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#1 Oct 01 2010 at 4:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello everyone. Just felt like I was kind of out of options after doing a little bit of upgrading, I don't know a terrible amount about computers so troubleshooting is a bit difficult for me. Just need to know if I should be able to run FFXIV on minimum settings without the terrible choppiness I'm getting.

Specs
Intel Core2 Duo E8400 3.00 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce 9400 GT Graphics Card (1 GB)
Not sure about Motherboard, my BIOS is from 2 years ago though.
Running Vista 32bit Home Premium

Not sure if any additional information is needed. Feels like I shouldn't have the kind of trouble I am running the game at the absolute minimum specifications. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#2 Oct 01 2010 at 4:42 PM Rating: Good
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The CPU is low end and that GPU is beyond terrible. I'm less surprised that you're getting choppiness; more surprised that the game runs at all.

At the very least, replace the GPU, but you may want to replace the CPU as well.
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#3 Oct 01 2010 at 4:45 PM Rating: Decent
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This is what I had thought. My friend's computer runs with a slightly better CPU and a similar graphics card. His runs fine on minimum settings. Almost no choppiness whatsoever. He is running Windows 7, and has 5 GB as compared to my 4. Other than that, not a large difference.
#4 Oct 01 2010 at 4:50 PM Rating: Decent
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Also, for upgrading the GPU. What could I get that's at least of decent quality in the 120$ and below range?
#5 Oct 01 2010 at 5:07 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm running an E8400 CPU with a 4770 GPU and the game runs perfect for me on default settings. It may help you to upgrade to a 64bit OS to take advantage of all 4 gigs of your ram as well. I think that 1 gig GPU is counting towards your 3 gig limit on a 32bit OS. If you can actually find a 4770 it should be within your price range, though I'm pretty sure you could find more bang for your buck.
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#6 Oct 01 2010 at 5:11 PM Rating: Default
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cpu isnt low end, he's obviously a ******. the only thing holding you back there is your gfx card. upgrade that and you will see all the difference in the world relative to how high of a graphics card you buy. the game actually runs quite a bit better live than i expected it to in comparison to beta.
#7 Oct 01 2010 at 6:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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klepp6761 wrote:
cpu isnt low end, he's obviously a ******. the only thing holding you back there is your gfx card. upgrade that and you will see all the difference in the world relative to how high of a graphics card you buy. the game actually runs quite a bit better live than i expected it to in comparison to beta.


It's not low end for a dual core, but a quad core would be much better. I gotta say though that I always enjoy being called a ****** by someone who can't find his own shift key. Makes me chuckle.

Truvias wrote:
Also, for upgrading the GPU. What could I get that's at least of decent quality in the 120$ and below range?


Nothing, unless you're buying something used. At the bare minimum, you'll want to go with something like a Radeon HD 5770 (About $150-170) or a GTX 460 (about $200). The 470/5830/5850 would be the next step up and the 480/5870/5970/Ares would be top of the line. 4870/4890 would be good too if you can find one used, but anything in the GT/GTS series or anything under say a 5750 is not really worth buying. Spend a little extra on a new card and get a good card that will last you a lot longer.

EDIT: Also seconding the fact that you may want to consider upgrading to a 64 bit OS to take advantage of all 4 GB of your RAM.

Edited, Oct 1st 2010 8:35pm by Mikhalia
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#8 Oct 01 2010 at 6:38 PM Rating: Good
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Thanks guys. A little disheartened by the fact I need to spend more money, but at least I know the fix. I did buy a new card, and I'll be returning it as soon as I get my check next week so I can get a much better card. Going to upgrade to Windows 7 soon, to take advantage of the RAM. Thanks again, and resorting to ad hominem attacks on a forum? That sounds a lot more retarded then someone trying to offer legitimate help like Mikhalia.
#9 Oct 01 2010 at 10:57 PM Rating: Excellent
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Truvias wrote:
Thanks guys. A little disheartened by the fact I need to spend more money, but at least I know the fix. I did buy a new card, and I'll be returning it as soon as I get my check next week so I can get a much better card. Going to upgrade to Windows 7 soon, to take advantage of the RAM. Thanks again, and resorting to ad hominem attacks on a forum? That sounds a lot more retarded then someone trying to offer legitimate help like Mikhalia.


Get either 64 bit Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate. You miss out on a lot of spiffy features if you get 7 Home Basic.

Here's the difference.

As for upgrades, the one thing that nearly all upgrades have in common is that the more you spend, the better the product you get, AND the longer it will be till you have to replace it again. Make sure your Power Supply can handle a new GPU though. If you're not sure, tell me what you have and I'll let you know if you need to upgrade it (the wattage is usually printed on the power supply itself, inside the case. If you can get a model number, even better, but not necessary)
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