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This is my endless dream, to keep upgrading my PC!
    
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You seriously have problems.. lol. If you, or anyone else for that matter can't create 1 rig to last you 5 years then ya should stay on a Xbox
I completly disagree with this. My first upgrade was all I could afford and then from then I upgraded bit by bit using what I could afford. I cannot afford to go out and get an i7 processor and a motherboard and ram to match.

So maybe the only problem is money
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Likewise. When I do game it's only COD or L4D2 normally.

I think that's why I don't really care about the latest catalyst drivers or GPU refreshes, I see it more as a hobby than a neccessity.
Exactly. Both COD and L4D2 could be probably played fine with a 5770. If I'm honest it is quite alot to do with the looks of the machine I like. I also enjoy benchmarking, setting myself targets and beating them.

I also know that before the end of the year I will have a new CPU, motherboard and probably graphics card setup. I've already got 8GB of DDR3 sitting on my desk waiting to be used.
Edited by Willhemmens - 3/23/11 at 3:21am
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rofl yeah to be fair you dont HAVE to upgrade it all the time and if you are sensible you can still have great performance.

for example my first pc was a p4 640 3.2 ghz ht was great with 2gb of ram! 533mhz ram XD on a gigabyte motherboard and pci express graphics! a little radeon x800 and it was cool played battlefield 2 and just about 2142 but then got old. So I bought a radeon x1950xt just as the 8800 series came out *facepalm* so i sold it to my brother and got an 8800gts 320mb for a total upgrade cost of about 20 quid

then about a year later i bought a new core system, an e6550, p5ne sli and some ocz platinum ram and literally only just replaced the entire system a few months ago so thats about 2-3 years per system overhaul at a cost of about 400 pounds an overhaul.

If i looked at the cost of my games alone if i bought them for consolse as opposed to steam sales (which rock!) id make my money back tenfold, sometimes its not just the hardware that costs. And ive always had better graphics than console anyway.

so yeah if you upgrade sensibly and keep an eye out for good deals then good pc gaming isnt always that expensive
    
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I orginally spent £200 to build my computer last year, since then ive spent about double that upgrading it with HDD's, CPU Cooler/s, Power Supply's, just about everything really.
    
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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.
You do realize you are part of the group that is killing PC gaming right?

Also, I've tried PC gaming but didn't find it nearly as enjoyable as playing on my console. So I went back.
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I understand your statement op, because i had my old 4850 that was getting old, i spend about 500$ upgrading to sli 560 and now, no game to play... really my setup is in idle all day. I wait for 3 game that will come out in 1-2 years.. skyrim, bioshock infinite, diablo 3... and all of those game (except maybe d3) will be on ps3.. so it was kind of useless. But i was proud to upgrade it then playing metro 2033 at max for a time and benchmarking, but after that.. i still got d2 nezermontias installed... And i'm waiting until the games that is worthy to my eyes and my wallet come out.
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I feel your pain OP, just now I was looking at threads and guys were talking about what graphic card would max out BF3... My computer isnt the best but I still get head shots on any game I play. To tell you the truth there probably isnt a better computer than mine within a 10 mile radius of where I live.
Lol you don't think there's a better computer than yours in Miami?
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There's no need for two graphics cards these days unless you go insane with resolution like with Eyefinity perhaps and even then I wonder...
One Radeon 5870/6970 or GeForce GTX 570/580 is by my experience, a top performer for everything you throw at it at 1920x1080, maximum anti-aliasing, maximum settings, etc, etc (for any game I play). That's why I always think SLI and Crossfire are just there to make NVIDIA and AMD more revenue at the end of the year (there, I said it! ).

A decent enough quad core CPU such as an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5-2500K is more than enough to eat any game you throw at it. Add to that 4GB to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and you're sorted.

It doesn't run you down so much at all. The problem comes in when you need constant performance enhancements for things such as rendering (3ds Max, in my case). Either that or you get an upgrade OCD which REQUIRES you to get the best and latest each and every time without any sense for what you're getting extra. I find people who have two GeForce GTX 580s, both bought together when they first released pretty much covers this OCD bit. If anything you'd buy a second card if and when you notice just one card lags you (as if it would, especially when overclocked!).

So yeah, in conclusion, I very much agree - for gaming there isn't much point. My brother is very, very good at this because he upgrades every four years or so. He recently got an Intel Core i5-2500K system with 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a Radeon 5850 (he bought this card a few months back before the 6000 series came out). He has now bought an SSD as well so I guarantee that he's right in that his games will not lag for another four years or so.

I'm weaker than him. I don't upgrade graphics cards often, because new DirectX features are rarely used these days and decent cards these days are top performers for years (without SLI or Crossfire, too! ). CPU-wise however, I like to keep up quite a bit for 3ds Max. Watercooling is also an expensive hobby to get into but it's cool!
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There's no need for two graphics cards these days unless you go insane with resolution like with Eyefinity perhaps and even then I wonder...
One Radeon 5870/6970 or GeForce GTX 570/580 is by my experience, a top performer for everything you throw at it at 1920x1080, maximum anti-aliasing, maximum settings, etc, etc (for any game I play). That's why I always think SLI and Crossfire are just there to make NVIDIA and AMD more revenue at the end of the year (there, I said it! ).

A decent enough quad core CPU such as an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5-2500K is more than enough to eat any game you throw at it. Add to that 4GB to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and you're sorted.

It doesn't run you down so much at all. The problem comes in when you need constant performance enhancements for things such as rendering (3ds Max, in my case). Either that or you get an upgrade OCD which REQUIRES you to get the best and latest each and every time without any sense for what you're getting extra. I find people who have two GeForce GTX 580s, both bought together when they first released pretty much covers this OCD bit. If anything you'd buy a second card if and when you notice just one card lags you (as if it would, especially when overclocked!).

So yeah, in conclusion, I very much agree - for gaming there isn't much point. My brother is very, very good at this because he upgrades every four years or so. He recently got an Intel Core i5-2500K system with 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a Radeon 5850 (he bought this card a few months back). He has now bought an SSD as well so I guarantee that he's right in that his games will not lag for another four years or so.

I'm weaker than him. I don't upgrade graphics cards often, because new DirectX features are rarely used these days and decent cards these days are top performers for years (without SLI or Crossfire, too! ). CPU-wise however, I like to keep up quite a bit for 3ds Max. Watercooling is also an expensive hobby to get into but it's cool!
Gib007 is absolutely correct..
i think that once make a gaming rig and play games.....
obviously a gaming rig is a powerful one to do many more types of other things....
Now once your computer grows old...stop playing it with all the effects at max! simple... turn some of them down..... it really wont hurt !
then when your pc has really got old minimize to the best playable graphics setting ... remove junk from ur system that acomodated in the past years.. things do get there... now possibly you can think of a new rig.....
When your pc just cant take it... like my Pentium D 805... then what are you waiting??? throw that junk and get a new one!!!!
it isnt so that once you have a gaming pc... you can play all the games on it for the next coming years!!! even xbox would need an upgrade!!!

it isnt necessary to play alll the games at full settings.... is it???
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