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#52 Jan 26 2011 at 7:44 AM Rating: Good
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My CPU is low end, Memory and graphics card are sorted, my graphics card is top range (expensive) and my CPU goes through the roof when playing XIV.

I am very sure if I sorted that out my PC would be perfect for XIV.
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#53 Jan 26 2011 at 5:40 PM Rating: Good
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SoumaKyou wrote:
mnikad12 wrote:
SoumaKyou wrote:
mnikad12 wrote:

Okay. Heres a $150 card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130591

for ~$50 more you could have a card that blows a 9800gt out of the water

Why would he get that when it would just be extremely bottlenecked by his CPU and perform even worse?

I swear, some of you people seem like you make suggestions out of your rears and don't really know anything about computers.


I wasn't responding to the 4 month old OP. Sorry, thought you could read within the context of my post since I quoted and bolded the parts I was responding to. Wut r bottleneckz?

Unless he's running a high-end quad and still using a 9800 GT, a low end quad or dual core isn't gonna power a GTX 460 in FFXIV. There's your bottleneck.


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Too many people have the mindset that if you don't have the biggest, baddest, most overpriced GPU available, then you wasted your money. I for one cannot afford a new $500 GPU every year.


This is the part I was mainly responding to. The mindset that you have to shell out $500 every year in order to stay competitive isn't exactly true. I was simply pointing out a card that is marginally more expensive and performs much better than a 9800gt, and in order to upgrade you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars. afaik the 460 is still one of the best $/performance card out there.
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#54 Jan 26 2011 at 6:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Too many people have the mindset that if you don't have the biggest, baddest, most overpriced GPU available, then you wasted your money. I for one cannot afford a new $500 GPU every year.


This was a bit of an exaggeration. The $150 range is what i have always paid for GPU upgrades and probably always will. I could buy a GTX 460 for that and it would do everything i need it to. I've just always caught flack after a $150 upgrade that i should have paid more for more card. My point is simply this: if my current card ( an "old" or "low end" card ) runs everything perfectly fine, why even pay $150? Why not wait until the 9800 stops playing current games smoothly and THEN spend the $150, probably on a GTX 570 or better by then.

Here is a vid of me running around Uldah with these specs:

Core2Duo E8400 3.0GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM
Nvidia 9800GT
Windows 7 64bit

@ 1680x1050 res
2x AA
General Draw quality - Standard (8)
Background Draw Quality - High
Shadow detail - High
Texture Quality - High
Texture filtering - Highest

Also note that running Fraps caused my FPS to drop from constant 30ish to constant 20ish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJzpT1gvG80

So, can it run and look better? Sure. Do i NEED to upgrade? No, not really, it runs fine imo.

Edited, Jan 26th 2011 7:22pm by Shazima

Edited, Jan 26th 2011 7:28pm by Shazima
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#55 Jan 27 2011 at 2:45 AM Rating: Decent
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Also note that running Fraps caused my FPS to drop from constant 30ish to constant 20ish.


fraps doesnt do that. i have never heard or seen FPS drops with fraps for monitoring FPS, its used as a benchmarking tool by professional review sites. FRAPS can cause horrid lag when you record using it though especially if your system is already been pushed hard is that what you were doing ?
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#56 Jan 27 2011 at 9:16 AM Rating: Good
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FRAPS can cause horrid lag when you record using it


I used Fraps to record the video. When i monitored myself running around i was getting 30 fps pretty constantly but when i press F9 to start recording it dropped to 20.
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#57 Jan 27 2011 at 9:50 AM Rating: Decent
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most likely because your system is running pretty hard so it cant hack the extra strain of recording the video as well.

i found the texture buffer is the big killer of FPS on weaker systems.

friend had an

AMD 6000+
2GB of RAM 800mhz
1GB 5770

struggled to run it smooth @ 1680x1050 with any sort of details on

switched to

i5 760
4GB of 1600mhz
1GB 5770

and now can run on high settings overall in 1680x1050 with 40-50FPS

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#58 Jan 27 2011 at 10:47 AM Rating: Decent
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On my GF's system with a Q6600 and GTX 480, I get 60 FPS consistently in the field. In town, I get about 40 FPS. Changes when I remove the overclock though. Seems to drop 5 FPS per 200MHz dropped.

Q6600 in town
@ 3.6GHz - 40-50 FPS
@ 3.4GHz - 35-45 FPS
@ 3.2GHz - 30-40 FPS

Not bad for an old quad. Then again, the Q6600 is a beast. Definitely bottlenecks the GPU though.

Edited, Jan 27th 2011 11:48am by SoumaKyou
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