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Hello all! I've been mulling over the state of my gaming situation; namely whether to build a Steambox or go with a next gen console. I've already got a good gaming rig but I am looking at going mini ITX and putting the box in my living room as a console replacement. The goal here is to get a markedly better performing system than a PS4 or XB1 for roughly $500. Is that possible or even worth it?

Here is what I would be able to vulture from my current PC:
i7 2700k (I know it's way overkill but I got it brand new for $100 so why not)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (DDR3 1600 8GB)
GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit
120gb ssd

I'm open to upgrading the video card if need be. My primary objective is to be able to run top end games at at least 60fps@1080p. I don't necessarily need the to have ultra-high settings on the games, but it would be nice. It needs to run relatively cool and quiet and be able to fit into an entertainment center. The case doesn't have to be super tiny but the max dimensions are roughly 16in w x 13-14in d x 10in high.

So what do you guys think? Is this possible or am I better off going the console route at this point?
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Any Sandy Bridge i5/i7 with a 560Ti will handle pretty much any game at 1080p over 60fps, usually at high-max settings.
I wouldn't rush to upgrade the card seeing as the goal is 1080p @ 60fps, it still holds up pretty well imo.
   
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Hello all! I've been mulling over the state of my gaming situation; namely whether to build a Steambox or go with a next gen console. I've already got a good gaming rig but I am looking at going mini ITX and putting the box in my living room as a console replacement. The goal here is to get a markedly better performing system than a PS4 or XB1 for roughly $500. Is that possible or even worth it?

Here is what I would be able to vulture from my current PC:
i7 2700k (I know it's way overkill but I got it brand new for $100 so why not)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (DDR3 1600 8GB)
GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit
120gb ssd

I'm open to upgrading the video card if need be. My primary objective is to be able to run top end games at at least 60fps@1080p. I don't necessarily need the to have ultra-high settings on the games, but it would be nice. It needs to run relatively cool and quiet and be able to fit into an entertainment center. The case doesn't have to be super tiny but the max dimensions are roughly 16in w x 13-14in d x 10in high.

So what do you guys think? Is this possible or am I better off going the console route at this point?

PC is going to be better, that is for sure.

As for the case, cooler master has a nice small case for 40 bucks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119286

Are you asking if you should buy a GTX560ti or do you already have the card?
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PC is going to be better, that is for sure.

As for the case, cooler master has a nice small case for 40 bucks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119286

Are you asking if you should buy a GTX560ti or do you already have the card?
I've got the card already. The other option is to buy all new parts and just go with a super cheap rig. For instance I've read people going the i3 route with a decent video card for around $500.
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I've got the card already. The other option is to buy all new parts and just go with a super cheap rig. For instance I've read people going the i3 route with a decent video card for around $500.
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Here is what I would be able to vulture from my current PC:
i7 2700k (I know it's way overkill but I got it brand new for $100 so why not)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (DDR3 1600 8GB)
GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit
120gb ssd

Decent gaming system right there, isnt it? A $500 gaming system won't take you further than that, especially if you're buying everything brand new.
   
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