I'm currently playing the FFXIV open beta with the following settings and it's really jerky and glitchy graphically:
1440x900 (I read it's good to put it in a resolution one step down from your monitor's which is 1680x1050)
Multisampling: None. I've tried 2x but turned it off last night. Makes a slight difference in performance, but not a great deal.
Buffersize: Resolution (anything less is a huge difference in graphical quality)
Shadow detail: Low
As you and see I'm not trying to run it at a high setting. All the in-game performance configurations (shadows, physics etc) are all off too. While the characters look pretty good still, the graphical lag is awful. The lighting is glitchy. Sometimes the characters' shadows glitch out for a brief moment and look almost as if some black thing is leaving their body. It's getting unplayable at the moment.
I know my PC is fairly old. I can accept this, but I *think* some of the components are still fine but as I am out the loop on hardware, I thought I'd ask you guys.
First thing's first. It's a Dell XPS 420. The ins and outs of the speeds of components and what-not can be found at the following link. I'll just tell you what I have as I don't understand all cache sizes and speeds and that.
Intel QuadCore Q6600 2.4GHz
GeForce GTS250 1GB (bought it off eBay recently as I had a 8800GTS before and I thought the upgrade would help).
2x 500GB HDDs
Windows 7 64-bit
Err... I dunno what else you need. And it's likely in the link posted above.
I've a feeling it's the graphics card which is letting me down again. I thought this was one of the better *budget* cards around but I've no clue really. I got it cheap off eBay so if I need another upgrade in that department I won't be too fussed.
I'm on a very tight budget so please take that in to consideration.
What I am hoping to get out of FFXIV is a smooth gameplay experience. The same resolution as I am running it in now is fine. I don't want everything maxxed out if it's financially improbable. I just would like smooth and half decent.
Sorry for rambling on. I wanted to provide as much info as possible.
Thanks very much.
Edit: Forgot to mention that I am running the Nvidia 126.96.36.19996 drivers which are dated 09/07/2010 (9th July).
Edited, Sep 18th 2010 1:00pm by Unohana