i7 930 OC @ 3.5ghz, 6gb OCZ gold 1600mhz, HD 5870 1gb, WD CB 1tb 32 mb cache, Gigabyte x58a-ud3r, CM 850w PSU. Not entirely mind blowing, but well above recommended specs at any rate. All my drivers are up to date as well.
I don't even run full settings, 1600x900 windowed (seeeeerious screen tearing in full screen mode even with vsynch), occlusion & DoF OFF. but for some reason I get mad stuttery in cities and what's more it's always in very particular spots (on the path going past the chocobo trainer in grid, between him and the little river there, for instance, every time I run through there I drop down to like >10 fps and then jump right back up to 50+, every. single. time.) I never run less than 50 fps anywhere else including a bustling aetheryte, multiple PCs on screen doesn't seem to dent it but something to do with being in a city just owns my computer... I'm sure there are tons of threads like this, point me to one if you know it off hand, I'm riding alt+tab like a madman in a busy office so I'm limited in my searching capabilities, sry :x.
elsewise anyone got any ideas?