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#1 Sep 12 2011 at 10:00 PM Rating: Default
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I'm aware of what they are and do BUT I'm tryn to finish of my first PC build choices. I got about 1,600-2k (including everything, monitor key board etc. I'm gonna go gtx580, i5 2500k, 750w 80plus, asrock MB, 1tb caviare black, 16gb gskill sniper 1866, hyper 212+. Now, if I can save money anywhere please advise. Is a ssd a must to run smooth? Is the difference marginal? And finally, would a 128gb be enough for ffxiv and win7? This PC is mainly for this game, and mild film editing. So if u can save me money don't be affraid to suggest other roads. First build so I'm open. I've done plenty of research and I like this build. Thanks guys, hope to see you all in a few short weeks.

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#2 Sep 12 2011 at 10:10 PM Rating: Good
First of all, please tell me you will be running Windows 7 x64, otherwise anything more then 4GB of RAM is completely useless as x32 can only use 3.3GB (iirc).

From a lot of buzz around the forums a quad-core i7 running approximately 3GHz seems to be a common recommendation.

As far as the SSD...I "personally" don't think it's a necessity. In fact, I would probably get a 15K RPM HDD over a SSD and install Win7 and FFXIV on that drive (and any otehr games you might play) then have something like a 1 TB 7.2K RPM HDD for games that don't matter and media, etc...

Now I don't offhand know the PSU recommendation for a GTX580, but you might be able to get away with a 650W PSU (personally I would go with a Corsair PSU, but that's just my opinion) I guess it just depends on whether or not you intend to expand to SLI later on.

For the most part the build sounds fine, but then again their are plenty of more experienced builders around that could tell you for sure.
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#3 Sep 12 2011 at 10:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks! Hmmm ill look up 15k rpm hdd's now. I figured I'd be better off with fastest storage possible. And no ill be running windows 98, why? Sike j/k! Yea win7 64bit. Btw state, ur the best! I've been dieing inside to play this game since last Sept, and finally can almost afford my new, and I read these forums EVERDAY... sad but true. You have a very unbiased opinion on everything and don't just bash away at people on these forums. Thanks for being you! Mmo's need peeps like you. XI had a few, why I miss my taru!
#4 Sep 12 2011 at 10:24 PM Rating: Good
I am getting ready to test a SSD on a flight simulator platform. This is also as demanding as ffxiv as far as graphics and poor overall coding design.

With a SSD, hopefully you will be looking at SATA III, otherwise, don't waste your time.(twice as fast if your board can handle it, or othewise, again, waste of money).

The best part of a SSD is the read factor, it does not have to "search & find" for the information, and thus, is faster, but write is marginally faster than a platter disc. Also, there is cost. SSD3 are expensive, still over $1/gig versus platter.

128gb is going to be marginally large enough for both the os and ffxiv (with updates getting larger and larger), in addition, is the fun to seperate user files from Windows' OS. <-- just read about that and decided against installing WIN on SSD.

For now, I am using an SSD for my graphical intense games, since this is where some of my lag is at. Although I do not have FFXIV on a SSD yet, I will in the future, especially as more and more graphical elements are added. THis will decrease the "pop" seen at times during search and find (although minimal, at 50f/sec, it becomes noticable when they drop so that textures can be loaded), although with copy paste world, not as big of issue, which is why I chose my flight sim over FFXIV for the expensive drive.

Let me stop rambling, and I hope my opinion helps.



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#5 Sep 12 2011 at 10:24 PM Rating: Good
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Nothing in a computer can speed it up as much as SSD drives do, and I will never purchase or build a computer without one again.

That's my take on it, but you'd save about 400$ if you decide not to follow my advice.
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#6 Sep 12 2011 at 10:28 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for all the speedy advice guys. Looking at 15k rpm hdds right now. Same prices vs ssd really. Witch is faster?
#7 Sep 12 2011 at 10:30 PM Rating: Decent
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The plextor 128gb sataIII SSD gets great reviews, so maybe that just for this game?
#8 Sep 12 2011 at 10:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh and since you guys are listening, is the difference between the 570 and 580 that crazy? I'm only getting the gpu for this, if I could save a 100bucks on gpu that'd help me pay real bills lol. But I don't wanna loose great performance for 100 bucks and be ****** at myself later.
#9 Sep 12 2011 at 10:34 PM Rating: Good
SSD is faster, no mechanical parts.

