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#1 Jul 21 2010 at 7:29 PM Rating: Decent
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I am considering upgrading my PC just to play FFXIV, but I don't want to go crazy. I currently have:

Asus P5NE-SLI with LGA775 socket
8800 GTS 320MB
Core 2 Duo E6600

I am pretty sure this rig isn't going to cut it. I am considering several upgrades.

1. Core2 Quad Q8400 for $170 - Passmark score >3600 and is about the best LGA775 I can find
2. Radeon HD 4870 1GB for $140 - Passmark score >1700 and seems to be the best bang for the buck
3. Upgrade to Win7 64 bit.
4. Increase RAM from 2GB to 4GB. Should I get more? Should I not bother with DDR2 and go right to DDR3? Or will my MoBo not support DDR3?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
#2 Jul 21 2010 at 7:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Have you tested the benchmark so far?

I'm using a Pentium D 2.66 Ghz (dual core) with an 8800 GT and get 1150, so I wouldn't expect your score to be much higher than that.

4 GB RAM should be fine. I have a P5NE-SLI in my other PC actually, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't support DDR3. Otherwise, you should be scoring 3k on low just with the quad core processor.
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#3 Jul 21 2010 at 8:14 PM Rating: Decent
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http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0299412

Depending on where you live, you can head over to a microcenter and pick up a Q9550. It is one of the highest 775 chips and its only $180.

I always try to spend about $200 for a midrange card so that would be a 5830 or GTX460. The 4870 is better than the 8800 GTS but not $140 better. Just make sure your PSU will work.

Your motherboard most likely doesn't support DDR3 so just get 4GB of DDR2. ~$90
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That's about $500. And you still have a little tiny bit of room to grow. Plus you can overclock if you are willing.

However you can buy a NEW i5 system for about $200-$300 more. I haven't been up on AMD but I'm sure its about the same.

From what I've been looking at I'd rather buy a AMD than i5. But I'd rather have a proper i7 than i5.

I personally have the Q9550 (OC'd) and will upgrade to a GTX 460 if my OC'd 8800gt 512 doesn't work well.

#4 Jul 21 2010 at 10:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the advice, especially on the great price for the Q9550 at microcenter.

If I were to drop $200 on a GPU, wouldn't I be better off going with the GTX 460?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130562
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