You're picking games where they're both still playable at was looks to be maximum settings. Throw them at a more demanding game and you'll see something like this
Crysis Warhead benchmark, where the 280 is putting out 22FPS vs the 260's 19. The 280 is still technically ~20% faster than the 260, but nobody cares because neither one is playable. The only time a 20% difference will come into play is when you're in the valley between "maxed out and smooth" and "choppy". As time goes on the percentage of games in that valley will shrink until GPUs become effectively identical.
EvanED wrote:My thinking was the same -- I could carry the case forward to my next computer, while moving the guts of my current computer into the case of my current-previous computer. And it really is a great case.
But you know, I'm not sure I will actually do that.
I'm still rocking a case from 2004, I know the feeling.
First, re. your first point (buying more than you need today is silly), I think it's crazy to not overprovision HDD by at least a bit.
Absolutely. From my perspective a 128GB is already over provisioning - right now I really don't need more than 64GB on a SSD. I can't tell someone else how much space they really need, though, which is why I didn't say anything to begin with.
KnightExemplar wrote:Wait, mentioning major architectural shifts works against your argument.
Consider this, how much is that overclocked DDR2 RAM worth in a modern build?
Answer: Ziltch. No modern motherboard takes DDR2 RAM. Its completely obsolete. Its only useful for much older legacy computers.
I don't think I made myself clear. Whatever mobo/CPU/RAM goes into this build will still be there in 5+ years. Whatever GPU goes into this build will be gone (if it were my box) in 2, if not less. The potential for a slight speedup due to RAM will be there for the life of the computer, while the 20% GPU benefit will be gone in two. The 20% is also of more limited utility while it's there; pushing 80FPS instead of 70 doesn't matter at all, but finishing an encode slightly faster can be a real benefit.
It isn't a purely rational decision to spend 50% more for a low single digit performance differential, but as I said to begin with a $1000 gaming box isn't purely rational either - you can squeeze roughly the same shiny flashy pixel experience out of $500.