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#1 Aug 19 2012 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello all. As 2.0 has gotten closer and closer I've been finding myself wanting more and more to play this game. I understand is supposed to come out for PS3 next year and I suppose I could always just wait for that to happen, but I have played all of my MMOs in the past on PC and would much prefer to do so with XIV as well. I've been hearing that the game has been heavily optimized so that less spectacular computers can run it efficiently and I was hoping somebody might be able to help me understand how much the requirements have changed when compared to what is printed on the game box/manual. Also, if anyone would like to point in me in the direction of some machines (or even a laptop, but only because I currently NEED to purchase a laptop anyways, so if I can fulfill that need and manage to run FFXIV at the same time I'd be willing to spend more) that can run the game in it's current state, I would be appreciative.
#2 Aug 19 2012 at 4:13 PM Rating: Good
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I'm using a Sager 15" laptop with a GTX670M GPU and it runs the current engine on high settings, but I bumped everything down to Standard with the exception of certain AA options which I left a little higher so I get 60FPS evrywhere and not just when there are no people around. The laptop I have right now can be purchased for under $1K from ExoticPC (I think?) with the exception of a few items I added like a BluRay drive and a different screen. Personally if I could have waited I would have for the 675M or 680M to come out since they have about a 30-40% improvement over the 670M but I haven't found a game yet that the laptop won't run at an acceptable level.

Besides I still have my main gaming rig if I want to run stuff at max settings, the laptop was more for a long period of time I just spent without the above said gaming rig due to a move and when I travel for work.
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#3 Aug 19 2012 at 4:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks. That was helpful and I'm going to look into that laptop. I realize the cpu I'm about to link to is probably not great but I saw it in bestbuy yesterday and for under $600 it did catch my eye since I'm both looking for a new laptop anyhow and hoping to possibly play FFXIV on it. If anyone can comment on how efficiently it will run the game, or on how I may boost performance or cut cost by ordering from a location like exoticpc or newegg, I'll appreciate it again. This is what I was looking at:

Edit: also, I can't tell which computer would be a better bet. The above, or the following:

Edited, Aug 19th 2012 6:26pm by RobbStark
#4 Aug 20 2012 at 9:58 AM Rating: Decent
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Performance wise the second computer is better spec wise then the first. I could see you playing on lowest settings ok. The CPU really isn't half that bad but the graphics I think is rated around the 8800 gts series or equiv. When buying a laptop for gaming you should make sure to buy what you need because upgrading is usually not an option like a desktop. Well it's at least a little more difficult. My suggestion is to find something with at least a 650m video card in it or better if you want to enjoy the game. But like a lot of other people have said no one knows how well the 2.0 version will run and it may be less of a hog. Please don't fall into the naming trap other do when buying a laptop, series numbers on mobile platforms do not match up with those in pcs

Edited, Aug 20th 2012 12:01pm by levauron
#5 Aug 20 2012 at 10:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for that. Since looking up those two computers, I noticed this which seems to surpass them both. It's not a 650m but with a 2.6ghz i5 CPU and a 640m GPU I figure it's as close as I'm going to get:
#6 Aug 20 2012 at 12:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Take note that the le after the 640 m drops the clock down 125 MHz so it's actually less then a 635 m in some instances but no that bad.
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