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I don't have that problem, I am typically one or two generations behind on the latest gear. The system I have now will last me at least the next two years unless I somehow come into a lot more money.

I think this year there is going to be quite a few really good games coming out, there have been some advances in the graphics industry. DX 11 is gonna start hitting hard, I hope and DX 10 will continue to be utilized better.

One game in particular for me: Skyrim, will be worth the wait.
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Building maintaining or simply tweaking a PC will certainly put that PC well above what is required to simply operate software, even high ends games, in the same way that building, maintaining, tweaking a performance car or motorcycle will modify the operational envelope well beyond the speed limit.

The question is, if your car does 55/65 why does it need to do 165?

The answer is going to be subjective, and normally something along the lines of "just cause". The other answer perhaps is, that while performance in the mundane world is simply enthusiast driven, but its nice to be able to run down anything else off the line from time to time.

As far as PC's go, I happen to like the thing to work well, quickly, low load times, so on and so forth. Lamborghini or Ford Escort... well, drive a Lambo for awhile and then come back off the mountain and tell me which one is "better". Getting the job done and getting the job done in style.
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I just bought a $360 vid card so I could enable FSAA in Crysis Warhead, so you know my answer.
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You just have to have a good balance and only spent when its needed. My rig is a perfect example of this. I built it over 3.5 years ago. The only upgrades that occured were gpu ones. Originally, HD 3850 into an 8800GTS 512 a year later then recently a GTX570+new psu 2 years from the last upgrade. I can play any game maxed at my resolution with 30+ fps easy and even if I couldn't, unless there are a ton of games, I won't be upgrading anything for the next year, possibly two
    
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I fold, thats my excuse
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I do not play fps and am a happy man!
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post #17 of 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by beers View Post
If you aren't a fan of the hobby, maybe you'd be happier in another one?

I think the scenario you set forth is a bit exaggerating.
You don't need to play every game at 1024x AA and 4096x AF at 7950x3200 on 6 monitor eyefinity..

Hardware from the last ~2 years should easily run any newer game
this.

i upgrade every 2 years, and i find that a lot of the current games are enjoyable.

being on here makes you believe you actually need more power than you really do if you're not careful
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post #18 of 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by i7monkey View Post
I'm always thinking about upgrading something in my system, whether it's an SSD or a video card, it's constantly on my mind. Should I get the GTX 590 or the 6990 or wait for something else?? Maybe I should wait for Kepler? Maybe I should do this, or maybe I should do that. Frankly, maybe I should just quit being an enthusiast altogether. I've spent thousands (not even close to what others spend though) on my system and for what? Just to get a few extra frames per second out of a game that probably isn't even any good???? What a complete waste of money. Computers are the worst investment anyone could make. We buy the top of the line product and 7 months later it's worthless and something "better" has come out. We all know this already.

But, are enough good games coming out in order for us to at least try and rationalize our wasteful hobby? I don't think so, and I think it goes a little something like this:
  • Game comes out, odds are it isn't great, but it has good graphics, so you spend $300 on video card upgrade so you can play a good graphics yet one with crappy game-play
  • 8 months later another comes out with good gameplay and great graphics, and by now you're machine isn't good enough anymore for it, so you save money for several months and buy a $600 video card just so you can play it, but by the time you save your money and buy it, you become bored of the game
  • 1 year later, a new DX version comes out as well as one or two good games with awesome graphics, and of course, being the enthusiast that you are, you spend money on a brand spanking new system just so you can play 2 games that you'll eventually end up being bored with


IMO, there aren't enough good games out there to justify our hobby. And if there are, they probably come out on the cusp of a new video card release or right after a new DX version.

Agree or disagree? All opinions are welcome, as I'm not a huge hardcore gamer like many here are.
I have the same thinking, I m always fighting temptation. So I gotta ask how you ve stopped yourself from upgrading the gpu.

The thing that stops me is knowing something better will be out very soon. So given that everyone here loves computers, and probably takes pride in their own. Enthusiasts always just want the best components.

It is a labour of love
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post #19 of 62
Exactly why I tend to stay in the middle ground. I'm not spending $500 on a videocard, but I'm not using a crappy IGP either.
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post #20 of 62
Wait.......
I had it all wrong. All this time, I was thinking you tech heads had to have the latest upgrade for bragging rights and benchmarks!

Who'd have guessed you actually play games?
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