So last night I spent all night pouring over countless websites, countless benchmarks, countless reviews. And I finally researched enough to finally buckle down and invest into a gaming rig that should work really well for FFXIV. Honestly I am pretty god **** excited and I should be in bed! It's 4:36am right now. So here goes.
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
Motherboard: MSI 770T-C45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard USB 2.0 PCI-E 2.0
Case and PSU Combo for: $59.98 (forgot to mention that)
PSU: Rosewill RV2-600 600 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply
Case: Rosewill Smart One ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, Black interior, comes with three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Rear ...
Grease: Arctic Silver 5
Grand total: $265.95 (includes Shipping and Handling)
GPU: MSi ATI HD 5770 Hawk 1GB DDR5
HD: 1TB WD Caviar Black 7200rpm 32mb Cache
Memory: Mismatched (Will run at 533MHz until I upgrade it down the road, inexpensive upgrade later on)
So this is basically what I came up with and I am quite content with it and will be ordering it in about a couple of hours. Seems to be pretty close to the Phenom II x4 945/Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300. And not far behind the Phenom II x4 965 actually. Should have all the parts here in about 3-4 days from now. I'll benchmark it when I get it. Guess I'll use my old Pentium 4 for ye olde file server.
Also there's a chance if the 640 is the byproduct of a failed Deneb processor.... I can unlock the L3 Cache and make it into a Phenom II x4, guess we shall see when I get it.
Edited, Jul 12th 2010 6:24am by Excenmille