Make sure that your board supports the new SATA 3! or you will spend extra for nothing. Smiley: wink
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#10 Sep 12 2011 at 10:36 PM Rating: Decent
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I know about benchmark score sites, seen and read. Im talking for real, in game, not a data spread consensus, but yea my ffxiv looks beautiful. And not a it should be alright on paper. Thanks ;)
#11 Sep 12 2011 at 10:41 PM Rating: Decent
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MB has SATAIII I did a lot of research on motherboards because as you read reviews it only scares you away from boards. The asrock extreme4 gen3 is a crazy nice, future proof, (pci-e3.0 usb3.0 SATAIII).
#12 Sep 12 2011 at 10:41 PM Rating: Good
Really a prefence there. You are working with the number #1 (580) and number 2(570) graphics card, with the 480 being #3. The gain in performance as far as ffxiv will be marginal, although the 580 is a better card.
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#13 Sep 12 2011 at 11:02 PM Rating: Good
Curious about something. I am not very knowledgeable about SSDs but I heard that they can go bad fairly quickly (compared to HDDs) with excessive reading/writing. Is that true? Was kinda the only reason I never considered using one in place of a reliable HDD (I still have a HDD in use in one of my PCs that is from an old 866MHz PC believe it or not, and that's from back when the 866MHz was about the fastest you could get as far as CPUs were concerned...hehe)
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#14 Sep 12 2011 at 11:04 PM Rating: Good
ulquiorracifer wrote:
Thanks for all the speedy advice guys. Looking at 15k rpm hdds right now. Same prices vs ssd really. Witch is faster?

I might have found one when it was on sale. Even a 10k rpm will have a noticeable performance difference over a 7.2K rpm HDD
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#15 Sep 12 2011 at 11:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Gskill sniper 1866mhz 16gb

Make sure this RAM is supported by your motherboard. Look on their website and they should have a list with the model numbers. Otherwise you're taking your chances.
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Curious about something. I am not very knowledgeable about SSDs but I heard that they can go bad fairly quickly (compared to HDDs) with excessive reading/writing. Is that true?

They lock up from time to time. Sometimes they only stay that way for a matter of seconds. Sometimes it requires a reboot. They generally don't last as long as regular HD so I stick to the 7200s, but read/write isn't all that important to me.
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#16 Sep 12 2011 at 11:48 PM Rating: Good
The newer ones, sata 3's, or like mine, has a MTBF of approx 2 million hours versus a platter of 1.5 million hrs. However, you are correct, they are limited in the amount of "writes" that they can perform, but not reads as compared to platter which has unlimited write capability. But most of the research that I have read states most ppl will upgrade b4 failure.

Like everything else, though, backup is your friend.
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#17 Sep 13 2011 at 12:15 AM Rating: Decent
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Doesn't a SSD give you faster initial zone loadtimes only? The whole thing would be loaded RAM right? So it wouldn't actually enhance actual gameplay?
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#18 Sep 13 2011 at 12:19 AM Rating: Good
River75, Tarutaru Murder Suspect wrote:
The newer ones, sata 3's, or like mine, has a MTBF of approx 2 million hours versus a platter of 1.5 million hrs. However, you are correct, they are limited in the amount of "writes" that they can perform, but not reads as compared to platter which has unlimited write capability. But most of the research that I have read states most ppl will upgrade b4 failure.

Like everything else, though, backup is your friend.

Ahhh! Okay. This was some very helpful information. I might actually consider getting a SSD based on this info. Thanks.
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#19 Sep 13 2011 at 12:21 AM Rating: Good
Red, that is what I have read, is an increase in zone times. Actual gameplay has many variables, one of which is the internet connection. I can see a benefit when it comes to loading and the seek time for all the graphical information.

The second problem is that the game, I believe, {please correct me if I am wrong}, that FFXIV is written in 32 bit, which limits the amount of memory that it will access, so, if the load or read times are faster, then in theory, game play should be smoother.
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#20 Sep 13 2011 at 12:26 AM Rating: Good
River75, Tarutaru Murder Suspect wrote:
The second problem is that the game, I believe, {please correct me if I am wrong}, that FFXIV is written in 32 bit, which limits the amount of memory that it will access, so, if the load or read times are faster, then in theory, game play should be smoother.


