I'm a shoestring budget gamer, always have been; I've played MMOs at or near their lowest settings on systems that don't even officially meet their requirements (hooray for overclocking) for years. Because of this I'm very tolerant of sub-par visuals and jerky play in densely populated areas.
That said, like the rest of you, I've been waiting for FFXIV for a long time, and I'd like to be able to play with better than minimum effects at a decent framerate (for once!).
This is not the first time I've built a computer, so I'll spare the small details. I just wanted to run this by someone else before I go buying stuff. Here's the essence of what I have in mind:
Radeon HD 5850
single Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition
4 GB DDR3 (clock speed debatable)
7200 RPM HDD (***** solid state, I can wait a minute or two)
I'd seriously consider moving to one of those hawt i7s if necessary, maybe the 930. Also, I will be moderately overclocking, as always, so factor that in.
Based on my relatively low demands (low to middle of the road quality, reasonable framerate), think this'll suit my needs?