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#1 Oct 22 2013 at 7:23 PM Rating: Good
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I've been looking and looking for a PC in the ~$500 range for my brother that will also run FFXIV. Unfortunately, the options seem very sparse. Here is the best I found:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-essentio-desktop-6gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/1306374703.p?id=mp1306374703&skuId=1306374703#tab=overview


What do you think? Is there anything better out there? Please give me any advice! Thank you. I'm specifically looking for store-already-made computers.
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#2 Oct 22 2013 at 8:52 PM Rating: Good
If it is store bought, are you or him willing to put in the upgrades later?
It should play the game fine. I'd want more RAM.

Edit: If you are willing to build, you could maybe get something a bit better. Building isn't all that hard.



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#3 Oct 22 2013 at 9:07 PM Rating: Good
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I am willing to build, it's just makes it more complicated doing it that way. This is easier, and I'll give him my old parts as I upgrade my own.

Thanks for confirming it's okay to use - was afraid I may have missed something.
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#4 Oct 22 2013 at 9:19 PM Rating: Good
I don't think there has been a huge graphic change in ARR to v1? So in a way, the game is 3 years old.
The laptop I play on now, I bought 3 years ago for v1 and then never bought the game after learning more about it. I play ARR on custom high setting, and everything is smooth...and I totally need a new gaming laptop/pc :p

But yea, as a "starting point" I wouldn't see why it would not work. Check out this part of ZAM. Could be useful.

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Well, I was basing my question off this. I was aiming for the recommended settings. This set, as far as I can tell, only falls behind with the graphics card. Just wasn't sure if it was TOO far behind.


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#6 Oct 22 2013 at 10:58 PM Rating: Decent
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For $500 you could very well build a better running upgradeable computer. Check out Tiger Direct and Newegg. Both run a lot of Motherboard & CPU, Motherboard & Graphic Card, and Motherboard & Case bundles at affordable prices.
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#7 Oct 22 2013 at 11:23 PM Rating: Good
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He doesn't want to build.

The PC you have listed should run XIV at medium low settings. If you want it to me smooth, you're going to have to scale back your settings a bit from standard is my best guess.
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He doesn't want to build.

The PC you have listed should run XIV at medium low settings. If you want it to me smooth, you're going to have to scale back your settings a bit from standard is my best guess.


I agree.

This should run the game ok at low-medium settings.

The bottleneck is going to be the graphics card. and the problem with that is it seems to have a 350w power supply, so the upgrade options will be limited.

For a budget pre-built, though, it doesn't look too bad.
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the PC is pretty oddly spec'd. It certainly isnt a gaming machine by any means.

I5 3xxx is a generation old so you would be paying for old tech (new CPU based on haswell are the same price)

6GB of RAM is a silly amount to have as the CPU supports dual channel DDR configuration and they have 3x2GB modules ???
to get the best performance you would need to remove 1x 2GB stick or add another to get 8GB. Its running in single channel mode if it ships like that.

The 7470 is woefully underpowered for gaming on decent settings.

doesnt mentioned the PSU so ill assume its cheapo and probaly low wattage with limited connectivity for a better grpahics card.

you can do a whole lot better for a gaming rig than that


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#10Queen EmmanuellaLima, Posted: Oct 23 2013 at 3:37 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) newegg.com and time for you to get a laptop. $300 and can run this game smooth Aspire.
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Queen EmmanuellaLima wrote:
Stilivan wrote:
I've been looking and looking for a PC in the ~$500 range for my brother that will also run FFXIV. Unfortunately, the options seem very sparse. Here is the best I found:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-essentio-desktop-6gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/1306374703.p?id=mp1306374703&skuId=1306374703#tab=overview


What do you think? Is there anything better out there? Please give me any advice! Thank you. I'm specifically looking for store-already-made computers.


newegg.com and time for you to get a laptop. $300 and can run this game smooth Aspire.

Please dont get a Laptop.

