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I've upgraded my video card setup (let alone other components) since the 6600 GT came out every generation.

6600 GT
7950 GT
8800 GT
HD 4870
HD 4870 Crossfire
HD 5870
HD 5870 Crossfire


This is the first generation that I haven't felt the itch strong enough to actually take the plunge and buy. I mean, my setup can run every game I throw at it pretty much maxed. What's the point in upgrading then? Seriously, console ports are ruining my schedule. =P

In all seriousness, it gets expensive, but I always find a way to upgrade. =D It's my crack, and there's just something about building/upgrading PCs. Others find the same in different hobbies. If you have the income, and you think it is worth it, then upgrade. Otherwise, you can pretty much still play any game released in the next several years, but you're not going to max everything out.
post #42 of 62
There is an easy solution to your problems: Tri monitor and 120 Hz.

It will give your graphics card and CPU something to choke on, justify upgrades over 60 fps, and provide you with even better gaming immersion effect compared to crapsole peasants.

Because if you are playing Bioshock 2 at 200 fps on a single 60Hz monitor you truly are wasting $$.
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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 think it's subjective.

Some might just want to experience the "current".

If you really love that kind of hobby and you can afford it while not denting "priorities".. money's not that much of a deal.

If you're budget conscious then you should probably hold off and think more on what games you really want to play, expect and try your best hypothesizing about the next upgrade.

I hope you'd be happy either way.
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For me, my hobbies are about the experience, not the end result

I swim, im in great shape, but the fun part for me is the jumping in a freezing pool and just going for it and feeling your body cry in pain after a few hours (sometimes)

I ride a motorcycle, the fun is in the buying, tuning, and most of all the riding, its like flying, its ridiculously fun, there is no end result

for my pc the end result would be the bench mark, but i dont even do that, i think its a waste of time and it doesn't appeal to me, the fun is in the choosing what to get, ordering it, and building it with more love and care than some parents give, I also use photoshop and listen to hi-fi music on it, so it is used everyday, i will probly keep his system for at least 2 years (my dad kept, and still uses his 2001 gateway, and it still does everything he needs)

i play mostly RPGs and RTS games, i love the depth, its a way for me to escape everyday life, and i feel better about myself than if i was a pothead and spent 70 dollars a week on weed
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There is an easy solution to your problems: Tri monitor and 120 Hz.

It will give your graphics card and CPU something to choke on, justify upgrades over 60 fps, and provide you with even better gaming immersion effect compared to crapsole peasants.

Because if you are playing Bioshock 2 at 200 fps on a single 60Hz monitor you truly are wasting $$.
I don't find Tri Monitor setups that appealing >_>
    
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I don't find Tri Monitor setups that appealing >_>
The other thing that has extended the life of my sig rig, is buying so many games on the steam christmas sale that can be maxed out by 3 year old tech
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post #47 of 62
I actually downgraded from 480 SLI to a 6870. All the new PC games seem to be console ports.
post #48 of 62
Honestly, it is a lot of money for something that just keeps getting upgraded. But all products are like this, cars, tv's, appliances, even radom stuff like paint and grass seeds. The difference is that we all follow the evolution of components so we notice it more. If we'll continue to pay money to upgrade AMD,Intel, greenteam etc.. will keep spoon feeding us slight product bumps. I always go to for slightly above best bang for buck products and upgrade on die shrinks or if im able to get the $ back on what I paid for a previous component.
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The reason why I built my machine, is for the fun of having all of that raw power... And this is mainly due to all of the games I play regularly that need that kind of umph, especially when it comes to MMO's. Often I spend over 10 hours a week playing an MMO... Because I spend so much time playing, I'm going to want to be able to run that at the fullest settings (>60fps), I mean, that's a good chunk of my life going into a game, I might as well make the experience as enjoyable as possible. This is also holds true for BC2...

I also find that it's also justifiable to buy enthusiast level equipment due to all the new "PC gaming in mind" type games coming out this year: Crysis 2, BF3, Portal 2, Skyrim... etc. However, if this is really breaking the bank, then I think the way you're doing your components is off a bit, and maybe you should try what I do. You see, I buy the best bang for buck stuff, used. This in turn saves me a great deal of money, and the danger of getting a botched piece of equipment is low if you are careful.. Also, if the warranty is still intact, the product you just bought might aswell be new anyways.

And this is in turn why I live a life of buy and sell with my computer, as so far, it's been nothing but rewarding. And has saved me tons of cash.

So in conclusion, there are many great games that I do believe really need this enthusiast power.

So do as you wish, but this is just my , try some buy and sell, and some dabbling with used parts, and your mindset might change.

Have a good one dude,
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Edited by InF3Rnus - 2/26/11 at 8:23pm
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I upgrade my machine for the few games I play that aren't total ports. I upgraded my video card (from a GTX 260 to a GTX 480) for three main reasons:
  1. Just Cause 2
  2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  3. Batman: Arkham Asylum in 3D - max settings of course
 
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