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external gpu for playing ffxiv? anyone doing this?Follow

#1 Dec 17 2010 at 6:20 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi guys! I'm new at posting but have been visiting the forums long before launch. Man i wanna play this game!!!!

Problem---bought a decent laptop w/ crappy gpu (hp pavilion dv6 1050us)--899 at the time
CPU-Intel R core 2 duo CPU p7450 at 2.13 GHz (not the best but meet the min)
GPU-9200m integrated w/ 512mb----found out that it sucks after i bought it..ran ffxi fine...so...didn't bother until i found out about ffxiv T_T---huge regret (1.5 years beyond returnable lol)
4 gb ram

Thanks to Black Friday's shopping mania I bought myself a PS3 in anticipation (way cheaper than a new computer)
--just returned it on account I'm not very interested in the system other than for ffxiv and it was delayed until ???!!! ****!!!!!

I came across this thing called external GPU! Anyone heard of it or using it? more specifically its called ViDock.
Anyways, I was more interested in the DIY option. (cheaper) Here is the link:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/gaming-software-graphics-cards/418851-diy-vidock-experiences.html

What do u all think? viable? can anyone make some sense of it? whats the difference between the options and which grahpics cards are compatible. What I got was that you can plug in a gpu through the express slot of your laptop using the adapters mentioned in the forum/link above. Then connect the gpu to an external power suppy.(have a old dimension 8300 psu...can i use it?). Finally video out to a lcd monitor.......

For the tech people out there! How viable is this? will i electrocute myself? Is it worth all the effort? etc

Give me your thoughts!
#2 Dec 17 2010 at 6:24 PM Rating: Decent
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When I looked into those a few years back it seemed they weren't viable because the limits of USB though that may have changed since USB 3.0 but I doubt it?
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#3 Dec 17 2010 at 6:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh? I thought the one i found was using an express slot? is that almost the same thing as a usb? I'm not too sure. So I'm doomed to wait out the ps3 or buy a desktop? sigh....any more thoughts? It would be great if someone is using this option right now. From what i saw on the post it seemed to work...how well it works...no idea
#4 Dec 17 2010 at 7:12 PM Rating: Decent
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reading through that article, it might extend the legs on a laptop for some games, but I wouldn't inest that much money unless you're willing to take a loss. I don't see it being effective for XIV.
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#5 Dec 17 2010 at 7:52 PM Rating: Decent
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Performance-wise it is no more or less than regular graphic cards. Assuming it isn't usb, because usb graphic cards for laptops have like 128mb. But agreed the good ones are pretty expensive to make or buy. I built a PC just for ffxiv that overclocks safely up to 3.9ghz cpu and 1100mhz graphic card for only $230 and 350 watt psu. The stock is limited so I ask that if you would like to look at it then send me a private message mhfan06.
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