I'm sure you fine gentlemen don't like seeing a bunch of tech help threads, so I apologize. However, I'm not confident enough in the newer hardware to make this upgrade without getting a second opinion. Here are my current specs:
Mobo: ASUS P5KC
GPU: EVGA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz
RAM: 4GB G.SKILL (1GB x4)
PSU: Corsair HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520W
None of the components are overclocked since I am lazy, but hopefully my PSU is strong enough for me to overclock the CPU/RAM if necessary to meet FFXIV's demands. There's no way I can afford an i5 or i7 so I was thinking of purchasing one of the following video cards:
- EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
- GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
- EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
- ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
The EVGA 768 MB is cheaper and my preferred manufacturer but I feel it might be worth it to spend a bit more for the GIGABYTE (Sparkle? No thank you.) or even $10 more for the EVGA or the beastly looking ASUS 1GB versions.
Is the 768 MB version enough for FFXIV or are the 1GB cards worth the extra oomph? Any preference between those three? I've always just gone with EVGA, PNY, or XFX in the past so I was wondering how GIGABYTE and ASUS's offerings would stack up.
Corsair is a quality manufacturer as far as I'm concerned, and I believe 520W is enough to run a GTX 460 but I'm not sure and I'm illiterate as far as concerning rails and amps and I may not meet requirements when I start overclocking things. Here's the rest of the junk for my power supply: ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply.
Not to be a hater or anything, but I never buy AMD's products and have stopped using ATI since AMD bought them, so please don't suggest any parts manufactured by AMD. Thanks for your time, guys.