I've decided to start playing FFXIV soon and am looking to get some direction on a "best bang for the buck" video card.
My current setup is as follows.
HP Desktop p6724y
Pentium Dual Core E5700 @ 3.0/3.0
4g Type: DDR3-1333 Ram
Integrated graphics using Intel GMA x4500 (****!)
250w power supply
Native resolution 1900*1080
I'm looking to spend in the $150-$180 range for a video card and could use some suggestions. Also tell me please if I need so spend a little more to make it worth the trouble.
Thanks for listing your current specs. Always a good help in trying to advise someone on where to go.
You want at least an x60(replace x with 4, 5 or 6) GPU if you want nVidia or an x770(replace x with 5, 6 or 7) if you want AMD/ATI GPU. These are the GPUs that offer the ability to get medium to medium high settings at a comfortable frame rate. Both companies' GPUs are within your price range.
Even though any of these GPUs will give you a noticeable upgrade in graphics, they will still be bottle-necked by your CPU. In order to get the most from your GPU, you need a CPU capable of stressing it to it's fullest. What you currently have won't do that. The GPUs I listed above that are capable of medium-high settings will probably work out to the lower end of medium because of your CPU.
Think of it as a runner on a treadmill. In this case, the treadmill is your CPU and the runner is your GPU. Essentially, you will be putting a world class runner on a slow treadmill. Obviously you will want to get a faster treadmill(CPU). The problem with that is most of the newer bangingest(yes, I just made a word) for your buck CPUs won't fit into the same socket as your current CPU. This means motherboard upgrade. Cha-ching! Depending on what kind of RAM your new motherboard supports, you might also need to upgrade that. CHA CHING! I think you can see where I'm going with this...
My best advice is the same advice I give in nearly any thread like this. Either wait until you can save up enough for a completely new PC which is the most expensive option, wait until the game is released to see how your upgrade options will perform(which could either be cheaper or more expensive) or go with a PS3 which is the cheapest option.
If you can't live without playing before 2.0 then a new GPU will give you an increase in performance, but 'bang for you buck' is a package deal. There's a bit of a threshold on how many bucks you have to spend before they start making loud noises Edited, Aug 1st 2012 2:19am by FilthMcNasty