I run wide open with everything turned on with both my current machine (a year old) and the one before it purchased late 2006). I do not ag anywhere (including QH) and typically play with a frame rate well above 30fps. I do turn settings down to balanced for raiding but do so in order to place less stress on the CPU so that I can continue to run other applications in the background. All that having been said, I have made it a point to purchase 'bleeding edge' tech both times. The current rig's specs are as follows:
CPU - i7 920 quad core with 4 X 2.67 GHz
Vid - NVIDIA GeForce GTX-260 with 1GB of Vid RAM
RAM - 12 GB system RAM
OS - Windows 7 - 64 bit home
The previous system ran a duo core CPU with only 4GB of RAM but had 1GB of Vid RAM (on an NVIDIA 895 card) and ran on the Windows XP 32 bit OS.
Edited, Jan 3rd 2011 11:49am by OldBlueDragon
So, the I7 CPU has performed well with EQ2 then? I am seriously considering buying that Gateway computer tomorrow for the 1,000 bucks. While it does not have the same one as you Oldblue (I7 920), it does sport the I7 860, which runs at 2.9 GHz with the turbo boost up to 3.6 Ghz (which I am intrigued by and wonder how it would perform with EQ2). The graphics card I think would be good enough with its 1GB of video ram (although I would be eventually replacing it for a much better card when I could afford to do so). Also comes with 8GB of ram.
My Old, Current rig:
2.66 GHz Quad core OC @ 2.9 GHz
8800 GTX Video card with 768 MB VR
4GB RAM, albeit, on Windows XP 32 bit, so I get 3GB.
So, regardless, I would be getting a nice upgraded system. I just would hope the new system could run smooth, steady fps on at least the high or very high quality default settings for my general questing, running around towns and areas, etc. My current system listed above, I usually play on Balanced for everything and even then, it sometimes stutters in some areas... It would be a dream to finally have a system that can play this game with the top quality visuals that have eluded me for so long.
"When you're on a journey, and the end keeps getting further and further away, you then realize that the real end is the journey."
~Karlfried Graf Durckheim