Originally Posted by xoleras
So what happens when said casual gamer buys metro 2033 or crysis at best buy and comes home? Tough luck?
Most of the casual gamers I have spoken with have never even heard of those titles. The casual gamer usually isn't aware of anything that's not on a console. And in any event I'm sure the pc could do them on lower settings just fine. Here's a quote taken from a review of oneconfigured up to $999:
"The X51's gaming performance isn’t exactly mind-blowing, but it is strong. On our Crysis 2 benchmark, it posted a frame rate of 46.2 frames per second at a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and fairly high settings. You can certainly eke out more frames if you turn the visual details down a bit, but that’s excellent performance for a PC at this price. On Dirt 3 at the same resolution and settings, the X51 produced a rate of 84.3 fps."
For someone who wants to buy a pc and also play games from time to time, I don't think it's that awful of a deal.