Day 136: Sick Framerates, Bro

Well, I knew this day would come eventually.

My PC has been good to me these past few years, even if I probably would have made different purchasing decisions in retrospect, but at the time, I had a lot of disposible income and wanted to overspend for a computer, so I got an Alienware x51, which was a top-of-the-line machine at the time, with an Nvidia GTX660, the most powerful graphics card known to man… until like, a month later. Also, it’s nearly impossible to upgrade.

“Who cares?” said, Past Damien, known idiot. “With this much power, I won’t have to worry about upgrades for YEARS.”

Well, here we are. With the release of the new DOOM (still fun to type), there is now officially a game that I cannot run, even at minimum specs. Now, this particular example doesn’t exactly break my heart, but it is a sign of things to come, and now I’m left to wonder how I can go about an upgrade path, if it would be worth it to save for a new machine entirely, or, the most likely option, simply enjoy any of the thousands of already-released games that I can run just fine. Being honest with myself, I’m probably a good year or so from any significant upgrades, not just for financial reasons, but because those pretty new 1070 and 1080 cards are bound to get cheaper, if not also iterated on yet again within a short timeframe.

I suppose we’ll probably have a better sense of what’s happening with VR as well. As stated previously, the tech and software isn’t exactly lighting the world ablaze, but it also wasn’t expected to. Once we reach a point where the system requirements aren’t so lofty, there will likely be more incentive to create those memorable VR experiences that we’ve been promised our whole lives.

Until then, I have a PC that can run all of the best titles from 2007 at ultra settings. Also, the case has fancy colored lights on it.

That counts for something, right?


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