I want to spec out a new gaming system (especially one that will run StarCraft 2 well). Should that question be asked on Gaming or on Super User?
I'm really not fond of questions that ask for building a system for a specific game, because:
- We might end up getting such a question every time a popular new game comes out.
- The answers for all the questions about games released in the same time-frame are bound to all be similar to each other.
- These kind of questions are quite time-localized anyway.
At the very least, I would like the questions to be more broad, e.g. "what kind of system can play new games released in 2010, such as Starcraft II, on the highest quality with 1680x1050 resolution?". The user posting the question will get precisely the same answers, but now that question and answers will be useful for additional games.
Likewise, I dislike questions such as "can this system run this game". These questions are quite localized and are of very low usefulness to others; we should focus on teaching how to fish rather than handing out fish, anyway.
More examples of good questions:
More examples of bad questions:
It has been agreed multiple times that we should not base scope decisions based on what other sites do.
So I say -- if your main requirement is gaming performance, ask away. It is reasonable to assume that other games are interested in answers and experience the performance of their own hardware on a daily basis.
I'd much rather see a question:
How can I tell if my computer will be able to run [insert game]?
How do you built a computer that can play new games?
In which case the answer should explain something about the importance of certain pieces of hardware like your GPU or RAM during gaming. And then point to trustworthy resources that continuously benchmark hardware, so people can be self-sufficient and find out for themselves what they need!