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#1 Aug 29 2010 at 3:11 PM Rating: Decent
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just thought I'de post this for people who wanna play but don't want to spend too much :)
#2 Aug 29 2010 at 3:12 PM Rating: Excellent
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I thin it has been established that some budget PCs can run the beta. I think it comes down to how well you want it to run and what settings you can live with being turned down.

Edited, Aug 29th 2010 5:14pm by Geffe
#3 Aug 29 2010 at 3:13 PM Rating: Excellent
My 3-4'ish year old PC, which scored almost an even 2,000 runs the game just fine on low settings. A bit choppy at times, but honestly much better than I thought it would.
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#4 Aug 29 2010 at 3:15 PM Rating: Excellent
That said, if you are starting from scratch like I was, it makes more financial sense to spend a little more on something that will be upgradeable, than to buy the cheapest thing/parts and have to spend way more later.

I spent $1400 Canadian dollars (built it myself) including monitor but not including mouse, speakers or keyboard.
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#5 Aug 29 2010 at 7:08 PM Rating: Good
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$660 on iBuyPower. I run it pretty well.

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#6 Aug 29 2010 at 7:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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I spent $600 for a new computer and it gets 3200 on low on the benchmark.

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#7 Aug 29 2010 at 7:22 PM Rating: Good
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I built my computer 2 years ago for just over $500 (minus a HDD, monitors, and DVD-ROM, which I already had, but if you have a computer at all you probably already have a lot of the minor parts you'll need) and it runs the beta fine. If you want a laptop that'll run it on medium-high settings, or a desktop that'll run it on 3 monitors on high settings, you might be talking about a $1500 machine, but if you just want something that will run the game at a playable level on low to medium settings you can get by pretty cheap.

Of course, if you're willing to wait for a while you could always get a used PS3 for cheap and play it on that.

Edited, Aug 29th 2010 9:25pm by khorbin
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#8 Aug 29 2010 at 7:35 PM Rating: Good
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I think people read the recommended specs as the min, I'm building a computer for about $550 that's meeting most recommended specs, and well above the min required for the others.

#9 Aug 29 2010 at 7:45 PM Rating: Default
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In closed beta 3, my 1,500$ PC cannot run FFXiV anywhere even near max. I always keep AA off, shadows off, texture quality on standard, texture filtering on high, no ambient, no depth of field. In Limsa Lominsa its a bumpy ride with the game skipping as I run through the city. Outside the city the lag is not there HOWEVER with a software mouse it lags the mouse which means my FPS isnt great even though I dont detect lag while battling monsters or running around camps.

*every other setting not mentioned was maxed

I own a gtx 480 and nvidia cards are poor performing FOR NOW anyways.
#10 Aug 29 2010 at 7:55 PM Rating: Good
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software mouse it lags the mouse

It can be really painful at times trying to prep synths or just sell junk to the vendor with that software mouse lag.
#11 Aug 29 2010 at 7:58 PM Rating: Decent
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This is a great call out +1!

I am however going to drop some coin to pick up an i7 930 with a 5870 Radeon card. This is likely my last MMO and I want to experience it in high quality!
#12 Aug 29 2010 at 8:03 PM Rating: Good
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My 2 year old $750ish when bought it Dell (2.4 quad, 4g DDR2, and ATI 4??? My cousin handed it down so not sure the exact number) ran the beta on low settings incredibly smooth. My $1500 new build runs it with most settings on high smooth. Performance are very similar, the built one just makes the game look incredible.

So you can play the game with an average or decent system fine, it will look good just not to the point of a more expensive one.
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#13 Aug 29 2010 at 8:13 PM Rating: Good
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There are still too many misleading posts that say otherwise, its good to reiterate the point.
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#14 Aug 29 2010 at 8:19 PM Rating: Good
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Its all what you are happy with. Do you want 60fps with all the settings maxed? Or are you content to have all the settings maxed and be @ 30fps? How about some settings medium and 60fps? Personally I'm a 60fps kind of person and hate when games hitch and skip all over the place. That being said you need a pretty good machine to run 1080p or more with max settings and still hold 60fps.

I'm in a dilemma right now as I currently run 2 of the gtx470's and nvsurround @ 5760x1080 and while I can hold steady 60fps outside of town with everything on high(no AA, AO off, DOF off) inside town was more like 30's-50s. There is however some issues with the current SLI scaling and Nvidia cards in general but I hope these are resolved with new Nvidia drivers and FFXIV client builds. This has pushed me to think about stepping up to gtx480's or picking up another 470 for tri-sli. This can also change @ any point also because of the gtx475's on the way to phase out the gtx465 and gtx470. Ideally I would like the possible cooler running 475's.

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