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#1 Feb 26 2011 at 9:33 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey guys, i've been wanting to start FFXIV for a while now but canyourunit.com discourages me from wanting to get it. To be able to play with the minimum requirements i need to get a 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600 series / ATI Radeon HD 2900 series video card. Does anyone here know if i can still play smoothly without this card? My current one now is a Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family. Thanks to anyone that can help.
#2 Feb 26 2011 at 9:41 PM Rating: Decent
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That sounds like integrated graphics, and im 99.9% sure you cant run it.

you should look into an upgrade. if you can even get the game to launch, it will look like super mario circa 1990's.
#3 Feb 26 2011 at 9:48 PM Rating: Default
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I would not recommend spending any money to update a system just for this game. No questions needed, it is just not worth it right now.
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#4 Feb 26 2011 at 10:06 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey guys, i've been wanting to start FFXIV for a while now but canyourunit.com discourages me from wanting to get it. To be able to play with the minimum requirements i need to get a 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600 series / ATI Radeon HD 2900 series video card. Does anyone here know if i can still play smoothly without this card? My current one now is a Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family. Thanks to anyone that can help.



This sounds like a laptop, yes?? If so, there is no way to upgrade the card anyways. Intergrated graphics are terrible for any type of gaming. If you are planning on upgrading a desktop, make sure that you are upgrading because you want to. Never upgrade just for "a" game, that goes for any games. Upgrades can get very expensive very fast.
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#5 Feb 27 2011 at 9:43 AM Rating: Decent
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That is an integrated graphics chip, it will not run the game, but as people above said if it is a laptop you will need a new laptop, if it is a desktop upgrade cos you want to, i know alot of people who upgraded for this game and didnt like it so have been kicking themselves.

If it is a laptop and you decide to buy a new one look for Nvidia or ATI graphics card, however if you see an i5 processer, i dont know about i3 or i7, it gets more complecated because some of those support switchable graphics which means it will have 2 enabled graphics cards so you may need to ask about each indevidual model or research online
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#6 Feb 27 2011 at 9:07 PM Rating: Decent
scrish wrote:
That is an integrated graphics chip, it will not run the game, but as people above said if it is a laptop you will need a new laptop, if it is a desktop upgrade cos you want to, i know alot of people who upgraded for this game and didnt like it so have been kicking themselves.


Great Point !!
scrish wrote:

If it is a laptop and you decide to buy a new one look for Nvidia or ATI graphics card, however if you see an i5 processer, i dont know about i3 or i7, it gets more complecated because some of those support switchable graphics which means it will have 2 enabled graphics cards so you may need to ask about each indevidual model or research online

i3 = Core2Duo with hyperthreading. i5 Core2 without hyperthreading (some have it though). i7=quad core, and are considered the 'best' at this time, however, there are still cheap i7's within their category.
Not sure about the switchable graphics cards, but most are intergrated into the board when it comes to laptops. This is why laptops are normally not the way to go. If something breaks, then you have to pay to have the motherboard switched out, whereas on a desktop, ou just change the component.

I do know that since Vista, two competing graphics cards cannot run on the same system, that is, you cannot have ATI and NVIDA and Intergrated running at the same time. Windows updated their code to include that the same drivers have to run all the graphics cards, or else the intergrated ones must be disabled.

For example, on mine I have a GTX 480 running my primary display (NVIDIA CARD) and a 9600 GSO running secondary display(s). This works because NVIDIA drivers run all the cards, just for example.

BTW, a 9600 will limp with FFXIV.
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#7 Feb 28 2011 at 12:13 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for your input guys! I'm not going to be upgrading anytime soon, so maybe i'll wait and see if they have a PS3 release.
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