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#1 Aug 06 2010 at 6:47 PM Rating: Decent
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I ran the benchmark and scored an 860 on low res. I'm looking for insight from anyone out there, especially those playing the beta and got a low score like this on the benchmark. I'll be playing the PS3 version, but rather than wait for it to come out, I just want to do some low leveling or tool around and learn the game on PC. I have seen a post elsewhere that someone got a 900 on the benchmark, but has had no issues playing the beta. When I watch the cut scenes in the bench it was tolerable and held about 15 fps throughout.

I wouldn't be doing anything crazy like the equivalent of beseiged battles... just want to get by on PC for a bit. Anyone think this is doable? Here are my specs:

Vista SP2
Pentium D CPU 3.00Ghz (core duo)
3GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 512MB

I have been playing Aion with no issues, but I expect this will be a bit more graphic intensive than that.

Thanks!




#2 Aug 06 2010 at 7:05 PM Rating: Good
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NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 512MB


This would be your issue. I suggest getting a better graphics card to see some improvements. Your processor might also cause some lower scores on the benchmark as well, since I've been hearings duo cores are having a tough time with the game.

EDIT:
I think this would give you the biggest bang-for-your-buck.
Nvidia GeForce 460 1GB

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 9:07pm by KanzenZenaku
#3 Aug 06 2010 at 7:14 PM Rating: Good
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I don't believe you will get even -minimum- performance without replacing your processor and video card. "Getting by" with this system is like trying to get by with a bicycle in a Nascar race; it's not just infeasible, it's impossible.
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#4 Aug 06 2010 at 7:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I figured I'll probably be too underpowered to go as is. I have mandated not to spend any money because, I know I really need a new system altogether (hence trying to get by). If I go after CPU and video card, I'll need to upgrade power supply and motherboard as well I expect. At that point, I'll just rebuild completely or buy new.

I'll likely just wait for the PS3 release and try not to torture myself watching the buzz around the PC launch.
#5 Aug 06 2010 at 7:50 PM Rating: Decent
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I have a feeling that the specs will be a bit more refined than the benchmark says. I know my computer has the capability to run the game (all stats exceed minimum by quite a bit), but I only scored 1425 on the benchmark. Your one issue will be the graphics card; however, there are plenty of cheap, 1gb DDR3 cards on newegg.com for under 100$.
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#6 Aug 06 2010 at 9:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Your one issue will be the graphics card; however, there are plenty of cheap, 1gb DDR3 cards on newegg.com for under 100$.


And none of them are worth the money you will spend on them. Anything under $150 is a colossal waste of money. Radeon 5770 is probably the least expensive card I'd recommend. Think about it: You're buying a BRAND NEW product, why would you want to spend money on a BRAND NEW product that is going to perform poorly right out of the box? Better to not buy anything than to buy a cheap card; at least in the first case you aren't throwing money away.

EDIT: This all applies to XIV. For other games, I might say that $100-150 could get you a good card that will run most games. XIV is looking to be higher end than ANY game on the market, not only now, but probably for the next 2-3 years, in terms of recommended specs.

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 11:24pm by Mikhalia
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#7 Aug 06 2010 at 10:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Mikhalia wrote:
XIV is looking to be higher end than ANY game on the market, not only now, but probably for the next 2-3 years, in terms of recommended specs.
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#8 Aug 06 2010 at 10:54 PM Rating: Good
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bsphil wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
XIV is looking to be higher end than ANY game on the market, not only now, but probably for the next 2-3 years, in terms of recommended specs.
Crysis 2010, MMO Edition!


Exactly.
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#9 Aug 06 2010 at 11:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Crysis

http://www.crysisdemo.com/crysis-system-requirements.htm


Minimum system requirements
from Crytek and EA

OS - Windows XP or Windows Vista
Processor - 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster* (Vista)
Memory - 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)
Video Card -256 MB**
Hard Drive - 12GB
Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible


Recommended System Requirements
from Crytek and EA

OS - Windows XP / Vista
Processor - Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
Memory - 2.0 GB RAM
GPU - NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar



Final Fantasy XIV


http://www.zam.com/forum.html?game=268&mid=1279658096150256270&page=1

Min:
AMD/Intel X2 2.0ghz

XP-1.5G RAM
Vista/7 -2G RAM

21G HDD space

Nvidia 9600 512mb
Radeon 2900 512mb


So, yeah I'd say so. FFXIV minimums are about what Crysis' recommended specs are.


edit* added link for FFXIV specs

Edited, Aug 7th 2010 1:38am by Nalamwen
#10 Aug 07 2010 at 11:24 AM Rating: Decent
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Mikhalia wrote:
I don't believe you will get even -minimum- performance without replacing your processor and video card. "Getting by" with this system is like trying to get by with a bicycle in a Nascar race; it's not just infeasible, it's impossible.


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