I know there are probably a ton of threads like this already, but after reading all I could find I still feel like I need some help determining what I need to do in order to play this game since I already pre-ordered it.
First of all, I'm pretty sure my current PC will not run it, or at least not well. My specs look something like this:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.00 GHz)
Graphics: ATI Radeon 2900 XT (not sure how much memory the card has)
Memory: 3 GB
OS: Windows 7 32-bit
My FFXIV benchmark score is ~1800 on low settings, with all unnecessary processes stopped. I'm aware that scoring under 2000 means that I'll be lucky if I can get the game running on the minimum settings, so I'm assuming that I'll need to do something about it. Apparently being 3 years old means that my computer is too outdated to upgrade, and I'd be better off just getting a whole new system, I can't really afford to do so, but I'm going to try anyway.
Using the high end build from the stickied computer building guide thread and making a few modifications I've come up with the following as what I hope to get.
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (x2 in SLI)
OCZ Reaper Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR1333C9LV8GK
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)
The total for all this is roughly $1800.
I know very little about overclocking and don't really feel comfortable doing it unless I can find an extremely detailed how-to guide, so I'm not certain that I actually need the additional CPU cooling since the CPU includes a heatsink and fan, but I threw that on there since there was something similar in the other thread I mentioned. It seems that technology has advanced quite a bit since the last time I built a PC, and I'm a bit out of the loop (such as having never worked with SLI before) but I should be able to manage putting this all together.
Basically, now that I have listed all this info, my questions are these:
Is there any hope for my current PC? Since it only has PCI-Express for graphics (not 2.0) and the CPU socket is an outdated format (AM2), I'm assuming that upgrading is out of the question.
Does the build I listed here for a new computer look good? I tried to make sure everything wouldn't have any issues, but I may have missed something so let me know if there may be any compatibility issues.
Assuming that this PC build is good, do you think I will be able to run FFXIV in HD on max or at least close to max graphics settings? Also, how would it fair with other games? I have been considering getting Starcraft 2, and there are some upcoming games I have been looking into such as Diablo 3.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give, and I apologize again for adding to the mass number of threads like this that are already here.
EDIT: Just realized that the memory I was looking at was sold out. I swapped it out for a different set, and updated this list accordingly.
Edited, Aug 24th 2010 5:38pm by Sieryuu