting to crossfire I suppose, still learning what I'll need for that), or just 1 of the higher cards

More importantly, where you gettin' this 1090T for a flat 2 bills?
#105 Jul 22 2010 at 9:02 PM Rating: Decent
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I did a typo. I meant the 1055T, there really is no reason to buy a 100MHz/200MHz difference processor unless it's not much more than a few dollars, maybe $20.00? Regardless, I added the recommended AMD/Intel builds to my first thread.

AMD: $695.00 compared to Intel: $875.00, not really that much of a difference. I will add the minimum build in later. You can play with prices on a few of the things that I've listed with NewEgg prices so they are just estimations really. There's things like Combo deals that exist etc sometimes and that Microcenter place.

Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 11:05pm by Excenmille
#106 Jul 22 2010 at 9:06 PM Rating: Decent
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@RSquires, that will run it just fine. I am not sure if you can but is there a DDR2 motherboard you can opt for instead of the DDR3 board? And then perhaps spend that saved money on a better GPU or processor? Going to go research it myself right now, though Intel boards typically have nice triple channel support too. Dunno. Depends on what you want more I guess. Then you could drop memory down to 4GB DDR2 1200 and have even more money. I think the setup above is good though :)

And for $200.00 you can get the Phenom II x6 1055T over the quad core, and I think it also does better in benchmarks than that i5, I'll check that too.

Update: Okay so the 1156 chipset doesn't support DDR2 at all on any motherboard.

Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 10:44pm by Excenmille


First off, thanks for the responce Excenmille.
I checked and the Phenom II x6 1055T does outscore the i5-750. These specs aren't something that I was able to build up and really customize as I know very little about computers. This set up is from a computer I found on HP.com and then picked this highest video card upgrade they offered with the tower.
I know it's probly a money saver to build your own but as I said before I know nothing about computers and I don't have a local friend who can help me out to build one. I'm not looking for something that runs the high settings but I do want something that runs fairly well. Just as long as it's not like a Beseiged battle where I ended up being KO'd by some unseen mob due to my laptops horrible specs. ^.^;;
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Eh don't go by Besieged. Playstation 2 is to blame for the sh*tty programming mess that is Besieged, Campaign and Dynamis. Nothing to do with your GPU really. I think most people could agree with that from these forums. Okay so I added Recommended AMD and Intel build to my thread. Also an estimation of what the minimum build might be were you to go that route instead. Pretty decent prices for a system you build yourself. I can't really add data in from HP/Dell/etc that build them for you. That's your own call. Good luck everyone :D

Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 11:14pm by Excenmille
#108 Jul 22 2010 at 9:30 PM Rating: Decent
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I meet every requirement there is except for the graphics card, i have a ATI mobilty Radeon HD 4500/5100 video card with 512 mb. Do you guys think this will be able to run the game, i really want to be able to play on my laptop.
#109 Jul 22 2010 at 9:51 PM Rating: Good
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Completely agree with you Mikhalia,

These things are up to the individual. Some people will not be happy playing FFXIV unless it is on total maximum graphical settings in the highest resolution. THese people are going to be very unhappy at launch as even if you spend $10k on a machine, you are not going to run everything at max.
Others will want to play the game at a reasonable graphical standard on a PC they can afford. They will not miss the impressive graphical effects of shadows and water because they will be too busy playing the game and having fun.

Graphics are not the only thing that matters. I think there is a lot of scaremongering on this site put about by people who really dont know any more than anyone else but have powerful computers and want to tell us all about it.


I agree with you that graphics are not the only thing that matters, but people have different interpretations on what "reasonable graphical standard" means, as well. It's fair to say that there are the people who want to play on max and the people who are fine with less, "so long as it's reasonable". But as evidenced in the hundred or so odd posts I've replied to with spec recommendations, there are quite a few people who expect to spend as little money as possible to get a system that is ever so slightly higher than minimum, and they expect mid to high end performance.

