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Gaming Build - FFXIV @ Max Settings

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August 13, 2010 6:15:32 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 6 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $500 - $2,000


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse, game controller, OS



PARTS PREFERENCES: quality w/ warranty




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking at building a new PC that will run FFXIV at max settings. I have a build in mind, but I wanted some opinions/advice on the parts I have selected before I actually order anything. I prefer Intel/Nvidia but could be swayed to use whatever is suggested if there is a considerable price difference, and I decide to take a more conservative route. Of course, quality parts with good warranties preferred. Possible build I had in mind:


Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 &
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Combo:


EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
ZOTAC AMP! ZT-40102-10P GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU & Case

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case Combo:


CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9


Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD/DVD Burner

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM

Everything listed, plus OS, keyboard, mouse, and game controller come in at right around $2,000-$2,100

(1) My #1 preference is that the build will run FFXIV at max settings.
(2) Everything needs to be powerful enough and compatible to run on 42" Sony Bravia HDTV through HDMI cable (i.e. hdmi output on gpu)
(3) Is the build I have listed compatible, sufficient, or is it incompatible, overkill?

I realize that what I have listed as my possible build may very well be overkill or bad selection of parts. Looking for a few ideas on the cheapest possible build with the best quality parts that will for sure run FFXIV @ max settings. I have read somewhere FFXIV is comparable to Crysis in terms of graphics intensiveness, if that helps to use as comparison since the game isn't actually out yet. Comments, opinions, advice, possible build alternatives appreciated.
August 13, 2010 6:39:23 AM

^ Well IMO if you want a powerful gaming build and also for it to come at a decent price, then IMO i5 760 would be a good option...
And also as for the graphics card, GTX 480 ? Rather get the GTX 470 - Is not much slower than the GTX 480, but is ~$200 cheaper...

But if you want more CPU power -
i7 8xx

Mobo + RAM
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0+ Corsair 4GB DDR3

Lian-Li K62 + XFX 750W

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB

With the above changes, am sure the price of the build would come down considerably and also I dont think there would be a significant performance hit and anyways you can add 1 more GTX 470 later on...
August 13, 2010 9:43:54 AM

No respectable reviewer has stated higher end Fermis a better buy than HD 5850/HD 5870 due to high power consumption, heat at load, noise at load, etc and IIRC FFXIV favours red camp with HD 5850 looking a great buy

Since u stated $500-2000 something closer to the lowest end of that range @ $682AR (tower only) :p 
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August 13, 2010 9:59:49 AM

batchuka's build looks excellent, but since you have the budget to cover it I'd put in a 955 amd a decent cooler to get some OCing going on.

I'd also say to go for a 750w corsair PSU, so that you have plenty of headroom to add a second 5850 down the line as a cheaper upgrade option.
August 13, 2010 12:41:49 PM

Nightrider, i actually like your build with the exception of two items...

1. Change the GTX 480 to 2 x GTX 460 (the 1GB models) and SLI them for better performance/overclocking/heat output/energy consumption.

1. Ditch that CoolerMaster PSU and get a Corsair TX850 or TX 750, MUCH better PSU and will last you longer than the cooler master...