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Digital Storm L1 and FFXIV: ARRFollow

#1 Jan 25 2014 at 2:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Specs:
- NVIDIA GTX 650 1GB
- Intel Core i3 4330 CPU
- 8GB 1600MHz Memory
- 500GB 7200RPM HDD
- ASUS H81 Chipset Motherboard
- 430W Corsair CX Power Supply
- DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW
- Microsoft Windows 8.1

Can it play this game smoothly on relatively high settings?
#2 Jan 25 2014 at 4:19 PM Rating: Excellent
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You might make medium high, but most likely would be medium settings. The 650 isn't a terribly great card because it only has half the memory pipe of the 670 so it has a really bad bottleneck. even though it has more ram and processor than a 550 GTX, the 550 will outperform it because it doesn't have that bottleneck in almost all cases except for a few directX 11 specific rendering areas. That power supply is really low for a GTX card too. The 650 GTX will technically operate on a 430 watt PSU, but that leaves you zero margin for any upgradability at all. You put another hard drive in that system and you will start underwatting. You put enough extra fans in that system and it will start underwatting. Etc. Corsair makes pretty good power supplies so you should get the advertised 430 watts, but you are running awfully close to the edge with that. Ram and the rest of the specifications are ok for gaming, though a dual core processor is at the lowest end of the spectrum. That shouldn't affect gaming much though, just multitasking.

Also get rid of windows 8 as soon as possible and go with Windows 7 or wait for windows 9.
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#3 Jan 25 2014 at 5:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the insight! This stuff is all very new to me, as I've always just used a mac to play WoW and GW2.
#4 Feb 10 2014 at 9:31 AM Rating: Good
You'll do well by turning off HDR, that's the biggest sink for me on my laptop. Here's my specs.

I run everything on high, minus HDR, and I set shadows to normal. I typically hit 40-60 fps, 20-30 in a heavy FATE situation.
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