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    Melee Summoner
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    Need help with retail PC for ffxiv

    i'm sure there are other topics just like these but its 4:20am (excuses lol) and I don't feel like going through the whole forum to find the right place.. here is my issue: the person who built my pc moved out of state and I don't know anyone who can build one for free lol.. So I have to get a new PC at a retail store since I'm not a fan of ordering online. I'm aware of the downgrade ffxiv is getting and that is going to be easier play on older machines but i'm mostly looking for something i can dualbox with mainly. my old PC was a AMD Phenom II x6 3.2ghz ATI Radeon HD 5770 and it ran ffxiv "Ok".. I need to go to microcenter since thats the closest PC store to me and these are what im looking at:

    1) http://microcenter.com/product/39549...sktop_Computer
    2) http://microcenter.com/product/38936...sktop_Computer
    3) http://microcenter.com/product/39246...sktop_Computer (This was my old pc's brand and im trying to avoid it since i never fixed the error it had "Hyper transport sync error)
    4) http://microcenter.com/product/37392...sktop_Computer (I'm leaning more towards this one.. I just have to find out how powerful is the power supply)

    I'm sure none of these will compare to a self built PC but need something to play FFXIV with :/... I'd wait ti ARR comes out but I also play FFXI so I need it for both games.

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    Spec wise (GPU and CPU), they should all be fine to play FFXIV(current) at near max settings (less occlusion and the slew of other settings that just tear through all video cards due to poor optimization). From a builder viewpoint, it doesn't give me any information on the component manufacturers so it's somewhat difficult to gauge how "good" the builds are in reality. You don't just judge a PC based on descriptions of what it has, but whoe the components are coming from.

    If you REALLY want to go the extra mile, use those as a jumping point for component buying. Do a little digging as to what makes them compatible with each other to figure out what it is you should be looking for. Then you can actually go in a find similar products which you can read reviews on. This maximizes your performance/quality while minimizing or leveling out your cost.

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