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Upgrading Alienware M9750 to meet specifications.Follow

#1 Nov 26 2010 at 7:21 PM Rating: Decent
Okay,
I've been through the benchmark post and began looking for items and doing a lot of research on updating my laptop. I know its generally hard to do but I have found a processor that is compatible with my laptop and I am able to replace it.. now I need to find a compatible GPU. Currently I have 7950 Ge Force Go, which is no where near meeting specifications. I can run FFXIV but its pretty laggy and almost impossible to move. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
#2 Nov 26 2010 at 7:37 PM Rating: Default
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try overclock.net go to the notebook forums. this isnt a pc upgrade forum... they are
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#3 Nov 26 2010 at 7:54 PM Rating: Good
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Honestly, that laptop looks fine for FFXIV, if you turn the settings down a little.

What are you FFXIV settings right now?

I looked up the M9750s specs, and according to what I found, it origially had a Dual Nvidia GeForce Go 7950GTX GPU running SLI option, which should be adequate. The Core 2 Duo 2.33 is not ideal for FFXIV, but should be able to handle it if you turn off other programs and non-essential services, etc.

The biggest bottleneck I see for you running FFXIV, is that the M9750 seemed to come with 2GB Ram. Upgrade this too 4Gb.

I just posted a guide for running FFXIV on my Macbook Pro which also has a Core 2 Duo processor, but has a single GeForce 320M. The GPU in your laptop rates significantly higher than the 320M, so with 2, you should be able to play with much higher settings than I can.

A lot of my guide may be able to help you, just to configure windows settings. If your laptop does not have the second Nvidia GeForce Go 7950GTX in it, you can probably pick one of these up cheap and add it.

All in all, I would say, make sure you have 4Gb Ram, optimize your OS and your FFXIV settings. If you already bought the CPU upgrade, great, if not, try to adjust settings, upgrade RAM, and make sure you have the dual Nvidia GeForce Go 7950GTX set up, or get it. Another option is to try to find 2 other good GFX cards to run. Check your system, but the 7950GTX should be a PCIe card, so the laptop should have 2 PCIe slots for new cards.

Edit: Link to my guide, if interested. I'm running smooth with a 856 bench, although settings are low. http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?forum=152&mid=1290806646287024552&page=1



Edited, Nov 26th 2010 8:55pm by Leodesol
#4 Nov 27 2010 at 4:26 PM Rating: Decent
Thank you for the informative post Leodesol!
As of right now my FFXIV settings are 1280x720 Resolution, 2x MSAA, General Drawing 5, Backround Drawing 2, Lowest Shadow Detail, Ambient Occlusion and Depth of Field are both UNCHECKED, And I am also using Standard Texture Quality and Low Texture Filtering.

I actually updated my ram to 4 GB yesterday and popped the case and I have the GeForce Go 7950 SLI, There were two cards anyway. From the Nvidia control panel I put most of the settings tuned for performance instead of graphics. I followed your guide and did all except for the Black Viper stuff.. Didn't know what it really did but I am interested to know how much of an improvement performance I will get if I use it. About to reboot and try and play, Will let ya know how it goes!
#5 Nov 27 2010 at 4:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Usually laptop GPUs are built directly into the motherboard, you won't be able to replace it. If you want to make an upgrade to make FFXIV more playable, build a PC. Alienware is like the apple of PCs, except not as bad.

Or keep throwing money at your laptop, I don't care. I'm just trying to get you the most performance for the least money, you're more than welcome to not do it.
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#6 Nov 27 2010 at 5:15 PM Rating: Decent
After following the guide it runs pretty well! still takes a little while for NPCs to load in cities but its 100x more playable than before! Might have to tweak the FFXIV config a little bit but its running pretty good. How much will the Black Viper Tweak impact performance? Also, my S and R ratings in game are usually pretty low, is this normal? I remember in FFXI I was usually in the 300-400 range on both, in XIV its more S 60 R 120ish.
#7 Nov 27 2010 at 9:16 PM Rating: Good
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SundayDriver04 wrote:
After following the guide it runs pretty well! still takes a little while for NPCs to load in cities but its 100x more playable than before! Might have to tweak the FFXIV config a little bit but its running pretty good. How much will the Black Viper Tweak impact performance? Also, my S and R ratings in game are usually pretty low, is this normal? I remember in FFXI I was usually in the 300-400 range on both, in XIV its more S 60 R 120ish.



It depends a lot on your computer as to how much the services tweaks will help.

To check it out, with FFXIV closed, open task manager, click on the Performance tab, then click the Resource Monitor button. This will open a resource monitor that tells you a lot about your system. With this window open, run FFXIV.

Once in FFXIV, check out the Resource Monitor. FFXIV uses a lot of CPU power regardless of your GFX GPU. That is why the 4 core processors are so much better for it. The CPU tab in the Resource Monitor it will show your CPU usage for processes and services separately. If you plan to only use the laptop for gaming, tweaking the services can free up some CPU power. When not running a game, my services use between 0-1% CPU, usually 0. While gaming (wireless and gamepad being used), I am 6-9% for services. In FFXIV, I am 50-65% for process CPU usage with the p8600 (you will likely be higher).

If you are in game and service CPU usage is over 10%, sort by CPU usage to see what is using what. You can right click on them to search online to see what each thing is. this way you can decide what to turn off if you do not want to use the guides on Black Viper.

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Basically, if your happy with FFXIVs settings right now and your CPU usage and temp is staying stable, it probably does not matter if services is using 15% or more. If your CPU is running hot, turning off some services might help so that you can keep FFXIV settings the same, or possibly turn them up a small amount.

Resource monitor will also let you check out your processes that are running (as will task manager). Most non-essential processes should be off if you turned off all start up programs in msconfig, but if you see any that are using a fair amount of CPU, you can Google them to see if they can be safely turned off. Doing this can also catch spyware/malware as well.
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