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#1 Sep 23 2010 at 8:34 AM Rating: Decent
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Hello everyone, I am new to the ffxiv forums however I have been a member of the ffxi forums for years.

I bought the collectors edition last night after comparing my specs to the minimum system requirements. It looked like my computer wouldn't have any problem at all playing at low settings. However, after installing I cannot play without an extreme lag. It will be fine for about 2 minutes and then it just is way to laggy to even do anything. I am more then willing to upgrade my hardware accordingly, however I do not know where I am going wrong so I do not know what to replace/upgrade. My specs are below, any help is greatly appreciated. I was a long time ffxi player and have been waiting for this game for years.

Main Computer Which Issue Is On:

Operating System: Windows 7 64bit

Ram: 8gb

Processor: intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 3.16Ghz
intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 3.16Ghz

Video Card: NVIDIA GEforce 9400 GT 1gb ram

PC: ACPI x64-based PC

Hard Drive: 11gb free of 600 (after install/patch)

resolution: 1440x900

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Also Here is the specs of my other touchscreen all in one desktop which probably can't run it but it's worth a try.

Operating System: Windows 7 64bit

Ram: 4gb (3.75 usable)

Processor: AMD Athlon(tm)II X2 235e Processor 2.70GHz

Video Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200

Hard Drive: 490gb free of 600

resolution: 1600x900
#2 Sep 23 2010 at 8:37 AM Rating: Good
damontiss wrote:

Video Card: NVIDIA GEforce 9400 GT 1gb ram


The 9400 isn't that great of a gaming card. If you are looking for one thing to upgrade to make the game better, here it is.

Also here is a good listing of current video cards that you can check your wallet against.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gts-450-radeon-hd-4850-gpu,2732-3.html
#3 Sep 23 2010 at 8:39 AM Rating: Decent
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So you believe my lagging is a direct result of my poor video card?
I do not need to upgrade anything else?
#4 Sep 23 2010 at 8:41 AM Rating: Default
damontiss wrote:
So you believe my lagging is a direct result of my poor video card?
I do not need to upgrade anything else?


Helps to differentiate between lag and stutter/low frames.

Lag is an internet data transfer issue. It's what you get when servers are congested or you've got too many other high bandwidth applications running in the background (ie. torrenting while playing an MMO).

Stutter/low frames is caused by a GPU and/or CPU issue. In those cases, you want to look at the lesser of the two components and upgrade. In your case, that's your GPU.
#5 Sep 23 2010 at 8:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Alright, that makes since.

Thanks for all your help. One more question though.
So if I upgrade to lets say, Radeon HD 5770 1 GB, i should be able to play with no Stutter/low frames? Or would you recommend I buy a less expensive video card that will work at lower settings and then upgrade my cpu as well?

Also Should I keep my old video card in the pc also and use both?
#6 Sep 23 2010 at 8:50 AM Rating: Good
damontiss wrote:
So you believe my lagging is a direct result of my poor video card?
I do not need to upgrade anything else?


So the processor is nice and fast, but it's only dual core. The game will run much better just from upgrading the video card, however if you pick up a really high end GPU you will start to see a bottleneck at your processor. So I would recommend either getting a mid of the road card, or picking up a higher end one and plan on upgrading everything else soon.
#7 Sep 27 2010 at 6:11 PM Rating: Good
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I ended up upgrading my graphics card to a HIS Radeon HD 5670 IceQ 1gb (105$).. I would have gotten something better but I had to buy a power supply as well and I got a pretty expensive module one(125$). It runs the game very well actually at high (not highest) settings. I'm going to get a better one for the new pc i'm building.

Thanks for the help everyone!
#8 Sep 27 2010 at 6:23 PM Rating: Decent
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double post

Edited, Sep 27th 2010 8:24pm by damontiss
#9 Apr 20 2011 at 10:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello. Sorry to piggy back on to your topic but I was wondering if someone could look at my comp specs. I know the graphics card needs to be updated but does anything else?

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Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64bit (build 7600)
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 2850e
Number of Processors Logical Core Count 1 Physical Core Count 1
BIOS )Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG
Language English (Regional Setting: English)
Physical Memory 1790.492MB
Virtual Memory 2047.875MB
Page File 3580.984MB
Storage C:\ Hard Disk Drive Total Disk Space 283.992GB Free Disk Space 189.501GB
Storage G:\ Hard Disk Drive Total Disk Space 232.883GB Free Disk Space 225.330GB
DirectX Version DirectX 11
Graphic Device(s) NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
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#10 Apr 21 2011 at 12:26 AM Rating: Good
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Niota wrote:
Hello. Sorry to piggy back on to your topic but I was wondering if someone could look at my comp specs. I know the graphics card needs to be updated but does anything else?

Quote:
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64bit (build 7600)
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 2850e
Number of Processors Logical Core Count 1 Physical Core Count 1
BIOS )Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG
Language English (Regional Setting: English)
Physical Memory 1790.492MB
Virtual Memory 2047.875MB
Page File 3580.984MB
Storage C:\ Hard Disk Drive Total Disk Space 283.992GB Free Disk Space 189.501GB
Storage G:\ Hard Disk Drive Total Disk Space 232.883GB Free Disk Space 225.330GB
DirectX Version DirectX 11
Graphic Device(s) NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430


the processor. i highly recomend a quad core.
#11 Apr 21 2011 at 7:42 AM Rating: Good
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Niota wrote:
Hello. Sorry to piggy back on to your topic but I was wondering if someone could look at my comp specs. I know the graphics card needs to be updated but does anything else?

Quote:
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64bit (build 7600)
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 2850e
Number of Processors Logical Core Count 1 Physical Core Count 1
BIOS )Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG
Language English (Regional Setting: English)
Physical Memory 1790.492MB
Virtual Memory 2047.875MB
Page File 3580.984MB
Storage C:\ Hard Disk Drive Total Disk Space 283.992GB Free Disk Space 189.501GB
Storage G:\ Hard Disk Drive Total Disk Space 232.883GB Free Disk Space 225.330GB
DirectX Version DirectX 11
Graphic Device(s) NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430


Replace the entire computer if you want to play FFXIV. It will be cheaper in the long run. Isn't the 6150SE a motherboard based videocard?

Your processor is a single core 1.8GHz which is under spec.
Your physical Memory is 1790 which is under spec.
Your graphic device is under spec.

The power supply will probably have to be replaced to get it to work with anything.

If you want to build your own you could salvage the case and hard drives everything else is probably electrical scrap. Please note that this is guessing without knowing the actual parts.
#12 Apr 21 2011 at 8:00 AM Rating: Good
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I vaugely remember someone pointing out that FFXIV didn't utilize all 4 cores of a quad-core processor. I think it was during the beta. Was that ever resolved? Or was it ever a problem to begin with?
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