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#1 Sep 06 2010 at 8:59 PM Rating: Decent
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I plan on using a MacBook Pro to play FFXIV. Will this work? Do the specs allow it?

I was wondering if anyone else was planning on using a Mac and exactly how to do this. I've set up 34GB of Bootcamp space.

Will I only have to go and get windows and download it? Do I have to purchase it?

If someone could just explain the entire process, thank you.
#2 Sep 06 2010 at 9:04 PM Rating: Decent

I have a Macbook Pro and from what I have been reading on these forums lately it would be almost impossible to get FFXIV to run. I think it has something to do with the Graphics card and the inability to upgrade your Macbook. I could be wrong but if you fish around on these forums you will find posts from those much more in the techie know than me.

#3 Sep 06 2010 at 9:04 PM Rating: Good
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I barely trust mine to play Spore. I would not even try FFXIV.
#4 Sep 06 2010 at 9:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Playing the beta on a Macbook Pro from previous gen, a 2.8 Ghz core2duo and a 9600GT graphics card. The game is playable in 1024X768 and a mix a low/lowest settings. Don't expect to have fun playing it for hours and hours on this kind of computer. Its score around ~960 on the benchmark FYI.

You install bootcamp ( and I would suggest more than 34 gig as you can re-expand it later) than it's just like a normal windows machine.

#5 Sep 06 2010 at 11:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Macs aren't very good computers for the price you pay for them. Even running Windows, you might get comparable performance to a computer you would get for about half the price.

FFXIV requires a very beefy CPU as well as GPU. Even just installing Windows 7 on a 35GB partition isn't going to cut it. Windows 7 needs about 20GB's free for just the bare bones. I'm sure FFXIV will eventually need more than 15 GB's, even if it doesn't, you're going to want the OS to breathe a little.

You can build a very capable rig for FFXIV for around $1,000 (More or less depending on what you expect to gain out of it). If you MUST have it on a Laptop, and money is no object, consider a model by Alienware. If you care about how much you're actually paying and want a decent laptop, go on Newegg and check out some Toshibas. Make sure you're running a decent multi-core CPU, good RAM (At this point, don't bother with DDR2, go for DDR3) and a very recent GPU, something equivalent to the 200 or 400 GTX series.

There are many ways to get Windows. I get my own free copy from school because I happen to be an IT student. You can buy directly from Microsoft if you wish. You're going to need Win7 Home Premium or Ultimate if you'd like all of the extra features. That'll run you around $200 to $300 (Estimation, I haven't actually checked in a while). Or you can pirate, and get it free, not that I'm condoning that, but it *IS* an option.

I don't think FFXIV will run natively on Mac OSX, but there is always the option of installing it on a Virtual Machine via VMWare or Virtual Box, but that might be over your head and really won't be a good idea unless you have a killer machine, which most Macs aren't (Sorry, just being honest).

My advice, sell the Mac, put the money towards a really good PC or Laptop, and if you need/want Mac OSX that badly, run it virtually on your shiny new PC. Along with Ubuntu Linux and any other OS you might like. I like OpenSolaris myself, but Win7 is my main one because I'm a gamer.

TL;DR Ditch the Mac, get a PC with a Dual/Quad core CPU with lots of Cache and ~3.0GHz. 4+GB DDR3 RAM. Geforce GTX 260 or better. 1+TB Hard Drive. Fans. Good to go.
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