Originally Posted by Sannakji
I love PC. I would game on PC all the time if I could. But there is a small minority out there convincing the people who've used consoles exclusively, that PC gaming is cheaper; it very much isn't. Even if you build your first one for dirt cheap, that gnawing addiction soon gets you and you're putting 240 rads and 780's in your machine.
I like PC gaming the best; but anyone that claims that it is cheaper, even taking into consideration key sales, is just flat out badly informed.
If we are now focusing on PC gaming vs Console gaming you would have to consider the whole package, not only hardware. In particular the fact that console games tend to be significantly enough more expensive. So, if we assume that you get over some reasonable period of time, lets say, 10 games I would you shell out approx 500 for console games on average while I would expect you to be able to get the PC games for ~250 altogehter. Particular details ofc depend on the particular games and if you happen to hit the Steam (or some other) sale for these games or not.
As far as upgrade addiction goes - hobbies are expencive
Bot for strictly gaming you dont need to upgrade all that often. I have friends who still play at 4870's and are happy as clams - obvisouly they are not playing DX 11 games, but what they game that old GFX card runs well and they are happy. TBH I personally would consider the very entry level GFX card performance for gaming to be somewhere around 5770 power level. It's pretty old card and while you will not max out metro 2033 it will still offer you decent enough eyecandy. Hell, I was able to run Metro 2033 at 5400x1920 with single 6770 card with only 1 GB of vRAM although it was in DX 9 mode, but was still pretty enough.Edited by Carniflex - 6/12/13 at 10:11am