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#1 Oct 02 2011 at 2:18 AM Rating: Decent
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This is basically my rig. Will it be able to run FF14 at at least 1280 x720? I'm willing to spend maybe $100-$200 for any possible upgrades needed. ONLY if its needed and not overdoing it being fancy and what not. I just want smooth cut scenes and gameplay at standard settings.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=120&prodSeriesId=4107315&prodTypeId=12454&objectID=c02035413


Would love your response!

TY in advanced
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#2 Oct 02 2011 at 2:59 AM Rating: Good
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Unfortunately, no. It would also take more than $100-$200 to get that PC to run on at least standard settings. You'd basically have to get an entirely new PC.
#3 Oct 02 2011 at 3:16 AM Rating: Good
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I do believe your current processor would be able to handle the game at that resolution on standard but your graphics would not at all. Unfortunately the power supply in that computer is tiny which means that upgrading to any playable graphics card would require a larger power supply with it.

Edit: looking again it doesn't have a pci express 2.0 slot which most newer graphic cards use.

Edited, Oct 2nd 2011 5:39am by Shadowspell
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#4 Oct 02 2011 at 9:53 AM Rating: Good
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Integrated graphics card is a big no-no.
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#5 Oct 02 2011 at 10:05 AM Rating: Decent
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That's simply not going to cut it. You need to spend a very smart ~$400 minimum on a PC I'd guess to get the performance you're asking. The problem is that prebuilt computers generally aren't built properly for gaming, even prebuilt "gaming PCs".



Edited, Oct 2nd 2011 11:05am by bsphil
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#6 Oct 02 2011 at 1:52 PM Rating: Decent
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Actually yes it has an Integrated Nvida 9800 or something I believe but it doesn't use it as I have an ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Graphic card. (was used to play WoW) My Processor Is completely ok for the game that I know. Plenty of RAM (5 Gigs) and more than enough Processing Power. Changes that I KNOW I need to make are probably a Graphics Card (I'm thinking maybe an ATI Radeon HD 5770 or 58-- and a Power Supply......

Any other suggestions?

#7 Oct 02 2011 at 1:57 PM Rating: Good
It will be playable with a better graphics card and power supply (to support the gpu). Your biggest hinderance is your motherboard, which doesn't have a pci express 2.0 slot. You are going to have a hard time finding a decent vid card that fits.
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#8 Oct 02 2011 at 2:06 PM Rating: Decent
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Here's another major flaw:
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Form factor: microATX


Really hard to get passable hardware into a microATX case/mobo. It's designed to be small and cheap, not powerful.
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#9 Oct 02 2011 at 2:55 PM Rating: Good
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bsphil wrote:
Here's another major flaw:
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Form factor: microATX


Really hard to get passable hardware into a microATX case/mobo. It's designed to be small and cheap, not powerful.


A friend of mine runs Call of Duty: Black Ops on a micro atx PC with everything maxed out at 1080p with a good framerate. So running FFXIV on a micro atx motherboard should definitely be doable. Sure you can't add monster graphic cards that's as long as a flag pole into a micro atx cabinet, but there's definitely graphic cards that uses less power and smaller size too.
#10 Oct 02 2011 at 5:29 PM Rating: Decent
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Hard, not impossible, sure. It can be done but you're really restricted.
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#11 Oct 03 2011 at 4:30 AM Rating: Decent
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Yeah, that PC is pretty much not going to cut it for FFXIV, sorry. You could salvage the case, RAM, hard drive and optical drive but you're pretty much going to have to build a new PC.

For a decent motherboard, CPU, and GPU you're probably looking at spending around $300-$400

EDIT: I forgot you'd also need a new PSU so bump that up by $30-$40

Edited, Oct 3rd 2011 4:32am by Degausser
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#12 Oct 03 2011 at 7:09 AM Rating: Good
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My fiancee started with a similar off-the-shelf HP machine but, her saving grace was that it was already a 3.1 quad-core.
She really wanted to play so I changed out the Power Supply (~$60) and threw in an older 9600GT 1GB I had lying around and now her PC runs FF14 "ok" with standard settings...
(I think the MoBo SLi'd with the gpu oddly enough)

I'm skeptical that you would find the game performance acceptable with an X2 processor and that 4350 gpu.
So at minimum (in my opinion), you'd need a new X4 Processor, Power Supply and Graphics Card. You're looking at $200~350'ish on the low end of things.

After-thought: What's up with 5gb of RAM? Kinda an odd number, no?
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#13 Oct 03 2011 at 10:10 AM Rating: Good
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After-thought: What's up with 5gb of RAM? Kinda an odd number, no?

Definitely. I guess whoever put that thing together for whatever reason didn't want an optimal dual-channel setup.
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#14 Oct 03 2011 at 3:11 PM Rating: Good
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I don't see anything stating the MB doesn't have PCIe 2.0. Release date is Feb. 2010 and it does say PCIe X16, so it could be a 2.0 bus. mATX can preform well, but this is still an HP. >.< You'll definitely need a PSU/GPU upgrade, and get a better CPU when you can. No High Res for you!

Newegg states it has PCIe 2.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883147491


Edited, Oct 3rd 2011 4:50pm by AngusX
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#15 Oct 03 2011 at 9:54 PM Rating: Good
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Install 14 on your pc, and see how it does. You have a pcie card, and an OK processor. If it is marginal in performance, consider a a new GPU and maybe a new power supply.
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#16 Oct 04 2011 at 8:48 AM Rating: Good
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His biggest problem, even if he gets a new video card, will be the CPU. It will be a huge bottle neck
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