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#1 Jul 21 2010 at 1:06 AM Rating: Decent
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I was pretty upset about the ps3 release date, but have decided ***** it I will actually try to buy me a gaming PC so that I can play this game I have been waiting so long on. I have no experience at all in building or even understanding anything about the specs of PC stuff.

I did read many posts and tried to pick up on what I needed to play this game. So I went to and built a computer for around $2000. I was just wondering if I could get your opinions on whether or not I am making good decisions for the money that I am willing to spend.

i7 960 processor (4x 3.20GHz/8MB L3 Cache)

6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1800

ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB - Crossfire Mode

[3-way SLI] MSI X58A-GD65 Motherboard

I will only be using this PC for gaming. I actually want to hook this up to my TV, and a friend told me it would work with an HDMI cable and that it wouldn't lose any performance.

So please, if you have any suggestions or opinions about what I have picked out tell me. I just really want to play ffxiv with out having to play on the low settings.

#2 Jul 21 2010 at 1:13 AM Rating: Decent
That PC would be more than fine. Get Win7 64 bit and a RAID-0 setup and you'd be even better off.
#3 Jul 21 2010 at 1:16 AM Rating: Decent
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What is a Raid-0 set up?
#4 Jul 21 2010 at 1:17 AM Rating: Good
Two (usually identical) hard drives running as one. Reduces load times. The feature will come with your Motherboard.
#5 Jul 21 2010 at 4:11 AM Rating: Default
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Thank you very much for the reassurance.. I saw the RAID-0 thing was available and clicked on it and windows 7 64 bit, computer should be shipping by July 30th!
#6 Jul 21 2010 at 4:51 AM Rating: Decent
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Just so you're aware after the fact, in RAID-0 if one HDD goes out all of your data is pretty much gone.

But if you just have windows, a couple of games and non-important docs and more importantly have an image of your system you'll be fine.
#7 Jul 21 2010 at 8:43 AM Rating: Good
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ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB - Crossfire Mode

[3-way SLI] MSI X58A-GD65 Motherboard

This confused me slightly... Did you buy dual video cards to run in crossfire mode and then stick them on a motherboard that doesn't support crossfire?

If you didn't do that then these specs look fine, you definitely need a 64 bit OS as others have said.
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