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Next gen of gaming - am I better off building a monster gaming rig?


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The next generation of gaming consoles is nearly upon us. Do you think I'd be better off just investing a couple of thousand bucks into a really top-of-the-line gaming rig instead of purchasing a new console especially if games are going to cost roughly $70? What are your thoughts? Would it be a wise investment? I'm still on the fence about this since I love PSN and a lot of my friends are stil using it. I got the PS Vita as well and love it. I don't mind steam but i'm not sure if it'd be worth buying the PS4 when it's released or just buying a supped up gaming powerhouse of a PC.

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I only game on the PC. I never liked consoles much. You have to upgrade you computer every few years anyways for normal everyday stuff.

 

Might as well just get both done for the same price instead of upgrading you computer and console every few years.

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The issue I have with PC gaming is it seems more more prone to bugs related to hardware configuration even if it's all good stuff. It might just be because I overclock some of my stuff that I seem to get so many errors, but it's not extreme overclocking.

 

On the other hand, maybe it's because the only two recent games I have been having trouble with are both developed by Codemasters.... :)

 

Sometimes it's nice to just sit down, turn on the console, and play. Sometimes wait for an auto update.

 

Steam still does not automatically update games with patches etc. Which in my opinion is just too old fashioned.

 

The next issue I have is that developers are not making the games to maximise the PC's power. There is barely any difference these days between a console version and a PC version. SLIGHTLY better graphics and a few other improvements, but I just get the feeling they design the game for the console and then adapt it for PC. It all boils down to the demand factor, and that they can make much more off console games. Even though, the PC will always be much more powerful.

 

The only games I see being developed for the PC are simulator games and maybe things like WOW etc. FPS and general driving games are dieing a death.

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When I say dieing, I mean there are less and less games designed for the PC. Such as counter strike, half life etc.

 

There are some still going strong but I just think the trend is for big names to dedicate their efforts on the console market :)

 

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Oh and CS is going to be available on console too... So will have had to be designed for console.

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I do definitely think you should invest in a new computer versus buying every new console that comes out, especially if you already enjoy PC gaming.

 

I don't think you should drop a couple thousand dollars into it, though. Simply put, you don't need to. You can get a really good system built for less than that, and while you can get a few more perks for going super-expensive, it's not going to prevent you from having to replace parts in a couple years as everything starts to deteriorate or burn up. Might as well build a good one that doesn't cost -that- much, and use the extra money to either buy games or put it back for repairs and upgrades along the way.

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I spent £600 on a mobo, GPU, CPU, memory. Plays most things on Ultra.

 

Anymore and you are paying for cutting edge stuff, which will come down in value literally months later.

 

Radeon HD 6950 (unlocked to 6970)

 

Phenon II 965 OC to 4 Ghz

 

8 GB RAM (Can't actually remember what speed it's running at)

 

Asus IV Formula Mobo

 

Can spend less than this too, with a more basic mobo.

 

EDIT: Oh and this was a year ago! Time flies. So today you could buy a better CPU and RAM probably.

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Consoles is a better way playing games but problem comes when next version come out if don't update in time your console become less supported really, yes pc is better in terms not paying the high cost console, the controllers, then games etc but then have other side need update pc so looking new graphics card, extra memory and so really.

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I am a PC gamer myself but I think if you have the money it is recommended to buy a console for gaming. The reason is that more and more games are console exclusives because it is harder to pirate games for consoles and game developers like this fact :)

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Yeah. Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'll probably just stick to consoles like I've been doing. :) I'm not much of a PC gamer. The only PC game I play religiously is one from 2000 and can run on most PC's :P so it's not too demanding and will run just fine on a $300 PC no better then a $3,000 PC :)

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Yeah. Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'll probably just stick to consoles like I've been doing. :) I'm not much of a PC gamer. The only PC game I play religiously is one from 2000 and can run on most PC's :P so it's not too demanding and will run just fine on a $300 PC no better then a $3,000 PC :)

 

Yeah, if you really don't game much on PC anyway and prefer to be on console, then it's a no brainer. You could drop all the money you want into a PC and you'll still crave the console instead.