At any point in time, a "gaming" laptop is going to give you less performance than a Desktop of the same price. There are some good ones out there, but certainly not in the price range you mentioned. You're just going to end up with a lot of regret if you get one.

A "gaming" laptop that would allow you to run this game smoothly is going to be expensive, a desktop that can push out top of the line specs that beats that is going to cost you 500-600 at most. Not to mention that they're probably big and cumbersome if you're looking for a "decent" portable gaming laptop, which wont be half as portable. Not to mention it's not that good for it to move them around too much.

I know people who have a gaming laptop, here on the forums too, but while they will certainly mention they're good enough machines to play the game on higher settings, they will or will not mention that it probably cost them $1500 or more to do so.

Get a desktop. Dont care which or where, just get a desktop.
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#12 Oct 23 2013 at 6:18 AM Rating: Excellent
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I know people who have a gaming laptop, here on the forums too, but while they will certainly mention they're good enough machines to play the game on higher settings, they will or will not mention that it probably cost them $1500 or more to do so.

Get a desktop. Dont care which or where, just get a desktop.


I have no problem saying what I paid. I paid about 2,500$ 3 years ago. I knew I could have got a beast of a machine if I built a PC, but I wanted this laptop. Now I want to upgrade, and I will probably put a PC together to have a better gaming system and let this laptop be my media center (like my really old PC is at).
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Sandinmygum the Stupendous wrote:
I don't think there has been a huge graphic change in ARR to v1? So in a way, the game is 3 years old.
The laptop I play on now, I bought 3 years ago for v1 and then never bought the game after learning more about it. I play ARR on custom high setting, and everything is smooth...and I totally need a new gaming laptop/pc :p

But yea, as a "starting point" I wouldn't see why it would not work. Check out this part of ZAM. Could be useful.


Actually, there was a huge graphic change.... downward. XIV is running on a different engine. The new engine handles lighting and textures differently. The old engine was capable of better textures and handled light blooms better, but the new engine is much more optimized and can run on lower end PCs relative to what the original game could. I think the loss of high resolution textures was a minor trade off, personally, but it bothered some folks. (Biggest change was art direction. Character models are roughly the same but the environments are 99% different, just echos of what they were in 1.0 really. Much improved.)
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#14 Oct 23 2013 at 7:52 AM Rating: Good
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Keep in mind when buying prebuilt PCs that they can have their own stupid workarounds to cut costs. I bought a prebuilt years ago and when I upgraded the graphics card, the PSU wasn't powerful enough. When I upgraded the PSU I had to throw the PC speakers I got with the PC into the bin as they were plugged directly into the previous PSU from the outside by it's own proprietary plug. Everytime I wanted to upgrade something I had to replace something else.

I would recommend going to stores that builds the computer for you with components you desire.

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Pretty sure Newegg has pre-builts nowadays and the stuff they have there might equal or surpass whatever Best Buy is offering. I'd check Newegg and see what systems they have available.

For example, this system: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229362

is $100 cheaper and has a better PSU and more RAM. OTOH, the graphics card and processor are no better and the hard drive is smaller.

Edited, Oct 23rd 2013 8:09pm by Prandiol
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Id find a used older pc with a lesser processor. Add some cheap ram and spend the bulk of your money on a graphics card and PSU. The most bang for your buck is the graphics card. If you are going to cut corners, it should be everywhere else (although you need enough juice (psu) to supply the graphics card.)
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Id find a used older pc with a lesser processor. Add some cheap ram and spend the bulk of your money on a graphics card and PSU. The most bang for your buck is the graphics card. If you are going to cut corners, it should be everywhere else (although you need enough juice (psu) to supply the graphics card.)


Everyone says this. It's mostly false and started with the FPS crowd.

CPU > Ram > Video card weighted in that order, though there is a balance to consider.

It's easy to upgrade a video card, upgrading a CPU usually means a new motherboard, possibly new ram, complete rebuild.

