Are you arguing just to argue? I'm agreeing with you about hex core AMDs. If someone is looking into used PCs there's a good chance that they're not looking at maximizing performance, they just want a deal on something decent. The difference is there, but it's not that big of a deal.
I'm not arguing at all. I'm merely pointing out that while the specs he listed are more than enough to run XIV comfortably, if he isn't in a rush to get a PC then he could do better. Saving money and getting better performance is kinda a big deal, to me at least.
To clarify my last post: There are other games besides FFXIV, so avoid making purchases solely based around it. Don't avoid buying a PC entirely just because "FFXIV is coming out on ps3 in a year and a half!" There are other reasons to have a gaming PC, so don't get too phased that people aren't completely basing purchasing decisions around it. If you want to make an upgrade or buy a new PC, that's fine, but you'd better be planning to do more with it. Going by the numbers, there's a good chance of new players being disappointed with the game.
I'm not sure why you think I'm arguing with you or that I don't understand your posts. We don't have enough information to say what he's going to use the PC for really. Generally speaking though, when someone comes to a forum for a particular game to ask questions about something they refer to as a 'gaming rig', they want to focus on that specific game. Even if he doesn't, he now knows what the options are and how they will stack up.
Regardless, we've given him several options and enough information to make an educated decision. He knows that what he might buy is a good option, he also knows that a quad core CPU is the best option and if he doesn't need something right away, PS3 is the cheapest option. Knowledge is power. Edited, Oct 17th 2011 4:29am by FilthMcNasty