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#1 Aug 15 2010 at 7:10 PM Rating: Decent
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What do ya'll think ? im on a strict budget and i can live without HD til i can buy an hd moniter. I'll also be using windows xp which is another cost i don't have to add. Lemme know if you think this is a great balance of budget and quality. i know it won't rip the **** out of ff14 in terms of max settings for graphics, but it's not a bad system. My main concern is the CPU I picked, lemme know if it's something that would not work on ff14, thanks.
#2 Aug 15 2010 at 7:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh sorry also, click on details, it'll list the items i've selected, check price tag, its not bad at all
#3 Aug 15 2010 at 7:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Can't see your shopping cart. You will have to list what you were planning to buy or link to it.
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#4 Aug 15 2010 at 7:29 PM Rating: Decent
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AMD Athlon II DDR2 Configurator
Case ( iBUYPOWER Lexa-S AMD Dragon Special Edition Gaming Case )
Case Lighting ( None )
iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction ( None )
iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion ( None )
Processor ( AMD Athlon™ II X2 250 Dual-Core CPU )
Processor Cooling ( Liquid CPU Cooling System [AMD] - [Free Upgrade] Standard 120mm Fan )
Memory ( 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module - Corsair-Value or Major Brand )
Video Card ( ATI Radeon HD 5450 - 1GB )
Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA )
Free Stuff ( [Free Game Download] - S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat - Free with Purchase of AMD Systems )
Motherboard ( ASUS M4A785-M -- AMD 785G Hybrid CrossFire Chipset )
Motherboard USB / SATA Interface ( Motherboard default USB / SATA Interface )
Power Supply ( 450 Watt -- Standard Power Supply )
Primary Hard Drive ( 500 GB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Single Drive )
Data Hard Drive ( None )
Optical Drive ( 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )
2nd Optical Drive ( None )
Flash Media Reader/Writer ( 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black )
Meter Display ( None )
Sound Card ( Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE )
Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
Operating System ( None- Pre-formatted Hard Drive Only )
Keyboard ( iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard - Black )
Mouse ( iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse - Black )
Monitor ( None )
2nd Monitor ( None )
Speaker System ( iBUYPOWER 2.1 Channel Stereo Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System )
Headset ( None )
Video Camera ( None )
Warranty ( Standard Warranty Service - Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days )


#5 Aug 15 2010 at 7:45 PM Rating: Decent
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Video Card ( ATI Radeon HD 5450 - 1GB )

This is not near enough to play the game at all. The minimum card according to the site ( ) is Nvidia GeForce 9600 series or ATI 2900 series. According to These cards compare with yours as ...

lowest 9600 : 529
lowest 2900: 508
your card: 325

I assume they mean better versions of the 9600 and 2900 than these, but even compared with these your card can't meet minimum specs.

I think your CPU is minimum on the dot.

Edited, Aug 15th 2010 9:46pm by Swordopolis

#6 Aug 15 2010 at 7:53 PM Rating: Good
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I'd go for a DDR3 based system as opposed to DDR2. The case you selected is also very expensive, you'd be putting a fair chunk of your budget towards the case and not what's inside the case, which imo is a bad idea. Also, if you don't need the keyboard, mouse, and speakers that come with it, you can actually remove those and save yourself $12 total if you are nickel and diming it.

Edited, Aug 15th 2010 6:54pm by desmar
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#7 Aug 15 2010 at 8:10 PM Rating: Good
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If you are buying this PC for FFXIV, I would recommend not wasting $500 on that system.

Is your budget a hard $500?
#8 Aug 15 2010 at 8:19 PM Rating: Good
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I agree.
Would recommend at least another $100 worth of changes before it becomes worth it as you'll be on the cusp and essentially wasting money. In my opinion would say gfx needs an upgrade for sure as that's below minimum. Ideally crank the CPU up a little and the PSU along with.

Don't be fooled into a false economy situation.
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#9 Aug 15 2010 at 8:41 PM Rating: Decent
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well i can buy a piece at a time, but im getting an xtyra paycheck in september around when the game comes out, im sure its me being impatient as you guys make sense, get the bang for the buck. If I bought items seperatly at a time, i could go up 30-50 per piece probably, but iw ouldn't be to excited. the way i look at it is this, i can wait til march...problem is? i dont have an hd tv nor a ps3, by the time id combine those too, i could have a computer i can do more with. any input would be welcomed and possibly links to items from newegg or pricewatch or what not, i've tried, but i also dont know THAT much about computers.
#10 Aug 15 2010 at 8:46 PM Rating: Good
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Windows XP will only recognize 3.5 Gig of ram. Just so you know.

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#11 Aug 15 2010 at 10:43 PM Rating: Default
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Yeah dude, just be patient and build something better. I was up in the air about it so I went out and bought a mobo that I had no choice but to socket with an i7. Screwed myself into buying it piece by piece but it's worth it to have something that you can really enjoy playing with. You can build a phenom II system for about $7-800 and it will run much, much nicer.

Do you live near a microcenter? If you do you can pick up one of these bad boys for $145

Msi mobo for $95

5770 + 550w PSU $200

4gb 1600 ddr3 (don't let anyone tell you adata sucks, it's actually quite reliable) $86

Case + 500gb HD $85

DVD drive $20 (they're all around $20)

Windows 7 $100

$731 + tax. ($802)

$300 more than the other one, but infinitely better.

You can skimp on some of that stuff too. But the processor/vid card are probably best bang for the buck.

Edited, Aug 15th 2010 9:53pm by GuardianFaith
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#12 Aug 15 2010 at 11:12 PM Rating: Good
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Processor: I'd go with at least an i5 Quad core or an Athlon II X4. Recommend an i5-750 or i7-930 or Phenom II X4 or better.
Video: I'd go with at least a GTX460 or a Radeon 5770.

There are many points in life where you don't want to be cheap. Along with underwear and toilet paper, computer parts is one of them.

You don't need to buy the most expensive parts, but cheap parts perform cheaply.

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#13 Aug 15 2010 at 11:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for those links, gives me a better idea of what i need to watch for and those combo deals are amazing
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