I know the argument about how quick things go outdated, usually right after you buy the latest and greatest. But I know that I, after about 5 years, gamed on a relatively low budget system, and was happy with it for a long time! My last rig was a Dell with a 1 GHz P3, Geforce 4 ti 4600 (remember when these were the best?), and 512 mb of ram. And this system lasted all the way through Serious Sam 2! I got into my new car, a Mustang GT, so I got out of computers for about the last 2 years, but have decided that after trying to play some of the new games, it is about time to retire it.
I was actually very happy with it, even if it couldn't pump out the 100+ framerates on Half-Life 2, but it did put out a pretty consistent 20-30 fps. Now I'm going all out on a new rig. I want a Core 2 Extreme 2.66 quad, duel geforce 8800 gtx's(probably evga), 2 gig corsair ram, all put together on an asus striker extreme, an Apevia X-Discovery case(Newegg.com - APEVIA X-DISCOVERY-AL Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
) and come liquid cooling (haven't thought of what type yet though). Anybody else still have an old school rig? Post it here! I would like to hear about what old school rigs still try to pump out the frames on new games.