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hey folks.. i was wondering what was better..... a xbox 360 or a custom built pc?? i have 2gb ram... 500bg hard drive.... nvidia 8800gt graphics card with 1gb gddr3 memory on it... my cpu is a e2180 (overclocked to 3.0 ghz dual core) i was thinking of buying an xbox 360 but would the performance of the 360 be better than my computer rig???
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The performance of the 360 would be less than that of the system that you listed. But a rig like that would cost you more.

And a lot of PC games need really high-end systems to run and more often than not PC games are poorly ported from console games. So even though your rig is faster over all a poorly coded/ported games could run slower and look worse on your system than it would or does on the 360.

I’m not sure if the RROD rate on the 360 has come down but I would look into that. I am on my 6th 360, it has lasted longer than all the rest but I would still look into that.

A 40GB PS3 is also a good option at only 50$ more than the 360 pro or what ever it’s called but you get one movie and no games which sucks. It has a lot of the titles the 360 has and a lower failure rate as well as some good first party games also.


personaly I would go with the 360 or a PS3 over a gaming rig. They have about a 5 year life span graphics are good and you know there will always be games for them, Plus you don't need to worry about hardware upgrades and shotty programing or porting.

Also the PC game market is kind of slow when it comes to getting new games and PC only games, there are not two many PC games that can't be found on one of the 3 current gen consoles.
    
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Agreed with jonny1989. It depends on the games you want to play. PC-only or originally PC games generally look better on the PC (and the graphics power is much higher on the PC). However, console ports to the PC do not look as well as when it was on the console. And like jonny1989 said, you won't have to worry about hardware upgrades to play games. There will always be games to play for another good 5 years or so.

I personally would get a PS3, though. You hardly ever hear about them failing, and IMO it's an overall better console. The hard drive is cheap and easy to upgrade (don't even have to dig into the console, they provide a door on the side lol), and it has a Blu-Ray player already installed. You have to buy the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray player for the 360 (they're getting rid of HD-DVD and introducing a Blu-Ray player for the 360). The Playstation Network is free too and not all that bad, and obviously internet, DVD-upconverting, etc etc.

But I'm biased, I own a PS3 40GB lol! My friend has the 360 and I just wasn't impressed.

With the PC, though, you get better graphics and higher resolutions (PS3 is 1080p 1920x1080 on a handful of games right now, and mostly 1280x720 720p). But again that boils down to the game you're playing.

If you can at all, I would keep both. I have both my PC w/ only an 8600GT volt-modded and overclocked, and my PS3, and I like to play different things on both. The 8600GT is about on par with the PS3/xbox360 graphics at 720p, and on games like Prey and HL2 I can play at 1080p with full AA/AF, and it looks AWESOME compared to the PS3.

You really can't go wrong with either, but the PS3 is less complicated and the PC has more expandability (more $$$) and overall better graphics, again depending on the game.

EDIT: It's very difficult to compare the two, because they're two totally different genres. Games are developed for consoles based on the current hardware (console), and nothing else changes. It's the same hardware. However, in the PC gaming world, hardware is changed and updated based on the games that are developed...it's backwards compared to consoles. New software that is more advanced and uses more features is developed, and hardware is updated based on the new software. Comparing one to another is like comparing apples to oranges. They each have their benefits. Consoles cost less money in the long run, and are "plug and play" and, nowadays, offer a plethora of features that, for the money, is hard to beat, and less complicated to get set up. But if you're up to the challenge of getting a gaming rig setup, it has its own benefits, although it will almost always cost you more in the long run. Especially if you are the type that has to have the "latest and greatest" and want to game at extreme resolutions and everything has to be perfect. I opted for a little of both, a moderate gaming PC and a console. I don't have to game at the highest resolutions and have all features set to high, and enable this and enable that. The budget build suits me just fine. It seems kind of ridiculous to spend $1,500 in hardware just to play a $30-50 game smoothly. But that's what some people are into, nothing wrong with that.
     
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BLASPHEMERS!!!

Console gaming ... pffft!

Consoles don't OVERCLOCK.

That's all you hafta know, man!
    
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It comes down to personal preference. Out of my PC and all 3 current gen consoles I prefer my 360 hands down.
    
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Originally Posted by satcom View Post
It comes down to personal preference. Out of my PC and all 3 current gen consoles I prefer my 360 hands down.
same consoles FTW
post #7 of 18
It's pretty much a null and void comparison because the rig you listed did not exist when the XBOX360 was released. Having said that, it would be more powerful, but you may find the games might not look as good.

What I mean by that is an XBOX360 can play Assassin's Creed at 1920x1080 resolution without any stutters or frame rate drops because it is optimized to do so. However, your rig would have a little more trouble doing the same.

For the time they are built, a console can usually play games that look nicer at the same price point.

The problem with consoles is that after a while the hardware becomes dated, the games start becoming more demanding and they can't keep up. An example would be a 360 or a PS3 trying to run Crysis.

I personally prefer PC games to console games so that is my preference. Otherwise, if you enjoy the console games then a console is a cheaper way of playing games.
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360 ftw..but this is a dominantly PC gamer forum.
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I personally like the pC..

Reason..... Theres so much more u can do....
......SOO MUCH MORE

If u like FPS games .... like CS/COD4 ect...
ist the joystick on consels annoying???!!!!!!
I love the mouse..Thats my main reason...

Pc is more expencive... to keep updated.. You get what u pay fore..
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I have a gaming rig and two out of the three consoles (missing ps3) and I perfer my pc any day!
    
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