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Hey guys so with e3 just starting up, and with the cod ghosts livestream all access done ive been thinking more and more about next gen games. Im not quite sure if i will be purchasing bf4, but i will definately be getting ghosts because i have a bro in law who is a big gamer and buys me and his nephew the new cod game ever year. I currently use two rigs because i live in two households and my rig at my dads place is pretty weak. its an hp computer that i upgraded the gpu to a gtx 560ti. For reference i can run bo2 at med graphics at 90 fps so not too great. my second rig at my moms is pretty good rocking a gtx 660ti and a i5 3570 3.8 ghz turbo boost so its a decent rig for a 15 year old without a solid income of money. Im starting to kinda worry about how these 'next gen' titles will be as far as how taxing they are on your rig. For reference i run my games at all low settings with AA all off or as low as it gets just because im an fps hound rather than an eye candy afficianado. What do u guys think? it would suck if everyone with a less than outstanding rig cant get reasonable frames. I livestream and record games so also having good fps in game is big. So in conclusion what do u guys think of this?
 
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The components in the new consoles don't look amazing, aren't they just 8 core APUs? Hardware wise, we still have the upper hand and probably always will. The eye candy should look better, but not be impossible to run.
    
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CoD Ghosts is something I am not buying. I have totally been duped for the last time. I don't think that next gen titles will be necessarily "taxing", but I believe that the developers will put more effort in to graphics performance all along the board.
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A 3570 and 660ti combo will do just fine, especially if you don't care about keeping it at low settings. That setup on low will easily last 3-4 years no problem with good framerates from the looks of the next gen hardware.
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THESE are my next-gen graphics. Running on the top of the top of the line, the EVGA GTX 260.
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I'm pretty sure you'll be fine with that 660ti for the next generation of games, if you're not bothered about graphical quality you shouldn't really worry all that much.

However, there seems to be a lot of promise with regard to the next generation of games, take the new consoles for instance, they're getting more and more like PC architecture, which will mean more stability for you, so I'd assume you'll be getting more performance when the new games hit.

Also taking a look at previous generations, which I doubt you were old enough to fully endure, such as PS1 to PS2, they had a profound impact on PC gaming at the time, more and more developers came out of nowhere, started of coding for consoles and went to PC, which was exceptional for PC gaming at the time. I'm imagining something of a similar trend may happen here, when they figure out a way of streamlining the porting process.

Anyway, I'm sure your rig will hold up fine, as well as recording too.

Just a quick note, if your Dell Monitor only supports 60hz, then you can only theoretically see 60fps, sometimes some games can feel a lot smoother at higher FPS's I agree, but it might be beneficial for you to tweak around with your graphics settings for some more eye-candy and try hit the 60fps mark. Or use vertical synchronising, especially considering you have a 660ti, that's a pretty powerful card you've got there.
    
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yes i totally agree with the fps part. the only reason i like more frames is for streaming and recording sake. smile.gif
 
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The components in the new consoles don't look amazing, aren't they just 8 core APUs? Hardware wise, we still have the upper hand and probably always will. The eye candy should look better, but not be impossible to run.

This. And since you run your games at low settings, you won't run into any issues. It will be a while before I run into any issues. I'm the opposite compared to you; I tweak everything for optimal graphics quality, but then again I want 60 FPS too.

We already have two games that demonstrate "next gen" graphics, being Crysis 3 and Metro: Last Light. I don't care for the former, but I'm able to run Metro at 50-60 FPS with 2x FSSGSSAA so that's a good sign. Hopefully upcoming games are optimized just as well. I'm looking at you, Dragon Age 3/The Witcher 3/Cyberpunk.

The only upgrades I have planned are a new 480GB - 512GB SSD, Overlord Tempest X270OC, and an appropriate single GPU (at least a Titan, but I'll wait for next gen GPUs).
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My PC is 3-4 year old tech and I plan an upgrade next year-ish regardless.

A good part of the bump in next-gen console graphics is catch up. I might even argue that in addition to the learning curve, it is PCs that may hold back consoles in their launch titles to some extent, if just because it is limited in vision at the conceptual stage. The graphics of second year games will likely best many of today's machine capabilities [no max out], but be well handled by the components out then.
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Well the game still has to be developed on a PC.

 

Way I see it, the day I start struggling to run games is the day I buy another graphics card for CrossFireX. biggrin.gif

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