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#1 Jul 25 2010 at 5:28 AM Rating: Excellent
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Firstly, let me say that the title is a -bit- of a misnomer. If you are buying a budget computer, it will likely not play FFXIV. HOWEVER, I have stumbled upon an exception that I did not previously think of:

Craigslist.

Go to the craigslist page for your local city and look around. Refer to other threads for specific part options (If you want a summary: Quad Core processor and Radeon 5770/GTX 260+ for good performance, 58XX/GTX 4XX for better performance).

Look around for specific part names. Search for terms like "Radeon 5870" or "Phenom II X4" or "Core i5 750". Doing a search on baltimore.craigslist.org has resulted in several options from $600-1600 and everywhere in between; I even found a 1000W/5770/Quad Core that the guy was selling for $450 because he had to move.

You might find people trying to sell custom-made systems they've upgraded out of, or systems they've assembled just to sell.

Disclaimer: Keep in mind that whatever system you buy, if it's not a Dell or an HP, etc, will not have an overall warranty, so if there are any problems, you will have to contact the part manufacturers. Also, be aware of whether the system comes with a copy of Windows installed or whether you will have to install it yourself.

This option may not be for everyone; I still advise building the system yourself or having a friend help you build it yourself whenever possible (so you're getting brand new parts out of the box) but if you're trying to save some money, check craigslist every so often. I've found some nice deals on there over the years (bought my 55 gallon aquarium with lights, hoods, and a bunch of misc stuff for $100 as an example). Obviously what's available to you locally will vary widely, since most craigslist sellers prefer to sell locally (and honestly, I'd rather deal with someone locally if I'm buying directly from them anyway; I have their address and phone number if there are any problems ^^), and you may or may not see a huge selection, or may not like what you're seeing at first; keep an eye on it and check back periodically. Every so often you'll find someone selling something priced to move because they bought a new system or don't want their current one for whatever reason. Obviously you'll want to inquire why they're parting with the system before purchasing it, but their loss can be your gain if you get lucky and lurk.

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#2 Jul 25 2010 at 6:31 AM Rating: Good
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Heck I got lucky one year a while ago and got a PC off craigs list for free, they said it was "broken" and wouldn't run, the dump would charge them for electronics, so it was "free for parts." I figured I'd at least get good parts as the HD was big and the graphics card good for the time. Turns out the HD got scrambled or something, and just the data was ruined. popped in a new HD and I had a new PC!

Granted that's a computer savvy option only. But you never know! Also please remember to bring 1 or 2 friends and meet in very public places to do your craigs list pick-ups. There are professional criminals who use the site to try and "lure" people out or get their address.
#3 Jul 25 2010 at 10:38 AM Rating: Good
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Mikhalia wrote:
Budget option for replacing your computer

Is it wrong that the first thing I thought of was PS3?
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#4 Jul 25 2010 at 12:27 PM Rating: Good
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Is it wrong that the first thing I thought of was PS3?


I know too many people who think playing an MMO on a console is sacrilege. I for one played FFXI on the PS2, then PC and finally on the 360, I'm happy that the game is going to PSN and not XBL only because all the problems that FFXI has had on XBL.

but back to your question if your starting from scrach the PS3 is the less expensive way to go. if you just have to make an upgrade or two, that may cost as much as a PS3 itself.

I'm on the fence about this myself, because i have to upgrade my video card and processor.
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#5 Jul 25 2010 at 12:55 PM Rating: Good
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Is it wrong that the first thing I thought of was PS3?


I know too many people who think playing an MMO on a console is sacrilege. I for one played FFXI on the PS2, then PC and finally on the 360, I'm happy that the game is going to PSN and not XBL only because all the problems that FFXI has had on XBL.

but back to your question if your starting from scrach the PS3 is the less expensive way to go. if you just have to make an upgrade or two, that may cost as much as a PS3 itself.

I'm on the fence about this myself, because i have to upgrade my video card and processor.

