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#1 Jul 09 2011 at 10:56 PM Rating: Decent
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is ffxiv still free atm? is there any sort of charge to get started like the character creation fee or monthly fee? also i have a 1490 score on my laptop for benchmark :/ i'm getting the game regardless as long as it's still free to try so does anyone know if it will even run with a 1490 benchmark score on lowest settings? i really love final fantasy and am desperate to try this game out:( i've been playing aion since i left ffxi and the community is just horrible. the game isn't bad but the community is really terrible coming from ffxi community. anyways, as soon as i can get these questions answered i'm going to buy the game today at gamestop:) ty for fast replies:)
#2 Jul 09 2011 at 11:18 PM Rating: Decent
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The game doesn't even play well on top of the line spec PCs. The engine is horribly optimized. I'd hold off for awhile.
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#3 Jul 09 2011 at 11:21 PM Rating: Decent
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ty for reply:) is it still free though without charge to get started? if so i don't mind spending the 15$ at gamestop to at least try it out but i don't want to have to pay a monthly fee and char charges too just to find out:(
#4 Jul 09 2011 at 11:24 PM Rating: Decent
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loungistkid wrote:
ty for reply:) is it still free though without charge to get started? if so i don't mind spending the 15$ at gamestop to at least try it out but i don't want to have to pay a monthly fee and char charges too just to find out:(


No there is still no monthly fee after almost a year. There are reasons for that. But if you're dead set on trying it, then I recommend limiting yourself to a few hours a week at most.
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#5 Jul 09 2011 at 11:30 PM Rating: Decent
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thanks a lot for info hex:) i can't help myself. i've been a die hard ff fan since part I for nes>< i only haven't played ffxiv cause i had an even worse laptop than this up until recently. now i finally got almost the bare minimum benchmark to play and am stoked XD i've heard all the reviews and what not and am not going into this with high expectations but i really miss the ff community and even if all i can do is basic trivial stuff in game for awhile i will be happy to at least experience some of it and be a part of community again:) ty again for reply:)
#6 Jul 09 2011 at 11:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Biggest problem is that there really isn't much of a community. Especially at lower levels. It seems like most of the people who continue to play are set into their own Linkshells and rarely deal with people outside of them. Your days will be filled with repetitive, grindy and solo gameplay. Just be warned.
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#7 Jul 10 2011 at 12:59 AM Rating: Decent
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you are walking into a quagmire. Do yourself a favor and wait until the PS3 release to try this game.
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#8 Jul 10 2011 at 4:47 AM Rating: Decent
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thanks everyone for the reply. i really appreciate it:) i don't doubt that you all are very correct but i'm such a huge fan of the FF saga, and XI literally swept me off my feet. i have to try this game. it's just one of those things, i'm sure you can all understand:) but ty so much for the replies:)

p.s. i forgot that i had ran that benchmark a few days ago before i had installed new thermal paste on my gpu and cpu. the temperatures have come down remarkably and i ran another benchmark tonight and got almost a 1900. i know still very poor relatively speaking but i was very happy to at least meet min. reqs:)
#9 Jul 10 2011 at 6:48 AM Rating: Decent
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There is currently still no monthly fee for playing. This has been answered before, so I'll address your other question.


Benchmark score doesn't really say anything about what you really have. There will always be someone who claims FFXIV runs fine for them, regardless of their PC. The question is, what kind of experience are you willing to put up with. An OEM PC with graphics built into the main board might get you in the game, but you'll have to run at a low resolution with all of the graphic effects turned off. A new computer with a decent video card will probably run the game at an acceptable level, you'll just need around $200 for a mid-range GPU. This is assuming this new computer is a recent mid range or better CPU and 4+ GB DDR3 RAM. From this point, upgrading components will continue to increase the quality of play. Here is my current PC that I build about 6 months ago for around $800, and it runs FFXIV smoothly at 1920x1080 with all the graphics options set around Standard:

AMD Phenom 955 (quad core) @ 3.20 GHz ($120)
GeForce GTX 460 ($180)
8 GB DDR3 RAM (Cheap generic stuff, around $100 worth)
Windows 7 64-bit ($100)
Case, Power Supply, Main board, 1 TB HDD, etc to pull it all together. A lot of this can be salvaged from an old PC (except the main board in most cases).

The point is, you don't need a top-of-the-line PC to run FFXIV, and if you have what you think is a top-shelf PC and it doesn't run FFXIV, you've put your money in the wrong places. All you really need is a decent GPU, a decent CPU and 4+ GB DDR3 RAM, in that order.

