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#1 Aug 25 2010 at 1:46 PM Rating: Default
I am going to be buying a 5850 at the beginning of October to play FFXIV and I am wondering if anyone can tell me how much I should worry about bottle necking. I have a Intel Duo core that is about a year old and I am wondering if I will be in the green if I buy a new ps as well as the 5850 or will the video card be too much for the rest of the computer? I also have 4gigs of ddr2 ram.

I know these types of threads are beaten to death but id appreciate any feedback. I am very excited for this game so I want to be able to run it with ease.
#2 Aug 25 2010 at 1:53 PM Rating: Good
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Its hard to say without exact specifications of what you have. Bus speeds, memory speeds, current power supply, HD type etc etc.
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#3 Aug 25 2010 at 2:01 PM Rating: Default
LOL I forgot one more thing. Will FFXIV run mainly off of the gpu or the cpu or will it be balanced? Or is that information even out yet? lol Thanks.
#4 Aug 25 2010 at 2:02 PM Rating: Default
Np. When I get home I will post my comp specs.
#5 Aug 25 2010 at 3:02 PM Rating: Good
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If you bought the computer from a manufacturer like HP or Dell your PSU will probably be more limiting than the things as they tend to skimp on that. But yeah, can't really say anything without specifics as what you've said so far is very very broad. The game is rather cpu intensive though, compared to the benchmark program. Think I usually sit around 60% with an i5-750 overclocked to 3.7ghz.
#6 Aug 25 2010 at 9:01 PM Rating: Default
So I am running a Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Core speed is 1999 MHz 333.1 Bus. My motherboard is a Foxconn 45CMX 45GMX 45 CMX-K Chipset is Intel i945P/PL/GZ

Ram is DDR2 4096MBytes.

I am going to be buying a 1000watt power supply as well as a 5850. Will I be ok with this chipset and mobo or will it limit my graphical output?
#7 Aug 25 2010 at 9:04 PM Rating: Good
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I don't know enough about bus speeds and such off the top of my head(would have to research) but I can tell you the motherboard is the most important part of your computer as it carries signals from every other part through it.
#8 Aug 25 2010 at 10:53 PM Rating: Good
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The game is rather CPU dependent.
Run the benchmark and take your score off that.
http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/media/benchmark/na/
The GFX card you've selected is good enough to run the game, but like i said your CPU might be lacking
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#9 Aug 25 2010 at 11:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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Your Video card is pretty much top of the line, but your CPU will certainly bottleneck you. SE reccomends an i7 quad core, or AMD 6 core processor all 2.8 or higher.

I can tell you my dual core is hurting my graphics, but it doesn't make it unplayable. It just comes down to if you have money to spend or not.
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#10 Aug 26 2010 at 12:40 PM Rating: Default
Ya I figured it would bottleneck but I still want to be able to play the game. I guess in time I will upgrade the rest of it but for now I cant afford anything else but the vid card. Thanks for the input.
#11 Aug 26 2010 at 12:55 PM Rating: Default
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Going off benchmark results I dont think the cpu will be too big of a concern really.

I ran benchmark on 2 different systems and monitored cpu utilization on both the entire time and neither cpu reached above 55% on a core at any time.

The two systems I tested with were:
Athlon II X4 620
Intel Core i5-520 (dual core w/hyperthreading)

The ATI 5850 should be plenty to run the game smoothly too.

Edited, Aug 26th 2010 2:56pm by tennisfreak
#12 Aug 26 2010 at 1:09 PM Rating: Good
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Teneleven wrote:
Your Video card is pretty much top of the line, but your CPU will certainly bottleneck you. SE reccomends an i7 quad core, or AMD 6 core processor all 2.8 or higher.

I can tell you my dual core is hurting my graphics, but it doesn't make it unplayable. It just comes down to if you have money to spend or not.


Yea... I saw that the recommended was a i7. I just bought a PC with a i5-760 & an ATI Radeon 5750. By the end of the year I hope to upgrade to a Radeon 5850... I hope when the pc gets here tomorrow and when the open beta starts it proves to run well though.
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#13 Aug 26 2010 at 2:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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I have i5 750 overclocked @4.00Ghz along side a 5850 - during Beta3 the thing worked like a dream - was getting Benchmarks (low) of avg. 7000 and on high of avg. 4000. Oh btw the 5850 is very easy to OC itself and I'm not that experienced with GPU overclocking. The need for a quad core as far as I understand is better but not essential.
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#14 Aug 26 2010 at 2:34 PM Rating: Decent
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It should be stated yet again that FFXIV runs mainly on only two threads (likely one for graphics and one for AI), meaning the improvement from going from a dual core to a quad core will be much less than many folks expect.

You are probably going to be better off using a fast dual core than a slower quad/hex core.



Edited, Aug 26th 2010 4:36pm by Enscheff
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