I very much need to upgrade to a new PC, unfortunately I do not have the money to do so right now.
My PC(an AMD athlon X2 4200+ @2.2Ghz with a 256MB 7900 GS) was only getting a black screen for the benchmark.
I assumed there was no way my PC was going to be able to run FFXIV and I was going to have to wait until march to play on PS3. Then when SE released the minimum PC specs, I was quite happy to learn my CPU was slightly above the minimum to run the game. I only needed to upgrade my GPU to get my rig up to par.
So I do a little research to find the best GPU i can afford (and would also run on the meager 300w PSU I have) and i settled on a a XFX HD 4770. I bought the card on amazon, received it in the mail a few days later and open my case to install it.
Well... I'm a dumbass and I didn't bother to make sure there was physically enough room on my motherboard for the card.
The XFX 4770 has a rather large fan casing and the heatsink from the CPU was in the way.
As i sat there cursing myself for being so foolish, it occurred to me: maybe i could modify this thing to fit somehow.
I looked over the card and got out a screwdriver and removed the fan case. This allowed me to fit the card in the slot, but there was no way I could keep it like that. The fan wasn't really getting any air to the GPU heatsink.
I realized I was going to have to completely reshape the fan cover somehow. I headed to wal-mart and bought some note cards, electrical tape and a $3 hacksaw. I sawed the bulk of the fan case apart from the fan housing and constructed my own custom wind tunnel from tape and note cards.
This is the result:
After all that work I ran the benchmark and got a 1550 on low. I know by most standards this is a terrible score, but going from unplayable to 1550 is awesome for me ^_^;
I hope to see many of you in game sept. 22! (assuming my PC doesn't explode before then -_-;)