i definetly agree it ridiculous. From what I can tell the REAL requirements are more like this:
-AthlonXP (any speed), Northwood Pentium4 (any speed), or hella overclocked PIII Tulatin
-256DDR or higher (512 highly recommended)
-4gig on at least UDMA/100 (more recommended because you know you'll be downloading new maps off servers)
-GF3 TI, GF4 TI, Radeon 8500, Radeon 9000Pro, Radeon 9700
And the release date, as much as it stinks how late it is the truth is that they REALLY want to release the perfect game. They continue to improve and fix and change the code. No build is quite like that other.
Athlon64 3200 Clawhammer / Asus K8N-E Deluxe / 1GB Crucial DDR400 / Geforce 6600GT 128MB AGP / Windows XP Pro