I'm not going to quote every single one; half because it would be too spammy and half because it would take too long, but if you go and look through yourself (the sticky is a good place to start, but just skimming back the last half a dozen pages and all the "Hey, I totally ignored the fact that there's a sticky and I feel my computer needs its own thread" posts, you'll notice a lot of systems which are really low end where recommendations are made (many by me, many by other people) wherein the person requesting help combines "cheap"/"as cheap as possible"/"don't want to spend much money"/"budget of (low number)" and they want "great performance" or even "good performance". A lot of people mis-estimate where their rig is, spec-wise. Assumptions are made like "Quad cores are not that much better than dual cores" or that "You said 5770, but this 5650 is pretty close to that and is way cheaper" or "Well they said the minimum is a GeForce 9600 so if I use a 9800, that's better and I should do pretty well", etc. A lot of people who are benchmarking in the 1500-2500 range are assuming that because the description is "capable of playing the game", this means "on medium settings or better" when logically, if there's a scale from 1500-8000, it's unreasonable to expect that benchmark vs 1-10 scale, 500-1400 = 1-2, 1500-2500 = 3-6, 2600-4500 = 7-9, 4600-8000 = 10. And yet many people are interpreting it that way.

Again, if people are fine with the idea that not having the best system will mean they won't have max settings, then that's a good thing. But there's a common thread of misconception that a system that is "not the best, but still okay" should perform "on high, but maybe not max" and that a system that is "low-end" should perform on "medium or better".

All goes back to the misconceptions about what "good performance" means to people. Overestimating tends to lead to disappointment.
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#110 Jul 22 2010 at 10:00 PM Rating: Good
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Others will want to play the game at a reasonable graphical standard on a PC they can afford. They will not miss the impressive graphical effects of shadows and water because they will be too busy playing the game and having fun.

Dont get me wrong, I intend to completely upgrade my PC next year to be a very high end system, but for the time being, I have just upgraded my processor as high as I can go without having to replace my MB and I will buy a GTX 480 when the game is released.

Graphics are not the only thing that matters. I think there is a lot of scaremongering on this site put about by people who really dont know any more than anyone else but have powerful computers and want to tell us all about it.


While some of us prefer a game that doesn't lag out and feel choppy no matter how low you set everything. I'm confused why some people who think it's only practical to own a high end rig just for the eye candy. IMO, that's the icing on the cake, not the meat and potatoes of what makes the game playable. Oh, and another thing. I'm not posting in this thread to flame people because they benchmarked low. I'm here to express my opinion that S-E won't optimize FFXIV nearly good enough to make due with low benchmark scores. I don't give a **** what they said on their benchmark comments. 2000-3000 will be a dismal experience to say the least. I'm trying to save people some money and a lot of headaches. It's all good, the game comes out in less than 2 months and people will learn the hard way. All I ask is when you get burned by S-E's crappy PC coding you don't blame them, but yourselves for trusting your rig was playable in the first place.
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I'm going with S-E on this.

If they say a computer will run mid-high settings on low res, then I just have to think whether I am happy with playing the game on low res. I am (for now) so no worries!

Next year when I do my big upgrade I will expect much enhanced performance, but then I will probably spend at least $5,000 on a system so I am entitled to expect awesomeness!
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#112 Jul 22 2010 at 10:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Im benchmarking close to 4000 now (was around 3600 but have got a bit more out of overclocking).

I guess my concern is that no-one actually knows how the game will run yet on any machine. Not even those in Beta since the Beta is not final retail version.
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#113 Jul 22 2010 at 10:23 PM Rating: Default
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Does anyone have a set up like this?

Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 6 core 3.33GHz oc’ed to 4.4 Ghz
Extreme water cooling
12Gb DDR3 memory
Dual ATI Radeon HD5970 2GB Crossfired
240GB SSD plus 2 TB storage

This is what I am looking at buying in March (when i get my bonus at work).

Or should I wait for the new i9 processors - when are they coming out?
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Newer stuff will be out by then. Ati will have a refresh of cards(6000 series) and Intel will be pushing their new Sandy Bridge processors. Thats a little overkill on the memory but ok. Might as well fill up all the slots if you are going to spend tons. I can't comment on a SSD except its lots of $ and really fast :p. I still run a piddly raid0.
#115 Jul 23 2010 at 1:17 AM Rating: Decent
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I am looking for a new Laptop but I don't know too much about specs. From what I can see these two laptops at least pass the bare minimum requirements. Would either of these run the game? They are pretty inexpensive so I figure I must be missing something...

