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#1 Aug 06 2010 at 6:58 AM Rating: Decent
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Alright I bought a Sony all-in-one PC however I keep failing the benchmark for FFXIV. Looking at my specs I thought I met the requirements to play at least on low but keep getting a score of 763. I'm also not sure if anyone knows if the all in one PC is upgradeable and if it is if it's easy so I can do it myself. Here's the specs and model number if anyone can take the time to look it up to see whether an upgrade is needed and can be done or if I can manage to play on low settings. Any information is appreciated.

Sony All-In-One PC
Model: VGC-LV290J
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.80GHz) processor
RAM: 6GB (4GBx1 + 2GBx1)DDR2 / 800 MHz
HDD: 1TB (7200rpm)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT GPU (512MB)
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
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#2 Aug 06 2010 at 7:16 AM Rating: Decent
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Video card is holding you back would be my guess.
#3 Aug 06 2010 at 7:17 AM Rating: Good
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Yes its his video card. That is the min requirement for ffxiv.
#4 Aug 06 2010 at 7:30 AM Rating: Good
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Video card -AND- processor are both in dire need of replacement. RAM is only DDR2, which isn't great, but you could definitely go for a new CPU and GPU.

Looked up your system and it looks like it's built into the monitor, so while you might be able to replace the motherboard and processor, there's no way you're replacing that video card.

Looks like you're building a new computer. You'd be lucky to install FFXIV on this thing, never mind getting it to run at all, on any settings.

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 9:31am by Mikhalia
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#5 Aug 06 2010 at 7:36 AM Rating: Good
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In addition, the components used to assemble your machine are notebook components [hence the 9600M [for mobile] designation. Mobile cards are nowhere near as powerful as their desktop counterparts.

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RAM is only DDR2, which isn't great


As I understand it Mik, while DDR3 is faster, it has higher latency than DDR2, somewhat mitigating the increase. I'd be more worried about
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(4GBx1 + 2GBx1)
as DDR is typically meant to work in matched pairs. It's been a long time since I've even had to think about it. . but doesn't this mean they'll run in single channel mode?

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 9:41am by seneleron
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#6 Aug 06 2010 at 7:38 AM Rating: Good
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I have to agree with Mikhalia. You say you just bought it, hopefully it wasn't bought for this game.
#7 Aug 06 2010 at 7:42 AM Rating: Decent
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It was bought probably around 6 months ago my other desktop was on deathsdoor so I needed a new one. Never been a PC Gamer really played Diablo II, World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2 other then that I'm a Console Gamer. Looks like I'm going to be finding someone to build me a tower not sure if I trust myself doing it. Thanks for the help/comments everyone.
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Character:Azrael Sykksmoke - Phy.lvl. 11
PUG-9,THM-6,MIN-5,BOT-5,LNC-3,ARC-2,FSH-2

Final Fantasy XI - Server:Remora
Character:
Sykksmoke 75 WAR, 75 PLD, 70 RDM, 60 NIN - Xorn 41 PLD (Retired)

World of Warcraft
Server:Eonar
Characters:
Nobunaga 80 Warlock, Kale 80 Death Knight, Dais 80 Hunter
Mitsuhide 80 Paladin, Sykksmoke 80 Warrior
Server:Gnomergan
Anubis 80 Death Knight
#8 Aug 06 2010 at 8:04 AM Rating: Good
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Don't know what your financial situation is like but why not wait for PS3 release since you said you are a console gamer? If you must buy a new PC to play when it launches for PC, feel free to ask question so you can build something to play it.
#9 Aug 06 2010 at 1:06 PM Rating: Decent
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seneleron wrote:
As I understand it Mik, while DDR3 is faster, it has higher latency than DDR2, somewhat mitigating the increase. I'd be more worried about
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(4GBx1 + 2GBx1)
as DDR is typically meant to work in matched pairs. It's been a long time since I've even had to think about it. . but doesn't this mean they'll run in single channel mode?


Generally speaking, while latency does matter, frequency matters more. :)

And yeah, two separate 4Gb + 1Gb ram sticks won't be running in dual mode, which decreases performance pretty significantly.

