Originally Posted by RPIJG
PC's aren't cheaper in the long run, they are more expensive in the long run because they require upgrading of key critical components. Also, for all of these "budget" rigs, how long do you think you will be able to play the most current games, heck, these budget rigs will barely eek out Crysis.
Point of the matter is, games for console are made to work within the specifications and hardware of the console. Games for PC are made with much less regard for the hardware requirements that will be needed in order to operate decently. Hence why very few systems really run Crysis well with all the eye candy, why Vid card makers are releasing new stuff every quarter or so, why we are all here trying to squeeze an extra 100MHz out of our systems. For the non-enthusiast you have to upgrade your system so frequently to get decent gameplay that it ends up being a turn off.
How so? Just because Crysis became a new standard for graphical horsepower, does not mean that developers are intending to make their look better and play worst. Heck, even at medium/high quality, Crysis looks outstanding, and looks better then any other game out there. Just because the systems cannot play it at max settings with everything cranked, does not mean that PC has to be expensive. Actually, consoles ARE more expensive in the long run. For instance, look at Xbox360, getting a Blue Ray disk drive is going to cost a lot for it, and video games alone cost way too much for it. With PC, you save money on the games, and can save that money that you did save, for a new video card in the future. Also, Dual core is barely optimized in most games, so quad core is not really needed, not anytime soon, so saying that you NEED to upgrade is stretching it quite far. 2gigs of ram is really only needed at the moment, and in the future.
Just because we are enthusiasts, we think it is justifiable to spend so much more money on top of the line (even though this is about overclocking and as getting as much as you can out of the money you spend), does not mean that everyone else has too, and decide to play all games maxed out at top resolution.
My system is nothing to brag about, but I can play crysis on medium settings at 1600x900 resolution, and it still looks amazing, better then a lot of other games, and I do not seem to be having problems playing any other games at that.