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/toshiba-toshiba-15-6-intel-core-i3-350m-2-26ghz-laptop-l655-02g-white-future-shop-exclusive-l655-02g/10146367.aspx?path=a36c84a31d34304daaea16260a81ee33en02

The main specs are:

Processor Speed 2.26 GHz
Processor Type Intel Core i3 350M
RAM 4GB DDR3

and this one:

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/toshiba-toshiba-satellite-15-6-amd-athlon-2-p320-laptop-l655d-011-black-future-shop-exclusive-l655d-011/10145960.aspx?path=1fa628b5416ec89549dcd0c63cda5254en02

Processor Speed 2.1 GHz
Processor Type AMD Athlon 2 Dual-Core P320
RAM 4GB DDR3
Expandable Video Memory Yes - Up to 1789MB (32-bit); Up to 1917MB (64-bit)
Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD 4250

I don't need high performance, it would mostly be to check the AH and talk with LS mates so would either of these run the game at all?

Thanks for the help.
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I am looking for a new Laptop but I don't know too much about specs. From what I can see these two laptops at least pass the bare minimum requirements. Would either of these run the game? They are pretty inexpensive so I figure I must be missing something...

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/toshiba-toshiba-15-6-intel-core-i3-350m-2-26ghz-laptop-l655-02g-white-future-shop-exclusive-l655-02g/10146367.aspx?path=a36c84a31d34304daaea16260a81ee33en02

The main specs are:

Processor Speed 2.26 GHz
Processor Type Intel Core i3 350M
RAM 4GB DDR3

and this one:

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/toshiba-toshiba-satellite-15-6-amd-athlon-2-p320-laptop-l655d-011-black-future-shop-exclusive-l655d-011/10145960.aspx?path=1fa628b5416ec89549dcd0c63cda5254en02

Processor Speed 2.1 GHz
Processor Type AMD Athlon 2 Dual-Core P320
RAM 4GB DDR3
Expandable Video Memory Yes - Up to 1789MB (32-bit); Up to 1917MB (64-bit)
Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD 4250

I don't need high performance, it would mostly be to check the AH and talk with LS mates so would either of these run the game at all?

Thanks for the help.


Neither of those would likely run FFXIV at all. Not even on minimum settings.

A $1300-1600 laptop might buy you "okay performance on low" and a $2000 laptop will buy you "good performance on medium". No $1000 laptop will be likely to even run the game at all.

If you're trying to buy a laptop, expect to pay a lot of money. If you're trying to avoid paying a lot of money, you will not be getting a laptop.

"Inexpensive" and "will run FFXIV" are mutually exclusive when it comes to laptops.

Edited, Jul 23rd 2010 4:40am by Mikhalia
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Eh don't go by Besieged. Playstation 2 is to blame for the sh*tty programming mess that is Besieged, Campaign and Dynamis. Nothing to do with your GPU really. I think most people could agree with that from these forums. Okay so I added Recommended AMD and Intel build to my thread. Also an estimation of what the minimum build might be were you to go that route instead. Pretty decent prices for a system you build yourself. I can't really add data in from HP/Dell/etc that build them for you. That's your own call. Good luck everyone :D

Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 11:14pm by Excenmille


Thanks again man for the help. I think I'll be ok w/ the specs I said eariler. If I need to upgrade my graphics card later I'm sure I can go buy one and then get some online help when installing it. Thanks again Excenmille.
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Haven't seen this discussed specifically...I have been looking into the Radeon 5830 card for a while and I am quite sure I will need to upgrade my PSU, but newegg and ATI do not show a specific requirement for the 12V amps required. Should I worry about this or should I just purchase a PSU that has enough watts to fuel my system? The PSU I was looking at has the correct connectors but...wasn't sure it would be enough...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339006
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I wouldn't recommend scrimping on the PSU if you can help it. I'm not familiar with that brand, I own Thermaltake and Antec PSU's, both have been exceptional. They're a little more costly than the one you linked though.

As far as the card goes, I see the max board power on that one is 175 watts, I think the wattage on that PSU should be ok, but to be honest I haven't had to consider that much, my case has dual PSU's that combined have 1200 watts Smiley: smile
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Thanks Excenmille. Easy to read now. This is another great resource for those of us that are looking to buy or build a new PC.

Off Topic: I'm finding myself in a very akward position, trying to balance being a responsible father with my overwhelming desire to play this game at release. I just can't justify a $1000+ purchase considering what that represents in terms of options for my family (We have 4-year old triplets). Considering the average age of the FF fanatic, I'm sure there are others facing a similar dilemma.

