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#1 Sep 06 2010 at 9:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello everyone.

Right now I'm using a Dell XPS m1710 laptop that has served me well over the past few years, but coming into the release of Final Fantasy XIV I am pretty sure that it is not going to live up to the needs of the game. I've read over the requirements and seem to meet most of the specs, but don't think (from what I hear) that it will run very well/at all.

My specs are as follows
Windows Vista 32bit
Dual Core 2
2GB Ram
GeForce GO 7950GTX - 512mb Video - 760mb Shared

This, again, has lasted me for a long while and has not let me down with a lot of things (Benchmarking some games like FF11 with Ridic numbers). My first question would be that if I were to purchase this game on the 22nd (Yes the CE) and installed it onto this PC, would I be able to play the game (even on relatively low specs) without to much trouble, or would it be like trying to get a baby to operate heavy machinery effectively?

My other question would be (after skimming through the PC building thread) regards a PC that I came across looking through FutureShop. I don't want to drop to much coin on a new PC (desktop) and just want something that will Benchmark FFXIV with decently high numbers.
=> The PC is this one here:

It's pretty much bare bones, but comes with a QuadCore Processor, and 4GB of RAM (Which can be upped I believe if need be, but still more then enough to handle the game) it also comes with Windows 7 64bit. Now, I was planning on putting in one of the GeForce GTX 400 series (which I believe is 1GB) into the machine for a stand alone video card.

This question is whether or not this would work, or whether it would just be a waste of money/effort.

Thank you very much for any input.

Edited, Sep 6th 2010 11:17pm by caliburx02
#2 Sep 07 2010 at 1:40 AM Rating: Decent
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That computer should be able to run the game decently, not amazing but you will be able to play on mid range settings. The only problem I see with that build is that it only has a 300W power supply which is not going to handle even a GTX 460. You're going to need at least a 450W PSU to handle that.

#3 Sep 07 2010 at 1:25 PM Rating: Decent
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Are you saying the XPS will run on mid settings, or that the OtC "built" computer would be able to run it on medium settings.

My rational was that with the high end video card and quad core processing (With an appropriate PSU of 500 or so (obviously bought separately)), and the 4 GB of RAM would be able to produce some pretty decent gameplay levels. Mind you someone said that my CPU with this 'built' PC would become bottleneck, which I didn't really understand :<
#4 Sep 07 2010 at 1:32 PM Rating: Decent
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I have the same processor as you in my old computer. I have 4gb of ram and a 9800gt though and it's playable. Terrible, but playable. Don't put a GTX 460 in that computer. Not only will it esplode but it's almost pointless with a Pentium D.
I say go 9800GTX or Ati 4850. Don't waste your money on a high end card. I also recommend you install another 2gb of DDR2 ram (assuming this is what you have) and a 400w PSU.

(I did these exact things already so I'm speaking from experience and not out of my a$s)

Edited, Sep 7th 2010 12:34pm by GuardianFaith
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#5 Sep 07 2010 at 1:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey I got the same question. My PC is a ACER Aspire 5920G running with :

-Dual Core 2.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 4MB L2cache
-Up to 1280MB nVidia GeForce 8600 GT TurboCache
-Windows Vista.

Can I play FFXIV with these specs ? I do not know much about if I can play with certain requirements and is a doubt that I have in my head for days.

Thank you very much guys =)
#6 Sep 07 2010 at 3:10 PM Rating: Decent
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Well XPS aside (seeing how it is incapable of upgrading anything but the OS and RAM) If I picked up that Acer and popped in a decent power supply (it's already running on 4GB of RAM which from what I've been told is all that anyone, other then graphic design people, ever really needs), you're telling me that it would not be able to function with the GTX400 series video cards? To be honest I was looking for something with a little more power then 512mb. The Video Card in the XPS itself is 512 (which I'm lead to believe should be enough to power the game, according to it's requirements page) I wanted something with a little more power behind it, 1GB or so, that's why I was looking at the GTX400 series

What of the GeForce 9800 GX2, that's one of the same you were suggesting. It Runs Crysis on 1920x1200 at around 32.1 FPS with all the specs maxed.

Edited, Sep 7th 2010 5:16pm by caliburx02
#7 Sep 08 2010 at 2:40 PM Rating: Decent
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#8 Sep 08 2010 at 2:50 PM Rating: Default
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I've got a 486dx, with a 5.25 slot disc drive, Diamond Viper Card and 16MB ram. Will I still be able to download this and play.

Oh I have a Math-Coprocessor if that helps/
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#9 Sep 08 2010 at 3:05 PM Rating: Good
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Do you have a knowledgable friend that can help you build a computer successfully? That is the route I would take if you want to get a good machine. Or are you near a microcenter?

The reason I ask all of these questions is that they may look at your old PC and find that you have a cd-rom, hard drive, pc case, etc. that are all sufficient. And you really just need Parts 1,2,3,4 to upgrade your desktop pc. Then decide what parts to get.

If you get the desktop machine you linked, like someone else posted, you would need a different power supply that could cost upwards of 80 bucks, in order to run a geforce 4xx series. The problem I have with buying pre-builts online, is that you can't see inside it and make sure that the video card you want, will physically fit into the beast.

So I would end with, do more research, and look at the forum for computer building as an example for things people have come up with. The first post is probably the best post.

Edited, Sep 8th 2010 5:06pm by Parsalyn
#10 Sep 08 2010 at 3:49 PM Rating: Decent
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Well I went into future shop today to take a look around (when did they stop carrying motherboards/processors!?) and found the one that I linked. The $599.99 one comes with everything that it was advertised with and has a GPU port that will take just about anything from what the gentleman was telling me. It's got a 4250 in it now I think, and the PSU's that they had available went up to 600Watts (though the 550Watt one was only $89). The graphics card that the guy had on hand was this one:

Zotac Geforce 1GB PCI-E

I'm a little skeptical on this card seeing how as it is after all under $100 and as far as I know has no super special deal on it or anything. I'm led to believe that because of its price its either no good, or just not selling in favor of some of the other GPUs.

Other then that though they also had a completely pre-built machine there for $1699 (includes $299 monitor, $??? keyboard, and $??? mouse all of which I would need to pick up anyway). This is the specs from their site;
=> Personally I wish they would take out the BluRay player and at least 4GB of Ram and drop the price down to somewhere around $1200, but I can't see that happening in the future at all. It does run on i7, and has a decent card built into already, Dual Core, Vista 64, at 2.8GHz.


P.S. my friend has a friend who is apparently building a cheap computer for him, but I was hoping to take care of most of it myself as a learning experience (also he lives 5 hours away from me).

Edited, Sep 8th 2010 5:52pm by caliburx02
#11 Sep 09 2010 at 3:57 PM Rating: Decent
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#12 Sep 09 2010 at 4:19 PM Rating: Good
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The 220 video card wouldn't upgrade you by very much. The only thing I would question on the second link is if the pc has a 4 core processor. I couldn't find it listed there, sorry.
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