Originally Posted by Carniflex
Well 5K is indeed budget that is not common even among PC enthusiast community. However, somewhere above ~1200$ or relatively common budget for gaming PC build and then you would have to take into account that good bulk of that number is probably just upgrades not straight fresh builds. Say, for example, dropping just ~350 for a 7950 as your current hardware is already some years old like upgrading from 4870 crossfire or such. So you would probably need altogehter about million or a bit more PC gamers per year spending something to upgrade for some specific game. So yeah, 800 mil is quite impressive number but ofc, depends on what exactly they count into it. I'd imagine that worldwide ~640k fresh gaming PC builds seems quite plausible. There is approx 7 billion people on Earth and out of these approx 2 billion should be living sufficiently well and not be in immediate danger of starvation (approx 2 bottom billions are facing immediate starvation danger, depending on whose numbers you go by) and such might be thinking about a gaming PC. I just assume out of the blue that middle ~3 billions, while not starving are not in position to spend on electronics.
Gotta remember that a single person can build multiple rigs.
I have two high-ends and an old one I've been tinkering with for a while.
If we think about it, these numbers include the rich kids with multiple high-end rigs, overpriced system builders (e.g. Falcon Northwest), gaming/lan centers that setup dozens of high-end systems, and specialty farms (like BTC miners) that all factor into this as well.
One could conceivably drop near 10k putting together a ridiculous system if money wasn't a factor.
Like was mentioned before, you also have incremental upgrades, and I dunno if any of you have been through downtown Seoul, but damn.
There are literally multiple city blocks selling PC parts and entire PCs on the street, underground parking garages, etc.
Talking wicked crowded daily--not just a couple of people passing by.
Would like to see the data behind the numbers to make sure no one is making them up, but that figure itself doesn't seem all that crazy to me.