Luckily, my wife needs a new PC for her new at-home editing job. Suddenly, a ~$750 PC becomes reasonable. The multiple threads here concerning PC specs are invaluable to me at this point. For some, it may seem that talk of PC specs is overwhelming the Forum. For me, I cannot say thanks enough for all time and effort people have put forth to help others build or buy the most reasonable system for their particular situation.

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Thanks Mikhalia. I figured there might be a slim chance but the low price was suspicious.

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Off Topic: I'm finding myself in a very akward position, trying to balance being a responsible father with my overwhelming desire to play this game at release. I just can't justify a $1000+ purchase considering what that represents in terms of options for my family (We have 4-year old triplets). Considering the average age of the FF fanatic, I'm sure there are others facing a similar dilemma.


While I'm not a father, I do find myself in an awkward position. I was laid off mid December. I've since gone back to school and will be starting medical technology school on Monday. I feel like I'm in an awkward position because I've got upgrades planed for my pc, but the bad part is that they cost $1,114 plus shipping. I'm very fortunate to have a rather hefty nest egg saved up from while I was working. I was in the process of saving for my own home, but unfortunate circumstances stopped that from happening. My school program will supply me with a job, so I'll finally get to go back to work, but I'll be spending my "house money" on my pc. It should be enough to allow me to run default settings. My monitor doesn't support 1080p, so I could care less about that. I'll still have plenty of money saved after the pc and tuition, but it's still a hard hit to the wallet when you've been saving for 2 years for a down payment on a house. :(

On another note, how often does new egg stop their combo deals? I'll be taking advantage of 2 of them with this build. I just want to know if I should be worried about them taking them away before September. It's getting hard not to go ahead and order the parts for fear of the combo deals going away from me.
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I have been out of work personally for about 3 months now living off of saved income until I find another job which isn't actually too easy right now considering school/college is out and with this economy, everyone and their mother is holding a job. So more than likely I will get lucky mid-August/beginning-September. But I am doing fine. However, I received a letter from the IRS today from a 2008 filing where I forgot to file my gambling winnings. Fortunately the amount is only $600.00, unfortunately, that is about all the money I have up until I find a job now.

Thankfully at least you can work with the IRS and they are letting me pay them $50.00 a month until it is paid off. I really don't have anything around the house that I am willing to go and liquidate really quick just to pay this off. I think everyone is having a lot of bad luck now. I am not a Father but I can only imagine what parents go through. I don't think I could handle myself in these times.

On the plus side I've been watching live streams/old video of FFXIV and this game is so gorgeous. I mean the graphics themselves make it so it feels like you are actually in the game. So realistic and for once I am happy that Square Enix went down this route as well as great gameplay. Those two things alone are going to make this game a memorable one. Next 10 years should be great. FFXIV will be a big part of my life while I focus on school and personal goals of mine. Wish September were here already or there was an invite in my e-mail inbox :/

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If this is truly "official" minimum specs I should be right on the money in most areas with a bit overboard in others ie processor and memory.
#126 Aug 04 2010 at 4:37 PM Rating: Good
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If this is truly "official" minimum specs I should be right on the money in most areas with a bit overboard in others ie processor and memory.


Keep in mind that minimum means "Yeah, it'll install. And if you turn everything way down, it'll give you a ****** frame rate, but technically it 'runs'."

A lot of people "meet the minimum" and are expecting to run the game on default/average/medium and will be sorely disappointed.
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No... just no... No one was foolish to think their "FFXI system" was good enough,

Yes, actually, some people were. 3 or 4 weeks ago, before the minimum specs were posted, there were people SWEARING that since their system can run FFXI on high/max, especially those who used mods to increase FFXI's drawing distance or resolution, etc, that they should be fine running XIV with no issues. Then the benchmark hits them with a 1000-2000 or lower.
There were quite a few people running 4-5 year old systems who were INSISTENT that there was NO WAY their system could not handle XIV without breaking a sweat.


