Originally Posted by Dargonplay
I'm not comparing anything, I'm saying people can build powerful RIGs that outperform any console, new/used, for way less than 400$, (Guess that could be a form of comparison) all able to run 1440p above 60 FPS in 99% of games, including the Witcher 3 and such without Gameworks effects and very high settings.
And I'm also saying that Polaris Launch will reduce that price to 299$. Also most people building these kind of RIGs already have an old RIG with an usable PSU, RAM, and components like the case and fans, so it'll go even cheaper than that.
I will be building a RIG for my father with a R9 290 that I'm replacing on my ITX build, his build will cost 179$ and it'll eat anything on 1440p, on an ITX case plugged to his Smart TV, in fact the most expensive thing on this build is his Xbox Controller, so go figure.
It's completely ridiculous to factor in used parts prices (that will not always be readily available) and parts you already have.
You're making a ton of assumptions, like that someone looking to get into PC gaming already has an existing "rig". Most people have tablets and laptops, which would have no usable components for a desktop gaming PC build. If they do have a desktop, it's probably some MicroATX slimline case with a propriety 150 watt power supply - both useless to a desktop gaming PC build. Sure Windows 10 is "free", only if you have a CD-key for Windows 7/8 already, and if you only have a tablet, you will not have a Windows 7 CD-Key.
Your examples using used/gifted parts are even more laughable. Your dad's build will only cost $179 because you're giving him your used R9 290? Well, I can get an Xbone One for $0.00 because my friend gave it to me when he got a PS4, therefore the minimum to get into console gaming is $0.00. What kind of logic is that?
For $400 NEW, you can get the entire PS4/XBone that comes with everything you need to get started. For $175-250, you can buy a complete PS4/XBone used with everything you need to get started.Edited by AmericanLoco - 6/19/16 at 7:42am