Originally Posted by lordofthereef
If you are in a raid with lots going on and you want graphics maxed, you are going to dump $1000 into your system. Last thing I played was rift and it ran pretty poorly on my 3 year old rig when there was a butt-ton of stuff going on. Same goes for FFXIV, though that was beta.
My wife got my old computer, a gtx 280 phenom with Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition and 8 gb of ram, and nothing in Rift made her lag, no raids or anything.. so you are mistaken.
my current setup could easily run tor 2 or 3 times over (it runs it one time over like a charm - and the game is very meh anyways) with a i72600k gtx 580 and 8gb of ram
you can spend 500-800 dollars, and max out SW:TOR EASILY, WAY SUB $1000, if you already have some decent parts $200-300 on a card will do you well.
they are making the game to allow the same people who have crap computers that play wow , be able to play their game... thats why this game looks like it was made in 2004 :P