Well, to have capped framerate in all situations with high drawdistance and double background resolution, you really do need an intensely fast CPU, and a pretty fast GPU. If you have an nvidia card, even an i7-920 at 4.5GHz probably couldn't do the trick due to the extremely poor DX8 support in the drivers. For ATI cards an i7 at 4.2 works, since the drivers are slightly less terrible. That i7 along with an HD4870x2 could be had in 2008, and will get a good score in XIV bench. Four years ago you could get a core2 X6800 @4.2GHz and an 8800GTX, but that combo would be sweating pretty hard in the benchmark. Anyway, I don't see how people expected SE to produce a well-optimized PC game after knowing how incredibly awful all their PC games have been.
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After much deliberation and much advice from the community in this and other threads at Zam, I finally placed my order today for my new system. I am king of wasting money since I upgraded my processor not even and month ago but then decided to splash on a whole new system.

New specs are:

AMD Phenom II X6 Six Core 3.2GHz - Overclocked up to 4.2GHz
Extreme Water Cooling
Corsair Dual Channel 8GB DDR3 RAM
Dual ATi Radeon HD5870
2TB Storage (2 x 1TB in RAID 0 Stripe)
Blu-ray Reader/DVD±RW Combo
Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case
Antec 850W Power Supply

If this doesnt smash the benchmark, and kill the game at very good settings (I understand I may not max them) then I am going to cry given the amount of money I just spent!

I am hoping not to have to upgrade for at least 5 years! This should carry me for a while!
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#129 Aug 06 2010 at 10:07 AM Rating: Good
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That is certainly quite the rig you assembled there. I am extremely jealous. I have the money to get anything I want, but I am such a tightwad I could never drop more than $1000 on a gaming PC.

Maybe that means I don't really have the money to do it...who knows!
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so looking at these specs, I would definitely need an upgrade, CPU, graphics card and possibly my HD (been meaning to buy a new HD anyway). What I am not looking to do though is to upgrade my motherboard. I have an EVGA nForce 780i SLI running a Core 2 Duo 2.66ghz right now. Getting a new CPU and a new graphics card would already cost me $500-$600. Adding another i7 compatible motherboard to it would just be out of my price range, especially the board I bought was considered a really good motherboard at the time, I still think it is!

If I were to upgrade my CPU to a Core 2 Quad ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115130 ) would it suffice for the requirements to run FFXIV?

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 12:26pm by jackvoodoo
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Nice build Hallie. Are you going to do any Eyefinity with those dual 5870's? Also it says extreme water cooling, are you doing the gpu's also? Let me know what you get.

My system currently
I7 920 @4ghz w/Hyper 212 heatsink
6GB Corsair DDR3 8-8-8-24-1t (I can probably get tighter timings but I'm lazy)
2 EVGA Gtx470's SLI @ 700core 875mem
P6X58D Premium mobo
Antec Signature 850w PSU
Chieftec Supertower Case
3x Samsung 24" monitors 5760x1080 resolution

I'm really hoping its enough to get decent framerate at 5760x1080 but if worse comes to worse I'll just run it on 1 monitor. I still have a couple months also for a step up on the video cards so we will see.
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jackvoodoo wrote:
so looking at these specs, I would definitely need an upgrade, CPU, graphics card and possibly my HD (been meaning to buy a new HD anyway). What I am not looking to do though is to upgrade my motherboard. I have an EVGA nForce 780i SLI running a Core 2 Duo 2.66ghz right now. Getting a new CPU and a new graphics card would already cost me $500-$600. Adding another i7 compatible motherboard to it would just be out of my price range, especially the board I bought was considered a really good motherboard at the time, I still think it is!

If I were to upgrade my CPU to a Core 2 Quad ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115130 ) would it suffice for the requirements to run FFXIV?

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 12:26pm by jackvoodoo

Personally, I wouldn't sink much money into a socket 775 system. But if you must, you may want to consider getting a Q9550 instead. It's only slightly slower, but much cheaper. I saw one on Pricewatch for about $250. The rest can go towards a good psu (if needed) and gpu.

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 12:36pm by AngusX
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#133 Aug 06 2010 at 12:46 PM Rating: Decent
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I know it's probly a money saver to build your own but as I said before I know nothing about computers and I don't have a local friend who can help me out to build one. I'm not looking for something that runs the high settings but I do want something that runs fairly well. Just as long as it's not like a Beseiged battle where I ended up being KO'd by some unseen mob due to my laptops horrible specs. ^.^;;


I've never built either - and have no irl friend to help me - but the IRC chat folks and people on the board have been great. Believe in yourself! I am going to be the first chick I know to build her own gaming rig, rawr!



