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For the price of a next gen console, could YOU build a superior PC?

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3 years ago#1
Lots of hype over what's the more powerful console. For ~$500, could you build a superior PC?

I'm haven't built from scratch in years, what does that money get you nowadays?
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3 years ago#2
No.
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3 years ago#3
I'd upgrade my current machine instead.

Although my current machine is pretty far down now (equivalent of x360) but I could still put a good video card in it and get to next gen quality.

To beat it though, I'd need more than my duel core 2.6ghz processor
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3 years ago#4
No, but comparing consoles and PCs directly is a moot point. The money spent on a PC is saved by a lack of an extra fee to play online, cheaper games, and a PC can do so much more than a console, which is why most people have a pre-built computer/laptop as well as a console.

A more appropriate comparison would be the price of a console and a low-end computer/laptop combined versus a good gaming computer.
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3 years ago#5
No, but a PC can do a million things, so costing more is understandable.
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3 years ago#6
No but you can upgrade your current PC to beat them.
3 years ago#7
I like how when calculating the cost of a PC over time:

- all deals and combos are factored into a custom build, no notion of "MSRP"
- only the bare essentials are included - i.e., no m+kb, monitor, OS, etc.
- the "average cost" is incredibly low

but for consoles:

- you have to pay whatever the highest MSRP is
- you must include the price of a TV and any peripherals, furniture, etc.
- every game bought for the system is bought at launch for full price

Not saying either is necessarily cheaper than the other, but I have yet to see a serious valid comparison of costs.
3 years ago#8
uncle_Descartes posted...
I like how when calculating the cost of a PC over time:

- all deals and combos are factored into a custom build, no notion of "MSRP"

but for consoles:

- you have to pay whatever the highest MSRP is

Not saying either is necessarily cheaper than the other, but I have yet to see a serious valid comparison of costs.


You mean there are currently sales on the new consoles? Beyond a token amount I mean?
3 years ago#9
This is such an unbelievably stupid question and I get pretty sick of seeing it.

Of course you CANNOT build a superior PC for the same price of a console, because a freaking PC can do an infinite amount more things than a console. It SHOULD cost more because it's capable of more.

Let me know when I can buy a console for $500 that can do everything a $500 PC can.

Oh yeah. That'll never happen.
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3 years ago#10
no superior game on pc = crap
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