I remember reading something about that as well, which is why I built this PC with Win7x32 as my OS instead of x64 (since at the time, I was hearing about a lot of problems Win7x64 users were having in regards to playing FFXIV).
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#21 Sep 13 2011 at 12:45 AM Rating: Good
yeah, I hear ya SA. But, the only problem with 32 bit OS is total memory is limited to 3.3gb. In theory, (like my system where I have 12gb) then the os should use other parts of the memory, and the game can still have full access to it's memory potential....great in theory anyways.

I personally have never had a problem with Win 7 64 bit, and FFXIV, but this is not to say that others haven't. The problem is, that these game designers never intended computers to change to multi-core systems. They designed them for faster single cores. In addition, although 64bit is not new, it is a newwer platform to be designing on, and therefore is poorly optimized or utilized.

Now that SSD's are on the market, coders and designers have to develop ways to utilize the read function of these discs to improve game performance.
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I personally have never had a problem with Win 7 64 bit, and FFXIV, but this is not to say that others haven't.


Ugh don't get me started. I don't have any problems with Win 7 64 bit either, but my friend is slowly going insane because of it lol;

He has two computers, one with Win XP and one with Win 7 64 bit. He was running FFXIV on both computers ( two accounts) for a while and it worked fine. Then he start getting dc's 5-10min after logging on both of them.

He eventually got the game to work again on the pc with Win XP, but not on the Win 7 64 bit one. He reinstalled that computer 5-7 times, updates all drivers, tried every trick he could find on forums and nothing... it's been two months now he still keeps dcing after 5-10min on that one computer, but the Win XP oe is working fine.
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#23 Sep 13 2011 at 3:49 AM Rating: Decent
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save a few bucks and get 8GB of ram, there is no need for 16GB Not yet at least. also the WD black edition is overhyped, they claim its faster but as the owner of one i can tell you the speed is very marginal if noticeable at all, you can scrap a few bucks on that as well.

a heads up do not install Windows on an SSD. Windows micro writes about as much as the average human blinks, so unless you want a Dead SSD fast. i suggest using the SSD on Applications you feel absolutely need it and a good old plater based drive for everything else.
#24 Sep 13 2011 at 6:42 AM Rating: Good
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save a few bucks and get 8GB of ram, there is no need for 16GB Not yet at least. also the WD black edition is overhyped, they claim its faster but as the owner of one i can tell you the speed is very marginal if noticeable at all, you can scrap a few bucks on that as well.

a heads up do not install Windows on an SSD. Windows micro writes about as much as the average human blinks, so unless you want a Dead SSD fast. i suggest using the SSD on Applications you feel absolutely need it and a good old plater based drive for everything else.


^^ This is what I have read also. This is why I will use SSD for the games/applications that can use it.
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#25 Sep 13 2011 at 7:29 AM Rating: Good
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I have a small 64 gig C300 Crucial SSD drive and a 500 gig HDD. The SSD drive was the most noticeable improvement to the game after the video card or course. You can install both an SSD and an HDD in the same computer as well. Install windows/games and other programs to the SSD for the speed and save movies/music/art to the HDD for the storage. The biggest difference I noticed in FFXIV with an SSD was login, cutscenes transition, UI speed was dramatically increased. Also other players load way before I am anywhere near them. No more materializing people in town! If you looking for a great deal check newegg.com everyday for their hourly "Shellshocker" deals. Yesterday they were selling OCZ 64 GIG SATA III drives for 50.00 bucks a piece. I will never go back to HDD for my progams as SDD is just that good.
#26 Sep 13 2011 at 8:16 AM Rating: Good
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SSD was the single biggest speed upgrade I have ever made to my machine.

Get like a 60GB, stick your OS and major apps on it. You won't believe it. I've heard people saying not to put windows on it, but I've had windows on mine for about a year, no issues. There could be something to what they are saying though. Major Adobe apps are also on it, as well as the games I play most frequently. To the naysayers, you obviously don't have an SSD :)

Edited, Sep 13th 2011 10:18am by lthompson
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SSD made HUGE improvements over my old 15k raptor drive.
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I run a 128GB Crucial C300 in my rig and I absolutely love it. I will never build another machine without and SSD again. Running windows off of a conventional HDD just seems like I'm living in the past now. BUT... I have not noticed much improvement in FFXIV from running it off of an SSD. Perhaps a bit less lag in highly populated areas when the game is trying to pull a bunch of complicated player textures from the drive.

