Ok so today i ran the benchmark test to see how high i'd score. Or maybe i should say low...
My specs are:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz
ATI Radeon 4870x2 (2GB VRAM)
8 GB DDR3 RAM
Vista Ultimate 64 bit
My benchmark score: 1500 (High-res)
All drivers are fully updated.
So i guess the recommended specs must be something like an octo core overclocked to the extreme, 64 GB RAM and two 2GB GFX cards running in SLI and then hope for a score above 5000...
Not really, I have an i7 920 and dual GTX260s and I hit a 4886 (low) and 3415 (high) easy. Yes 14 will be a graphically intense game, no you don't need OMGWTFSUPERPWN computer setups to run it. That being said though, the high res benchmark score means very little unless you plan on running the game on maxed graphical settings from day 1 (in which case be prepared to spend easily in excess of $6,000). SE made this game to scale well with new technology that comes out in the years to follow 14's release as a means of ensuring it's longevity, they specifically have said they realize that the requirements are high and don't expect technology to catch up (at a reasonable price anyways) for several years.
That being said, there is a whole sticky thread about PC builds/requirements that meet and/or exceed standards of play exactly meant for these kinds of threads. If you wanna know what you should replace or if you wanna see what other people have gotten for their pcs, check it out. (That's also meant for everyone posting these tech question threads, though I realize it means very little as people will continue to post threads like this even if there was a dedicated forum to FFXIV PC requirements.)
Q: How many SE employees does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: None, it's working as intended.