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 2:07pm by Threx
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#10 Aug 06 2010 at 8:01 PM Rating: Decent
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Talking to a buddy now who's going to build me a tower that runs it on max settings basically a copy of the one he built for himself for around 860 with some rebates to knock the price down. Just don't feel like spending the cash but want to play at launch cause I'm way to geeked about this game to wait for PS3's Version. Thanks again for all the comments and help everyone I really do appreciate it.
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Character:Azrael Sykksmoke - Phy.lvl. 11
PUG-9,THM-6,MIN-5,BOT-5,LNC-3,ARC-2,FSH-2

Final Fantasy XI - Server:Remora
Character:
Sykksmoke 75 WAR, 75 PLD, 70 RDM, 60 NIN - Xorn 41 PLD (Retired)

World of Warcraft
Server:Eonar
Characters:
Nobunaga 80 Warlock, Kale 80 Death Knight, Dais 80 Hunter
Mitsuhide 80 Paladin, Sykksmoke 80 Warrior
Server:Gnomergan
Anubis 80 Death Knight
#11 Aug 06 2010 at 8:04 PM Rating: Good
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Rebates are awesome. Newegg combo deals can also lower the price as long as they are items you want.
#12 Aug 06 2010 at 8:55 PM Rating: Decent
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I am going to have to say that the video card does not even meet the minimum requirements because it is a mobile graphics card which are less in power than their counterparts. Also judging by the fact that you have a mobile graphics card and just looking at a picture of a sony all in one PC I am going to have to say that you probably can't upgrade more than the ram on that thing.
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#13 Aug 06 2010 at 9:04 PM Rating: Good
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Sorry man, I couldn't help it.



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#14 Aug 07 2010 at 12:51 AM Rating: Default
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I still stand by my statement that I've never been much of a PC Gamer played WoW for like 2 years and yeah I have a few 80's none of which are geared cause I'm just not that involved. FFXI I played on PS2 only other PC games I've played really are Diablo II and Starcraft II which is new. So yeah Blizzard games on PC otherwise I spend most my time playing one of my PS3's, a 360 for certain games and Wii for family stuff.

I'm having a tower built just for FFXIV just to play from launch till PS3 version then selling the tower to my brother as well lol. If it's made for consoles I have no reason to play a PC copy.

Edited, Aug 7th 2010 2:56am by Sykksmoke
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Final Fantasy XIV - Server:Rabanastre
Character:Azrael Sykksmoke - Phy.lvl. 11
PUG-9,THM-6,MIN-5,BOT-5,LNC-3,ARC-2,FSH-2

Final Fantasy XI - Server:Remora
Character:
Sykksmoke 75 WAR, 75 PLD, 70 RDM, 60 NIN - Xorn 41 PLD (Retired)

World of Warcraft
Server:Eonar
Characters:
Nobunaga 80 Warlock, Kale 80 Death Knight, Dais 80 Hunter
Mitsuhide 80 Paladin, Sykksmoke 80 Warrior
Server:Gnomergan
Anubis 80 Death Knight
#15 Aug 07 2010 at 4:26 AM Rating: Decent
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I've been browsing through the Hardware sticky and the benchmark thread to get an idea of what I want to build. I think that's a pretty good place to start anyways.


What I've gathered so far

Quad core CPU at least
5770 ATI at least
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GTX460 Nvidia at least
4G Ram if you're on a 64 bit OS or at least 2.5G on a 32 bit OS


Really though I'd recommend that you read through the hardware sticky and the "Official Benchmark Program" threads to get a better idea of what you want to build to get the performance that you want to see.

There are some machines priced out in the sticky around $700-$800. If you're just wanting to get by until Ps3 release you could look at what they're using to build.
#16 Aug 07 2010 at 2:29 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah the build my buddy set up for me is just over 800 and is an exact copy of what he just built it gets 4000+ on the benchmark without overclocking so that's the route I'm going to go. I just can't believe the specs for this game I know PC's get cheaper down the road when better things come out but ****. I love SE though and appreciate the effort they seem to be putting into this game so I'll go the extra mile for it and build a tower that can play it till PS3.
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Final Fantasy XIV - Server:Rabanastre
Character:Azrael Sykksmoke - Phy.lvl. 11
PUG-9,THM-6,MIN-5,BOT-5,LNC-3,ARC-2,FSH-2

Final Fantasy XI - Server:Remora
Character:
Sykksmoke 75 WAR, 75 PLD, 70 RDM, 60 NIN - Xorn 41 PLD (Retired)

World of Warcraft
Server:Eonar
Characters:
Nobunaga 80 Warlock, Kale 80 Death Knight, Dais 80 Hunter
Mitsuhide 80 Paladin, Sykksmoke 80 Warrior
Server:Gnomergan
Anubis 80 Death Knight
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