People might hate me for this thread, but I have already looked around for answers and it's pretty unanimous that integrated graphics, even Intel HD are a bad idea for gaming and FFXIV. But I don't think I've seen people mention exactly why this is. Intel HD is capable of running Crysis smoothly (as an example), but it doesn't look very good, but for some people (like me), that's not an issue and an Intel HD would suffice, particularly as Intel HD runs cooler and consumes less battery power. But for what reason is it that Intel HD is a bad idea for FFXIV? Is it possible for it to be playable with graphic settings at minimum? Or does FFXIV simply refuse to run?
The reason I ask is that it's the difference of £60 out of my wallet. I am about to buy a new laptop and I've got the simple choice of paying: £480 for an Intel i3, Intel HD, 500gb HDD, 2gb RAM laptop or £540 for an Intel i5, ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5145 512mb, 320gb HDD, 3gb RAM laptop (they're both the same model, just different configurations). Chances are, I'll be grabbing a desktop PC at a later stage, so if I go for the i3 laptop, it doesn't necessarily matter, as the laptop isn't being bought with FFXIV in mind, but it'd be nice to be able to play it.
Or are both laptops simply destined to fail and I should just save £60 anyway?
Thank you :)
Edited, Jan 17th 2011 10:02am by Saefinn