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#1 Oct 02 2010 at 2:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Good day to you all, fellow FFXIVers! After purchasing the game on the 30th and taking nearly two days to update after a swift install I finally got into the game and, as many of you have spoken often here, found it nearly unplayable. I believed my current gaming system to be suitable to run FFXIV but sadly I was mistaken. Apparently SE needs to be more clear on the box that their minimum system requirements are Deep Blue.

Anyway, all kidding aside, I would like to present to you all my system specs and if it pleases the court I would like to know what I can add so that I will be able to run the game more efficiently. Many thanks in advance to those who reply genuinely :)

Windows XP, Version 2002, Service Pack 3
Dell Dimension DXP061
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU
6320 @ 1.86 GHz, 2.00 GB of RAM
GeForce 8600 GT
Memory: 256 MB

That's all I can find. I am really quite poor at computers, any ideas from the good folk of Allakhazam on what I can do to run FFXIV better?
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#2 Oct 02 2010 at 3:30 PM Rating: Decent
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hate to say it buddy, but you're looking at a full overhaul there. the game is pretty poorly optimized right now as well so its hard on even higher end rigs.

you would need to build a new pc or buy one with specs that can run it, something with an AMD phenom II or intel i5/i7 or so, and at least a mid range graphics card, then about 4-6GB or RAM.

that pc just won't cut it for FFXIV, or you could wait for the ps3 release.
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#3 Oct 02 2010 at 3:33 PM Rating: Decent
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That is most unfortunate :(
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#4 Oct 02 2010 at 3:37 PM Rating: Decent
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Theres no way that system can run ffxiv, its way below the minimum specs.

No offence but i'm suprised you could even run the updater with those specs.

You need a complete new system to run it sorry to say.
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#5 Oct 02 2010 at 3:46 PM Rating: Decent
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If it's any consilation, if you did spend more money on upgrades you would probably be dissapointed anyway. :/

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#6 Oct 02 2010 at 4:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Tavarde wrote:
Good day to you all, fellow FFXIVers! After purchasing the game on the 30th and taking nearly two days to update after a swift install I finally got into the game and, as many of you have spoken often here, found it nearly unplayable. I believed my current gaming system to be suitable to run FFXIV but sadly I was mistaken. Apparently SE needs to be more clear on the box that their minimum system requirements are Deep Blue.

Anyway, all kidding aside, I would like to present to you all my system specs and if it pleases the court I would like to know what I can add so that I will be able to run the game more efficiently. Many thanks in advance to those who reply genuinely :)

Windows XP, Version 2002, Service Pack 3
Dell Dimension DXP061
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU
6320 @ 1.86 GHz, 2.00 GB of RAM
GeForce 8600 GT
Memory: 256 MB

That's all I can find. I am really quite poor at computers, any ideas from the good folk of Allakhazam on what I can do to run FFXIV better?
Your computer is sorely underpowered for FFXIV. Unfortunately, since it's a Dell, if you want to upgrade to a new GPU you ought to buy a new power supply as well.
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#7 Oct 02 2010 at 4:59 PM Rating: Decent
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8600GT is out when I put my old 8600GT in my new computer the bench mark scores was almost the same as in my old dual core(around 500). There a long page at top of forum 30+ pages, start at the beginning you'll get price rage of what stuff cost it was 28pages when i bought my parts after reading that sticky.
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Let me just give you a few pointers if you build a new rig:

-If you get an i7 and you're thinking about a 930, go with the 950 it's only 15$ more on Newegg and runs about 260MHz faster.
-With RAM make sure you get something with good timings and CAS latency, the lower the better. I would personally go with DDR3 1600, it's pretty much the middleground for DDR3.
-I know that you are probably eager to get the game going but AMD is about to release the Radeon 6000 series of graphics cards. Supposedly they will release the 6700 series in October and the 6800 in November. Once those cards launch AMD graphics cards will drop in price.
-Don't skimp on your case. Try to get a case with good airflow, if you can run the PSU cables under the motherboard in it that helps too. Heat is the enemy.
-The motherboard MUST be compatible with every part in your PC. When I choose parts I always have a tab open with the specs for the motherboard I'm going to be using so I can double check everything.
-Lastly: RESEARCH EVERYTHING! If there is any spec whatsoever you don't understand on a piece of hardware then read about it. You should know the ins and outs of everything you put in a computer. If you don't do research you can easily get subpar parts you think are good.

Edited, Oct 2nd 2010 7:33pm by BRizzl3
#9 Oct 02 2010 at 6:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Your replies are all very much appreciated, thank you for the honesty, everyone.

Sadly though, I cannot afford a whole new system, nor can I justify saving up money to acquire a new system for one game. I knew purchasing the game would be a gamble and, as usual with my gambling habits, I lost :-P

With that said I intend to cancel my FFXIV account and chalk it up to a lesson learned. I hold no ill will towards SE for it, though. They only wanted to make a game that went above and beyond the call of duty in regards to satisfying potential customers and this applies to content as well as graphics. And they went way above and beyond my financial and technological ability to partake in the festivities lol.

Oh well, sh*t happens, happy trails to you all and enjoy your time in Eorzea!
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#10 Oct 02 2010 at 6:18 PM Rating: Default
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BRizzl3 wrote:
Let me just give you a few pointers if you build a new rig:

-If you get an i7 and you're thinking about a 930, go with the 950 it's only 15$ more on Newegg and runs about 260MHz faster.
-With RAM make sure you get something with good timings and CAS latency, the lower the better. I would personally go with DDR3 1600, it's pretty much the middleground for DDR3.
-I know that you are probably eager to get the game going but AMD is about to release the Radeon 6000 series of graphics cards. Supposedly they will release the 6700 series in October and the 6800 in November. Once those cards launch AMD graphics cards will drop in price.
-Don't skimp on your case. Try to get a case with good airflow, if you can run the PSU cables under the motherboard in it that helps too. Heat is the enemy.
-The motherboard MUST be compatible with every part in your PC. When I choose parts I always have a tab open with the specs for the motherboard I'm going to be using so I can double check everything.
-Lastly: RESEARCH EVERYTHING! If there is any spec whatsoever you don't understand on a piece of hardware then read about it. You should know the ins and outs of everything you put in a computer. If you don't do research you can easily get subpar parts you think are good.

Edited, Oct 2nd 2010 7:33pm by BRizzl3


This is good advice. The only thing I would add is while you are on newegg read the people's comments. They will tell you if a piece of equipment you buy is prone to failure or just doesn't mesh well with certain motherboards/other part combos. You can;t just take it all at face value cause the chance still exists that they don't know what they are talking about or have made a mistake but generally if a lot of people are having the same issues you are going to have them too.
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