Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
You cannot make a good gaming PC for around $400 from scratch. You may be able to upgrade an existing PC for $400 depending on what you need to buy, but building a new one, from scratch, that will play FFXIV well, will run you at least $750-850. If you're buying through a customized vendor like ibuypower, cyberpower, tigerdirect, you might be looking at $850-1000. If you're buying from a retailer or directly from a manufacturer, $1000+.
If you tell me what you already have, I can provide suggestions on what to upgrade, however my answer is PROBABLY going to be the same it is for everyone else:
CPU: i5 or better or Phenom II X4 or better ($120-250 or higher)
RAM: 4 GB DDR3 or better ($80-120 or higher)
GPU: GTX 460 or better or Radeon HD 5770 or better ($150-200 or higher)
Motherboard: Something compatible with these parts. ($70-120 or higher)
Power Supply: 650W or better, depending on what GPU you're getting. ($80-125 or higher)
Every one of these types of threads usually turns into me arguing back and forth with someone who insists that their dual core system with a GeForce GT "runs it great" or something... whatever.
I suggest these parts to you with complete confidence that it will run FFXIV will, on near max setting (max will cost you more; i7, GTX480/Radeon5870 or higher, etc) with a great frame rate. If you're buying a new system, in general, it's best to overshoot on performance parts so that you have room for improvement, not scrape by on something that is just barely good enough which you'll want to replace again in a year or two.
Edited, Dec 13th 2010 2:22pm by Mikhalia
i am the last person that will argue anything like this with anyone since i know basically nothing but right now i have this.
compaq presario SR5505F
AMD athlon X2 4200 dual core processor
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE
i think 3gb of memory "had 2 then i took out one stick and replaced with a 2gb stick"
and just 160gb hard drive
im guessing it is not possible to upgrade since from what i have read good video cards are big and this case is kind of small.
im looking into buying an iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 557D3 Gaming PC i found them for 759.00 and that seems liek a decent price from what i have read and am starting to understand.
also i am not looking to run on max settings just a playable setting on a pc i can afford. Edited, Dec 13th 2010 2:34pm by elevens