Ok so I'm just having some little issues with Final Fantasy 14, but I'd like to state that I've played for a good two days with only 2 crashes, so the meat of my experience has been playing, not suffering.
My rig (that many of you helped to build) is;
AMD Phenomx4 965
ATI Radeon HD 5850 1gb
4GB DDR3 RAM
I'm also on the highest speed broadband connection.
Now I'm having the following issues with XIV;
-Lines of distorted pixels across the screen (not too noticeable , just enough to be annoying).
-General lag; my character glitches backwards every so often- not unplayable by any means, just strange because my rig is pretty good.
-I've had crashes where "No directX device could be found" is displayed, drivers are all up to date so I have no clue what the issue is. In fact, I couldn't log on at all last night.
Highest on everything
Depth of Field
NO AMBIENT OCCLUSION
Now, my questions to you are;
1. Why am I having issues a), b) and c)?
2. Are these settings reasonable? Can I afford to have more?
3. How good is my rig in general? How long will it be before I should have to upgrade?
Ive seen people buy a second 5850 just so they can play FF14 "better."
It isn't worth it, FF14 is demanding and resource intensive. I'm sure there will be a new driver release in October that might help the issue, although AMD isn't the best with releasing driver'sthat work properly at first.