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#1 Sep 21 2013 at 4:29 PM Rating: Good
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so when FFXIV 1.0 came out three yrs ago (or however long ago it was) i had a PC built to max out the game settings. Now with 2.0 during beta i bench-marked high enough for it to say can easily run on high settings. Come actual game time, Putting it high desktop net me a 1 FPS. High laptop 20 FPS, and Standard desktop 60 FPS. I have played with lots of settings, but ti'm not satisfied. I want to max everything out and play the game on MAX settings. I am not really all that knowledgeable when it come to hardware and where i should upgrade. So i am asking the community for advise. from what i think. It seems as simple as just upgrading the graohics card and maybe even going with two cards linked together. But please tell me what i should do. to really max out my system for game play. Below is the report for my system as it is now. Any and all advise would be greatly appreciated, and thanks very much in advance.

01 - Operating System
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0101 - Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130801-1533)
0102 - Language : English (Regional Setting: English)
0103 - BIOS : Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
0104 - Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
0105 - Memory : 8192MB RAM
0106 - Available OS Memory : 8184MB RAM
0107 - Page File : 4073MB used, 12291MB available
0108 - Windows Dir : C:\Windows
0109 - DirectX Version : DirectX 11
0110 - DX Setup Parameters : None
0111 - User DPI Setting : 96 DPI (100 percent)
0112 - System DPI Setting : 96 DPI (100 percent)
0113 - DWM DPI Scaling : Disabled
0114 - DxDiag Version : 6.01.7601.17514

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02 - Processor
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0201 - Caption : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz x8 ~2794MHz
0202 - Current Clock Speed : 2794MHz

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03 - Video Adapter
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0301 - Card Name : ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
0302 - Manufacturer : ATI Technologies Inc.
0303 - Chiptype : ATI display adapter (0x6899)
0304 - DAC Type : Internal DAC(400MHz)
0305 - Device Key : Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6899&SUBSYS_29711682&REV_00
0306 - Display Memory : 4095 MB
0307 - AdapterRAM : 1.00 GB
0308 - Current Mode : 2560 x 1600 (32 bit) (60Hz)


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04 - Memory
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0401 - Total Memory : 7.99 GB
0402 - Free Memory : 5.81 GB
0403 - Total Pagefile : 15.98 GB
0404 - Free Pagefile : 12.00 GB

0405 - Bank Label : Bank0/1
0406 - Speed : 1400 MHz
0407 - Total Width : 2304 Bits
0408 - Capacity : 4.00 GB

0405 - Bank Label : Bank4/5
0406 - Speed : 1400 MHz
0407 - Total Width : 2304 Bits
0408 - Capacity : 4.00 GB

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05 - Network
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0501 - Description : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
0502 - Driver Date : 3-4-2010
0503 - Driver Version : 7.17.304.2010

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06 - Motherboard
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0601 - Model : P55-USB3
0602 - Manufacturer : Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.

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07 - Sound Device
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0701 - Description : Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
0702 - Default Sound Playback : True
0703 - Default Voice Playback : True
0704 - Hardware ID : HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0892&SUBSYS_1458A002&REV_1003
0705 - Manufacturer ID : 1

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08 - Harddisk
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0801 - Model : ST31000528AS ATA Device(Seagate, 1000G)
0802 - Media Type : Fixed hard disk media
0803 - Size : 931.51 GB
0804 - Interface Type : Serial ATA
0805 - Driver Date : 6-21-2006
0806 - DriverVersion : 6.1.7600.16385

0807 - Caption : C:\
0808 - Capacity : 931.41 GB
0809 - Free Space : 755.08 GB
0810 - Drive Type : 3-Fixed
0811 - File System : NTFS
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#2 Sep 21 2013 at 10:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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Well, you have a decent upper end Core i-7 processor. It's the Socket 1156 variant, so you're capped at 4 ram slots. but you have 8GB which is probably fine. GOing with 16 gb wouldn't hurt anything, but probably won't help in most circumstances.

The biggest performance upgrade you could do for the least amount of money would be go with a Solid State hard drive. That will cut your boot times, game load times and any save operations dramatically. You want a Samsung 840 series Pro drive, at least a 256GB one. Keep your existing drive as a data drive.

After that you would want to maybe look at a video card upgrade. The one specification you didn't post up there is what size power supply you currently have. If its smaller than a 700 watt, you aren't going to be able to go with dual cards in crossfire mode without an upgrade. You certanly have enough power to drive at least one high end card though since you already have a 5800, which is an older high end card which will draw around the same wattage. Current top of the heap on the AMD side are the 7970, 7850, and the 7850. Bigger number is a better faster card with AMD. You're about 2 generations behind with that 5800, so a 68xx or a 78xx or 79xx would both be an upgrade for you.

If I were reccommending an upgrade package for gaming for your computer i'd go with the SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147193 $230, go with the AMD 7970 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121560 $309 and probably toss in a 16GB ram set, because ram is still cheap. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231309 $125
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#3 Sep 22 2013 at 5:46 AM Rating: Good
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Thanks very much for the help, exactly what I was hoping for. As far as the power supply it's been awhile since I opened it up, but I believe it's around an 800 watt or so, I'll be sure to double check it before I try to crossfire. The links and all your info was very helpful. Tyvm.
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#4 Sep 22 2013 at 11:45 AM Rating: Excellent
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#5 Sep 24 2013 at 7:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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I have the same processor and it's overclocked to 3.6 GHz with aftermarket air cooling. Ran a little too warm for me at 3.8 GHz but the box being under my desk with iffy ventilation isn't helping that. Could probably do 3.8 GHz on air if it was up on top and not storing heat.
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