TL;DR
SSDs are great for improving the general computer usage experience
SSDs don't make a giant impact on FFXIV's performance (In my experience)

Edited, Sep 13th 2011 4:58pm by Degausser
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Nothing in a computer can speed it up as much as SSD drives do, and I will never purchase or build a computer without one again.

That's my take on it, but you'd save about 400$ if you decide not to follow my advice.


This is my thoughts now too. Once I had a taste of the SSD life, I quickly put one in all my computers and my laptop. I couldn't live without it. I go on a 'regular' pc now and wonder what is wrong with it. :P

It really is that much faster (configured correctly of course).
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#30 Sep 14 2011 at 1:14 PM Rating: Good
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StateAlchemist the Eccentric wrote:
Curious about something. I am not very knowledgeable about SSDs but I heard that they can go bad fairly quickly (compared to HDDs) with excessive reading/writing. Is that true? Was kinda the only reason I never considered using one in place of a reliable HDD (I still have a HDD in use in one of my PCs that is from an old 866MHz PC believe it or not, and that's from back when the 866MHz was about the fastest you could get as far as CPUs were concerned...hehe)
The mean fail time on most SSDs from read/write operations I've seen is rated at something like, 100+ years. I've only heard unsubstantiated claims of degrading performance over time, so I'd take that with a grain of salt.

SSDs should be the first "premium" piece of hardware in your computer though. They really are incredibly nice. Cold boot into win 7 in 30 seconds or loading photoshop in <2 seconds adds up. I don't know why they aren't marketed to casual computer users more. They're the ones who typically will complain about "just trying to check my emails but this stupid thing won't load!" and SSDs are finally making significant performance improvements over the old platter design.

It's so **** hard to go back to a computer that doesn't have a SSD in it after getting to experience it for myself. It's not just boot times either, when you're at the desktop after booting, you're done. I have an aunt with an old work laptop that takes about 5 minutes to finish booting after showing the desktop wallpaper. That post-boot lockup is nigh invisible on my SSD laptop. Love it.

Oh, also:

Degausser the Ludicrous wrote:
SSDs don't make a giant impact on FFXIV's performance (In my experience)
This. It's not the magic bullet for FFXIV you might hope it to be, but for everything else they're **** nice.



Edited, Sep 14th 2011 2:19pm by bsphil
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#31 Sep 14 2011 at 1:40 PM Rating: Good
bsphil wrote:
Degausser the Ludicrous wrote:
SSDs don't make a giant impact on FFXIV's performance (In my experience)
This. It's not the magic bullet for FFXIV you might hope it to be, but for everything else they're **** nice.




Edited, Sep 14th 2011 2:19pm by bsphil

my real question to this is. will it affect performance considering i run 50,000 things at once.

Edited, Sep 14th 2011 3:40pm by StateAlchemist
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#32 Sep 14 2011 at 1:50 PM Rating: Decent
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Why not just get two cheaper GFX cards and run them SLi?

I have 3 9800GTX+s I got for about $75/each and they have run everything I've played on High/UltraHigh including this as well as new games like Deus Ex and Witcher 2.
#33 Sep 14 2011 at 2:01 PM Rating: Good
my GTX 460 runs ffxiv just fine. i would like to increase performance as far as loading times on all applications though.
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StateAlchemist of Amestris wrote:
bsphil wrote:
Degausser the Ludicrous wrote:
SSDs don't make a giant impact on FFXIV's performance (In my experience)
This. It's not the magic bullet for FFXIV you might hope it to be, but for everything else they're **** nice.




Edited, Sep 14th 2011 2:19pm by bsphil

my real question to this is. will it affect performance considering i run 50,000 things at once.

Edited, Sep 14th 2011 3:40pm by StateAlchemist


Most definitely. SSD's are a even better investment if you spend a lot of time multitasking. Everything is super fast and snappy.
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Why not just get two cheaper GFX cards and run them SLi?

