I am new to the forum, and I am sure this has been asked before, but perhaps not with my exact specs. Please feel free to point me to another thread though if you would rather.
I am looking to play Final Fantasy XIV on my PC. I passed the benchmark right about in the middle, and I can run the beta at 1440 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 with textures on high. Having said that, the frames per second are not ideal at 1920 x 1080 and I have to turn off the shadows and post processing effects.
My question is as follows: I am going to be upgrading my PC one bit at a time, but I am not sure what would give me the biggest improvement first. I am afraid if I go for a better graphics card first that my CPU would be the bottleneck and I might not see much of an increase.
Would someone please take a look at my specs below and suggest the best order to replace parts in? Like I said, I am only going to start with one replacement due to cost restrictions. I know my pc is not the best, but it can run FFXIV now, so I can at least play it. I just want to get better FPS and possible turn on the shadows and post processing if possible.
System Model: XPS 630i
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Dual 9800GT (SLI)
each has 512 MB
Should I upgrade the graphics card, the memory, or the CPU first?
Thank you so much for your time!