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FFXIV Benchmark score, low low low...help!

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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 6:48:06 PM

windows 7 (home premium) 64-bit (6.1, build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100618-1621)
Intel Core i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67 GHz (4 CPUs) ~ 2.7GHz
ATI Radeon HD 4350


Score: 529
Load Time: 26703 ms

Pretty pathetic. I really have no idea what to look for, where to begin. Game received and installed this morning. I can log in, move, albeit slowwwly, but haven't had a chance to test anything else because of maintenance. Can anyone help?
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 7:07:14 PM

is $300-400 a realistic amount? I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do like things to play with a little more than passable decency. Thanks so much for advice!
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September 28, 2010 8:06:10 PM

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is $300-400 a realistic amount? I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do like things to play with a little more than passable decency. Thanks so much for advice!


What type of memory do you have and what kind? Also the amount.
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Anonymous
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September 28, 2010 8:31:55 PM

6.00 GB installed memory, 792 gb free space

PS he's a she ;) 

Thanks!
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Anonymous
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September 28, 2010 8:44:12 PM

Where do I find that info? sorry...
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Anonymous
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September 28, 2010 9:06:55 PM

350w does that sound right?
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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 9:37:17 PM

LoL - yes 350W sounds about right for a typical 'mass-market' PC.
I believe the HD4350 is onboard-video (built in to the motherboard)...?
I have an AMD rig here with HD4250 onboard-video.
An ATI HD5670 vidcard w/1GB memory will plug right in and work for you with your existing PSU.
This is the strongest vidcard that doesn't require a dedicated power attachment (which will be found on stronger power supply units).
And HD5670, or the equivalent nVidia model GT240, cost only ~$100 bucks.
I see 512MB GT240s advertised for only $79 bucks, so it would be nicer to get a 1GB model for a bit more money (and performance).
I have found that at 1680x1050 a GTX460 1GB is barely sufficient!
So keep that in mind, if you wish to play new games at full widescreen resolutions.
You may as well buy a better vidcard and budget $59 bucks for a new PSU to go with it...
Somethig like an OCZ StealthXStream 450W will have much higher-quality, better regulated power than your $29-buck OEM PSU, and will also offer Active PFC.
Active Power Factor Correction takes whatever voltage you plug into (100V, 115V, 230V) and gives a perfect 12.00V output at all times.
(The AC power is always fluctuating, sometimes 110V, sometimes 120V. Sometimes even more - or even less!)
So Active PFC is a must-have for any new PSU I buy.
Anyway, if you want your PC to be 'balanced' buy a GTX460 or HD5770 and PSU - because you have a good CPU and memory.
Vidcards are more expensive than CPUs and Motherboards these days...
So you will rarely find a 'good one' in a typical mass-produced PC, don't feel bad.
Hope this helps,
Regards
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September 28, 2010 9:37:52 PM

go get new psu and cheap GTX 460. FPS will never below 30 FPS no matter how crow zone is and most time are 60. never crash in game which is my experience so far. but yes, you also need a 10M+ network.
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Anonymous
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September 28, 2010 9:41:14 PM

It says Chicony? (PC is Dell Studio XPS 8000)
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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 10:03:07 PM

I have a GTX460 1GB, and I must run DirectX9 and 'medium' settings to keep framerate up in Call of Pripyat.
Seems for any 'serious' DX10 or DX11 work, a GTX470 or HD5870 is required, minimum!
A GTX460 768MB?
That's a lesser vidcard (shouldn't even be called GTX460).
Probably work fine on older games though... but definitely not DX11.
L8R
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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 10:11:34 PM

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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias...
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Expres...
So would both of these work then? And how difficult would this be to install myself, without completely destroying my computer?

That's a nice vidcard (HD5670) see? only $99 bucks.
Try it with your existing PSU.
I think 'StealthXStream II' is released now, and the minimum size starts around 500W-600W...
I just wanted to recommend OCZ because they have small units, but top-quality and affordable (including ActivePFC).
A vidcard swap is easy - PSU swap bit more challenging, but not too bad.
Just notice everything you unplug, and pay close attention. ;) 
L8R
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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 10:20:17 PM

If my existing PSU is 350w and that vidcard is 400w minimum...is that just a suggestion lol or can i still try it with mine? I ordered the vidcard so I have it by tomorrow - patience is not my middle name. I appreciate everyone's help!
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a c 125 U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 10:29:00 PM

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6.00 GB installed memory, 792 gb free space

PS he's a she ;) 

Thanks!