SLI isn't optimized in FFXIV. I got better performance(albeit higher temps) running on a single GPU.
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#36 Sep 14 2011 at 3:07 PM Rating: Good
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It's so **** hard to go back to a computer that doesn't have a SSD in it after getting to experience it for myself. It's not just boot times either, when you're at the desktop after booting, you're done. I have an aunt with an old work laptop that takes about 5 minutes to finish booting after showing the desktop wallpaper. That post-boot lockup is nigh invisible on my SSD laptop. Love it.

Oh, also:

Degausser the Ludicrous wrote:
SSDs don't make a giant impact on FFXIV's performance (In my experience)
This. It's not the magic bullet for FFXIV you might hope it to be, but for everything else they're **** nice.



Edited, Sep 14th 2011 2:19pm by bsphil


Not to mention, virus scans and program installations. Those fly under SSDs.

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Is anyone using a MB with a Z68 chipset and a SSD/HD (Smart Response Technology) setup? I've heard this can give you the speed increase of an SSD with the safety of a HD.
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#38 Sep 14 2011 at 9:24 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks again everyone, and I think someone wrote it but I hear sli and crossfire isn't the way to go for this game. Does anyone have a 560ti I see the reviews are great but again, for an extra 100-150 bucks, I'd rather have crisp smooth graphics while enjoying the fruits of my labor, then short myself at the finish line and be ****** everytime I log in... so how do 480's and other cards pan out. As for the sad, I think I may just go with a 128, install windows and this game. Sounds like most agree its the way to go. Thanks again for the advice. Build funds should be set to go in two weeks!! Oh one more thing ;D do I have to buy the 189$ version of win7 or can I go OEM. Remember I'm not a computer tech guy, this is my first time to the rodeo....
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OEM usually comes with junk programs, that can all be removed. i would just go with OEM version vs the retail. unless you like shiny boxes and a clean install no BS installed go Retail.

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#41 Sep 15 2011 at 5:42 AM Rating: Good
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OEM usually comes with junk programs, that can all be removed. i would just go with OEM version vs the retail. unless you like shiny boxes and a clean install no BS installed go Retail.



Huh??

OEM does not come with junk program when buying "programs" versus computers. The difference is that OEM can ONLY be used on ONE machine per lifetime of program (MSFT has funny rules with this, and interpertaions vary, and I am no legal expert)[I have had some runins with MSFT over this issue due to upgrading over the years]. In addition, OEM software has NO TECH support, costs less, and has no fancy packaging.

RETAIL may be installed over and over again without the hardware restriction present on OEM software [however does continue to have the same licensing restriction of ONE machine at a time]. In addition, RETAIL can be SOLD and or TRANSFERED if you scrap a computer, (By license, OEM software cannot be transfered to a new machine). Retail also costs more and comes with developer TECH support.


Sorry Felix, just had to clear that up. The only difference is OEM software from DELL, HP, etc, which has all the "junk", but then again, you cannot "legaly" obtain that software without purchasing their product. (Anyone that tells you otherwise is not being truthful to you).
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Oh....well the more you know.

i thought for sure there was more crap on my XP OEM build install, than when i did my...ahem..questionably acquired XP Retail install.
#43 Sep 17 2011 at 7:01 PM Rating: Good
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...ahem..

Need a cough drop? Smiley: smile
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FelixValmont wrote:
...ahem..

Need a cough drop? Smiley: smile


Only if its Cherry flavored.Smiley: grin
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I was thinking about getting an SSD for FFXIV because even though I have a nice system, every time I run to a new area the framerate locks and stutters as the area loads. Is this normal for FFXIV? It drives me nuts and is one reason I'm hesitant to play. No other game I have does this. I was thinking that an SSD would help alleviate the issue but some people here are saying that it doesn't make much of a difference in FFXIV. :(
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#46 Sep 18 2011 at 11:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Is there a performance boost with an external SSD???
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#47 Sep 18 2011 at 11:08 AM Rating: Decent
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TauuOfSiren wrote:
I was thinking about getting an SSD for FFXIV because even though I have a nice system, every time I run to a new area the framerate locks and stutters as the area loads. Is this normal for FFXIV?

This isn't normal, but it isn't a hard drive issue. Getting an SSD will show minimal gains as far as performance in XIV.

levelxplane wrote:
Is there a performance boost with an external SSD???

