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#1 Feb 29 2012 at 5:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Here's the stuff about my computer...

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7 2670QM (2.2GHz,3.1GHz,w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
WIRELESS CARDS Intel® Wireless-N WiFi Link 1000 a/g/n 1x2
MEMORY 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
VIDEO CARD 1.5GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M using NVIDIA Optimus™ technology
HARD DRIVE 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
LCD PANEL 14.0" High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight
INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE 8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Slot Load Optical Drive
SOUND OPTIONS Internal High-Definition 5.1 Surround Sound Audio
#2 Feb 29 2012 at 7:19 PM Rating: Good
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Operating System Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit *
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 (2.66 GHz) or faster
Memory 4 GB or more
Storage Install: 15 GB or more
Download: 6 GB or more
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 with 768 MB VRAM or equivalent
Sound DirectSound® compatible sound card (DirectX® 9.0c or higher)
Internet Broadband Internet connection
Resolution 1280 x 720 or higher; 32-bit
DirectX® DirectX® 9.0c
Controls Mouse, Keyboard, Gamepad

http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/media/recom/na/pc.html

This here's the recommended system specs for 14. You might want to consider getting a faster harddrive.


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Edited, Feb 29th 2012 5:26pm by BoloDBM
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#3 Mar 01 2012 at 1:20 AM Rating: Decent
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Alright, but with what I have it'll still work though, right?
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Yeah that should handle it decently, though for games with alot of zoning and loading of content like your typical MMO, a fast hard drive is pretty much a requirement.
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#5 Mar 01 2012 at 2:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Haha. I'm not too computer savvy... But how would I go about getting a better hard drive? What should I get? What would it cost? Does it require me to get a new computer?
#6 Mar 01 2012 at 9:11 AM Rating: Excellent
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No worries, thats what we're here for. Your laptop, and indeed almost all laptops made these days uses a 2.5" SATA hard drive. There are two main types, the standard Rotational drives (which have a disk inside that spins and a little magnet reader that reads your data). These typically come in 5400, 7200, and occasionaly 10,000 RPM models. The faster the spin, the faster the data acccess, with 7200 RPM being the best price / energy utilization / speed combination. 5400 RPM drives are too slow, 10,000 RPM drives use alot of electricity and not all of them will fit a laptop drive bay.

The other kind of drive is a Solid State Drive, or SSD. These are generally more expensive, and not available in as large a capacity as the rotational drives, but they are generally much, much faster across the board.

Drive prices are fluctuating right now, but a 750 GB 7200 RPM drive, which would be somewhat smaller than your existing one but much faster currently runs $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136923

A solid state drive of around 250GB, which would be much smaller but much faster runs around $330 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443

Depending on what you use your laptop for, you may very well be able to comfortably live with a smaller drive. If you have alot of video files (movies, etc) you might need the larger capacity, but most windows installations these days average around 80GB utilization with installed programs.

As for how you install the new drive, the actually physically installing it part is easy. you turn off the laptop, pull the battery, open the hard drive bay, remove a couple screws, slide the old drive out, put the new one in. The tricky part is getting your data from one drive to the other. You can always reinstall windows on the new drive, but if you haven't done that before I reccommend you get someone to help with that the first time. But that takes along time and means you have to reinstall all your drivers and programs. Not something you want to be trying if you aren't familiar with the process. The better way to do it is to use what is known as a Hard drive Imageing tool to clone your existing drive to the new one. That requires specialized software and tools though. Your local computer shops should have that available as a service, though some of them will charge you an arm and a leg to do it.
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#7 Mar 01 2012 at 2:39 PM Rating: Decent
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Alright! Thank you for all the help! Haha. Honestly, the computer is brand new, it was a gift.. So there's nothing really to transfer! So I guess it should all be easy, right?
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Well, the most difficult part in reloading a computer is making sure you get all the proper drivers on it. Usually that involves going to the manufacturers website, downloading all the drivers after you are loaded, installing, then life is good. Sometimes the network card needs to be downloaded from a different computer and then installed if windows doesn't include the driver. The good news is that if you are just swapping hard drives, you can always put the slower one back in and check things if you can't figure out what a particular driver is for something. It helps to have someone show you the process the first time if you have never loaded windows yourself, but its pretty easy once you get the hang of it, especially with windows 7.
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