If your going to build your own rig, make sure you read my sticky thread New Computer build? Test the hardware first.
Don't believe everything you read on gaming forums regarding what sort of hardware you need. There was a point in gaming where I thought that if PC games continued developing the way they were, taking advantage of continually improving PC hardware, I wouldn't be able to afford the regular more powerful and expensive hardware upgrades that I would have to keep paying for.
What is really happening now though, is that it is rare to find a PC game that was actually made for PC. Now they are being made for consoles and then ported as an afterthought for PC with a whole bag of console tricks, like capped frame rates (30max for consoles) and narrowed field of view (far fewer pixels needed) and far less texture detail. This means forget about supercharged top-end hardware, you will never need it. What you have now would be fine with a medium range card, a quality 400w PSU and another fan.
It's a zero-sum game for game developers. Make games for low-end hardware consoles (now very old and nothing new on the horizon) that are very numerous, common and port the PC versions, or continue making use of the ever increasing PC hardware advances in PC development, but with an inevitable slide in the amount of PCs capable of playing them and thus sales?
"Forget the graphics, just concentrate on the gameplay" seems to be a common, promoted mantra nowadays among young gamers.
These modern games are really made for gamepads and the PC versions (mostly) play horribly with a keyboard and mouse. I'm not buying anymore new games. Read Dannyboy's
in this forum which applies to most newish games (the "consolization" of PC gaming?).
Who knows, Flight-sim games still seem to be made for PCs, so they might just be the way to go
Edited by Lee, 21 March 2012 - 10:00 AM.