Here's the system I built back in the end of May, as far as what I can think of that matters.
OS: Win7 64-bit Ultimate
CPU: Intel i7 930 @2.80 GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (877.375 MB VRAM)
RAM: 6 GB DDR3
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache (storage drive)
SSD: Intel X25-E Extreme 32GB SATA II SLC (boot drive)
Basically, every game I've played up to FFXIV has run on maxed out settings with no performance hit, but I hit a brick wall with FFXIV when I turn up certain settings. The biggest hit I take is if I turn up anti-aliasing, which I would guess means that the GTX 260 is struggling, especially since comparing to similarly-demanding games that I've played, FFXIV's requirements rely much more heavily on VRAM.
So my question is, since everything else I think is pretty high-end, is it just that the GTX 260 can't handle FFXIV, or is their engine just that horribly inefficient? If it's the engine, I'll just hold off with my GPU for now in the hopes that they optimize the **** out of it over the coming months, but if it is just that it can't handle the game, would it be better to get a second 260 in SLI mode, or to get a 460 and have the 260 handle the physics?
Also, I don't know too much about the specifics of how computers do reading and writing, so is there any hope that moving FFXIV onto my SSD could alleviate any of this, or would that strictly boost my load times? (Doing that is something I may wish to do anyway, even if it's just for the load times, but since FFXIV accesses your hard drive so much, there's something you're supposed to do to make this access the hard disk instead of the solid state, but I can't find any guides to do that online. Any tips here would also be very appreciated.)
Thanks for any input!
Edited, Oct 3rd 2010 4:01pm by ProverbialNoose