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#134 Aug 06 2010 at 12:56 PM Rating: Decent
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That said I'll be posting my "final" build for comment soon because I am going to be ordering the parts as soon as I can in the hope that I get a beta invite.

*crosses her fingers*

Thanks for all the help and I hope you guys will take a good look at my build when I post it.

One thing I am still not sure on - if anyone would be so kind as to respond - is how can I tell if a case will fit my components? It seems like a crapshoot.
#135 Aug 06 2010 at 1:36 PM Rating: Good
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Bought a used CPU for my laptop to bump it up from a P7350 Core 2 Duo @ 2.0Ghz to a T9400 which runs at 2.53Ghz and has double the L2 cache. Going to be a bit of a pain in the *** to do the swap, but that's what weekends are for. Guess I'll see how much affect the CPU has on it as that was the only thing on my laptop that was at the minimum requirements, everything else was at least slightly above.
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jackvoodoo wrote:
so looking at these specs, I would definitely need an upgrade, CPU, graphics card and possibly my HD (been meaning to buy a new HD anyway). What I am not looking to do though is to upgrade my motherboard. I have an EVGA nForce 780i SLI running a Core 2 Duo 2.66ghz right now. Getting a new CPU and a new graphics card would already cost me $500-$600. Adding another i7 compatible motherboard to it would just be out of my price range, especially the board I bought was considered a really good motherboard at the time, I still think it is!

If I were to upgrade my CPU to a Core 2 Quad ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115130 ) would it suffice for the requirements to run FFXIV?

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 12:26pm by jackvoodoo


I think you would be crazy to spend upwards of $600 to upgrade that system when you could buy a new system based around an AMD X4 955 and a GTX 460 for around $800-900 and have a much better rig with even more headrom for upgrades in the future. Once you buy the new rig based on the AM3 socket and provided you get a PSU around 600W, you could even further upgrade in 2-3 years to next generation CPU and GPU for another $300-400 and make that new PC last another 2-3 years.

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 5:30pm by Enscheff
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I posted a build in the sticky computer thread if anyone wants to check it out. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

Cheers!





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@Ruby,

If FFXIV has is eyefinity enabled I will give some serious thought to setting up a three monitor set up in future. I really like the idea but the cost of a couple more decent monitors will put the brakes on this for a while. Still, I could get the wife to grab me a monitor for christmas and then another for my birthday :-)

At present, I have only liquid cooled the processor. Overclocking from 3.2 to 4.2 is going to need some serious cooling. I will in future look at adding the graphics cards in but for the time being I shouldnt need to (other than to see just how high I can get the benchmark).

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It seems like the character model you select also factors into your benchmark score. If I select Lalafell I get 50-70 points higher than any other character model. The smaller character must have a smaller poly count that makes it easier to render.
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One thing in particular interested me about the recommended specs: Windows 7. Is the difference between 7 and Vista so drastic that I'm going to notice a lack of "something" since I'm using Windows Vista (64-bit)?
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One thing in particular interested me about the recommended specs: Windows 7. Is the difference between 7 and Vista so drastic that I'm going to notice a lack of "something" since I'm using Windows Vista (64-bit)?


You'll notice a lack of slow performance, if that's what you mean :P

But no, 7 is all the "pretty" of Vista without the slowdowns that XP > Vista results in.
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You'll notice a lack of slow performance, if that's what you mean :P

But no, 7 is all the "pretty" of Vista without the slowdowns that XP > Vista results in.


Ah, OK. I just asked someone else and they said the benchmark showed very little difference, so I probably won't bother upgrading unless the slight slowdowns end up driving me crazy. And knowing me, that's bound to happen.
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This thread was a bit of a shock to me. The requirements are crazy out of site - I mean most people do not have systems like they recommend. I just upgraded my system and thought I would totally outclass ffxiv. Big surprise.

Thankfully I got a 6 core 1090T AMD chip and an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD as well as my old trusty 8800GTS SLI which performs near GTX470 speeds.