Get a video card that is "good enough" and spend what you can on a good MB & CPU combo. You can upgrade the GPU later when you have a few more dollars to spend. If you end up bottle-necking at your CPU it's not an easy fix.

Honestly though if you need to go that cheap it might be worth just buying a PS3.
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Yodabunny wrote:
Mithsavvy wrote:
Id find a used older pc with a lesser processor. Add some cheap ram and spend the bulk of your money on a graphics card and PSU. The most bang for your buck is the graphics card. If you are going to cut corners, it should be everywhere else (although you need enough juice (psu) to supply the graphics card.)


Everyone says this. It's mostly false and started with the FPS crowd.

CPU > Ram > Video card weighted in that order, though there is a balance to consider.

It's easy to upgrade a video card, upgrading a CPU usually means a new motherboard, possibly new ram, complete rebuild.

Get a video card that is "good enough" and spend what you can on a good MB & CPU combo. You can upgrade the GPU later when you have a few more dollars to spend. If you end up bottle-necking at your CPU it's not an easy fix.

Honestly though if you need to go that cheap it might be worth just buying a PS3.


Especially for XVI. It's very CPU intensive. An old board and CPU is not likely to cut it. On my old PC, a substantial video card upgrade made absolutely zero difference because the bottleneck is the CPU.

On a side note, I find it interesting that this thread isn't filled with links to good 500$ computers, given how fast people usually are to point out that planning to play on PS3/PS4 isn't a good idea because you could get a decent PC for that price.

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Especially for XVI. It's very CPU intensive. An old board and CPU is not likely to cut it. On my old PC, a substantial video card upgrade made absolutely zero difference because the bottleneck is the CPU.


I can attest to this.

I updated my PC's GPU from an HD6850 to an HD7950, and put the old card in my HTPC for some couch gaming.

With an overclocked i5 4670k, I was able to run the HD6850 at medium to high settings with a minimum of 45 FPS almost everywhere. The HTPC has a Core2Duo E7200 @ 2.53 GHz, and barely gets above 30FPS in the best case scenario (with the load on the 6850 hovering around 50%).

This game does require a fairly modern processor.


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On a side note, I find it interesting that this thread isn't filled with links to good 500$ computers, given how fast people usually are to point out that planning to play on PS3/PS4 isn't a good idea because you could get a decent PC for that price.


I think the real problem is that there really aren't many decent gaming PCs for sale at the $500 price point. In that range, most are suited for basic tasks e.g. web browsing, word processing, youtube, facebook.

The addition of a decent graphics card (and the upgrade to the power supply that it necessitates), bumps the price into a higher bracket.

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i7 3.82 with 16 mg DDR3 and an evga gtx 670 for my home play with 850 PSU.

This was a dream rig that I finally put together a little while back and I will never look back as it was well worth the price.
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Id find a used older pc with a lesser processor. Add some cheap ram and spend the bulk of your money on a graphics card and PSU. The most bang for your buck is the graphics card. If you are going to cut corners, it should be everywhere else (although you need enough juice (psu) to supply the graphics card.)


Everyone says this. It's mostly false and started with the FPS crowd.

CPU > Ram > Video card weighted in that order, though there is a balance to consider.

It's easy to upgrade a video card, upgrading a CPU usually means a new motherboard, possibly new ram, complete rebuild.

Get a video card that is "good enough" and spend what you can on a good MB & CPU combo. You can upgrade the GPU later when you have a few more dollars to spend. If you end up bottle-necking at your CPU it's not an easy fix.

Honestly though if you need to go that cheap it might be worth just buying a PS3.


You are arguing for the sake of arguing. There have been tests done by Toms and Anandtech on upgrading old machines on value. The best performance by a large factor was an upgrade to the video card. Obviously, these discussions are based on "all other things being equal". Someone trys to throw in an example using a Core2Duo. Well of course it wont produce good results. I'm surprised the game even loaded at all.

