Originally Posted by Ibage
So back to my original point, would you want to pay $200 for parts to use in an old PC that plays games on a low setting or shell out $200 for a console that will play at 1080p?
Sorry, consoles can be justified. I'd rather play TF2 on my 360 than play on low settings with a 10 year old PC getting just playable frames.
Ummmm? I'd like to say that you can build a mid to high spec system for around ~$350, no it's just the tower but K/M is real cheap and most TVs can be a monitor (same with console). I got all new hardware for this too, used prices could probably easily go at the same prices that an Xbox 360 sells for.
Tower $25 (probably cheaper, doesn't need to be pretty)
Phenom II X4 ~$80 (possibly lower, or used)
DDR3 1600 2G $30 (enough for all games I've played)
Motherboard $40 (dirt cheap)
2x9800GT $140 (random rebate, probably way cheaper used | Chosen because AMD does not go well with Linux, but make that 100 if you want to go that route)
That gives you around ~345 (edit: ~300 if you chose ATI, Nvidia is always more expensive), and will play anything we have today with good frame rates.
Also, no games can really be played at 1080p. Well they are, but it's upscaled, they don't naturally have anything above 720p. Same goes for the PS3, they say that it can play 720p and has to upscale to 1080p. Blu-Ray and stuff is different, because it's not rendering the game.
Anyways, I don't care to get into the technical crap. Basically you can build a good rig for a little over what you can get a console for (depending on the console). The problem is you don't get an OS, but if you already have a PC just scrap it and use this one. If you don't have a PC then I can see why you would get a console. Honestly though a medium spec PC can be had pretty easily.
 PSU and heatsink are included with the appropriate "packages". While a lot hate those types of PSU I've actually had amazing luck, I've only had one cheap one die on me (actually a friend's that I built). Other than that they have never let me down, either way it's just proof of concept.Edited by mushroomboy - 3/13/11 at 5:47pm