No.
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#48 Sep 18 2011 at 12:59 PM Rating: Good
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TauuOfSiren wrote:
I was thinking about getting an SSD for FFXIV because even though I have a nice system, every time I run to a new area the framerate locks and stutters as the area loads. Is this normal for FFXIV? It drives me nuts and is one reason I'm hesitant to play. No other game I have does this. I was thinking that an SSD would help alleviate the issue but some people here are saying that it doesn't make much of a difference in FFXIV. :(

I have SSDs in both my laptop and desktop PC, and FF14 is installed on both, and I don't notice any of what you describe.

They are pretty beastly PCs, both bought specifically to run FF14, so my SSD are far from the most expensive components in there, so I can't really tell what is responsible for the stuttering you describe.

You'd be better placed to know, if you hear the HDD loading and saving stuff like crazy during the problem, then there's a chance it's the bottleneck part that slows everything down. (I would personally say it's very likely to be the problem, especially if your HDD isn't a high performance once -- a 5600 or 9200 rpm drive is very passé.)
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#49 Sep 18 2011 at 2:14 PM Rating: Good
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FelixValmont wrote:
save a few bucks and get 8GB of ram, there is no need for 16GB Not yet at least. also the WD black edition is overhyped, they claim its faster but as the owner of one i can tell you the speed is very marginal if noticeable at all, you can scrap a few bucks on that as well.

a heads up do not install Windows on an SSD. Windows micro writes about as much as the average human blinks, so unless you want a Dead SSD fast. i suggest using the SSD on Applications you feel absolutely need it and a good old plater based drive for everything else.


I wouldn't say the WD black edition isnt overhyped. I just upgraded to two of them because one HDD in my raid was going bad. They are both rated at the same speed but my blacks perform noticeably faster. If I had more time to purchase drives and wait for them in the mail I would have picked up two Samsung F3-1TB. They perform almost equally to the black and can be found online for $50 each.

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Is anyone using a MB with a Z68 chipset and a SSD/HD (Smart Response Technology) setup? I've heard this can give you the speed increase of an SSD with the safety of a HD.


I recently just purchased a SSD to try this out. I really thought that the performance would be negligible because my HDD change had already increased the loading time of applications and start up. It actually performs even faster. I dont even see the welcome message from windows because it goes straight past it into my desktop. My most used applications pop up almost instantly after clicking them. While it is not as fast (but close) to the speed of a single SSD it is definitely very nice. I did it so I wouldnt have to move my most used programs around, move my OS over to the SSD, and so I wouldnt have to back up the SSD and my HDD raid when I backed up my computer.

Edit: I wouldnt actually say I have seen a big increase in FFXIV performance having my SSD as a cache. I think I do load slightly faster but that is about all I can say I have noticed.

Edited, Sep 18th 2011 4:15pm by Shadowspell
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#50 Sep 18 2011 at 4:31 PM Rating: Decent
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TauuOfSiren wrote:
I was thinking about getting an SSD for FFXIV because even though I have a nice system, every time I run to a new area the framerate locks and stutters as the area loads. Is this normal for FFXIV? It drives me nuts and is one reason I'm hesitant to play. No other game I have does this. I was thinking that an SSD would help alleviate the issue but some people here are saying that it doesn't make much of a difference in FFXIV. :(



i experience what you describe when PC's load onto the map the game stutters until it load all the PC's. i blame the netcode FFXIV uses for this, whatever the reason. its just not you and i believe its a server sided issue. there is also a slight stutter a couple of nanoseconds long when you zone into a new area, however you would normally have to be a Quality ***** like me to even notice it.
#51 Sep 20 2011 at 2:04 PM Rating: Good
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TauuOfSiren wrote:
I was thinking about getting an SSD for FFXIV because even though I have a nice system, every time I run to a new area the framerate locks and stutters as the area loads. Is this normal for FFXIV? It drives me nuts and is one reason I'm hesitant to play. No other game I have does this. I was thinking that an SSD would help alleviate the issue but some people here are saying that it doesn't make much of a difference in FFXIV. :(
I've heard of people that claimed miraculous improvement after getting a SSD for FFXIV. Personally, it just didn't work out for me. I'd still recommend using a SSD for any system because of the great benefits it gives elsewhere.
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