Why the Wii U is extremely overpriced, PROOF you can build a better machine

#1GAMER_X_REVIVALPosted 11/22/2012 7:57:27 AM(edited)
I got bored and went over to newegg.

Keep in mind these are OFF THE SHELF parts, bought at RETAIL, NOT cost. This would likely cost Nintendo half the price if that, since they buy in bulk in the millions.


Lets run down the specs of the $350 Wii U, and then the Specs of the machine I was able to build for ONLY $400. RETAIL.


Nintendo Wii U 32GB Premium:
Tri-Core processor Noted as weaker than PS3/360, each core must be way under 3.0 ghz easily
2 GB DDR3-1600 RAM (12.8GB/s)
Bluray-like Drive (no media disc playback, 2X speed)
Radeon HD 4770 GPU
32 GB Hard Drive
4x USB, HDMI
Cost: $350


My thrown together newegg self built PC:
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Quad Core Processor (easily overclocked to 3.8 GHz)
4GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
Bluray combo drive (All media disc playback, BD-ROM 10X, DVD-ROM 16X, CD-ROM 48X speed)
Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 (roughly 40% better than the 4770 in the Wii U going on raw numbers)
500GB 7200 RPM, 32MB Cache Hard drive (cheapest internal HDD were 59 bucks and this was the largest for 59)
4x USB, HDMI, <<<<<AND AN ETHERNET PORT>>>>>
Cost: $400


So for 350 bucks you can get an already outdated and obsolete piece of hardware that is struggling to match the ps3 and 360, and has literally NO hard drive room and no ethernet port. Or for 50 bucks more you can build a piece of hardware with a much superior CPU, a superior GPU, 2 GB more ram which is also much faster, a disc drive thats 5 times faster, and almost 16 times more storage space.

And I wasn't even trying to look for sales on parts or combo deals, or even OEM discounts. I'm sure someone else could get this build for cheaper without a doubt. Btw this build did include a hyper 212 plus model cooler, a case, proper size power supply etc. No, mouse and keyboard were not factored in nor was a monitor, because with HDMI you can plug it into any modern tv like a console, and everyone has at least one kb and mouse lying around. If you dont, you probably cant even afford just the Wii U anyway.


First off, all I can say is what the hell Nintendo lol, tryin to rip people off and make insane profits with over priced underpowered hardware again huh?

Secondly, god dayum the cost of PC parts has dropped in the last 3 years. My PC that I built 3 years ago can run skyrim on the highest settings (outside of the highest shadow setting) with hi res mods no problem, but now for half the price of the Wii U I could upgrade just my video card and be future proof probably through the next goddamn gen with how weak the Wii U and 720/ps4 specs are seeming to be.

Nice, I think I'll do just that.

PC master race rewards my good sense once again.
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#2T3H_1337_N1NJ4Posted 11/22/2012 7:57:36 AM
What part of that PC plays Nintendo games and has a tablet controller?
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#3FuNsH1nEPosted 11/22/2012 7:57:40 AM
But then how do I play Zelda?
#4hlxPosted 11/22/2012 7:57:46 AM
And with that PC, please Run Assassin's Creed at 1080p and let me know how you fare.
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#5Enigma149Posted 11/22/2012 7:59:00 AM(edited)
You forgot some components. Nothing major, really, but I always include them in my computers:

-The case
-The cooling
-The keyboard (or other input device)
-The motherboard
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#6TAoRPosted 11/22/2012 7:58:30 AM
Go back to the PSO2 boards Gamer.

Also you seem to have forgotten that the gamepad is a decent part of the consoles cost.
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#7stekim40Posted 11/22/2012 7:58:53 AM
TC thats all well and good but some people don't want to play games on a PC.

Sure, things like Skyrim and such might looks stunning but how do you play Pikmin 3 on it?
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#8hlxPosted 11/22/2012 7:59:33 AM
Enigma149 posted...
You forgot some components. Nothing major, really, but I always include them in my computers:

-The case
-The cooling
-The keyboard (or other input device)
-The motherboard


I also fail to see the 1000W power supply.
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#9ssj_duelistPosted 11/22/2012 7:59:47 AM
FuNsH1nE posted...
But then how do I play Zelda?


This. No oncare understands that Nintendo will always sell well because they have the best IPs. This is why I will always buy, and rightfully so, Nintendo's new consoles.

90%of gamers don't give a crap about specs, they give a crap about Mario and Pokemon.
#10hansolo1138Posted 11/22/2012 7:59:57 AM
No motherboard?
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