I making this thread (even when I consider it's a bit late) cuz I believe everyone should be warned about the scores in ffxiv benchmark.
On Friday my wife won one of the beta 3 keys for JP users, we decided to download the game on my machine which was specifically build for this game (benchmark score was a bit over 5000) it ran smooth and flawlessly as it was expected on default settings.
Just for the sake of testing we decided to run it on her machine, which benchmark score was a bit under 1500) and to our surprise the game also ran smooth and flawlessly in default (not minimum) settings, the machine was able to handle the game, msn and chrome at the same time with 0 drawback on the game performance, and the very acceptable default quality.
Her PC specs:
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz
MOBO: ASUS P5B
V.Card: GeForce 9400 GT 1GB DDR2 PCI
RAM: 2G kingston memory dual channel (2X1G)
While it was a very nice build 2 years ago when we made it, I consider it border line obsolete for today's standards, besides this PC isn't overclocked at all.
My recommendation for the people still deciding to purchase (or build) a new computer for this game: I urge you to wait and run the game in your current PC first!
Additionally people in beta can post their specs and let us know how the game is working for them, honestly the hype of the benchmark score seems IMHO overrated at this point and this thread may help us to really define what are the lowest build that can still run the game acceptably.
Edit: I will update this post with the graphic settings that we are using in her computer once I get back home.
Edited, Aug 23rd 2010 1:40am by kenage