#10 Jul 10 2011 at 7:17 AM Rating: Good
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well tyvm for the detailed reply regarding performance:) my laptop is about two years old but was decent in its days. it's an asus g50v gaming laptop.

intel centrino dual core 2.13ghz
nvidia 9800gt 512mb dedicated
4g ddr ram

i don't have very high expectations as far as this game running awesome on my system. tbh i'll be quite happy if i can just play at a reasonable fps on the lowest possible settings just so i can have a fair shot at trying the game out. the game is only 15$ at gamestop so it's not too much of a loss if it doesn't run right since there's no fees atm. it's a worth a shot to me.

while we're on the performance subject, i actually have a question for you. i was even debating on overclocking my gpu on my laptop now that i got my temps down to about 78C max load. i had been reading on overclockers site that it's pretty easy to do and seeing as how my temps are so low now from using arctic silver on my gpu it seems i have some leeway in bumping up clock speed settings. it sounds pretty simple to do using modded drivers and rivatuner and from what i've read it seems to help quite a bit. do you know if this is a good/safe thing to look into in your opinion for application to ffxiv? would it significantly improve my performance or not enough to warrant the risk/trouble of pursuing? thanks again for the advice:)
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I don't overclock. I take the money I would spend on overclocking accessories (liquid cooling, a sweet-*** case, etc) and just buy the right hardware to begin with.

I don't recommend overclocking a laptop to the extent you seem to want to get into. I don't really recommend overclocking it all, because:

Overclocking isn't a magic bullet, it won't change the architecture of your hardware. An overclocked outdated CPU/GPU is just an unstable, outdated CPU/GPU.

There are some people who claim FFXIV runs fine on their laptop, but refer to my previous post; you have to question the quality of game play that they are getting. Most people would agree that laptops don't run FFXIV well in general, certainly not one that's getting long in the tooth.
#12 Jul 10 2011 at 7:56 AM Rating: Good
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well i'm not in a position to dump money into a new system atm. if i was, trust me i would get one in a heartbeat. i'm simply trying to do what i can to be able to at least experience this game with what i have. if i had a desktop it might be possible for me to upgrade individual components but it's not really something i can do on a laptop. i'm going to pick up a copy of the game here in about 7min when gamestop opens and give it a shot. it's worth it to me:) thanks for the advice hopefully i'll be able to at least give this game a shot later today:)


edit: there's no money really in overclocking laptop gpu. i spent 10$ on arctic silver 5 thermal paste and repasted the processors in my computer, and added a custom air intake grate into the bottom panel of the laptop directly underneath the fan/gpu area. atm my gpu runs no hotter than about 78C during benchmark which is phenomenal for this laptop gpu. this gpu can easily handle steady 85-90C. modded drivers and rivatuner are free.

Edited, Jul 10th 2011 10:06am by loungistkid
#13 Jul 10 2011 at 8:40 AM Rating: Good
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lol Reading the posts about lower end laptops reminded me of a screen shot of what a LS member took when he had to use his old laptop to play the game one night while on vacation. Everything was pixelated and it looked like Hi def NES graphics.

Just to make sure you know, when you create your square-enix account, you'll still need to enter in payment info for credit card etc. They wont charge you for anything, but it's still required to play the game. As for the community, you'll find that most people will be willing to help. I will admit though, that I've been playing since launch and I've kind of stopped associating with others outside my LS. This is only b/c conversation outside of LS is uncommon on my server. For the best experience community wise, find yourself a linkshell to join. I agree with others when they say limit yourself to just a couple hours a day. Try not to blow through the story line and quests asap. Just as a forewarning, grinding and ranking up jobs is about 99% of what there is to do in the game. The NM's are fun the first maybe 2nd time, but after that it's nothing you haven't ever seen before.
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#14 Jul 10 2011 at 9:06 AM Rating: Good
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lol well i'm hoping mine will be able to run a little bit better than SNES quality>< we'll see though. i just got back from gamestop and got my copy :D! getting ready to install now. here's hoping!>< ty for the info about cc. i got a card to register it's no worries i just didn't want to really pay much more than 15$ to find out if i can run it or not. hopefully i'll be able to;; really looking forward to checking this game out.

someone else pm me something similar in regards to what you said about community outside ls in game. he was kind enough to already invite me to his ls too:) hopefully everything will go ok with install and it will at least run well enough for me to experience the game even if it is on lower gfx settings:) thanks for the reply mate:)

Edited, Jul 10th 2011 11:07am by loungistkid
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