Tip from another thread: Take the Benchmark, unzip it onto a USB and take it to Wal-Mart, Best Buy; any computer hardware store and run the benchmark on whatever latop you are looking at. I don't think they would have any objections. Besides the benchmarks would show off some nice HD for other customers. Free advertising.
Source: Official FFXIV Website
| Windows XP 32-bit SP3 Operating System | Windows Vista 32-bit/ 64-bit SP2 | Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit CPU | Intel Core 2 Duo (2.0 GHz) | AMD Athlon X2 (2.0 GHz) RAM | Windows XP: 1.5GB or Higher | Windows Vista / 7: 2GB or Higher HDD/SSD | Installation: 15 GB or more | Download: Space on the hard drive where My Documents should be 6GB or more. Graphics Card | NVIDIA GeForce 9600 Series or Higher with VRAM 512MB or Higher | ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series or Higher with VRAM 512MB or Higher Sound Card | DirectSound compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0c or higher) ISP Connection | Broadband Internet Connection or Higher Screen Resolution | 1280 x 720 or Higher, 32-bit or Higher DirectX | DirectX 9.0c Others | Mouse, Keyboard, Gamepad (not required)
Disclaimer: These are the required specifications for the Windows PC Beta Test. The requirements may chance at the time of retail launch.
Tom's Hardware: Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart
Looks like a lot of older computers will be able to run the game, guess it is just a matter of how much settings you have to turn down to make it runnable at a decent fps. Good news for a lot of people that have not upgraded their computers yet like moi. Don't upgrade your GPU yet if you don't have to, see if you can run it the first day you can logon on low settings.
GeForce 9600 512MB @ $70.00 to $100.00 @ Newegg
[iRecommend] nVidia 9800 GX2 $130.00, GTX 260 $200.00, GTX 275 (Obsolete?), GTX 465 $300.00
Radeon HD 2900 @ $70.00 to $100.00 @ Ebay
[iRecommend] ATI Radeon 5770 @ $150.00 to $179.00 @ Newgg
Good site for average PC Gaming Rig Builds: PC Wizkid Tech Talk. Very good site for the average build/prices etc. In 3 months all those prices could drop.
Edited, Jul 1st 2010 11:39am by Excenmille
Edited, Jul 1st 2010 11:52am by Excenmille