Most of my friends played FFXI on PS2 as well. I actually bought my PS3 for FFXIII, and being able to play FFXIV on it is just a bonus for me.
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#6 Jul 25 2010 at 1:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Roehon wrote:
I know too many people who think playing an MMO on a console is sacrilege. I for one played FFXI on the PS2, then PC and finally on the 360, I'm happy that the game is going to PSN and not XBL only because all the problems that FFXI has had on XBL.

but back to your question if your starting from scrach the PS3 is the less expensive way to go. if you just have to make an upgrade or two, that may cost as much as a PS3 itself.

I'm on the fence about this myself, because i have to upgrade my video card and processor.


Yes it is sacrilege though obviously the PS3 would be a cheaper, simpler option. If it weren't for the sudden delay of the release I think it would be a no brainer for many and a lot of people would be sitting happily with their PS3s waiting for september. That's something I've been balancing in my head lately. Will the use I get out of the pc plus wanting to play on release day justify paying twice as much than the PS3? It's starting to look that way for me.

As for the craigslist, great idea that people may have overlooked. But I live in a small southern town and there's nothing even close. Though the plus side to that is I may be able to use that to sell this pos for a couple hundred.

Edited, Jul 25th 2010 3:05pm by TwistedOwl

Edited, Jul 25th 2010 3:06pm by TwistedOwl
#7 Jul 25 2010 at 1:26 PM Rating: Good
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I've preordered the collector's edition, but if I'm still playing by that time, I'll be paying the extra few bucks to also buy the PS3 version because it will likely play much better on my PS3 than on my computer.

I originally played FFXI on my PS2, and I actually preferred it for a long time. There was never any (non-network related) lag, so the controls felt more responsive. Even on my newest computer, there's a tiny delay between pushing a button on my keyboard or gamepad and the cursor moving. That didn't exist on the PS2. The gamepad controls were great. It was almost as portable as a laptop. Instead of lugging my desktop PC over to my friends' houses to get together and play, I just brought my PS2 and hooked it up to their TV. I didn't need to go buy a new PC, but once I did, all I had to do was borrow my friends' discs (or download iso files) and put in my POL ID, and I could play on the PC as well.

The downside was that I had to pay a one-time extra fee to get the PS2 version that was bundled with a hard drive, which was required to play the game, and that I couldn't use tools like the windower plugins. The PS3 already has a hard drive, so that's no issue. So basically, if you don't need third-party software and you can wait an extra few months, there's really nothing wrong with playing on the PS3.
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#8 Jul 25 2010 at 4:08 PM Rating: Good
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khorbin wrote:
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Is it wrong that the first thing I thought of was PS3?


I've preordered the collector's edition, but if I'm still playing by that time, I'll be paying the extra few bucks to also buy the PS3 version because it will likely play much better on my PS3 than on my computer.


Haha me too!

But yeah a used PS3 at gamestop goes for $250 (old, fat 40GB) and new ones are only $300 (slim 120GB.) Throw in a $15 component cable for HD and a $20 keyboard on it for chatting and you really can't beat it unless you don't already own a TV. (HDMI cables will be $20.)

If you have a friend or relative who works at Gamestop or Barnes & Noble they get 15% off used systems at gamestop as well.
#9 Jul 25 2010 at 5:36 PM Rating: Good
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(HDMI cables will be $20.)


Try $2-3. Maybe it's $20 if you get a 30-foot cable:


Legit site. I've used it several times and had no problems. The cables work great and aren't cheap-o types either.
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#10 Jul 26 2010 at 9:24 AM Rating: Good
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Sounds like a great idea. If I end up buying a PC this way, I'll be sure to let you know.
#11 Jul 26 2010 at 9:35 AM Rating: Good
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khorbin wrote:
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(HDMI cables will be $20.)


Try $2-3. Maybe it's $20 if you get a 30-foot cable:


Legit site. I've used it several times and had no problems. The cables work great and aren't cheap-o types either.


I also get cheap ones locally at DIT Computers as well as my local cable office. They are selling 20' HDMI cables for $10 Smiley: thumbsup

Edit: Cable office. Cable as in cable TV. Time Warner here.

Edited, Jul 26th 2010 10:36am by Wint
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