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post #61 of 124
I personally think we do. Look at my rig rig. Got it the summer after 7th grade. I'm graduating high school in June. It's holds up just fine, and pull 30 FPS on Just Cause 2.

When people like Dorianime above me (no offense to him, but I can see his post while I type this one) say things like "ancient pair" when talking about a GTS 250, that's insane. PC hardware lasts longer than a lot of people on OCN realize. Am I ready for a new PC? Of course I am. I plan on upgrading this year actually, but that's only because of Guild Wars 2, Batman, and Red Orchestra. Plus, I'm seeing the 8 series becoming more and more common as the minimum specs for PC games.

Maybe it's jealousy, maybe it's practicality, maybe I'm just cheap.

VVVVVV Has the right idea. That's the reason I got the 8800 GTX and not a GTS. I didn't want to worry about upgrades for a while.
Edited by Nhb93 - 3/23/11 at 12:49pm
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post #62 of 124
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Originally Posted by OwnedINC View Post
The trick is to not make every little upgrade, and make only the one's that will make noticeable differences.
Agreed 100%

I had my last system for basically 3 years without much upgrades. I built a system with a Q6600, 8800 GTS 512MB and 2 GB of DDR2 memory back when 8800GTS 512MB first hit the market. The only upgrades I performed were purchasing a second 8800GTS 512 for SLI (Factory refurb card for $100) and upgraded from 2GB to 4GB of memory ($50 for 2x1GB DDR2 800 at the time). I ran with that system until August 2010. I could play any game out there at 1920x1080, and only the newest games had to have the settings turned down to medium.

I made the upgrade last August to an X58 i7 system (sig rig). I stuck with my SLI 8800GTS cards for a few months until I had the cash to purchase a GTX570. Now my rig is complete. I'm planning on keeping it this way for another 2-3 years, with the possiblity of adding a second GTX570 in a year or so to give it a little boost.

If you buy smart, and get the best stuff you can afford at the time, you can make a system that will last without feeling the need to upgrade every time something new hits the market. If I had bought a mid range graphics card when I built my system, in about 6 months, that graphics card would need to be replaced. However, by buying a higher end card, I can get years out of it because it has the power to play games that haven't been made yet.

And you don't have to get an expensive system to get a kick a** computer. My first build was only $1250 in parts with $150 in upgrades a year later. That included a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. My current system only cost me $1450, and that includes my watercooling parts. I re-used some things, and replaced others.

My thing has always been to buy smart, stay on top of the technology, and make it last.
    
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post #63 of 124
couple of things here

1. I sell off older hardware to help offset the cost of new upgrades

2a. PC games are generally cheaper and go on sale far sooner than console games (steam sale anyone?), although I suppose things might change for future console generations that move to digital distribution

2b. there are far more free-to-play PC games

3. some of us do more far more with our PCs than just game with them, in fact with CUDA support I now have work related excuses for owning a high end graphics card for a reason other than just gaming

4. this isn't as big of a reason anymore thanks to the bastardization of PC game consolization, but mods for games that do support it are a huge reason the PC gaming experience can be far greater than console gaming
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post #64 of 124
In the past 3 years I have bought this 260gtx $200

A gaming mouse and keyboard 80$ (I was overdue for one, my old keyboard and mouse were custy)

However I did build my rig 3-4 years ago, I feel when Bf3 comes along I will need significant upgrades
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It is true for some people. I'm cheap and bought almost all my parts on sale so it didn't cost me that much. Granted, my setup is OLD as hell, its time to get ready for BF3!
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I am going to sell my stuff and upgrade when Ivy Bridge gets out, other than that.. yes! We are spending so much money for no reason... many people go consoles because to be honest, it's very friendly and cheap, but I love PC and there are just way to many things u can do on PC, so consoles are boring It's worth it!!!!!!!!

*I don't want this to start a flame war, I own all consoles and I love them* Resistance, Uncharted games, etc etc!!! Gears of war
Edited by Lune - 3/23/11 at 1:19pm
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post #67 of 124
I think that GPUs are overpriced. But other than that I just get high end budget parts. And there are always sales, so you can build yourself a good rig without over spending.
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post #68 of 124
Any hobby these days is expensive. After a while of payin out of pocket, everytime I upgrade it costs me little to no xtra $ because I buy and/sell/trade all the time. Right now the only things I change often are the graphics. Everything else I use for a long while to come. Even though I'm looking into a dif CPU thats not necessary.
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You update alot, I'll update my graphics card 3-5 years. If my card doesn't max something out "oh-well".
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My dad is into Aviation and we have kept a vintage 1947 Bonanza running for well over 10 years. If you want to talk about an expensive hobby look nowhere else as mandatory maintenance, annuals, and fees can amount to costs in the tens of thousands. We also built an airplane in the garage a few years back before we obtained the Bonanza, which, although we fabricated a lot of the parts ourselves, was no inexpensive feat.

I look at PCs on the other hand as a rather modest investment. Even if you spend a few thousand dollars you still wouldn't exceed the budgets of automotive enthusiasts.
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