My point was that instead of making sure you are running a high end i7, shift your money more towards the graphics adapter and settle for a bit lesser of a processor. The game may be "processor intensive" but it is also "gpu intensive". The cpu is asked to do a lot more when your grpahics adapter is crap.

So yea, I'm not talkin about adding a $500 graphics card to a commodore 64. I was merely pointing out that the focus should by on the graphics adapter at the expense of the other components if forced to cut somewhere.

And the only FPS I have ever played, literally, was Call of Duty 2 on xbox 360.


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Yeah, the motherboard and processor I upgraded to last month cost over $500 by themselves. Decent gaming rigs don't come cheap.

I personally prefer getting a kit from NewEgg rather than a fully assembled PC. I get individual warranties on the components, and they give a kit discount.

So something like this and add on a video card like this, and you've got a much better rig than anything a store would sell you for a comparable price. (Any beefier a card and you'd need another PSU, though.)

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You are arguing for the sake of arguing. There have been tests done by Toms and Anandtech on upgrading old machines on value. The best performance by a large factor was an upgrade to the video card. Obviously, these discussions are based on "all other things being equal". Someone trys to throw in an example using a Core2Duo. Well of course it wont produce good results. I'm surprised the game even loaded at all.

My point was that instead of making sure you are running a high end i7, shift your money more towards the graphics adapter and settle for a bit lesser of a processor. The game may be "processor intensive" but it is also "gpu intensive". The cpu is asked to do a lot more when your grpahics adapter is crap.

So yea, I'm not talkin about adding a $500 graphics card to a commodore 64. I was merely pointing out that the focus should by on the graphics adapter at the expense of the other components if forced to cut somewhere.

And the only FPS I have ever played, literally, was Call of Duty 2 on xbox 360.


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Id find a used older pc with a lesser processor.


That could refer to a huge range of CPUs, including a Core2Duo (which a ton of people are still using).

I'd argue that for MMOs, the CPU is just as important as the video card. One can always scale down the graphics quality, the same can't be said for the load the game puts on the CPU. The OC'ed 4670k I referenced only gets 30-35 FPS in heavily populated areas, and that's near top of the line for CPUs. There is nothing I can do about that bottleneck.

Also, you have to take in to account how much easier it is to upgrade the video card later as opposed to the CPU (and quite possibly motherboard).

Bottom line, my advice is: for single player games focus on GPU. For multiplayer games/MMOs you should worry about both CPU and GPU.

Really, as they say "sh*t is situational". A lot depends on which games you'll be playing as well as the resolution you run at.

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The cpu is asked to do a lot more when your grpahics adapter is crap.


This doesn't make any sense. If the GPU is the bottleneck the CPU will be doing less work. In fact this is exactly how I check to see which component is holding me back. If the task manager shows 60% CPU usage and I'm only getting 30 FPS, it's likely the video card that is the bottleneck (you can check this by looking at the GPU usage. It will likely be at 100%).


@Catwho: That build is similar to what I would recommend as well (for someone who doesn't want to spec/build the thing from scratch).

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Mithsavvy wrote:
You are arguing for the sake of arguing. There have been tests done by Toms and Anandtech on upgrading old machines on value. The best performance by a large factor was an upgrade to the video card. Obviously, these discussions are based on "all other things being equal". Someone trys to throw in an example using a Core2Duo. Well of course it wont produce good results. I'm surprised the game even loaded at all.


I've been building PCs for a very long time, I'm not arguing at all I'm suggesting something that works on a tight budget. He's not upgrading an old machine, he's buying a new one. On a $500 budget with a mid/low range video card he's already sacrificing on the CPU, CPU is the bottleneck at that price point.

On older hardware a video card is better bang for your buck because the alternative is swapping out a CPU/MB and likely Ram. If you have to buy those things anyway that is no longer the case.

