My gfx-card (ATI x800 pro) was nowhere near even the bottom of Tom's Hardware tests. And I've hardly played anything but WoW with it...wasted my money on it back then, I did.
I find it a bit odd that games are also still pushing Moore's envelope. But then again it is only a few games that can provide the quality of content that Bioshock supposedly does.
The trick is trying to avoid wasting my money this time - a colleague just assembled a fairly nice machine for about 3000 Dkr in parts, which is peanuts. I'd like to spend a bit more maybe - but then again come 6 months and it's worth half already.
The worst thing is RAM systems - I tried to find an internet guide on it but most are 5-6 years old. Luckily, I found this table - which also shows the formula by which SDRAM is calculated. One of those things you need to study again each time you need it :)
RAM type Theoretical max. bandwidth SDRAM 100 MHz 100 MHz X 64 bit= 800 MB/sec SDRAM 133 MHz 133 MHz X 64 bit= 1064 MB/sec DDRAM 200 MHz (PC1600) 2 X 100 MHz X 64 bit= 1600 MB/sec DDRAM 266 MHz (PC2100) 2 X 133 MHz X 64 bit= 2128 MB/sec DDRAM 366 MHz (PC2600) 2 X 166 MHz X 64 bit= 2656 MB/sec RDRAM 600 MHz 600 MHz X 16 bit= 1200 MB/sec RDRAM 700 MHz 700 MHz X 16 bit= 1400 MB/sec RDRAM 800 MHz 800 MHz X 16 bit= 1600 MB/sec