6gb memory is very odd for a dual channel memory. If you open the case, is there 2 sticks or 3? If 3, you're kind of shooting yourself in the foot. Not that it makes a HUGE impact on performance, but 3 sticks will run single channel. Need either 2 or 4 sticks for dual channel. I know there is 3gb RAM out there so maybe somehow you got that, but it's pretty uncommon.

Aside from that, for $300 you could get a new PSU (maybe a Corsair 550VX) and a GTX 460 1gb which is pretty decent. That's what I'd go for right now.
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a c 125 U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 10:31:31 PM

Oh I see you already ordered the 5670. Well, not a bad card, certainly an improvement...

I'd definitely look at a new PSU tho. Over taxing a crummy PSU can fry your whole CPU if it blows. You can get even a Corsair 450 for that GPU. Those OCZ ones are decent. Also maybe an Antec Earthwatts.
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a c 125 U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 10:34:13 PM

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Are you planning to play FF with it?First you told me you got a 300 to 400$ budget now you buy a card for 100 bucks. Thats strange anyway enjoy your new card.The card you ordered is extremely power efficient i am confident your current psu will run it easily.


Yeah... pretty much this. Odd to buy such a cheap GPU if you have a budget like that (5670 is pretty low end, while for $300 you can get top end). I agree the current PSU should run it, but it may or may not be over taxed.
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a c 125 U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 10:42:06 PM

Hah sorry man, I don't have that bench anymore. Been pretty busy and any time I've had on my PC at home I've been playing F1 2010 lol.
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Anonymous
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September 28, 2010 11:41:02 PM

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Are you planning to play FF with it?First you told me you got a 300 to 400$ budget now you buy a card for 100 bucks. Thats strange anyway enjoy your new card.The card you ordered is extremely power efficient i am confident your current psu will run it easily.


Not so strange, really. I'm sorry, I should have been more specific. Theoretically I didn't plan to budget anything to rebuild my computer just to play a game I may not even like. I've played FFXI on the system I have now, I just assumed I'd be able to play FFXIV. Dumb thinking. I guess I should have said $300-400 was my limit and I figured I'd be able to get something that would work - up to that amount. Anyway, I truly appreciate your help :) 
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September 29, 2010 5:36:39 AM

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^Donot ask what memory type it has to be ddr 3 ram since he uses i5.Ask how much mem he has.


Eh, he could have 1066 memory or 1333 memory or 1666 memory or even higher >.>
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September 29, 2010 10:05:39 AM

wolfram23 said:
6gb memory is very odd for a dual channel memory. If you open the case, is there 2 sticks or 3? If 3, you're kind of shooting yourself in the foot. Not that it makes a HUGE impact on performance, but 3 sticks will run single channel. Need either 2 or 4 sticks for dual channel. I know there is 3gb RAM out there so maybe somehow you got that, but it's pretty uncommon.

Aside from that, for $300 you could get a new PSU (maybe a Corsair 550VX) and a GTX 460 1gb which is pretty decent. That's what I'd go for right now.


It could be 2 x 2GB and 2 x 1GB for a total of 6GB on 4 sticks.

Edit: I've seen quite a few prebuilt PCs configured like that. :lol: 
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a c 125 U Graphics card
September 29, 2010 2:53:27 PM

^Hmm true! Well, it's still a wierd amount but you're right that's possible...
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October 1, 2010 5:26:02 AM

You guys are really helpful. I think I'm in a similar boat with the GPU, but not 100% since my computer is a couple years old.

Dell XPS 630I

Intel Core2 QUAD CPU Q6600 @ 2.4GHZ 2.4 GHZ
4 GB RAM
32 bit OS

2 x NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTs

I'm getting a score 1630 on high and 2430 on low. I noticed that when I turned the settings way down in the actual game the user interface got a lot smoother and thats what I'm mainly after.

I was thinking maybe upgrading the GPUs, but I'm not sure if that's too complicated (or expensive) with the SLI setup.

My budget would be ~ $500 and I'd really like something that isn't going to sound like a car engine.

Do you guys have any recommendations? I'd really like to avoid buying a new rig since I use it mostly for FFXI and now hopefully FFXIV.

Thanks for all the help!
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a c 271 U Graphics card
October 1, 2010 5:34:36 AM

Although the OP did not authenticate her account and so cannot award a best answer that is still no reason to hijack her thread.
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