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Upgrading Graphic Card for FF14

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July 9, 2010 1:25:58 PM

Hello

I plan to upgrade my Nvidia 8800GT 512mb to Radeon HD5770 1gb so I can play Final Fantasy 14. (current benchmark is 1860 on Low)

Should i buy HD5770 now or do you think I should wait til the end of September for a better card at similar price range ($150)? (Is there any news of new card?)

Thank you for your response

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a b U Graphics card
July 9, 2010 1:48:36 PM

I would wait for a couple reasons...

I Alpha tested the game and it required a beefy video card but now the beta requirements have gone a bit lower so it would be wise to wait until full optimization of the game is complete (by the way, the graphics in FFXIV are awesome)

If you wait, it may give you a little more time to save $$$ to get a better card than the 5770.

What are the rest of your PC's specs?
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July 9, 2010 1:57:10 PM

Thank you jonpaul37
Nice to know that they are reducing the requirement.

My current spec is this
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
ATX Intel P35 Express
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512mb
PSU: Evergreen Silent King 550W

My Benchmark on low is
1850 on Single Monitor
1550-1700 on Dual Monitors (normally i always use dual monitor)

I will be getting a new rig around March 2011, so the new graphic card will be just a temporary solution (that why i limit budget to around 150$)

Initially my plan is to change GPU to HD5770 (or something at similar price range), since i want to be able to play FF14 at higher detail without slowdown.

Guess i should wait til it is closer to the release before i decide.
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July 9, 2010 2:09:47 PM

when you get your new rig, what will be the specs of that? Most notably, what video card will you be getting?

As for now, your rig is definitely capable of playing FFXIV, you just won't be able to max it out.

Here are the new minimum system requirements:

OS Windows® XP SP3 *1
Windows Vista® 32-bit / 64-bit SP2 *2
Windows® 7 32-bit / 64-bit *2
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo (2.0 GHz)
AMD Athlon X2 (2.0 GHz)
RAM Windows XP: 1.5 GB
Windows Vista / Windows 7: 2 GB
Hard Disk Space Installing: 15 GB
Downloading: 12 GB on the drive containing the My Documents folder *3
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600 or higher VRAM 512 MB
Radeon™ HD 2900 or higher VRAM 512 MB
Sound DirectSound® compatible (DirectX® 9.0)
Internet Connection Broadband (constant connection)
Monitor Resolution 1280 x 720 or higher; 32-bit
DirectX DirectX 9.0c
Other Mouse, Keyboard, Gamepad *4


I know the Alpha system requirements called for an 8800GT 512 meg or better and the dual cores had to be 2.4GHz or better


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July 9, 2010 2:20:08 PM

Thank you for your reply.

I will be getting my new rig in March 2011 with budget of around 2000-2200$.
Will probably build a powerful gaming rig to replace my current 3 years old computer.

I am not sure what will come out in March 2011, but at the very least it will be
i7-875k
8GB ram
Radeon HD 5870

Should i go for i7-9xx or extreme edition instead of i7-875k with my budget?
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July 9, 2010 2:34:22 PM

well, i7's are decent overclockers so don't worry too much about the extreme editions as they are a waste of $$$ I would say the i7 9xx would be the best choice, most likely the i7 950 as the price will go down from $564 to $295.

If i were you, i would not upgrade from the 8800GT to the 5770 as the upgrade would be nice but you might be better served to save the $$$ and get 2 5870's

Another option is to get a 5850 instead of the 5770, thet way, you can corssfire it with another 5850 or 5870 when you get your new Rig in March.
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July 16, 2010 12:22:54 AM

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July 16, 2010 12:43:30 AM

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