 

That being said, you might also want to consider trying out an Xbox controller with your PC. Try it on a game or two and see if fits the bill of what you prefer with handheld consoles. You may be able to get the best of both worlds that way.

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Even the next generation of consoles won't be as powerful as a gaming PC today. For about £1200, you can get a good gaming PC that will last for a few years.

 

I built the following spec computer last year specifically for gaming, at a cost of £1200:

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K

Mobo: Asus P8P67

RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3

GPU: KFA2 GeForce GTX 580

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB

HDD: 2x Western Digital 1TB & 1x 2TB Western Digital

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H70

PSU: Corsair 750W

Case: Antec Nine Hundred (had for a few years)

DVD: RW

 

Some of the technology, such as SSD has moved on a little since that build, but a computer of that spec can currently play any game on maximum graphics, will out-perform any next-gen console and last for a few years (while still being able to max graphics on games)

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I would wait and see what the next gen of consoles bring to the table, and if you don't think there is enough improvements, go for the PC. One good thing about the PC is that you can upgrade it every few months, with consoles only once in 5+ usually,

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What I like to do is buying cheaper components, but more often. Like purchasing a GTX 560 Ti, rather then a 580/680 would let me upgrade like once per year. This way my components will almost never got outdated. I've purchased a powerful 850WATT power supply that I never have to upgrade though, which is good. However, consoles might takeover the whole market within the next 5-10 years. That does not change the fact that you always can build a more powerful computer, then you your console will ever be.

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When I say dieing, I mean there are less and less games designed for the PC. Such as counter strike, half life etc.

 

There are some still going strong but I just think the trend is for big names to dedicate their efforts on the console market :(

 

EDIT

 

Oh and CS is going to be available on console too... So will have had to be designed for console.

 

CS is going to be available on the consoles too ??? Can't believe this... I'm planning to buy a next gen consoles, I'm totally bored of buying new pc parts all the time.

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FPS games are dying?

 

What about the recently released:

Battlefield 3

Modern Warfare 3

 

And the next release of Counter-Strike coming soon?

 

That and counter strike is still going strong. Well for me anyways.

 

And Valve's also has Counter Stike: Global offensive up so I'll stick on PC gaming.

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My next big purchase this year will be a bunch of parts from NewEgg to build a gaming machine to last at least the next five years. I'm really interested in those new FM1 AMD processors that have their own built in GPU that you can run in tandem with a discreet one. As irresponsible as it may sound, I build every system of mine with gaming primarily in mind even though I make my living working remotely. I figure performance for work or projects will pretty much be there either way.

 

I don't particularly like consoles because I can repair my PC on the fly by replacing a part, whereas with a console, it just becomes 'broken'. Not many lightsaber mods you can run in the 360 version of Skyrim either....just sayin'.

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The only games I see being developed for the PC are simulator games and maybe things like WOW etc. FPS and general driving games are dieing a death.

 

What are you smoking lol?

 

FPS games are dying?

http://store.steampowered.com/stats/

50% of the most played games on Steam are FPS games.

0% are MMOs like WoW.

 

http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/121/1216016p1.html

55% of the most played games on XBL are FPS/Driving games

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My first choice, second choice and last choice is a computer. Why?

 

1. I can do other things with my computer when I get bored of playing games.

2. I can take apart my computer and fix it myself when something goes wrong.

3. I can upgrade my computer step by step as the need arises and my budget allows me to.

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What are you smoking lol?

 

FPS games are dying?

http://store.steampowered.com/stats/

50% of the most played games on Steam are FPS games.

0% are MMOs like WoW.

 

http://xboxlive.ign..../1216016p1.html

55% of the most played games on XBL are FPS/Driving games

 

Lol +1 to this. It's actually the world of MMOs that's declining right now. Just take a look at SWTOR. -_-

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Lol +1 to this. It's actually the world of MMOs that's declining right now. Just take a look at SWTOR. -_-

 

Is it already dying out? I played at launch for several hundred hours, but then got bored with it.

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