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Couldn't you use a TV as a monitor?
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PC gaming is more expensive for me wink.gif I only use the console for fighting games, sports and selected 1st-party titles.
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That part is true, but a single hardware component can be sold off for more than what you'd get for 5 of your console games.

if you sold off you components where are you going to get new ones? if you are lucky then you might find a great deal but I think for a lot of pc gamers out there, if they sell their old stuff, then they want new stuff, and newer components that can play games aren't cheap(okay some are)

I think PC gamers definitely pay more, but that PC gamers also enjoy the greatest freedom

Why is my latest edit not showing up in my post? This has happened to me since the new OCN change.

Everything I've listed so far is using brand new parts from Newegg. You can nearly halve the cost if you shop on OCN/other places for used parts.

I sold my 4870X2 last year for $330 on eBay, and bought my GTX570 on Newegg for $360 - $30 rebate. ZERO cost upgrade. And oh, lols, it arrived to my buyer in CA a little bit damaged. The rear bracket was a bit bent. USPS sent me a full reimbursement of $330 and I cut the buyer a portion of it so that he can buy a new bracket. I sold my LGA775 motherboard, Q6600, 212+ and RAM for $170 (I probably could have gotten more than that, I sold it to a friend that was in need and I was feeling generous) and spent $350 total on my new motherboard, RAM, cooler, and SSD. That puts my total upgrade cost at about $200 out of pocket (minus the extra $330 USPS reimbursement), after 3.5 years of having the same PC. Yea, I won my 2500k here on OCN, and that cut down on the cost, but even then, it goes for $150 often at Microcenter, $200 on Newegg, and there's also Intel Retail Edge.

If I were in the same scenario for a console upgrade, I'd be lucky to get ~$100 for my 3 year old console, $1-$5 for each of its games, and maybe $20 for any extra accessories. Then, I'd fork out a full $400-$500 for the next gen console in addition to $60 for a few games to start with, because who buys a new console without any games to play on it? I'd say the upgrade costs of a console are a bit higher than on a PC, mostly because of what little of your original investment you recover in reselling the hardware.

I mean once again, yes, I fully understand and agree that plenty of people don't WANT to deal with learning how to put together PC parts (as simple as it is, it's all common sense; color, shape, and label matching parts and wires to their appropriate slots and pins) and just want a "plug it in and play" experience. That's a different topic than the one at hand, which is price. My argument is solely regarding the price differences. Console gamers have this belief that a gaming PC costs thousands of dollars and are insanely difficult to put together. My very first custom build took me 2 hours to get 100% right. I knew where all the hardware went, I just had a hard time figuring out the power switch/etc. pins because my first motherboard was an insanely low budget PCChips with all Chinese instructions.
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Why is my latest edit not showing up in my post? This has happened to me since the new OCN change. This is what I added to my post above:

I mean once again, yes, I fully understand and agree that plenty of people don't WANT to deal with learning how to put together PC parts (as simple as it is, it's all common sense; color, shape, and label matching parts and wires to their appropriate slots and pins) and just want a "plug it in and play" experience. That's a different topic than the one at hand, which is price. My argument is solely regarding the price differences. Console gamers have this belief that a gaming PC costs thousands of dollars and are insanely difficult to put together. My very first custom build took me 2 hours to get 100% right. I knew where all the hardware went, I just had a hard time figuring out the power switch/etc. pins because my first motherboard was an insanely low budget PCChips with all Chinese instructions. Now, it takes me maybe 45 minutes including wiring everything up neatly.
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Not keeping up with the enemy's movements I see. It seems the majority of PC gamers are blind to the fact that Consoles have evolved beyond just a means to play a game. Many people (adults), such as myself, use them as living room media hubs (with some medium gaming). I don't get why us PC gamers are so thick headed in understanding the appeal of a console over a PC.

Can you record your footage while listening to some music while racing cars on a console?

Can you work on your excel worksheet?

Can you stream a film to the TV while you play games on your monitor, and chat with friends on a secondary screen?

Can you...? I could keep going that way forever.


Consoles' main purpose is gaming. Sure you can watch movies. But would you buy a console to watch movies? Of course not! That is the point.
   
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Again, the price difference isn't [PC]/[Console]. Everyone needs a computer.

The price difference is [GamingPC-PC]/[Console].
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Can you record your footage while listening to some music while racing cars on a console?
Can you work on your excel worksheet?
Can you stream a film to the TV while you play games on your monitor, and chat with friends on a secondary screen?
Can you...? I could keep going that way forever.
Consoles' main purpose is gaming. Sure you can watch movies. But would you buy a console to watch movies? Of course not! That is the point.

That is one of the biggest things i have, my PC does more than my console with little extra cost. Most people require a PC anyways, so if you put that with the price of a console your running $500 anyways. Might as well get a decent PC.
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Again, the price difference isn't [PC]/[Console]. Everyone needs a computer.
The price difference is [GamingPC-PC]/[Console].

No, your comparing high end gaming PC to a console. There is still the low end budget bracket, though the middle budget has kind of diminished. I can make a system now, without m/kb, for 300-400 (price of a new console released) that plays everything and future games.

I lied when I said I wouldn't visit this again, it's turned out to not be a hate fest.
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post #168 of 214
For me, the control of a mouse and keyboard is priceless.
Costs, whatever they may be, be damned.

On topic:
This article...I don't get the feeling that it's very well written. I'd articulate more, but..bleh.
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It is costly alright and it runs out-dated too fast compared to consoles which can run newer games just fine (at lower quality of course).
    
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lol I've got JACK in my computer.
$39 for my Graphics card
$55 for my CPU
and like $39 for my mouse/keyboard i got years ago.
everything else was given to me for doing somework for a friend

May mpt run max settings but I still manage to play stuff...

And what I don't get is people saying PC gaming costs more then console.
You most likely already have a decent computer<<< At least a core 2 duo and about 2gb of RAM that you use for every day stuff..
For the price of a Xbox or PS3 you could go buy a mid grade Graphics card, some extra RAM and maybe pick up a decent PSU.
BLAM!!

Not only that but it will save on t=the electric bill aswell.
Where your PC is on 99% of the time your console is on, now you only have a PC running while you game.thumb.gif

Just sayin'
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