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I've been a console gamer for years now, but I was finally convinced to go over to pc for several reasons. While some of the biggest reasons are (what seems to me) a better community (if it's not better than the xbox live community, I will be truly astounded...), mod support for games, better controls in the form of the mouse and keyboard, etc., one of the reasons is definitely the superior graphics/physics.

So, I figured to start truly appreciating the power I would need to max out all the games I play graphically (something I assume most of you can appreciate ), and I built a rig that will allow me to do that at the moment.

The important parts of the build for running games:
Sandy Bridge i5-2500k OC'ed to 4.5 gHz
Two Radeon 6950s in Crossfire mode (both with shaders unlocked and slightly OC'ed)
It's also important to note that I only have a 24" monitor and will be running games at 1920x1080.

What I basically want to know is how long this setup will likely run new games coming out at max, high, medium settings (preferably an answer for each of these) at about a 50-60 fps average.

I'm guessing I'll at least be able to play most games at or near high until the next generation of consoles comes along to push developers to make games with better graphics, but I'd like some input on how long my system will last from a much more experienced pc community.

Thanks for the input.
    
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post #2 of 31
You be showing off.

That system be lasting for quite a few years I think.
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really it should last til you get the itch to upgrade...
    
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Better community? Debatable.

Mod support/tools? Haha, not really.

With that rig you will destroy all games. Simple as that. My 2600k knows no bounds. Do note though that it's not guaranteed you'll get a 4.5 stable overclock. Every chip is different.
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forever basically since games are already looking as good as they will ever get.
    
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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
Better community? Debatable.

Mod support/tools? Haha, not really.

With that rig you will destroy all games. Simple as that. My 2600k knows no bounds. Do note though that it's not guaranteed you'll get a 4.5 stable overclock. Every chip is different.
Looking at his sig rig I think he already has it built and stable.

But yeah I think this rig will last you a long time, worst case if they come out with some insanely graphics intensive game all you would have to do is lower the graphics settings.
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post #7 of 31
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Ahh, should've noted that I have already built this setup, so the 4.5 is stable, though I don't plan on pushing it much past that; I'm perfectly happy with it.

As for the better community/support tools, I'll be happy as long as there are less squeakers and screechers and the ability to have player made "patches" to fix really buggy games. (See: Oblivion)

Thanks for the input so far... I'm guessing from the replies that I'll be able to run everything on at least high with this setup through this generation of consoles and perhaps a bit longer, which sounds good to me.
    
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post #8 of 31
At least high? I don't know if you're trying to brag or you're just new to all of this... But you have 2 6950's in crossfire and an i5 2500k at 4.5Ghz.

You can and will play every game maxed out.
post #9 of 31
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Not trying to brag at all, just new to this. From all I'd heard of pc gaming so far, it seemed that even setups that could handle everything extremely well could quickly become dated by newer games pushing graphics to their limits. If anything, that's what I'd want to see, as I'm coming from consoles which have relatively stagnant graphics over their lifespans other than the increases from better optimization.

So, having heard the above, I just wanted ballpark estimates on how long this set up would last if I wanted to play games on at least high. Though I probably won't be complaining if it lasts quite a while.
    
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post #10 of 31
With the hardware you have you'll be fine for many years. The graphics we're seeing now in games such as BF3 and such we be around for quite some time.
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