There's a balancing act but at low budgets performance is mostly about the CPU not the Video card. He's not building/buying a gaming rig, he's building a budget PC that will run a game.
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Also keep in mind that this year's mid range video card was the top end video card of two or three years ago. Video card upgrades move faster, much faster than CPU upgrades do (Moore's law not withstanding) because the cost associated with the latest and greatest plummets on a regular basis, pretty much halving each year. (For example, the video card my husband snagged me for $140 last Christmas has dropped as low as $85 in the last month. I guarantee it'll drop down to $70 or so by Black Friday.)

For a big up front investment of a new rig, it's better to get a higher end CPU and motherboard and a cheaper mid range video card. Then in a year or two, you can invest in big video card upgrade and get a much better ROI.

Since I've been dealing with this crap for the last few weeks as I study for my CAPM, let's get more technical. The net present value of a video card is always negative, because it'll cost you less in the future than it'd cost you today. The net present value of a current gen CPU and motherboard combo is negative over the long term (all hardware depreciates), but it's neutral for a year or so - unlike the GPUs which will plummet in half in a year.

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CPU > Ram > Video card weighted in that order, though there is a balance to consider.


RAM is unimportant beyond just having enough. Almost any PC you buy nowadays comes with 4GB which is ample. Beyond that, there is no discernible difference unless you happen to be running RAM intensive programs alongside XIV.

The correct hierarchy has always been the same even since the days of 1.0

CPU(OC) = PSU(mostly based on protecting your investment) >= GPU > everything else

RAM falls off the list entirely once you have enough of it. The importance of GPU relies slightly on CPU just due to how one can bottleneck the other.

Intel Sandy Bridge was introduced almost 4 years ago. Out of the box, a 2500-k is still a better processor than the 3350 he'd get in the PC he listed. He could get a new barebones 2500k system and have almost twice as much money left over as what the 7470 costs. As if that wasn't enough to reconsider, the 2500-k is unlocked allowing overclock to get even more performance from CPU intensive games; not to mention that the overclock will lessen any bottleneck that might exist.

'Bang for your buck' assumes that you can actually stress a GPU to it's potential. Unless you have an unlocked CPU, you're not going to be able to do that with any GPU released recently(read: anything viable for running this game at moderate settings).

What Mithsavvy says is true, but assumes that the user is willing and able to make the necessary adjustments. It isn't wrong in this instance, but it doesn't really apply since the OP states they want something ready-made. To me that just implies that they don't want to go any further than plugging it in and installing the game.

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PS4 still looking to be the best option unless the utility of having a PC is a necessary.
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I was referring to "enough" ram not "good" ram, should have been clearer on that.

I doubt the OP will be overclocking and you won't be finding a 2500k system ready made these days. If you can and they are significantly cheaper from a company you can trust go for it for sure, they're good CPUs.

Going cheaper on the processor for him in any meaningful way means dropping to an i3 and you won't want to be running FFXIV on an i3. His budget screams i5 and budget GPU, if he drops to a lower CPU the GPU isn't going to matter.
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I am willing to build, it's just makes it more complicated doing it that way. This is easier, and I'll give him my old parts as I upgrade my own.

Thanks for confirming it's okay to use - was afraid I may have missed something.

With prebought, you'd have less hassle in that if the rig dies in the 1st year, BB would service it. You're paying overhead for that though, so not as much value in the parts. It is definitely the easier route.

I built my current rig for $800 ish, 2 years ago. It's enough to play maxed out, but in choosing the parts I did (budget, high performance:cost ratio), I limited myself on the upgrade path. While you can build a high end gaming rig that is more upgradeable, you also pay for that potential. With the mobo choice I went with, I'm limited to 1 graphic card (so no SLI/xfire etc without replacing the mobo), can't overclock (not unlocked), and limited hdd sockets. That said, if you're planning a budget rig, you probably wouldn't be considering anything above that, so it's a good deal in the sense that you're not paying extra for unnecessary potential. you can also cut out costs like the OS which is factored into store-bought. Can pick up a case on CL or kijiji or whatever bbs, at reduced cost as well.

