Originally Posted by Jester435
The issue you are failing to recognize is we are the exception to the rule. the majority dont know how to build PC's and dont want to learn. They would rather pay more money for generic system off the shelf that does what they think they want.
I get crap all the time from friends and family for spending big money on building my system.. which is pretty average compared to OCN standards, but it does everything for me work, gaming, htpc, web browsing, and audio/video work. When you take all the stuff I use my PC for I should actually spend more money..
that is what I pitch at the wife.
I am still not sold on the next gen consoles because I havent touched my xbox or ps3 to game for over a year. I will be picking up Last of Us next week and I still use my PS3 as a media server and blu ray player.
My PS3 hasn't seen gaming in over 6 months. Netflix is about all it's used for anymore.
People are VERY misinformed about PC's and building them. It's not hard to do at all. Very basic knowledge is all that's needed to assemble one, but the average person seems to think it's rocket science because you can see all those fancy chips and caps. Up until I was 17 I thought the same. Then I watched my tech-illiterate uncle upgrade the ram and modem in my moms PC and realized that if that moron can do it, so can I. Been addicted ever since.
I wish there was a way to educate people on the benefits of PC's over consoles, but they won't listen. I have tried so many times to explain it to a console fanboy, but it always comes back around to "Well my PS3 only cost me $250! You can't build a gaming computer for that!" And it's true, you can't... (This where they go cross eyed.) But... You CAN upgrade a current system to match or beat the new console. AND you can do it piece by piece. Buying parts used, or on sale to save money, all while still using your rig. They just refuse to get it. They always have some slightly valid argument... Just admit it. You are a lazy gamer. That's why you got a console, not because you couldn't build a rig yourself, and not because it's too expensive, surely not because isn't practical... Because you are too lazy to build it, too lazy to maintain it, and too lazy to upgrade it.