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Well here's the general cost if you don't want to have +60 fps max settings in every game; more like +60 fps on high settings.
253
More one pricing:
300
All from this website.
post #22 of 190
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Originally Posted by ginger_nuts View Post

Gaming on a PC is becoming a minority, but for a good reason wink.gif



Probably one of the most ignorant statements that has ever been posted on this site.
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Odp: Should I get into pc gaming or not?

Imagine playing Baldur's Gate or Planescape: Torment with a pad
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I have been a casual PC player for a long time but the system in my sig is actually my first first custom build that wasn't passed down from somebody else. I after owning this PC for a while I realized two things... First I will never go back to a pre-built system and second I have lost around 65% interest in consoles.

Some of the things I enjoy about the PC:

If it breaks I can fix it or replace the necessary part.

Mouse and Keyboard (I still play FPS games on consoles occasionally but I'll probably never be willing to spend full price on one again).

I'm spoiled by a constant 60 FPS... still want to try 120hz biggrin.gif

Games are cheaper than consoles (forget 50 dollars vs 60 wait until you meet Steam.)

Games seem to have a longer life span on PC. I can catch up on some older games I missed without needing a 480i tubeTV or overpriced HD collection.

Strategy games and MMOs only really exist on PC (some people may jokingly add FPS to this list after trying mouse and keyboard)

Graphics are better than consoles ... I didn't really have to say that.

Mods. I can't imagine elder scroll games without community improvements. The things people can do for old games is amazing.

I can still use game controllers if I want to.

I can upgrade frequently if I want to.

The PC gaming community tend to be older/more mature than console players.

I can do more than just play games and specific apps on my PC.




Things I don't like about PC.

Generally no split-screen gaming so it's less party friendly.

You need to take minimum system requirements into mine if your system is really old.

You get temped to upgrade far more than necessary.

My PC is a lot heavier and harder to carry around than consoles.



Conclusion:
I use to consider consoles as my main gaming machines, but those days are over and I don't see them coming back any time soon. Yes, I think you should try PC gaming and then make your friends try it.
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Obviously the consensus here will be yes get into PC gaming. Honestly, if you can afford to keep up with it, do it. PC is my favorite place to game. But if you can't afford to be upgrading your rig a lot (or at least somewhat regularly, especially compared to the life-cycle of consoles) then you can't go wrong with the consoles now a days...the best part about being a gamer now is no matter where you game you're going to get a great experience. I have fun playing Mass Effect and Call of Duty on my 360 more than I do playing them on my PC to be honest. Some games are better on PC, but most are perfectly enjoyable no matter the platform.
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No, it will consume your life ( don't look at my css hours). redface.gif
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My first reaction would be to agree that consoles are better if you got less cash. But when you think about it you can build a pc that will be significantly better than any console for the cost of less than 2 new consoles. Then you will save money on games and the online subscription fee's, plus you'll have all the benefits mentioned. So in the long run it could work out cheaper than having a console if you do it right. Anyone else thinkin that?

Yes, over time you will spend similar amounts on both, given the same amount of time/effort invested into each by the same person, but up front its easier on the wallet to buy a console.
    
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No, it will consume your life ( don't look at my css hours). redface.gif
31.5 hrs / 2294 hrs

That's not, too bad :/
post #29 of 190
The whole "PC gaming is dying" is so bull. I say grab a Pc and do it try it out. You will have a lot of fun. If you play skyrim battlefield or want to get into mmos and stuff its a no brainer Pc

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+ Play games from years ago, I can still play games like Doom which was released in 1994, Quake and Duke3D online thanks to the community who developed ports for the games. You can use DOSBOX for games that were developed for DOS 20+ years ago. Most games as far as 10yrs back will just run without any work-arounds.
+ Emulators. Every single Atari 2600, Nintendo, Sega Master, Genesis, SNES, 3DO, Jaguar, N64, ect. game can be played on one 300 dollar PC. Even Wii games.
+ Make content. Build your own maps and mods and play with people in them.
+ Servers. Set up your own dedicated server and customize the gameplay.
+ Community. Mostly mature, artistic and selfless. Mostly wink.gif
+ Flexibility. Hardware and software. I could go on for hours.

The price to power ratio is also absurdly in PC's favor. Assuming that you already have a monitor/TV, keyboard and mouse, 300 dollars worth of PC hardware can be many times more powerful than 300 dollars worth of console hardware.

There's almost no reason not to have at least a cheap low end PC.
Edited by pengs - 2/11/12 at 12:31pm
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