That said, the mirror match to the pc I built, taking parts which have replaced it at a similar performance:price point, while stronger, is still >$500.

corsair tx650 $70
various budget mobo (no upgrade potential - asrock/msi) $50-$55
gskill 4x2 $75-$93
gtx 660 $190-210
haswell cpu $190-200 (same range as the old i5s)
wd black hdd $60-76 (320-500gb)
case $20 (2nd hand) - $50 (new)

Still looking at around $650. Could probably scale back the gpu a bit, but the 660's at a pretty solid p:p point. Black Friday may well ease this a little.
I'm running on an i5-2500, but I didn't see any listed on newegg in the cursory glance I took.
Others would have probably better suggestions. This is just to give you an idea of power achievable vs price.

My worry about that prebought is where they're likely skimming: the psu. I don't think you'd be able to upgrade from a 7450 (which is decent at best) with whatever generic low-wattage psu they're probably shipping with that.

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PS4 still looking to be the best option unless the utility of having a PC is a necessary.

I'd agree with this, if the purpose is solely to play 14, but wouldn't carry forwards as well as a PC would if/when he loses interest in 14.
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I was referring to "enough" ram not "good" ram, should have been clearer on that.

I doubt the OP will be overclocking and you won't be finding a 2500k system ready made these days. If you can and they are significantly cheaper from a company you can trust go for it for sure, they're good CPUs.

Going cheaper on the processor for him in any meaningful way means dropping to an i3 and you won't want to be running FFXIV on an i3. His budget screams i5 and budget GPU, if he drops to a lower CPU the GPU isn't going to matter.


I wasn't talking about good RAM vs bad RAM either. RAM is on the level of other components like HDD because you only need enough of it.

Also, you should do your research. There were at least 20(probably many more, but I only checked the first page) new barebones PCs on ebay using the 2500-k for $350-$370.It's cheaper, it's a better processor and it's one of the easier air overclocks out there. Even if the OP doesn't want to overclock(which is easy enough to do with bios or even downloaded software), they've got higher base clocks and at least the ability to OC if they want to down the road. Not airtight futureproof, but at least a little room to grow should the need arise.

It's a better processor at least as far as XIV is concerned, and it's cheaper. Why shouldn't that be considered even a viable option? It's pretty clear that it's better in my own opinion.
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I have a question maybe someone can help with?

I've bought a new CPU and MB today which I will install (huzzah! no more capped frame rates). My W8 was the dlc upgrade from W7 I bought from the Microsoft website so I don't have a disc. I've never upgraded before without doing a complete fresh OS install, can I just install the new MB and CPU and then reboot? Presumably W8 will auto-load the new drivers required and I can then use the system reset to force a fresh install?
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#31 Oct 25 2013 at 2:43 AM Rating: Decent
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Maybe.

In theory you should be able to plug them in and play. Windows should upgrade or install any new drivers you need, but you may have to adjust BIOS settings if you did anything like RAID setup for HDD. Otherwise it should just be a matter of switching them out.
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That's what I'm hoping, I've no fancy RAID setup, I just bought some SSDs and use my HDDs for movies, music and such, I'll only turn the counter up on the CPU from 3.6 → 4 which should be pretty safe with the hydro cooler I have.
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#33 Oct 25 2013 at 5:03 AM Rating: Good
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I have a question maybe someone can help with?

I've bought a new CPU and MB today which I will install (huzzah! no more capped frame rates). My W8 was the dlc upgrade from W7 I bought from the Microsoft website so I don't have a disc. I've never upgraded before without doing a complete fresh OS install, can I just install the new MB and CPU and then reboot? Presumably W8 will auto-load the new drivers required and I can then use the system reset to force a fresh install?


I tried to recently, followed most suggestions out there, it just wouldn't boot. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn't. Just be ready to do a full OS install.
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Montsegurnephcreep wrote:
SolomonGrundy wrote:
I have a question maybe someone can help with?

