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Help me make a gaming rig (Final Fantasy XIV)

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May 28, 2013 5:06:58 AM

Hello, I plan on getting back into PC Gaming seeing as next gen consoles just doesn't seem worth it. For now I just want to know what I would need and how much it would cost to play FFXIV on max. These are what they recommend:

FXIV: ARR Recommended System Requirements

For the best performance you should aim to run the game on a system with at least these specifications.
Operating System: Windows® 7 64 bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5
Graphics: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 660 or higher, AMD Radeon™ HD 7950 or higher
Memory: 4GB of RAM.
Disk Space: 20GB.

I don't plan on buying a rig for a couple months, but for now I would like to have an idea of how much I would have to spend to at least run this game on max settings.

Thanks to everyone that helps me out, I've never built a computer before so please be gentle. :) 
a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2013 5:10:41 AM

With or without accessories (win7, monitor, keyboard, etc)?
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May 28, 2013 5:15:36 AM

Don't know what it takes to max that game, but you should be able to get something that exceeds that a little bit for 1k which is usually where the bang for the buck is in my opinion. Offhand that probably be around a i5 3570k and something along the lines of a gtx 670 which is around 5% slower than a gtx 680, 8gb ram, and a few other goodies thrown in usually with an intent on overclocking. Though price can be brought down if there is no overclocking intent. I just reccomended a build for something which was a i5 3570 (non "K", locked multiplier, aka non overclocking version) for someone which was designed for a non overclocking build that was around 820 canadian, which from the prices were pretty similar to USD but it used a radeon 7950 which is about $50-70 cheaper than the gtx 670 off hand and a micro atx mobo and micro atx case which saved another $20-40.
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May 28, 2013 5:15:54 AM

Ah, sorry I forgot about that part. Without accessories, I already have a monitor, wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse and Win7.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2013 5:24:06 AM

If I were buying today, this is what I'd consider (obviously this will change in a few weeks):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($61.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1006.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-28 08:23 EDT-0400)
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May 28, 2013 7:00:14 AM

So I will be spending around $900-$1000 on a PC that should be able to play FFXIV on max. Will this PC also be able to run next gen games better than the next gen consoles? FFXIV is the game I plan to play the most but I will also play other games.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2013 8:11:24 AM

Next gen consoles will be using a modified Integrated GPU and since your going with a Dedicated GPU, you will be FAR ahead of any console coming out.
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May 28, 2013 9:30:08 AM

Ok thank you very much for the PC build and for taking the time to answer my questions. I now have a good idea of how much I will need to spend. I expect there to be better choices by the end of summer, but for now this is good. I'll most likely ask a similar question in a month or two but when I do I will use the build you provided and ask if anything more efficent has been released.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2013 4:59:42 PM

Come back when your going to buy within a week or so, because options and prices change daily, so if you ask too far ahead things will change.
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