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Affordable ways to play Final Fantasy XIV on my computer

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September 27, 2010 4:03:40 AM

Hi,
I was wondering what would be a good graphics card on a pc that has only a 300W power supply but am willing to upgrade?

Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3

System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion

System Model: RC647AA-ABA m7680n

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU, ~2.13GHz

Memory: 3582MB RAM

Card Name: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE

I am open to any good solution and I really would like to play this game without having to buy a new computer

Thanks
September 27, 2010 4:13:36 AM

FF14 would be playable, with lag, with a 9800gt in your system. With the EE edition you might be able to get by with a 300W power supply, at max it can only take 75 watts since it has no direct attachment to the PSU. With your system i know it would work with a 350W buuut 300 is pushin it, you could try.

$105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're willing to spend $80 more get these two, it will be playable. Total for both $185

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anything more then a GTS 450 will just be bottlenecked by your cpu btw so this is the cheapest upgrade for you to play. But if you decide to upgrade your cpu and spend a little more money you can upgrade to a quad or a core 2 duo but since you are on a budget and are looking for a cheap way to play that would be the cheapest combo for your setup that will play it. Unless you decide to get a cheaper PSU, you can get by with a 400W but i would not recommend anything less then what i suggested, your psu protects your system and a cheap one could fry your system.
September 27, 2010 4:22:07 AM

Thank you very much for the quick reply and recommendations I will definitely check those items out.
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September 27, 2010 4:24:53 AM

You're welcome.
a b U Graphics card
September 27, 2010 5:04:14 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As powerful as an EE 9800GT (which are clocked lower than stock 9800GTs) and its just $70 after rebate. You also get DX11, so its future proof if you want to crossfire another 5670 at a later date.

Ohh and you should consider this as well

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its a bit slower than the 9800GT EE or the 5670, but at $45 after rebate, its dirt cheap (like really wtf!@!@ cheap), and it will definitely be fine with your 300 watt PSU.
a c 189 U Graphics card
September 27, 2010 6:06:25 AM

1. If you don't want to upgrade your PSU then you can use HD5670. That's MUCH better than your 7300LE.
2. Your HP is good enough to handle any games with decent setting IF you can OC your CPU, but i doubt HP motherboard would allow you to do that.

I would say stay with your current PC, get that HD5670, it's decent enough to play any games with playable setting. Save your money to BUILD your own PC next time. :) 
September 27, 2010 7:42:31 PM

Thank you everyone for your suggestions, they were a big help :) 
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