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Posted: May 16th 2008 2:47PM (Unverified) said

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Upgrade, it's cheaper than you think, and a new good video card will be cheaper than a Nintendo Wii, the crappiest of the consoles that are out.

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB and you can run the game on high. That's a video card that is over a year old, and an easy upgrade.

Simple fact is, PC's cost money. You can buy a console every four years (or a few consoles), or you can upgrade at least once a year.

Do it on a cycle, new mobo/CPU/RAM every three years, but get something that is really good at the time, something that is high-mid range. New video card every other cycle, but get a good one top-end one. It only gets expensive to upgrade when you buy too low, or you don't keep up with your upgrade cycles.

But with PC gaming, you get what you pay for. With consoles, all get the same craptastic crap.

Posted: May 16th 2008 2:55PM (Unverified) said

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Very true, and if you have the money to upgrade, it makes sense to keep up with the "state of the art" in gaming.

Of course, if there is a "free" answer out there, that's good too.

The fact of the matter is that, from a game company perspective, I'm going to design for "next year's hardware" before designing for "last year's hardware". At least Age of Conan will be able to "grow into" the latest and greatest hardware. It will be some time before the game looks dated.

Some might argue that WoW suffers from this, and I don't think there is any question that older games such as EQ have this issue.

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Posted: May 16th 2008 3:46PM Darthus said

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Most of this might not be necessary. The last few patches to the closed beta server have increased FPS and remove stuttering quite significantly.

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