Video Card GPU Benchmark
and BlueGartr FFXIV Benchmark Thread
. The only two things you need to know. From what I have watched/heard/seen the GPU is the most important part to running and playing Final Fantasy XIV at a smooth frame rate in 720p and 1080p. Personally, I have an ATI 5770 on the way so I should be able to Benchmark it tomorrow on a dinosaur Dell Prefab stock.
CPU usage while running benchmark on a Pentium 4 3.0GHz HT is about 40-60% through the entire benchmark. So CPU in a sense doesn't matter too much unless multiple threads are programmed to be handled on multiple cores. From the benchmarks I have seen, all these cores are being used equally meaning not being used to their potential since some people have around 35-40% CPU usage across the board.
It's all about the GPU. There's also the Front Side Bus, Memory Controller Hub, I/O Controller Hub that is handled by chips on the motherboard that may matter too due to the transfer of data between hard drive/GPU etc. Here is an wiki for that: Front Side Bus Wiki + More (Diagram is nice)
I have an old Pentium 4 3.0 GHz HT Extreme Edition that even bests a Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Extreme. Core 2 Duo/Extreme still beats it depending on applications/benchmark software obviously but eh. It's interesting research really. A motherboard could cap out a lot of things you add to it chip wise, GPU wise etc. Always best to do research and see what your maxes on GPU/CPU transfer/MHz etc is and then find a motherboard that gives you just that. Could always future proof and get the best motherboard too. Building computers is fun! Edited, Jul 8th 2010 10:39pm by Excenmille