It may just be me but most of the problems i've heard of with the original Crysis is when running XP.
I've never really had a problem pushing 30~35 FPS @ 1680x1050 (MED settings) with my underpowered rig. The worst that happened was I left F@H on when I started Crysis and I didn't get my CPU back so frames dipped into the low teens (cough).
I'm just tired of having to cut corners to play it and want to experience the game with all the goodies on, of course Crysis isn't the only game, Far Cry (2), Timeshift, GTA4, Warhead, Grid, Dead Space, COD4/5 , Mass Effect, and even Guitar Hero 3 :P, not to mention I'm tired of always scoring a 3dMark 06 score just shy of 10k (9875~9965 avg) .... It'll never hit 10 K lol such a tease ( of course being able to overclock my CPU may just fix that but NOO I just had to buy the ********* mobo known to man)
Anyways, I've read alot of reviews and have concluded for myself that a set of GTX 260 (216) in SLI will perform just as well as the GTX285 (stock vs stock and overclocked vs overclocked using reference versions of the boards)
And heat is always an issue to me so I prefer two cards running faster and cooler vs 1 hunk of a card just crunching massive numbers.
So here's my plan, see how this stacks up
Asus P6T LGA 1366 x58
Newegg.com - ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
i7 920 (gonna over clock the **** out of it after being in my ECS based cage for so long)
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
OCZ 3gb 7-7-7-7-24 CS latency DDR3 10666
Newegg.com - OCZ 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
and xFx's diamond
Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
for now I'll use just the one GTX 260 and once I get more money it should come down even more and run me right about the same price as the GTX295 without having having to wait even longer for one big expense
not to mention I believe I should be able to push some nice numbers in SLI to compete against the GTX 295 once I OC (assuming I can get like results of most of the reviews I've seen)
I'm gonna use the HDD, PSU, and case I already have as it has more than ample cooling.