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With games like Crysis 2 and BF3 coming out PC games are getting worried their rig will not play it at the best settings. It got me wondering how much I have paid over the last 3 years for PC hardware. I have gone through 5 graphics cards 3 motherboards, various ram, 3 power supplies, multiple hard drives, 2 cases,fans,2 processors.........

All this and i'm now thinging that I will need to go quad core even though my rig is eating games right now. Is it an obsession? I remember I upgraded my pc originally as it would be cheaper and better than a console. I got a 8400 gts and a slower core 2 duo(cant even remember which one) since then I have went to 8800gts, 1x 9800 gt to 9800 gt sli , gtx460 and now gtx 560. Its probbaly cost me in the region of 3k with all the upgrades in the last 3 years. This is not saving me a penny and before this I was happy with my PS2.


Is it just me? what are your views one it? are we obsessed with getting the highest settings possible even though console quality would be fine? Do forums liek these make you feel like you are the only one not getting the newest hardware?
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The thing is once you go PC you never go back. The consoles just cant touch the image fildelity of a high end PC not to mention the flexibility and modibility of the games. Oh yea and no cd cracks w/ easy back ups.
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We never said it was an inexpensive hobby
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by haza1981 View Post
With games like Crysis 2 and BF3 coming out PC games are getting worried their rig will not play it at the best settings. It got me wondering how much I have paid over the last 3 years for PC hardware. I have gone through 5 graphics cards 3 motherboards, various ram, 3 power supplies, multiple hard drives, 2 cases,fans,2 processors.........

All this and i'm now thinging that I will need to go quad core even though my rig is eating games right now. Is it an obsession? I remember I upgraded my pc originally as it would be cheaper and better than a console. I got a 8400 gts and a slower core 2 duo(cant even remember which one) since then I have went to 8800gts, 1x 9800 gt to 9800 gt sli , gtx460 and now gtx 560. Its probbaly cost me in the region of 3k with all the upgrades in the last 3 years. This is not saving me a penny and before this I was happy with my PS2.


Is it just me? what are your views one it? are we obsessed with getting the highest settings possible even though console quality would be fine? Do forums liek these make you feel like you are the only one not getting the newest hardware?
Just gonna list cpu's and gpu's

cpu's
E5200
E8400
i7 920
i7 920
1055t
1055t
550BE
i5 750
i5 2500k

Gpu's
8800gts EVGA
7600gt EVGA
4850x2 sapphire
4850 Sapphire
4670 Gigabyte
gtx 275 PNY
gtx 275 EVGA
5770 Sapphire
5770 Sapphire
5770 HIS
5850 Visiontek
GTX 460 EVGA
6870 Gigabyte
6870 Gigabyte
570 PNY

pretty sure thats everything in the last 2-3 years.....way, way to much crap

EDIT: the doubles were not on accident either....
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Well Crysis 2 is not that demanding at all right now, so no worries there.
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On the one hand, it sucks that there aren't many games like Crysis 1, that really do give cards a run for their money.

On the other hand, it's nice to always have too much gpu horsepower.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain Bucket View Post
On the one hand, it sucks that there aren't many games like Crysis 1, that really do give cards a run for their money.

On the other hand, it's nice to always have too much gpu horsepower.
You can't have that.
 
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I know how you feel. It's not really worth it. Why I went back to my two year upgrade path

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post #9 of 124
we also use computers for other 'things'....
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I'm not too concerned, although upgrading your computer overtime will get obviously expensive
     
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