My laptop is basically obsolete for gaming. The last game i played on it was Starcraft 2 and it struggled at low settings.
I've been wanting to build a legit tower pc for a while now - is this the right time to jump in? I'm getting kind of unhappy with the performance on the modern consoles. I know that there were landmark times in PC specs like when the 8800 card came out and the GTX whatever (I am very unfamiliar with PC hardware) where everything that came after was really just incremental upgrades on that base performance level.
Do you think that an $800 PC build right now would be able to last through part of the coming console generation? Similar to how building a PC in 2005-2006 might have lasted you through most of the current console generation? I figure if I get a good 4-5 years of use out of a system it's a good value. Is it pretty easy to upgrade and stay relatively current as well?
I know nobody has any way of predicting this but console games really do dictate the pace of the performance/graphics of modern games and I just want to build a PC that will be able to keep up with the coming generation the way the 8800 was pretty much able to keep up with Xbox 360/PS3 level development.
Guess I'm just wondering with things like DirectX 11 becoming more common I want a card that will be able to push games taking advantage of those higher spec features, but it sounds like maybe support/hardware power isn't quite there for DirectX 11 yet? Thanks for the input, duders.