For comparison, this is the system I played FFXI on (It has been upgraded to W7x64 Pro from XP Pro SP2). It plays many decently graphics intensive semi-older games (SoF2, FFXI, Oblivion, UT2004, WoW) at max and plays somewhat newer, more graphics intensive games (Fallout 3, UT3) at average/default. It chokes on higher end stuff (GTAIV was maybe 1-2 FPS at best on minimum settings).
Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz HT
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3650
3 GB DDR2 RAM
Monitor max resolution is also 1280x1024 so high quality doesn't fit on the screen completely.
So yeah, having both systems available to me, let me just come out and say that your computer that ran FFXI great and runs most games at good settings may very well be a good system for what you're running on it now. But if the benchmark tool is telling you you're under 1k, you really might want to look into upgrading something if you're planing to play XIV on it. Maybe it's your processor (dual core or lower may be holding you back), better RAM (4-8 GB is nice, but if it's DDR/DDR2, it's not doing what it should), a better video card (integrated graphics is bad, bad, bad. Non integrated may need an upgrade if it's more than 2-3 years old) or even a newer motherboard (what good are the best components if they can't talk to each other efficiently?)
I'm inclined to agree with the statement that "If you're getting a low score, it's not the benchmark program, it's your computer." It hurts to sit there and say to yourself "Didn't I JUST buy new parts for this thing only a couple years ago?", suck it up, and realize that you need to upgrade. I had to do it a few months ago when Fallout 3 started giving me weird artifacts and I realized that I'd have to upgrade my video card, which left my processor as a bottleneck, which meant I needed to replace just about everything (including PSU) but the case, the HD, and the optical drive.
The sh*tty thing is, I know the fiancee (the new owner of the above computer built on my hand me downs) is going to want to play FFXIV so I'm semi hoping that a new video card will get it to run on minimum settings on her system. But I already know (because I just dealt with it myself) that she might end up needing to replace more than that, and since we're currently trying to save up for the honeymoon and wedding next year, new computer parts for one game may take a back seat.
I honestly don't expect XIV to run on her system. Hoping it will, but expecting it won't.
Edited, Jun 15th 2010 10:27pm by Mikhalia
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