Thanks alot. Can't really upgrade my CPU...so i guess i'll just have to shoot for the card. Any recommendations that are in the sub-$100 range? >.<
Definitely not. No card worth under 150 new is worth even -considering- for XIV. and that's just for bare minimum. If you want average performance, you're looking at 180-220. If you want good performance, 250-350. If you want great performance, more.
And even with a card like a 5770 which will run you 160-170, you still won't notice a huge improvement with that dual core processor holding you back. It's kinda like putting a better carburetor on a lawn mower engine; it might run a little better, but it's still a lawn mower engine.
Not trying to be mean or rude or anything, I just want you to know before spending any money that unless you're planning to replace both, the best you can hope for is turning all the settings down as low as they will possibly go, and still getting a very low FPS. I just don't want to see you waste your money buying something and expecting it to solve your problems when it won't is all.
I think (if you're comfortable doing this) if you overclock your Q6600 to around 3.0GHz and buy a 5770 for around $130-$140, I'm sure you could play the game on low OK.
Otherwise you seem to be out of luck.
Hmmm...is it really that bad? I'm a little over the minimum requirements right now. Couldn't i get up to something mediocre wiht just a card? I thought having a quad core would already give me an edge over a regular duo core.
You don't have a quad core though, you do have a core duo.
My old system was a dual core processor and a Radeon 3650 and got 700ish. I replaced them with a Phenom II X4 and a 5770 and got that up to 4000 (low).
Just replacing one and not replacing the other will improve the score a little (you might get to 1000) but to see a significant increase into an area where the game is playable without needing to turn everything down (2000+) you're going to need to replace both. Edited, Aug 4th 2010 2:09am by Mikhalia