I could afford to pay for the game if it were $1500 bucks and I know some people spent much more than that, if you include the cost of building a rig to play it on.
Yeah I think that's one of the most frustrating reasons why I still play FFXIV: "Damnit I bought a whole new freaking rig for this game. I'm going to play it now if I like it or not."
I wish you'd been there to take my advice from alpha testing. Myself and another guy were the rig building gurus for the forums there. Their last battle system overhaul was the turning point for me, but before that I do remember that I suggested setups for dozens of players back then.
After that point my advice was "Save your 'x thousand and y hundred bucks and get a PS3".
At least you're not alone. The computer building thread is probably the largest thread on this forum. On the bright side, you're set for SWTOR, GW2, Battlefield: 3... ect.
Only hips + boobs all day and hips + boobs all over my icecream
30 bucks is almost free
Its personal preference and all, but yes we need to educate WoW players that this is OUR game, these are Characters and not Toons. Time to beat that into them one at a time.