Do you lower everything until you can get 60+ at native resolution? Or do you go for more graphical effects at a lower frame rate? Obviously this only applies to machines that can't max every game at 120fps.
It depends on the game. Some games I'm fine with them at 20-30 fps because they're low on action anyway... other games I need 60FPS at the minimum.... mostly I just aim for "smooth gameplay". If I notice the framerate is dropping (or being unstable) then that's a failure. If I don't notice it, then it doesn't really matter what it is.
It feels like I spend more time switching back and forth to the settings menu than actually playing my games. I guess with a little more PC gaming experience I'll learn which settings have the biggest impact on performance. On average, how many fps could I add by overclocking my CPU and gpu?