However, I bought a laptop (Dell Studio XPS 16) for work that I figured would be able to handle FFXIV decently and that is where I'm sort of disappointed. It has an i7 quad in it and 6GB of 1333 ram so I'm ok there but the video is an HD5750 which is equivalent to a 9800GT or a GTS 240... Its above the minimum but I wonder if I'll be able to stand it. At least I got an extra OCZ Vertex2 so I'll be rocking 280MB read/write in the thing even if my graphics are little crappy. lol.

Anyway just had to post that these reqs are crazy....
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You'll notice a lack of slow performance, if that's what you mean :P

But no, 7 is all the "pretty" of Vista without the slowdowns that XP > Vista results in.


Ah, OK. I just asked someone else and they said the benchmark showed very little difference, so I probably won't bother upgrading unless the slight slowdowns end up driving me crazy. And knowing me, that's bound to happen.


This wouldn't surprise me a bit. I ran 3DMark06 before and after upgrading from Vista 32 bit to Win 7 64 bit. The scores were less than .5% off, and the Win 7 install was a clean install, because you can't do a regular upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit OS's.

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Hi-

For the last few weeks I've tried my best to learn about computers and how they work. I've read all the benchmark threads and computer threads on this forum and various other forums. I've visited different computer technology sites like Tom's Hardware, Benchmark Reviews, HardOcp, ArsTechica, etc. etal. There is a lot to learn about the various components in different systems from the processors to the graphics subsystems; ie: AGP, PCI, PCI-e, integrated, SLi, and all the other 'stuff' that makes up a computer.

I've done this because the computer I have is really old. Like 2003/4 old. It was built before FFXI was released.

Here are the specs and how it did on the benchmark. Yes, it actually ran the benchmark! All the way through! Multiple times, too. ^^/

Windows XP SP3{service pack 3)
Processor: Intel Extreme Edition 3.2 478mpga 130nm w/HT(hyper-threading) Gallatin vcore @ 1.568
Motherboard: ASUS P4C-800e Deluxe BIOS 1008
Ram Memory: Corsair PC-3200C2PT @2-2-2-5-8 ram voltage @ 2.85
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 AGP 512meg DDR3 256 bit bus GPU @ 669/ Mem @ 829
Graphics Driver: Catalyst 9.2 with CCC
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
Speakers: Klipsch Promedia 5.1 THX
Hard drive: WD1600JD x 2 using SATA but not in RAID
Floppy drive x1
DVD R/W x1
DVD drive x1
Power Supply: Thermaltake Purepower 560W
Case: Antec File Server ATX (really big case) 23"H 9"W 22"D
Fans: 4 80mm 3000rpm case fans. 2 in front to pull air in, 2 in back to push air out.
CPU fan: Zalman CP9700 All copper heat sink and 2500 rpm fan. Artic Silver 5 thermal paste.

I think that's all I had written down. It took a while to figure out what all this stuff is and what it does.

and now the benchmark results from this ol' computer that has served me well playing FFXI.

Low: 1212
High: 1057

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So are you asking if that PC will play FFXIV? It will not.

Unfortunately there is basically nothing you can upgrade in that PC to make is work well at all with FFXIV. You will have to start from scratch and build a new PC.
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Keep in mind that minimum means "Yeah, it'll install. And if you turn everything way down, it'll give you a sh*tty frame rate, but technically it 'runs'."

Also keep in mind that for whatever reason, SE designated these specs around 4x MSAA, shadows, and high texture quality. I wouldn't be surprised if running with the minimum specs and dropping it to no AA, minimum shadows and low/medium textures allowed you to get a constant 30 fps, since those are all fairly intense settings.
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Power Supply: Thermaltake Purepower 560W
Case: Antec File Server ATX (really big case) 23"H 9"W 22"D


Only things savagable from it really, few othere peices, but if your goign to upgrade, start from here and work your way up :)
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Just bumping my own thread to keep it at the top, this is the first bump so don't get mad. I will be updating the prices in my recommended builds to see if there's any difference after Beta Phase 3 maintenance is over and servers are up. I hope I get a key like everyone else.
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#151 Aug 16 2010 at 11:33 PM Rating: Excellent
I bought my rig at newegg:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Had 4 gigs of DDR2 from my old PC

Total: $690.63

Scored 4350 on the benchmark @ low. Haven't done a high test as I use my tv as my monitor and it's only 720p.

Edited, Aug 16th 2010 11:10pm by SkinwalkerAsura
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