What I don't understand is the fact that many of the next gen games, ie. Far Cry support resolutions that are outrageously high and therefore there will always be the urge for those with even the highest end of hardware to try and achieve speed in the higher tiers of resolution. My setup is listed below and I have difficulty maintaining a consistently smooth game of Far Cry at 1280x1024xhigh. That's my philosophical outlook.
One more thing i'd like to mention is that in Far Cry, i'm displeased with the fact i'm not able to change the Render Mode settings as they're locked on Normal and i've found now way of getting around that as of yet. I'm quite happy with my rig and will continue to find software optimizations because i'm a firm believer that people shouldn't be pissing away money all the time because software can demand too much or a strong driver release isn't always going to be around.
P4 3.0ghz /w HT
1024 RAM PC 3200
AIW RADEON 9700 PRO