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July 28, 2010 7:48:21 AM

How would you rate this?
1GB Radeon HD 5770 GDDR5
AMD Athlon II X3 440
AMD 870 Mobo
2x2gb DDR3 1600 memory
Antec 520w psu
Windows 7 64bit

I have hard drive and optical drives

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July 28, 2010 7:55:28 AM

seems like a solid build. where you after some specific tips?

nothing about that i would change assuming a fixed budget.
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July 28, 2010 7:56:12 AM

The screen resolution and your intended games will dictate whether it's a good build or not.
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July 28, 2010 8:08:13 AM

I will run it on a 42" plasma 720p, and hopefully a 1080p monitor. I will mostly be playing FF XIV
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July 28, 2010 8:17:21 AM

you may have to lower FF XIV's settings, especially at 1080p.

from what i can gather, its a very demanding game. though most of the complaints i've seen come from the Beta benchmarking tool, i would still expect the game to be quite demanding at launch. unless they make some massive optimizations before then.

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July 28, 2010 8:22:37 AM

What would I need to upgrade in order to play on high. Really all I am going for is 1280x720 on high settings
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July 28, 2010 8:23:03 AM

Also: how much are u paying for all this?
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July 28, 2010 8:30:56 AM

I hear you need a decent quad to get good frames. though thats from the Beta and i have no idea how much optimization it will see before release.

generally a 5850 and a Phenom II 955 have been getting recommended for FF XIV. I think that a 5770 would be fine for you though, especially if you are fine playing at 1280, btu i think the athlon may struggle a little.
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July 28, 2010 8:33:04 AM

Nah peeps have been reporting doing fine real game (outside benchmark scores) with a half decent GPU and dual core
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July 28, 2010 8:33:51 AM

I heard you can unlock a 4th core on the athlon, and the HD 5770 is OC at 900mhz... Does that change things?
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July 28, 2010 8:39:36 AM

Unlocking should not be seen as a given but a bonus really and as said earlier 1280 x 720 is a bit of a cherry picker of a resolution so can get by @ all stock speeds
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July 28, 2010 8:43:13 AM

I will look into better things as the time gets closer to release date
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July 28, 2010 9:24:14 AM

Your card is fine for your resolution, though if you upgrade to 1920 x 1080 it will struggle. If you do seriously see yourself going for a higher resolution soon and feel the 5850 is too expensive, then at least get the GTX460, Overclocked it will handle games well at 1920 x 1080.

The x3 440 is a great budget gaming CPU
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July 28, 2010 9:53:50 AM

I'll admit I'm a complete ATI fanboy, but that Fermi 460 is SUCH A BEAST. It's now my go to GPU recommendation. Especially after seeing the SLI scaling, GOOD LORD.
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July 28, 2010 9:56:48 AM

I've always been indifferent to either, until Nvidia released Fermi and I went strongly to the ATI side, but the GTX 460 is a nice card. For single card solutions I still say the 5850 as I consider this the weakest you want for 1920 x 1080, but the GTX460 is at least a decent cheaper alternative that can handle some games at HD resolution and overclocked can handle plenty
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July 28, 2010 10:01:52 AM

cmcghee358 said:
I'll admit I'm a complete ATI fanboy, but that Fermi 460 is SUCH A BEAST. It's now my go to GPU recommendation. Especially after seeing the SLI scaling, GOOD LORD.


while im Not a fanboy, i certainly had lost any interest in Nvidia this gen. and pretty much always recommended a 5 series card. but now just about every build i see im suggesting either one or two 460s. its a brilliant card, and it deserves the credit.

while i still love the 5 series cards, Nv have done the impossible and made pretty much a whole line of high end cards obsolete with a single release. Kudos to them.
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July 28, 2010 10:05:23 AM

As an AMD user the only thing that frustrates me is the AMD motherboard restriction for SLI, unless of course it has an nVidia chipset. Makes me jealous of Intel motherboards that are universal with dual video cards.
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July 28, 2010 8:57:47 PM

Gotta say, that new 460 may move me over to an intel build. Would be my first Intel rig in 10 years.
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