I have more than 800$ to spare, but the only use of the PC will be to play FFXIV.
My current desktop is a 10 year old P4, and would still be doing the job for my everyday needs if it wasn't to play that single game (I would have needed to upgrade to a new PC sooner or later tho).
I can't really find the good budget balance for my situation, so I went with a 800$ budget. I need a balance between "best bang for buck" and "cheapest way to play a game like FFXIV on acceptable settings".
I can sacrifice upgradability since I'll prolly change the whole PC in 5-10 years like I'm doing now.
Hey man i am in your exact situation! I am building a rig simply for FFXIV! Alswell as generally websurfing and itunes you know I am in the UK so obviously the site i am using to build it wont be available to you, but for £750 including tax delivery OS, and the whole rig i have put together a system which includes the PII x4 965BE and radeon 5770, i know you dont need to plan for the future but if it helps it will also be able to upgrade as high as PII x6 1090T and upto crossfired 5870's! If you would more info on parts let me know in this thread, i havnt got the page up at the moment otherwise i would have give youeach and every part