PC gamers have been getting less good excuses to splash out on a new video card or upgrade their CPU these days. With developers focused more and more focused on consoles, the PC is just another port of a game designed to run primarily on locked down hardware that is now five years old.
We're wondering how new most people's gaming rigs are, and whether you're planning to upgrade any components soon?
There's been some great hardware steps this year. The new Core line of Intel chips and ATI's 5000 series of GPUs mean there's a few genuine jumps in capability to be found. But most games of the past two years haven't exactly been crushing even a lower end Core2Duo, and even a $200 video card from a few years ago can deliver a cozy enough gaming experience today.
But this is a Crysis year, so there's at least one reason for the true believers to upgrade and see a real difference.
Will this matter to you? How old is your current rig, and are you happy? Or happy 'enough'? Or are you planning to pull the trigger again soon and grab new hardware — whether a new GPU, or a whole new system (whether desktop or 'gaming laptop')?