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#1 Aug 09 2010 at 1:20 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm a lifetime console gamer who is hoping to be able to play FFXIV on my laptop until its release for the PS3. That said I'm pretty hopeless when it comes to pc's, specs and programming. I've read threads regarding min/recommended specs in order to play the game, and I've messed around with the Benchmark program to no avail. What I'd like to know is what the odds are of my computer handling the game as is? I am using an Intel Core i5 430M 2.26GHz, 3MB L3 Cache with an ATI Radeon HD 5470 and a 640GB HDD.

Thank you to anyone taking the time to respond to my post. And please forgive my ignorance...I`m learning :)
#2 Aug 09 2010 at 1:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Yeah, okay, I`ve done some more reading and am pretty sure it would be a waste of time and money to pick up the pc version. Since I dont have much spare $$$ atm thanks to school, I guess I`ll be seeing you online sometime in march....hopefully
#3 Aug 09 2010 at 3:16 AM Rating: Decent
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As your research seems to have told you, it'd be a waste of time. The processor is decent for being a laptop but the GPU is probably too weak to run the game very well. With some luck, you might be able to do it with bottomed out settings, but I couldn't say either way with any confidence. Your best bet would be to work out your issues with the benchmark and run it. What's going wrong with it?
#4 Aug 09 2010 at 3:38 AM Rating: Decent
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As I am sure your research told you, both the processor and graphics card are outdated...
IN addition, laptops are expensive to upgrade, in addition to the cost of parts being higher. A PC capable of running the game at low settings will cost you about $650 minimum. High settings will likely run you about 1k if you avoid the bells and whistles, 1200 if you really want the best below the 2 thousand range.
I believe you've made the right decision in regards to what platform would be less taxing on your wallet, though personally I'll be spending 850 or so on a PC from ibuypower's website, and then buying the PS3 version anyways... At least the PC will last me a decade or so, as long as I use it safely.
I really don't know much in regards to the costs of laptop versions of the i7 and i9 (the intel processors you'll want to choose from) other than they'll cost like..300 new for the processor alone? And an upgraded video card will likely run you another 100-120 for the laptop. You also want 6 GB of RAM minimum.

Edited, Aug 9th 2010 4:48am by Uryuu
#5 Aug 09 2010 at 5:33 AM Rating: Good
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Don't throw all hope out the window just yet. Until we have the final product, there's no way to know just how strict the benchmark is in comparison to how the actual game will play on lesser hardware. If they're gonna make the game work on the PS3, you'd think it'd work [at least on lowest settings] with the majority of the lower end hardware out there [let's face it: the PS3 components are somewhat dated by today's modern computers. 512 + 512 MB ram in the whole system? My GFX card alone has that]

Edited, Aug 9th 2010 7:34am by seneleron: This edit was brought to you by the letter "S". which loved my post *SO* much it decided to inject itself into a word it didn't belong ;)

Edited, Aug 9th 2010 7:35am by seneleron
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#6 Aug 09 2010 at 6:20 AM Rating: Decent
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Keep in mind the PS3 also has a lightning-fast processor to compensate for the lack of RAM. They'll be recoding the graphical part of XIV to take advantage of that, meaning that the PS3 version will be quite different in terms of requirements, even if they may look identical when played.
#7 Aug 09 2010 at 6:50 AM Rating: Good
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seneleron wrote:
If they're gonna make the game work on the PS3, you'd think it'd work [at least on lowest settings] with the majority of the lower end hardware out there [let's face it: the PS3 components are somewhat dated by today's modern computers. 512 + 512 MB ram in the whole system? My GFX card alone has that]

Yes, but the PS3 also doesn't have to cope with the overhead of an operating system and any other applications you have running, which is significant even if you don't try to multitask while playing. The code is also probably much more optimized than a PC's. It's really not directly comparable to a PC's components.
#8 Aug 09 2010 at 12:17 PM Rating: Decent
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After unzipping the benchmark I was told it couldn't run because I was missing a file/component? Don't remember exactly what it was, dx3(something or other).dll. Googled the file to see what it was, found a link that included a download, attempted to download it, or succesfully downloaded it only to find out I had to pay money to get the full effect. Tried to run the benchmark again, as is, and was still told I was missing the dx3.dll file. Gave up at that point since I wasn't sure what all I was getting myself into.

My lack of pc knowledge is another factor in why waiting for ps3 might be my best option. Down side is I've been sooo looking forward to september 22nd with the pre-order. FFXI was the biggest video game time-sink of my life and I enjoyed every moment of it. Even though I never made it to endgame...never beyond 60cap actually lol, I put in at least 63days of playing time, mained as a blm taru but thoroughly enjoyed pld and thf as well. Spent countless hours playing ballista. In fact, I think I lvl'd my blm from 52-54 entirely on ballista, which gimped my stats pretty good lol. Roaming the ballista field with blm/nin sporting dual wield yew wands(i think. the ones with 25% interruption rate), binding foes and then AMing them was thoroughly enjoyable...

I guess when I look back, I didn't get FFXI til it was on the market for a while, not to mention that it released in Japan a ways before NA, this time won't be much different. And if I get it at PS3 launch there should hopefully be another large influx of young characters. That said, I'm leary of PS3 delays and was really looking forward to being one of the early explorers.

I guess for the time being I'll just be on these forums, learning as much as I can so I can hit the ground running, envious of all of you.

Thanks again for the responses.
#9 Aug 09 2010 at 12:28 PM Rating: Good
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Prax35420 wrote:
After unzipping the benchmark I was told it couldn't run because I was missing a file/component? Don't remember exactly what it was, dx3(something or other).dll. Googled the file to see what it was, found a link that included a download, attempted to download it, or succesfully downloaded it only to find out I had to pay money to get the full effect. Tried to run the benchmark again, as is, and was still told I was missing the dx3.dll file. Gave up at that point since I wasn't sure what all I was getting myself into.

My lack of pc knowledge is another factor in why waiting for ps3 might be my best option. Down side is I've been sooo looking forward to september 22nd with the pre-order. FFXI was the biggest video game time-sink of my life and I enjoyed every moment of it. Even though I never made it to endgame...never beyond 60cap actually lol, I put in at least 63days of playing time, mained as a blm taru but thoroughly enjoyed pld and thf as well. Spent countless hours playing ballista. In fact, I think I lvl'd my blm from 52-54 entirely on ballista, which gimped my stats pretty good lol. Roaming the ballista field with blm/nin sporting dual wield yew wands(i think. the ones with 25% interruption rate), binding foes and then AMing them was thoroughly enjoyable...

I guess when I look back, I didn't get FFXI til it was on the market for a while, not to mention that it released in Japan a ways before NA, this time won't be much different. And if I get it at PS3 launch there should hopefully be another large influx of young characters. That said, I'm leary of PS3 delays and was really looking forward to being one of the early explorers.

I guess for the time being I'll just be on these forums, learning as much as I can so I can hit the ground running, envious of all of you.

Thanks again for the responses.


Search for and download the updated for Direct X 9.0C and for your video card's drivers.

I will warn you though that your laptop is going to give a horrible score. Even high end laptops that run $2500-3500 or more are only scoring in the 3000-4000 range on low. I would strongly advise playing XIV on a desktop.
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#10 Aug 09 2010 at 1:05 PM Rating: Good
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Dangit Mik, STOP THAT :P If you can FIND ONE, the G73 is only $1549.00 for the A2

http://1toppc.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=G73JH-A2&Category_Code=

Which consistently puts out 3500-3700 on low.

Though I also would highly recommend playing on a desktop.


Edited, Aug 9th 2010 3:06pm by seneleron
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