I've bought a new CPU and MB today which I will install (huzzah! no more capped frame rates). My W8 was the dlc upgrade from W7 I bought from the Microsoft website so I don't have a disc. I've never upgraded before without doing a complete fresh OS install, can I just install the new MB and CPU and then reboot? Presumably W8 will auto-load the new drivers required and I can then use the system reset to force a fresh install?


I tried to recently, followed most suggestions out there, it just wouldn't boot. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn't. Just be ready to do a full OS install.



Hmm, that's kind of the problem, I don't have a disc to do a full install as I bought it digitally, and I guess making a backup is pointless as I'll be installing the same config.

Reading up on it, there seems to be no problem with W8, I should just uninstall as many drivers as I can before making the switch.

Edited, Oct 25th 2013 7:17am by SolomonGrundy
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#35 Oct 25 2013 at 5:29 AM Rating: Good
No way to download it on to a USB stick?
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Montsegurnephcreep wrote:
No way to download it on to a USB stick?


It would still be an image though, wouldn't it? I'm not 100% sure on this - and what capacity USD stick would be needed?
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I had no issues when I installed my new CPU and motherboard. Windows 8 was all like "Oh, I've been upgraded? Okay" and that was that. It did make me call Microsoft to verify I hadn't done a fresh install on a new system, though.

That was annoying.
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I want to recommend toms hardware forums. I dream up computer builds more than I end up buying them and find they answer quickly and always know the best bang for the buck. I used to check on a couple forums, Hard and Xotic pc (I heart their laptops) but I found toms to have the best community for this sort of question. Toms also does a seasonally budget build. They don't test FF but you'll get to see benchmarks on a comparable $600 build.

When you settle on something please link us too it. I'm thinking about picking up a budget store bought myself. I have a ps4 pre-ordered but the game I wanted, Watch Dogs, was delayed till next year. It looks like they are going for about 600 on ebay so I could turn it into a budget gaming machine and pick up the ps4 next year.

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I remember when Tom's Hardware Forum was on Delphi forums before those got shuttered a decade ago. Smiley: laugh
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...If you can and they are significantly cheaper from a company you can trust go for it for sure, they're good CPUs...


Also, you should do your research. There were at least 20(probably many more, but I only checked the first page) new barebones PCs on ebay using the 2500-k for $350-$370.It's cheaper, it's a better processor and it's one of the easier air overclocks out there...Why shouldn't that be considered even a viable option?...


I did my research. I personally don't trust ebay for PC purchases but I've already stated the 2500k is a good processor. Not sure what you're trying to argue against here.

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My roommate plays on a 200$ computer I got from Fry's with a 100$ graphics card stuck into it. The game plays fine but the processor has a hard time keeping up in crowded areas.
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I did my research. I personally don't trust ebay for PC purchases but I've already stated the 2500k is a good processor. Not sure what you're trying to argue against here.


Well you said "you won't be finding a 2500k system ready made these days" and it turns out that wasn't true. I'm not really trying to argue, just pointing out that the OP has better options that are not only cheaper, but will perform better and allow for expansion in the future.
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#43 Oct 26 2013 at 7:16 AM Rating: Good
I've made the recommendation before, but hardforum, anandtech and hardware canucks (for us Canadians) have buy/sell/trade sections. There's great deals to be had here, but it always comes at a risk since you're relying on people's honesty. I've made most of my recent purchases from these sites and have had good luck.

Last upgrade I did was 3570k + UD5H motherboard for almost 260$ in savings from new (I know it's used, but the stuff was in great condition). A lot of these sellers just buy it, bench it, sell it as a hobby. Usually great deals on new video cards for that reason alone. Some of the 3570's and similar chips are at a good rate right now cause of people wanting to move to Haswell. These I5-I7, regardless of generation can mostly handle any new single GPU out there. If you're planning on SLI/crossfiring then you might have to consider something new. That being said, if you're on a budget, I doubt you'll ever be headed in that direction.
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