I posted this in the software forum by accident previously
I've had my 3400+ 64bit, 1GB RAM and 6800 Ultra PC for two years with obviously no upgrade and no formats...It was a total beast when I first got it.
I have far too much work related software and other stuff which would just be a total headache to reinstall and I 've never run into a problem where I need to format and run registry cleaners, virus scans and tune-up utitlies every week as well as the actual hardware a full clean once a month. I also haven't run into a game that wont run on the settings I play them at, which is a simple 1024X768 with no AA/AF but detail settings on high. These include Hitman 4, FEAR, Battle For Middle Earth 2 and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. I get excellent results in general performance tests. I mainly use the PC for music production and video editing and post-production work (small videography business and film school projects)
Basically, the point of this thread is whether or not I should look at upgrading...I have an AGP motherboard (Asus K8NE-Deulux) so if I got a new 3D Card like an 8800GTX, I'd need a new motherboard and then might as well get a new CPU too. So it comes to down to whether or not I should spend a shitload on upgrading my PC or look into a next-gen console and small HDTV...
Do the current specs still have life in them for the way I play my games?
Also, should I not worry about formatting if I don't a problem? This system has treated me beautifully from day one and I've never had the need to, but I've heard that it's good to format at least once a year.