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#1 Mar 12 2012 at 3:43 PM Rating: Decent
Okay so I have a budget now of $1000 for a desktop. I would love some input on what people think I should do. The main focus is for FFXIV gaming. Eventually I'll want to make music on it but that's at the back of everything atm. So I need hardware, a monitor, Windows 7-64 and all the good jazz. I'm trying to get input from a few different forums and find out what's gonna work the best for me. Thanks!
#2 Mar 12 2012 at 5:12 PM Rating: Excellent
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If you need a monitor and whatnot too, that basically makes your budget for everything else about $850 +/- .

You cannot build a high end gaming PC for $850 unless you steal half the components. You can make a decent low-midrange PC, but there are going to be compromises. Something along the lines of this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.770956 is going to be your best bet, and even with that you are looking at anohter $100-$200for the operating system. That particular platform has a few problems (the motherboard is sh*t, the case is sh*t, and the power supply is too low a wattage for a gaming PC) but it has the advantage of being cheap. You would realistically be looking at upgrading at least the case, power supply, motherboard if you ever wanted to try some sort of SLI gaming setup. With hard drive prices being what they are at the moment, you aren't going to be able to go much cheaper than something along those lines unless you drop the processor down to an i3 and drop the video card down to the cheapest piece of junk you can find, which would bring it in at around $600, but wouldn't be capable of really even loading FFXIV.

You might be better off going with a Dell or some other premade type computer that comes with a monitor. They aren't going to be very upgradeable, but they can generally do the low end PC's cheaper than the build your own route at that level, and that gives you a starting point for building a higher end one later. Something along these lines maybe: http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-8300/pd.aspx?c=us&~ck=mn That or http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Intel_Z68_Core_i5_i7_Configurator
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#3 Mar 13 2012 at 2:15 PM Rating: Decent
Okay so I found a monitor and some speakers from a friend so that makes my budget a little bigger. And the enclosed forum talks about new video cards coming out but not sure if I need to bother.
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For FFXIV, you do need to bother about the video card, at least a little. My PC isn't a monster, but it's a workstation class machine that has as much horsepower as some of the servers I use at work, and yet it struggles with XIV because it uses a low voltage weaksauce video card ($75 about a year ago.) If you're building a rig for XIV, you cannot skimp on that component. Also, the more powerful the video card, the better it handles most other modern games as well. (The inverse is true for XI these days, where you'll get better performance with some older cards than you will new ones!)

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I haven't touched the game since release, but it was brutal to the CPU back then, more so than the GPU.
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I'm told that these days it uses more of the GPU engine than it did before, with a preference for Nvidia CUDA/FERMI equipped cards, but it is still pretty brutal on the CPU and more cores definitly helps.

Edit: Regarding video card release dates, the Nvidia 6xx series GTX cards are slated to be out in Late July, though that typically slips to closer to november. They utilize PCI express 3.0, which in this particular price range your eventual computer probably won't have, so I wouldn't worry about that too much.

Edited, Mar 13th 2012 6:39pm by Kaolian
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#7 Mar 14 2012 at 2:37 PM Rating: Good
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
I'm told that these days it uses more of the GPU engine than it did before, with a preference for Nvidia CUDA/FERMI equipped cards, but it is still pretty brutal on the CPU and more cores definitly helps.

Edit: Regarding video card release dates, the Nvidia 6xx series GTX cards are slated to be out in Late July, though that typically slips to closer to november. They utilize PCI express 3.0, which in this particular price range your eventual computer probably won't have, so I wouldn't worry about that too much.

Edited, Mar 13th 2012 6:39pm by Kaolian


Hot damn, 3.0 is coming out? How long has 2.1 been the standard now... 4-5 years?
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