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#1 Oct 30 2010 at 5:26 PM Rating: Good
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So I think my problem with my computer not being able to play it, is that hadn't met all of the specification.

So anyways, I'm wondering about really good computers to buy that can actually play the game? I'm not very computer savvy when it comes to making these purchases though, to this day I still don't know what RAM is, so I was wondering for some recommendations.

Though, I think this computer might be able to play it well: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-i560-3911NBK/15120471

I want a computer that can play it best. And it's almost Black Friday anyways, why not go out and buy a computer?
#2 Oct 30 2010 at 5:42 PM Rating: Good
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http://s1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/?action=view&current=Guide.png

Anything Modest+ Should be able to play it.

Try Dell Outlet and Newegg. Buying computers from walmart usually isn't the best thing you can do.
#3 Oct 30 2010 at 5:43 PM Rating: Default
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any current 500+ PC & a good videocard is enough
#4 Oct 30 2010 at 5:57 PM Rating: Good
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I would avoid that computer you linked to from Walmart. Intel makes very good CPUs but TERRIBLE GPUs. Plus the one listed on that computer is an interated GPU, it will NOT run this game (playably). You would need to update the video card. Personally I think your best bet would be to go to an actual computer store (NOT like staples, or best buy, etc...) and get them to build you a custom computer. It will run better, last longer, look WAY nice, and give you a LOT more bang for your buck. Also, custom computers are a lot easier to upgrade later on then ones from companies like Dell, or HP, etc... Hope this helps.

Just a note, if you do go the custom route, it won't be under warranty as a whole, each part will have its own warranty. Make sure you keep ALL the bills. Good luck with your investment, and I hope to see you on the game! (Come to Karnak, it's a lower populated server with a lot of nice people!)
#5 Oct 30 2010 at 7:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Nooo. There are no custom computer stores in my small, cow town.

How exactly, would I update the video card?
#6 Oct 30 2010 at 7:48 PM Rating: Good
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StarryWisdom wrote:
Nooo. There are no custom computer stores in my small, cow town.

How exactly, would I update the video card?


You would buy a new one and stick it in your computer. :) Then you would update the drivers.
#7 Oct 30 2010 at 7:53 PM Rating: Good
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No, it won't.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/CyberPower-GXI106/14089719

http://www.walmart.com/ip/iBuypower-EXTREME-WA542Q6/14562911

These might.

Edited, Oct 30th 2010 10:01pm by Miitan
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#8 Oct 30 2010 at 7:53 PM Rating: Default
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Well that's just...pure genius.

My current computer I got a few months ago, but I guess it isn't that good.

When I started playing the game, I got to make my character---then, as I tried to log into the actual game play my screen would become stuck on the "Now Loading" part and it would just remain black. I could hear the sound still, and finally, when it did work, it would take 10 seconds for some movement, and even then it was like...a snapshot instead of 3d movement.

It sucks too. I bought the Collectors Edition for $72.00! And now it won't even work on my computer. It's either, just buy a whole new computer or wait till it comes out on PS3. Either way, I'm going to lose my free 30 days.

Isn't technology a b***h? And Square Enix...grr. They make such high quality games that even somewhat competent computers can't play.
#9 Oct 30 2010 at 7:55 PM Rating: Good
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StarryWisdom wrote:
Well that's just...pure genius.

My current computer I got a few months ago, but I guess it isn't that good.

When I started playing the game, I got to make my character---then, as I tried to log into the actual game play my screen would become stuck on the "Now Loading" part and it would just remain black. I could hear the sound still, and finally, when it did work, it would take 10 seconds for some movement, and even then it was like...a snapshot instead of 3d movement.

It sucks too. I bought the Collectors Edition for $72.00! And now it won't even work on my computer. It's either, just buy a whole new computer or wait till it comes out on PS3. Either way, I'm going to lose my free 30 days.

Isn't technology a b***h? And Square Enix...grr. They make such high quality games that even somewhat competent computers can't play.


