It won't last 3 years from today. So nice try to you. Pc gamers are constantly having a go at this debate but going by 2 different thoughts that are on entirely different edges of the spectrum. If you want a pc that will keep blasting consoles away you will need a more expensive setup and will need to keep upgrading it. If you want a pc closer to console prices ( cause you think pc gaming isn't expensive) then you will have an old hardware pc that will not run on ultra settings now and defenitely not in 3 years time.
Except you don't need the PC to run at Ultra maxxed out settings to get a better experience than current consoles.
Current generation it will outlast any current generation console and even not at Ultra will still look better than console games of this generation.
Even when the next generation hits, which is at least a year or two away, it will still be able to play games of the next generation, albeit at a lower resolution/settings.
So it will still last three years. To me lasting is being adequately capable for a long time, not running everything at max settings for a long time.
Sorry, but if a 8800 can last what? 6-7 years? STarting in one generation and living through another, I'm sure a 550ti can aswell. As I said, it runs current console games at higher resolutions, and better. It is currently better than what current consoles offer. So you really think it's going to struggle that badly next generation?
I guess we'll not know for quite a while now will we. That, currently, is jut speculation and theory. We cannot put it into practice until new consoles arrive.
Upgrading, for the most part, is a choice not a neccessity. There will, at some point, come a time when an upgrade will be needed, but the assumption that it has to be every few years on a PC isn't really true. Maybe if you want to play on Ultra in everything, but not if you just want to play everything. People can play Skyrim on a 8800 after all.
Edited by Lifeshield - 12/13/11 at 10:04am