My motherboard (M2N-E) and 4x1GB ram (DDR2 5-5-5-18) don't give me much room to OC a X4 945, but the X3 740 I think I can OC a bit, maybe 2-300 Mhz since I already do it with my Athlon X2 7750 BE, just a multiplier tweak.
So would a 740 OCed to 3.3Ghz be comparable to a 945 at 3.0, which would be better? I plan to use this for gaming, and most games don't utilize the 4th core I hear? Specifically if anyone knows how the quad-core performance of FFXIV is that'd be awesome, thanks in advance.
the 740 @ 3.3ghz would do better in most games since its slightly faster then the 945 at stock. It really depends on the game itself but you can see in the benchmark below the 720 & 920 @ 2.8ghz have basically identical benchmarks in gaming.
if the game is that dependent on quad core CPUs, if may break APB's record for quickest shutdown.
My friend wants to play that and asked me what he needs to upgrade in order to play the game and gave me a link to the minimum requirements. It was recommending an I7 920 with a GTX 460 for smooth gameplay at 1280x720.
SQEnix who builds their own engine and can't be bothered to build towns in FFXIII (because it is too much) is turning into a bit of a gong show I know, I'm sure the PS3 version will be significantly scaled down, 720p for sure... The release of the PS3 version has been pushed a year at least due to complications I believe.
As for FFXIV failing, I doubt it, high requirements and poorly written code I know it is, but if I remember from FFXI the first online one no systems were capable of running it at max settings till the 3rd year since its release, but still a mature community and dedication to the FF line kept it afloat.
The system requirements are nuts though, I spent 400 bucks to upgrade my system just to get a passable FFXIV benchmark.