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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.

THIS^^^^
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31.5 hrs / 2294 hrs
That's not, too bad :/

That doesn't show the first 4 or 5 years of playing css frown.gif ( 4000 hrs or so)
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better graphics, better physics, more players (bf3 on console - 24 players max, bf3 on pc - 64 players max), potential for better frame rates if your build is good enough, free user mods and other content for games, dont have to pay a subscription every year just to be able to play games online, cheaper games, if a piece of hardware breaks or you get software problems you can diagnose and put it right yourself, using a mouse to aim of frist person shooters etc, the list goes on....
the main downsides are the cost of building a good rig and missing out on some amazing console exclusive games. i end up buying a console from time to time just to play games like forza, gran turismo, uncharted, metal gear solid, red dead redemption etc...
i've tried to switch to consoles but i always come crawling back to pc gaming. its a love and hate relationship. you will find problems a little more difficult to deal with in the early days but just keep coming to forums like this and you'll learn a bunch of stuff in no time. learning how to keep your computer clean, tidy and a bit of knowledge in optimizing settings is the main thing you need to know. updating drivers and patching games manually is something you'll need to get used to as well, although a lot of that stuff can be done automatically these days.
if you want any tips on this stuff in more detail then i will be happy to help thumb.gif

I'm pretty proficient in patching, updating, drivers, etc. But what I could always use is more gaming buddies on the PC biggrin.gif
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I would highly recommend PC Gaming but only if you have the money to put into it and some knowledge of how to maintain it and fix general issues that you may come across. Otehrwise it can be a bit of a headache.

If you have the money to spend, games are incredible compared to ps3 / xbox and you wont be dissapointed!
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I have the time, the money and the proficiency with updating, installing drivers and all that. I just was more worried about player counts, I plan on building soon. I'd be more than up to playing with you guys, not too many of my friends play on a regular basis tongue.gif
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I'm not really into multiplayer games and still love pc gaming. Single player is still a lot of fun. I'd say if your planning on building a rig, do it around march / april when IvyBridge and Keplar arrive, then you can buy the latest technology. If you buy now, u'll be wanting to upgrade again in a couple of months no doubt.
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I enjoy playing console, pc interests me, but I'm worried about low numbers of players or issues with crashing, etc and all the problems that could come along with pc gaming. I have some friends who play on PC, but I am thinking about building soon... if I can make up my mind, but I don't know if i should just stick to console. Try and convince me why it's a good idea to build a gaming pc... biggrin.gif

Game's are packed full! As far as the PC's crashing and stuff. DO YOU HOMEWORK! read read read read read!!!! when you order parts, read the user manual off the mfg's web site before you order it. Do every thing you can to learn what your doing and minimize the noob effect and your golden. Find some one on OCN.net that is willing give you tips and pointer's as you go. take your time and don't rush. All the info you can gather here off OCN.net is priceless, I'm not even kidding. There is a wealth of info at your finger tips. Just start reading threads on here and save your money, you'll meed about $750-$1000 for a decent PC setup. You can spend more if your budget allow's too. I would keep reading them make up your mind:)

The only downside to PC gaming IMO is the cost. Its expensive but after gaming on a PC for so long I refuse to use a console.
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PC gaming is what got me into computers. I had an old desktop POS and tried gaming. From there I learned how to build my own PC and all the bugs and glitches that came along with it, but you know, it is a great skill to have, especially when you get so many friends asking you how to fix their PCs. I love it. You will use what you learn and build a foundation on that knowledge. It is priceless. I know just about as much as friends that went to college and paid to learn what I learned here on OCN as well as other sites. Do it. You won't regret it. thumb.gif
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Game's are packed full! As far as the PC's crashing and stuff. DO YOU HOMEWORK! read read read read read!!!! when you order parts, read the user manual off the mfg's web site before you order it. Do every thing you can to learn what your doing and minimize the noob effect and your golden. Find some one on OCN.net that is willing give you tips and pointer's as you go. take your time and don't rush. All the info you can gather here off OCN.net is priceless, I'm not even kidding. There is a wealth of info at your finger tips. Just start reading threads on here and save your money, you'll meed about $750-$1000 for a decent PC setup. You can spend more if your budget allow's too. I would keep reading them make up your mind:)
The only downside to PC gaming IMO is the cost. Its expensive but after gaming on a PC for so long I refuse to use a console.

^This. I've used xbox/ps2/x360/ps3/wii for gaming mostly. Until i tried gaming with my pc again after few years.. Then it took me along.. i've spend a load of cash for my rig in a year, but it's totally worth against my consoles. Don't be hasty and buy overpriced crap. This forum has helped me alot also.

You can build a decent gaming rig pretty cheap if you want. Usually ppl plan on buying a pretty cheap gaming rig and end up with buying more high-end parts after all. With Pc you can always upgrade.. with console you can't.
My past rig with E8400 dual core and HD5750 vs X360 was far better with BFBC2 than i imagined.. so that was the breaking point for me.

Go for it! PC gaming ftw! As an owner of all of consoles i recommend it. You won't regret it wink.gif
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ps3 and 360 games are starting to look dated,
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