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#1 Sep 20 2010 at 4:34 PM Rating: Decent
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I plan to upgrade my mobo processor and get my ram up to ddr3.




Also I already own an Nvidia 280 GTX

So my question is. With all of this I should be able to run FFXIV high graphics without much problem, or is there something I am overlooking? Possibly not powerful enough?
#2 Sep 20 2010 at 4:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Depends highly on your resolution. At 1920x1280... you'll be lucky to run smooth at default settings. I'm running 1280x1024 with the GTX 460 and settings just above default with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 GHz. My gameplay is smooth with shadows on high and 8xCSAA. Your graphics card will definitely bottleneck your CPU.

EDIT: Sorry... just checked the reviews on your card, and it's older than I thought. It's better than the minimum required... but I wouldn't expect too much from it. Check out the computer building thread for some ideas.

Edited, Sep 20th 2010 6:51pm by Zoddy75
#3 Sep 20 2010 at 5:10 PM Rating: Decent
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Are you sure about my video card? Not only 6 months ago it was nearly top of the line. I think it's close to being comparable to the 480 with slightly less features and power.

Also I'm running at 1920x1080

Edited, Sep 20th 2010 7:12pm by CaptainLangston
#4 Sep 20 2010 at 5:15 PM Rating: Decent
He's overexagerating some, I don't know much about AMD but your GPU is still powerfull enough, untill a new series of cards comes out I wouldn't worry about it
#5 Sep 20 2010 at 5:19 PM Rating: Decent
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The 480 came out, but from what I can tell they are very similar. A 280 is more powerful than a 460, and he said he can run things fine so I suppose I should be okay.
#6 Sep 20 2010 at 5:21 PM Rating: Good
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It's one generation behind. Not as old as Zoddy is suggesting and is definitely not a bottleneck to your CPU, but it wasn't necessarily top-of-the-line 6 months ago either. You'd probably benefit massively from a second GTX 280 in SLI configuration, whereas a single 400 series card wouldn't offer much of a boost. It will definitely be able to handle XIV at high resolution with default settings, or a lower resolution with higher settings. It's all up to preference. If you absolutely must have high resolution with high settings, springing for the second card will put you there.
#7 Sep 20 2010 at 5:22 PM Rating: Decent
by series I mean the current being GTX, before that 9800
#8 Sep 20 2010 at 5:22 PM Rating: Decent
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I'd like to go intel, but the big price jump compared to the minor performance boost is just not worth it to me.
#9 Sep 20 2010 at 5:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Sorry guys, this is the review I was looking at, which compared it to the 8800 and 9800 cards...

My bad... checked some more reviews, and yes our cards are fairly close. So with a quad core CPU, you should do OK on default settings when running at 1920x1080.

Edited, Sep 20th 2010 7:27pm by Zoddy75
#10 Sep 20 2010 at 5:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Okay awesome lol. I was starting to feel a little burned forking out a good amount of cash for that 280 a little while back, to find out it's out of date now. At least that's not the case. Well that's good news for me.
#11 Sep 20 2010 at 5:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah, I hate being the bearer of bad news, too :( ... So I am glad I could recant. :)

I actually do feel a bit burned, as I just spent $250 on my 460 not two months ago, only to find out that it's an "average" card for this game. EVERY OTHER game I own, I can play at max settings and be silky smooth... but not FF XIV! Good gracious... so I will probably be going SLI in a couple of months... for ONE FREAKIN GAME.... ugh LoL
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