The computer will be used exclusively for WoW and FFXIV and maybe an occasional other PC game. I have a laptop I use for pretty much everything else and a media server for big files. I've actually decided to go down a different path. I'm going to spend a bit more to future proof this computer in the hope that it can handle FFXIV 2.0 or easily be upgraded so it can handle it decently.
This is the setup, I'd love some comments. Sorry for the change up:
$45: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB 1600 DDR3 (it's not much of a savings to get 4GB, so I kept the 8GB).
$110: BIOSTAR TZ68A+ Motherboard
$320: Intel i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHZ
$43: ZALMAN Heatsink/Fan
$170: SanDisk Ultra 120GB SSD (should be enough room for system, WoW, FFXIV and another game or two)
$110: Cooler Master Silent Pro 700W Power Supply
$310: Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 2GB
This setup with a case, monitor, and keyboard totals $1,414.00 I can spend up to $1,500 so I have a bit of room for additional upgrades but I'm not sure what to get other than a slightly better video card. I figure if FFXIV 2.0 doesn't run too well on this, I can throw in another graphic card (hopefully cheaper in a year) to keep up with the game's demand.
I have two technical questions though. This is my motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138319
It lists my expansion slots as "PCI Express 2.0 x16" with "2 (x16, x4)" next to it. Does that mean one is x16, the other is x4? I'm curious because I figure they'd both need to be x16 to accept a second video card.
The second question is my video card says it is "PCI Express 2.1 x16" but my motherboard only has PCI Express 2.0 x16. Are those essentially the same thing?
Thanks again for all the help.