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#1 Jul 30 2010 at 6:52 AM Rating: Default
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Hello FFXIV enthusiusts!
I have been a long time MMORPG sorta guy. I played UO for a while, EQ, FFXI (while waiting for EQ2), EQ2, and then WoW. Overall I've played MMORPG's nearly half of my life (27 years old). Basically since quitting WoW and selling my account with no interest in going back, for my 3rd time a few months back and just playing XBox, I've searched for a new game to play. Having no interest in Starcraft, and no date for Diablo I stumbled upon FFXIV. I've actually been playing FFXI on my xbox for the past month. I imagine XIV will be much better than XI looking at the videos and all that stuff, I'm really stoked and can't wait. I'm still debating on my starting class though.

Anyways, less blabber, more crap. I built this PC back in mid 2008 as my old system was running WoW very craptasticly! I ran the benchmark and scored a 2300 after updating drivers and such. My system is not OC'd at the current time. I know 2300 is perfectly fine to run the game, but I would really enjoy playing on better than mid graphics/details and still get decent FPS.

Here is what I am currently working with (ran WoW at 100+FPS, and 60ish in full 25M raids).

PLATFORM: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
POWER SUPPLY: Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 650W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply with Three 12V Rails
PROCESSOR: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor ADX6400CZBOX
MEMORY: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2K2/4G
GRAPHICS: MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
HARDDRIVE: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Ok, so I considered upgrading my RAM, my MB only support DDR2 according to the specs, so I could toss another 4G of the same RAM in there for $90
I can't find another video card, so going SLI with my current card is about out of the question.

Any suggestions on upgrades that would be most beneficial to me? I am on a slight budget, but I am also considering selling this whole system, and possibly building a new one...afterall, this is 2 years old, that is like 1,000 years in computer world.

#2 Jul 30 2010 at 8:18 AM Rating: Good
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Honestly, my recommendation is to upgrade your processor to a quad core, which would involve replacing MB and RAM, also upgrading your video card.

Your Power Supply is fine. You could replace the rest for about $500-550 to get good performance, $700-800 for great performance. More for awesome performance.

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#3 Jul 30 2010 at 9:02 AM Rating: Decent
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Guess I really have nearly 2 months, I can attempt to sell my current system on Craigslist or something of that nature and do a full rebuild. I can replace the Harddrive in the current system with a new one and toss XP Pro on it for the sale, that way I don't hand out my Windows 7, because I don't want to buy a new one.

I don't want to replace all the key components in the current box, because I'd like a larger tower, because my Vid Card is rather big for this case, getting the power plugged in was a task. I'd rather start fresh with everything.

Guess I should start pricing a new build system, and get the current one up for sale somewhere...I have a laptop I can play on for now.
#4 Jul 30 2010 at 9:05 AM Rating: Good
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Well, if you're buying everything new, that will cost significantly more. The prices I listed assumed you were only buying MB/RAM/CPU/GPU.

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#5 Jul 30 2010 at 11:22 AM Rating: Good
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I completely agree with Mikhalia, a system overhaul is needed. There is no point in upgrading any one component, the rest of the system would bottleneck your upgrade.

The good news is that you can likely play the game at low settings and 720p if you need to put off the overhaul.

Also, did you run the benchmark? If so, what's your score?

Edited, Jul 30th 2010 1:28pm by Pickins
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#6 Jul 30 2010 at 12:20 PM Rating: Decent
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I ran the benchmark, on Low I was sitting around 2,300 High (which I couldn't see all of) was sitting around 2,000.

I could I guess just drop 500-700 upgrade the MB and other components, make due with the case/PSU i have now, and try to sell of (eBay) my old parts.

I thought about the selling the whole system, I'd then need a new monitor, keyboard and all that crap.


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