No Overclocking. GPU can be overclocked decently though, might do that at a later time.
Pentium 4 3.0 GHz HT
4 GB DDR2 533MHz Dual-Interleave Memory
1 TB WD Caviar HD 7200rpm 32mb Cache
MSi Hawk ATI 5770 1GB GDDR5 128-bit
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Okay I ran the benchmark. Low and High I ended up with 900-1000. But my system is obviously very limited since it is old. Now for the good news. No lag whatsoever during rendering of the 720p/1080p cut scenes. The main problem for me was the time it took to load the cut scenes. Also the FPS was about 17-25 in the benchmark as well (while running FRAPs)
It took about 13 seconds for each new cut scene in the benchmark to pop up. Basically the cut scenes are being loaded to system memory on my computer setup. Therefore a lot of stuff limits the speed. I personally don't mind the apparent cut scene lag. I have not played Alpha/Beta client for a game play benchmark. But I believe my minimal system will run FFXIV just fine.
I actually just installed Windows XP Professional and will have numbers posted in about an hour or two. If the benchmark uses DirectX 9 only then I probably won't see much of a difference. I still remain by my statement that this minimal setup would run 720p 1280x720 really well albeit 30FPS and most likely not 60FPS.
Total investment: $170.00 in the video card. The ATI 5770 only requires 1 6-pin Power Connector. Most old systems have at least 1 connector. Prefab wise as my compute is an old Dimension 9100. If you want to put in a 5830 you will need more power connectors.
Edited, Jul 9th 2010 8:13pm by Excenmille