:) I'm sorry to say, but if you're looking at computers with an Integrated graphics card, your computer isn't "competant" either

The game runs on ~$500 computers, as do most games. It runs "well", on computers that cost above that. My laptop is ~750 and it runs decently enough ;)
#10 Oct 30 2010 at 7:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Is there anything I can do, that could make that computer at least somewhat capable of playing FF XIV?

Or did I just waste $72.00?
#11 Oct 30 2010 at 7:58 PM Rating: Good
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StarryWisdom wrote:
Is there anything I can do, that could make that computer at least somewhat capable of playing FF XIV?

Or did I just waste $72.00?


Did you already buy the one at walmart? Going by that one, all you really need to do is buy a graphics card, and you should be able to run it on low-medium settings.
#12 Oct 30 2010 at 7:59 PM Rating: Decent
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What exactly, should I be looking for in a gaming computer?
#13 Oct 30 2010 at 8:00 PM Rating: Decent
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StarryWisdom wrote:
What exactly, should I be looking for in a gaming computer?


Three things.

1) 4-6 Gigs of ram
2) A good graphics card (GPU)
3) A quad core - i7 CPU.
#14 Oct 30 2010 at 8:19 PM Rating: Decent
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Is it safe to assume the game will work perfectly fine on a 250GB PS3 and a 50 inch HDTV while having an Ethernet cord plugged into it?
#15 Oct 30 2010 at 8:22 PM Rating: Good
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StarryWisdom wrote:
Is it safe to assume the game will work perfectly fine on a 250GB PS3 and a 50 inch HDTV while having an Ethernet cord plugged into it?


You may wish to consult your Magic 8 Ball for this one.

Also I updated my previous post with some links.

Edited, Oct 30th 2010 10:22pm by Miitan
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#16 Oct 30 2010 at 8:24 PM Rating: Good
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StarryWisdom wrote:
Is it safe to assume the game will work perfectly fine on a 250GB PS3 and a 50 inch HDTV while having an Ethernet cord plugged into it?


^^ Probably, but if I'm not mistaken you'll need to buy another copy of FFXIV for the ps3
#17 Oct 30 2010 at 10:01 PM Rating: Default
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If you know someone that can put a computer together, I would recommend a dual core bare-bones kit from tigerdirect.com. Just make sure the processor and video card (might need to purchase one separately) are up to FFXIV recommendations. Maybe a computer shop around where you live can put it together for you.

And yes you will have to buy a ps3 version of ffxiv if you want to go that route. FFXI was no different, and I always had to buy a pc and a ps3 version of FFXI whenever an expansion pack was released. That didn't apply to the new downloadable add-on packs though.

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#18 Oct 30 2010 at 10:41 PM Rating: Default
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Meowshi wrote:
StarryWisdom wrote:
What exactly, should I be looking for in a gaming computer?


Three things.

1) 4-6 Gigs of ram
2) A good graphics card (GPU)
3) A quad core - i7 CPU.


if he runs a 32 bit system (a lot of non-tech savvy people actually do) then 4-6 gig will be useless, ram don't matter than much in gaming, 4 is plenty

and i7 CPU? intel fanboy? :D i'll take my 3.4 ghz quad core phenom and the $100+ dollars i saved thank you very much :)
#19 Oct 31 2010 at 6:45 PM Rating: Good
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kick53rv3 wrote:
Meowshi wrote:
StarryWisdom wrote:
What exactly, should I be looking for in a gaming computer?


Three things.

1) 4-6 Gigs of ram
2) A good graphics card (GPU)
3) A quad core - i7 CPU.


if he runs a 32 bit system (a lot of non-tech savvy people actually do) then 4-6 gig will be useless, ram don't matter than much in gaming, 4 is plenty

and i7 CPU? intel fanboy? :D i'll take my 3.4 ghz quad core phenom and the $100+ dollars i saved thank you very much :)


I agree 100%. Then take that 100 bucks and put it towards a better video card (*cough*ATI*cough*). Yay being an AMD fanboy :p lol
#20 Oct 31 2010 at 7:52 PM Rating: Decent
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kick53rv3 wrote:
Meowshi wrote:
StarryWisdom wrote:
What exactly, should I be looking for in a gaming computer?


