I just recently tried out the benchmark for FF14, and sadly, I didn't make the cut. I only scored around 989... so now I'm considering getting a new rig (with permission from my wife of course lol!) and I wanted to get some advice from some of the tech savvy people here.
Now I have heard some of the people here claim that I'd need a $2000 to $2500 rig in order to play this. If that is the case... chances are, I will not be playing this on PC, and might even consider not playing it on PS3 either. Sorry, I just never liked the PS3. What I WILL consider, is getting a relatively decent-good rig at around $1000 MAYBE a little higher, but not even close to $2000. I have ALWAYS done this in the past and I've never had any issues playing ANY MMO in the past. My rig can currently play Batman: arkham asylum like a charm, and that is a very graphic demanding game as it is, so is Dragon Age, and Assassins creed. All of which I've been able to play a rig that I bought last year at around $1200 (I can't remember the exact amount, it might've been $1400)
my system, for comparison sake is:
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1
Intel Core 2 Quad
processor of 2.33 GHZ
Nvidia GeForce GT120
8GB DDR2 of RAM
500GB hard drive
Yes, I am well aware that I was probably gonna have to replace my PC anyway due to the fact that I'm running Windows Vista, which is garbage anyway.
Yes, I am also a little peeved that after only about 1 and a half year, a rig that has MORE than met my expectations for ALL my games, not just standalone, but MMO's as well AND video/audio editing (independent film maker here and I require a lot of computing power for my projects) is gonna have to be replaced if I want to play this game.
But I digress, sorry for the little rant but I couldn't help myself.
I looked in the benchmarking pages and I looked at some of the specs people had, and what scores people had etc. etc. and the trend seems to be that an i7 with a quad core, at more than 2.6g GHZ processing speed, 8GB DDR RAM seem to do the job. In fact, one poster mentioned that a 6 Core system would probably do the job as well.
Well, I looked at the Best Buy website and I found this little system at $999.99 (which is more around what I'm looking for):
HP - Pavilion Elite Desktop / AMD Phenom™ II 6-Core Processor / 8GB Memory / 1TB Hard Drive
Model: HPE-235f PC | SKU: 9980786
I looked at the specifications, and I found some more stuff on it,
Processor speed is 2.6 GHZ (wonder if I'll be able to get a better processor for a little more?)
Ram IS DDR3
card is an ATI Radeon HD 5570
Link to Best Buy website:
they have a similar one at Fry's electronics, except that the GFX card is a Ge Force, not an an ATI radeon:
Here's another one slightly different with a 3.0 GHZ processor at $929.00 (again, more along the range I'm looking for anyway:
I did see some of their gaming rigs and I MIGHT even consider something like this at $1,200.00 but not more than this:
The question is obvious... does anyone think any of these rigs would be capable of AT LEAST either meeting or exceeding the default (score of 2000-2500 on low) settings? Is there anyone here that might have this rig that might be able to weigh in with an answer? The reason is obvious, if this rig can do a very good job of running the game on low resolution (which BTW, don't look all THAT bad on the benchmark) then I won't really need to fork over $2000-$2500 for a rig.
RE-EDIT: I just re-read the scores again, and I guess I might've gotten ahead of myself... it seems that 2000-2500 might run the game ok with some slow down... which I would like to avoid however, it seems that 3000-4500 will run the game great on default settings. So I'm guessing this is more what I'm looking for. Do you guys think any of these rigs will be easily capable of running to the 3000-4500 score?
Edited, Jun 18th 2010 5:36pm by Yofune