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#1 Mar 10 2012 at 9:06 PM Rating: Decent
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So, I just finished the FFXIV Benchmark a bit ago, and got a pretty low score. In conclusion of the score, I would like to look into purchasing a new graphics card. My question is: What graphics cards run FFXIV well? I researched a little bit and all of the threads or websites are outdated by a couple years. I'm looking for more up-to-date and accurate insight of where to go from here. Here are the results of my benchmark below.

Score: 248
Load Time: 39221 ms

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
#2 Mar 10 2012 at 9:59 PM Rating: Good
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Your GPU is definitely a bottleneck - is that an integrated GPU or is this a laptop?

Assuming this is a desktop and has an open PCI Express slot, really any $100+ graphics card is going to be 100x better than what you have now.

However, I looked up your CPU on this chart:

It scored a 1525.

By comparison, a modern AMD Phenom 1100T scores a 6203. So even if you spring for a super card, your CPU is definitely going to hold you back.

Even something like this would give you a vast vast improvement:

In fact unless you're upgrading the rest of your system, its probably not worth it to spend any more than that on a new GPU. In the end you're going to probably want to upgrade your entire system to run FFXIV adequately.
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#3 Mar 10 2012 at 10:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank you for the great information. Yes, this is a desktop. I'm fairly inept when it comes to computer hardware. I am reading a lot about how FFXIV hardware requirements are a bit intensive, which intimidates me from even buying this game. I really don't have much to spend, maybe $250 max. It would seem I would have to upgrade more than just the graphics card to run the game smoothly.

EDIT: I was just curious if I could possibly just upgrade the CPU and GPU for a good price and that would be a sufficient upgrade to run FFXIV adequately. I do have enough RAM I believe (6GB). Like I said before I am a little intimidated by the amount I would have to spend on upgrades just to play this game, but do I really have to upgrade my whole computer?

I looked at the PassMark website, and found these.

Edited, Mar 11th 2012 5:33pm by Ariken

Edited, Mar 11th 2012 8:07pm by Ariken
#4 Mar 12 2012 at 8:03 AM Rating: Decent
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i'd a zotac 9800gt that exploded just 2 days before i bought ffxiv... then i decided to go on a low price GC.

my pc is a 1.6 dual athlon with 2gb of ram... (a bit ******^^) and i got a sapphire 6670HD at 50Euro

benchmark was 1890.... consider that i play at full screen with 1240resolution with no problems.. just time by time it jumps but doesnt affect gaming.

tomorrow i will install 4 more gb's on the MB and i will see if there is difference..

IMHO just be careful to stay too much on lower entry (about 1600 in the benchmark).. I remember when i played ffxi.. in the first year my pc had a good performance.. update by update my pc become slow and i had to upgrade it. So then.. if now you can play, maybe with 2.0 it become more slow...

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#5 Mar 12 2012 at 1:05 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm just kind of hoping I can get by with a mid range CPU and GPU and be able to run FFXIV without lag. I don't expect to have 60+ fps on ultimate settings. I'm fine with low settings, just as long as the game isn't a slideshow as the benchmark revealed to me.
#6 Mar 12 2012 at 2:47 PM Rating: Decent
Wait for 2.0, after then less powerful PC's will be able to handle FFXIV, nobody knows what spec they will need to be yet however. Soon-ish after 2.0 the PS3 version will be availible, so thats another option. Spending $250 on upgrading your PC is probably not going to be much use, sounds like you need a new rig, so if you are a bit short on cash right now wait til 2.0.
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#7 Mar 12 2012 at 3:10 PM Rating: Decent
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That is a viable option and more preferred now that you bring it up. I prefer to use a controller rather than keyboard in mouse (I acknowledge you can use a gamepad on pc also). It would also be a cheaper alternative to just purchase a new ps3 where it's a guaranteed that it will run fairly smoothly.

Edit: I've been doing some research and I've found some pretty cheap options just to get started with FFXIV and run smoothly. I don't think I will need to be spending insane amounts anytime soon.

Edited, Mar 12th 2012 11:09pm by Ariken
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