Three things.

1) 4-6 Gigs of ram
2) A good graphics card (GPU)
3) A quad core - i7 CPU.


if he runs a 32 bit system (a lot of non-tech savvy people actually do) then 4-6 gig will be useless, ram don't matter than much in gaming, 4 is plenty

and i7 CPU? intel fanboy? :D i'll take my 3.4 ghz quad core phenom and the $100+ dollars i saved thank you very much :)


^this, depending on your budget, the AMD phenom II are just hard to beat for the price and offer great upgradeablility compared to intel for a lot less, even the 6 cores are well priced.

the intels have the market in performance in single operations though, I won't argue that, as for multi tasking the amd's have a slight edge.

video card wise, the new 6 series radeons are out and seem awsome, they also caused a drop in the price of the nvidia 470, its a win win situation there, the choice is yours on that one.
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#21 Oct 31 2010 at 10:25 PM Rating: Decent
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This is just my 2cents so take it as is but I would buy at least a core2duo or newer, and for graphics card a 5770 or 5850.

For me my crappy old lame 3 year old mobo with amd 635, 4gb ram, a 5770 is able to play the game at 1080p with medium to high settings. Even in crowed camps only takes 10seconds max to load all the players.

So my suggestion is if you got your own copy of o/s (not one that came with prebuild machines) then its better to just build your own computer.

Also you might want to check out online computer stores like:

Tigerdirect - great prices but worst customer service but fast delivery pain in **** for returns
Newegg - Good prices better customer service and easier to do returns
Ncix - ok prices, fast delivery, easiest to return items to

All depends on where you live those sites i've posted are mainly based on North america service.
#22 Oct 31 2010 at 11:12 PM Rating: Decent
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StarryWisdom wrote:
Isn't technology a b***h?
If you don't know what you're doing? Yeah.

If you at least have the foresight to come online for free advice before making a large purchase? It's very manageable.
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#23 Nov 01 2010 at 4:49 PM Rating: Good
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StarryWisdom wrote:
Isn't technology a b***h? And Square Enix...grr. They make such high quality games that even somewhat competent computers can't play.


Umm....then your "new" computer is less powerful than a computer I built myself 2.5 years ago for $600... It's amazing how many manufacturer's stick old technology in "new" machines, or they gimp them by ******** you over on a particular component that makes the rest of the pc underperform. If you're going to game on a PC you should learn about the different components, how they work together, what's important, what you can cheat on performance wise and build your own. You'll be much happier that most any box you can buy, and you'll have the skills/knowledge to make an intelligent upgrade or 2 when you need to and get a few more years of life out of it.
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#24 Nov 01 2010 at 4:59 PM Rating: Decent
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StarryWisdom wrote:
Isn't technology a b***h? And Square Enix...grr. They make such high quality games that even somewhat competent computers can't play.


1. SE clearly listed the requirement.
2. You can run benchmark as many times as you want.
3. You can get as much advise as you want on any FFXIV related or PC related forum.
4. All of above are free and within easy reach.

FYI, computer depends on its weakest link. Very seldom component can "compensate" each others.

Edited, Nov 1st 2010 4:02pm by timmyofalex
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#25 Nov 01 2010 at 5:19 PM Rating: Decent
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Honestly I would just say build your own computer. It sounds difficult but it is basically like playing the square peg round hole game. It's extremely easy to figure out. If you need any help with it I'm sure there are plenty of people here who can help.
#26 Nov 01 2010 at 5:38 PM Rating: Good
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This is how I roll...

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/9407/computerfl.jpg

It's not the newest computer on the block, but it totally suits the 'retro' themed UI and mechanics of the game. <3 my ENIAC!!!
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