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So to start this off, I will admit that I am mostly a console gamer. The reason for this is for $300ish I can buy hardware which will always run the games designed for it with impressive smoothness and no "tweaking" required.

That being said, I have found that there's still a number of a games that I need a half decent PC to enjoy, mostly because they need a keyboard and mouse to make sense. Right now I'm playing mostly Starcraft 2, Flight Simulator X and Steam FPS's. None of these are very demanding compared to the latest 3D titles, but any kind of stutters or inconsistencies during play annoy the crap out of me.

Anyway to get to the point, I started looking at forums online to see what kind of PC would perform like a PS3 or XBOX360. All I could find however was a slew of completely useless answers stating that you can't possibly compare console specs to PC specs... yes I understand that, consoles are designed for gaming only (not handling heavy operating systems) and it allows manufacturers to streamline their games for specific hardware. But the question is, what PC will run windows, etc. and still give you games that look and have smoothness similar to current gen consoles?

I'm also kind of curious how my current PC (which I know isn't for high-end gaming) compares to my PS3. Could I expect it to (hypothetically) run a 3D game such as say Metal Gear Solid 4?

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HP 2311xi 1080p monitor
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That would, if a perfect emulator existed, beat the absoluete **** out of the PS3. You have a good system there, well, anythings godly compared to console...


The only reason console is able to work because unlike PC, all games are designed around that SPECIFIC set of hardware. Optimizations can be made relatively easy. Now go to the PC market and we're stuck in our own little Fanboy world, AMD VS GTX, AMD VS Intel, so on and so forth.

If you took the PC and gave it the proper optimization, any day of the week it would whoop a Console.
 
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We do not have the hardware right now capable of emulating PS3 or Xbox 360 games. Your setup is WAY better than those consoles though. Try getting the Arma 3 alpha.. you'll be amazed with what your system can deliver.
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Originally Posted by zi3m View Post

We do not have the hardware right now capable of emulating PS3 or Xbox 360 games. Your setup is WAY better than those consoles though. Try getting the Arma 3 alpha.. you'll be amazed with what your system can deliver.


^^ This guy has the right idea biggrin.gif
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For me i've both and enjoy console exclusive titles. but bottom line YOU CAN CHANGE YOU PC INTO A CONSOLE. BUT YOU CAN"T MAKE YOUR CONSOLE A PC smile.gif
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In terms of raw power your PC absolutely destroys the PS3, the PS3 runs as about 579.6GFLOPS (that includes the CPU). While the 650 Ti alone (not including the CPU) runs at 1420.8GFLOPS, I can't find any details about the CPU performance but I'm sure it will add a lot.
Granted PS3 games are optimised as much as they possibly can be, while PC games, for the most part, are the complete opposite of optimised but your rig will still woop any current consoles arse.
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I guess "optimization" is the key word, but I've had a lot of difficulty finding straight answers about how to optimize for a given game. Is automatic hardware detection including in most games nowadays not good enough to get the best performance? What can I do to make it better?

That Arma3 looks truly amazing, but can I really run that at 1080p with my current PC?
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I guess "optimization" is the key word, but I've had a lot of difficulty finding straight answers about how to optimize for a given game. Is automatic hardware detection including in most games nowadays not good enough to get the best performance? What can I do to make it better?

That Arma3 looks truly amazing, but can I really run that at 1080p with my current PC?

Automatic detection really isnt that much of a help. You have to really play with the settings and see where that fine line of playable fps vs level of detail. and Yes you can run Arma 3 on 1080p. I have a GTX660.. and I run it ultra, 1080p, and max AA smile.gif Everything is maxed out, i'm sure you can get somewhere near there too.
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I find that running arma at ~130% res, and without any AA is better than 100% and AA rolleyes.gif

Don't rely on auto settings, most of the time they will result in an un-enjoyable experience, imo. Taking your time tweaking the settings just a little yourself, will pay off. I can not cound how many times I've seen the auto settings putting the AA on 8x (completely unnecessary, and takes a heavy toll on your system), and AF at the lowest setting, if any at all (no performance-hit on todays cards).
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You sold be absolutely fine for playing most games on medium to high with decent frame rates for a good year or 2. the good thing about PC's is that if your framerates suck you can just lower the graphical settingd of the game and boom instant improvement for performance, also you can upgrade individual parts relatively cheaply as you can sell the old part to make some of the cost back neither of which your PS3 can do.

Also If you find you prefer to use your controller for some games that are on the PC you can connect a controller and hook the computer up to your TV which basically removes the need for consoles (except for exclusive titles)
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