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#1 Sep 21 2010 at 5:18 PM Rating: Decent
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I am currently debating to upgrade my CPU for this game as I had a score of 2500 on the benchmark. Does anyone know how high of a setting I would be able to run the game on with that score? I have a Radeon HD5770 and a Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 at 3.0 Ghz
#2 Sep 21 2010 at 5:21 PM Rating: Good
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Both the CPU and GPU are in the "Average" range I would say. I don't think your CPU is bottlenecking the GPU. Also, because FFXIV isn't perfectly optimized, "Average" hardware like yourself tends to lag a bit. I don't believe you'd get much out of upgrading your CPU alone.

Edited, Sep 21st 2010 7:21pm by Jeraziah
#3 Sep 21 2010 at 5:21 PM Rating: Decent
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If memory serves me correct there is a sticky thread about this exact issue. Where you can go ask your question and someone with a bunch of tech experience will answer.

With that being said, my brother is running the beta on a set up almost similar to yours. Best bet go post there.
#4 Sep 21 2010 at 6:01 PM Rating: Decent
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E4400 2ghz + GTS250 = 1780
E4400 Overclocked to 2.93ghz + GTS250 = 2567

CPU upgrade DEFINITELY helps. Low res score is mostly tied to CPU, high res score is mostly tied to GPU but is limited by your CPU. With a mid/high range card you will see better performance increases with a CPU upgrade. If your low res scores are already good you will see better performance with a GPU upgrade.

Your CPU is the bottleneck right now but the game should run fine, the beta ran fine for me and I didn't lower any settings.
#5 Sep 21 2010 at 6:04 PM Rating: Good
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You guys are better off using a real benchmark like 3dMark06 or 3dMark Vantage. I don't have the link but the people who work for nVidia even stated themselves that FFXIV's benchmark is hardly a benchmark at all and doesn't accurately reflect what kind of performance you might get in the game.
#6 Sep 21 2010 at 6:07 PM Rating: Decent
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I scored 3600 with:

Intel Core2 Quad
HD Radeon 5750
7 gigs ram

I run it on almost the highest settings, turned off ambient oclusion, and only running 4XAA
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#7 Sep 21 2010 at 6:58 PM Rating: Default
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I got the PC Builder's Bible and my card is just under a GTX 280 so I don't think that needs upgrading but my CPU is pretty bad..
#8 Sep 21 2010 at 7:02 PM Rating: Good
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DevilSmile wrote:
I got the PC Builder's Bible and my card is just under a GTX 280 so I don't think that needs upgrading but my CPU is pretty bad..


It depends on what your goals are. Everyone is different, some people need to have maxed out graphics and 60FPS, others will max out their graphics even if it brings them to 20-30 FPS and are okay with it. Some sacrifice graphics for smooth frames. What kind of person are you, and what resolution do you intend to play on?
#9 Sep 21 2010 at 7:14 PM Rating: Decent
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I plan on playing on my monitor's native resolution at 1680x1050 and 30-40 fps would be ideal as I'd rather have an even balance of quality and smoothness. This is such a beautiful game I would hate to not be able to play it on high settings but I don't have the money for a new card and cpu.
#10 Sep 21 2010 at 7:18 PM Rating: Good
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DevilSmile wrote:
I plan on playing on my monitor's native resolution at 1680x1050 and 30-40 fps would be ideal as I'd rather have an even balance of quality and smoothness. This is such a beautiful game I would hate to not be able to play it on high settings but I don't have the money for a new card and cpu.


I owned an E8400 before upgrade to my i7, it's a great chip and really overclocks well. If you don't already, spend $40 on a high end cooler for the CPU and you can overclock it to about 4 GHz. Even on the stock cooler you might be able to do some slight OC's.
#11 Sep 21 2010 at 8:09 PM Rating: Decent
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Sadly, I have a pre-built dell so no overclocking for me, already tried :(
#12 Sep 22 2010 at 12:17 AM Rating: Decent
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For what it's worth, I started with a older GeForce 7950 GT, P5 3.4 Ghz, Windows XP, and 3 gigs of RAM - basically a top end system (5 or 6 years or so ago). I couldn't even get it to run the benchmark tool completely. If I waited until the end I'd see a score of around 300.
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Figuring my main problem was my video card, I upgraded to an ATI HD 5850 for just under $300 bucks. With the video card upgrade I was able to play the beta "ok" with low settings but I noticed that my CPU was always between 90-100% utilization. After installing the new video card my benchmark was around 1200 - playable on low settings but you'll still feel the pain.

Well, tonight I bought a new mother board and CPU, an i7 950. Upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit and loaded up with 6 gigs of some pretty spiffy RAM. What a difference! I reran the benchmark and couldn't believe the difference. I'm now scoring 6500+ on the benchmark and it runs so smooth - at this point my CPU and memmory are all running at factory specs, I haven't gotten around to over clocking yet. I can't wait to try the retail version tomorrow! Hope the info helps.
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