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Yes, you people definitely are spending way too much on your PC hardware.
I'm a PC Gamer for sure, and I get angry when I can't play games on the highest graphics settings or atleast on settings that look great with x1080 resolution.

Now the thing is, everyone overestimates just how much you need to spend on PC hardware. Take my rig for example, the whole thing cost me around $1200 AUD with the monitor, speakers, mouse, mat, keyboard, desk - everything. And then some of you go and spend $1,300 on the 980x/990x CPUs alone.

My rig plays any game I want fine, you can't argue with that - even though I have an Athlon that barely overclocks, there's no game out there at all that stresses it even nearly enough for me to buy a new one.

The most stressful game on the CPU that I can think of is definitely Grand Theft Auto 4. I get over 50 FPS constantly on maximum graphics with the VRAM Memory Hack.

I recently built two computers for my two brothers, 555BE and a GTS250 1GB. I was actually surprised at how well they perform for the $600 (price includes monitor, keyboard/mouse, desk etc.) that was paid for them. The only thing they can't do, being dual core, it play games like Saints Row 2 and GTA4 very well at all, whilst every other game plays perfectly fine at their resolutions (1440x900 / 1920x1080).

Well anyway, I thought I would say this seeing as though a lot of people are getting tri/quad-sli GTX 580 around now. You just don't need it.
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My last PC was a: AMD 3800+ // DDR400

It lasted me... 6 years.. It went through 4 video cards though.
BUT bunch of the hardware made it into my current rig. Monitor, Kbd, Mouse, Speakers, DVD ROM, PSU, Video Card, HDD's.
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I think Crysis 2 will be a real wake up call, I know it was for me. I spent way too much money on my rig over the last year, gearing up not just for Crysis 2, also BC2, Metro 2033, etc. and any other demanding game, only to find out that these games can run just fine with a $200 video card. No need for CF/SLI, three monitors, Extreme Edition CPUs, water cooling etc.

Crysis 2 has really left a void in my experience. I'm already thinking of ways of how I can downscale. Too much money is being spent and we are not being rewarded for it. People are free to do what they want, but stop and think for just a second. Don't build your PC to show off on OCN, build it for your needs and the frequent games you play, and you'll see the need of buying all of this high end crap will subside.
Edited by WorldExclusive - 3/24/11 at 12:00am
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Originally Posted by WorldExclusive View Post
I think Crysis 2 will be a real wake up call, I know it was for me. I spent way too much money on my rig over the last year, gearing up not just for Crysis 2, also BC2, Metro 2033, etc. and any other demanding game, only to find out that these games can run just fine with a $200 video card. No need for CF/SLI, three monitors, Extreme Edition CPUs, water cooling etc.

Crysis 2 has really left a void in my experience. I'm already thinking of ways of how I can downscale. Too much money is being spent and we are not being rewarded for it. People are free to do what they want, but stop and think for just a second. Don't build your PC to show off on OCN, build it for your needs and the frequent games you play, and you'll see the need of buying all of this high end crap will subside.
Just wait for Battlefield 3, and watch your PC weep once again.
post #105 of 124
I'm considering a second 6870 so I can max out settings without dips below 40 fps, but the games I play have been performing so well that it's hard to justify the extra heat and cash.

An SSD would likely be a better investment at this point.

I'm also on my first build and I can see how things quickly add up.
Edited by Annex - 3/24/11 at 12:29am
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post #106 of 124
Just get into Game Design as a profession.

Then every piece of hardware is a business expense, and every game purchase, product research. Works like a charm
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post #107 of 124
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Are we spending too much on PC hardware for gaming????
Definitely! Since June 2009 (taxes INCLUDED):

Core system + Vista: ~$1500

GTX 280: $350

22" Samsung monitor: $340

CPU fans: Noctua NH U12P ($100) then Corsair H50 ($95) + Installation (I was a noob back then, paid them $60 for installation, x 2). Total: $315

2 more HDs: $130 (Seagate) + 200 (WD Caviar Black)

Watercooling (ridiculous shipping prices, bought from at least 3 different online retailers so more money for shipping):

Corsair 800D = $330
Loop = $460
4 GTs + fan controller = $170
Extra stuff for draining loop (QDCs, t splitter, barbs, clamps etc..) = $80
Paste, Killcoil, PTnuke, extra tubing for drainage, tube cutter = $70

New case + watercooling total = ~$1100


New 27" HD monitor: $385


GRAND TOTAL since June 2009: ~$4330 (taxes included)

A lot of it was a huge waste. I shouldn't have originally bought a 1680x1050 monitor, I shouldn't have bought those CPU coolers and paid them to install it (I was a completely noob at that time), and I should have tried to buy all my watercooling stuff from one retailer, though that was pretty much impossible here in Canada. Watercooling killed my wallet, but it was worth it, since I'm pretty much set.

If I have any advice for the noobs transitioning into enthusiasts, is do your research. Don't just buy a monitor because it was "22 whole inches" and it was LCD, pay attention to the details and the resolution. Also learn how to put a computer together YOURSELF, don't waste your money paying a technician to install it for you. I went from never putting a computer together to buying a new case, transferring all the parts over, and even putting together a custom loop, all by myself, in less than a few months. But I couldn't have ever done it without the help of the guys here at OCN, so to any beginners reading this, if you have any questions, ask because many people here will help you out.



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Just wait for Battlefield 3, and watch your PC weep once again.
I'm hoping that this is not going to be the case. In general I think bad performance is due to bad optimisation during games production. I want to play and enjoy this game as much as BC2 but I don't want another Crysis machine breaker.

I think Crysis 2 has been a wake up call for alot of people who are realising you can achieve great results using mid range builds.
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I'm hoping that this is not going to be the case. In general I think bad performance is due to bad optimisation during games production. I want to play and enjoy this game as much as BC2 but I don't want another Crysis machine breaker.

I think Crysis 2 has been a wake up call for alot of people who are realising you can achieve great results using mid range builds.
Well,I can't belive you spent all that money and are still running an e8400and DDR2.That's what we are here for,to prevent situations like this.
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I spend most of my money on Graphics cards and tbf the Motherboard and ram where mega expensive at the time wich is why I have not upgraded again.

Besides it still eats any game you throw at it.
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