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Why do people say PC gaming is less expensive?

#31rswsc0407Posted 2/17/2013 9:29:58 AM
AsucaHayashi posted...
rswsc0407 posted...
You guys are making me want to find out what I need to do to upgrade my laptop so everything runs faster.

I plan on getting myself some more RAM first. I want to get a pair of 4GB RAM cards. I've got a site bookmarked for it, and it's compatible with my laptop cause they have a tool on the site just for that.

It'll cost be about $45 including S&H. That's not too expensive I'm guessing.


if your laptop is bad for gaming in the first place there's nothing you can do to help it... least of all shove more ram into it unless you have like 1GB or something.


My laptop is only like 2 years old at most. I only have 2GB of RAM in it now. I haven't really tried to use it to play any real computer games, so I'm not exactly sure good or bad it would be.

Right now, I can't even remember how to look up the info on my laptop.
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#32mogar002Posted 2/17/2013 9:31:01 AM
They say it's less expensive because all the games for it are free.
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#33GrandpaShufflePosted 2/17/2013 9:34:53 AM
From: mogar002 | #032
They say it's less expensive because all the games for it are free.

This is the correct answer.
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#34CooperRCPosted 2/17/2013 9:39:07 AM
rswsc0407 posted...
You guys are making me want to find out what I need to do to upgrade my laptop so everything runs faster.

I plan on getting myself some more RAM first. I want to get a pair of 4GB RAM cards. I've got a site bookmarked for it, and it's compatible with my laptop cause they have a tool on the site just for that.

It'll cost be about $45 including S&H. That's not too expensive I'm guessing.


Well, your first problem is that you bought a laptop. There is not much you can do besides add RAM or a new hard drive. If you are serious about PC gaming, then do not get a "gaming laptop". They are more expensive, often overheat, and you cannot do much about upgrades.
#35gumbyxcore99Posted 2/17/2013 9:53:26 AM
it will probably cost you 300 dollars for 5 console games


see how much those 5 games cost you on pc and then quantify and extropolate over 5 years and see which one ends up being cheaper
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#36ThePCElitistPosted 2/17/2013 9:54:41 AM
Quote:it will probably cost you 300 dollars for 5 console games


see how much those 5 games cost you on pc and then quantify and extropolate over 5 years and see which one ends up being cheaper

@gumbyxcore99

I bought 40 games during Christmas for about $50 because of Steam sales. I love PC gaming.
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#37thegreatsquarePosted 2/17/2013 12:38:35 PM(edited)
There is a lot of ways to approach PC gaming that makes it "reasonable". If you get a new PC every 3-4 years, get one with a decent GPU [figure $200-$300 more than average] and you pretty much coast. If you keep the PC for closer to 5 years, a ~$200 investment to refresh the GPU can do the job. Same for laptops, well not the last part as most laptops can't be upgraded easily, if at all.

I'm sure there are so many console gamers with desktops that have AMD Phenom II X4/X6/A6/A8/A10 or Intel i5/i7 quad cores and 4-8GB of RAM. These people are $250 away from a fairly nice gaming rig. [That's a HD 7850 2GB and a respectable power supply from Antec/Corsair/Seasonic]

Type "Device Manager" in the Window start menu and click on the arrow to "Display adapters". If you see "ATI", "AMD" or "Nvidia", there is something you can play. Then go here:

http://store.steampowered.com/search/?sort_by=Metascore&sort_order=DESC&category1=10&category2=2

I suggest Portal because the Source engine is light on hardware. After that, move to a game that uses the Unreal Engine 3 [Batman: AA or Bioshock]. Also try Just Cause 2, Orcs Must Die 2, Bulletstorm.

Don't forget, you can adjust the settings in PC games [Shadows, AA, Textures, Resolution, etc] if you need to. If your PC is newer than the game, it might set it on low. If so, try the medium or high preset.


Does it all seem like too much trouble?

What if it gets you a FREE GAME? Well, if you can run Portal, you should run this just as well.

http://www.gamefront.com/black-mesa-is-live-download-it-here/

This one can be really taxing on some systems as it uses the engine from Crysis Warhead, but it is FREE too

http://www.moddb.com/mods/wreckage/downloads/wreckage-standalone-version


Other reason why PC is cheaper: More FREE GAMES coming and what is essentially free DLC galore!!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/browse/?appid=72850&browsesort=toprated

http://www.nexusmods.com/

http://www.moddb.com/mods

Another free game due out God knows when:
http://www.andoran.com/en/



So ...in conclusion.

PC gaming, if approached intelligently, can cost ~$300 over 3yrs or ~$500 over 5yrs for the hardware in addition to a normal PC purchase cycle. Is that any worse than a console? I don't think it is.

You can get games cheaper and really cheap during Steam's Black Friday/Holiday/Summer sales [Like words don't do justice]. I only pay $60 for games like Skyrim and Bioshock Infinite, everything else is like $30 or at lot less. I picked up Dishonored for $30 on Black Friday and Hitman: Absolution for $30 around Chrismas. Games go on sale much quicker on the PC platform.

Mods are free DLC for your games ...and sometimes they are free games.


...or to make a long story short, PC gaming is less expensive.
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#38midgarPosted 2/17/2013 3:31:32 PM
From: angry_cowtipper | #010
I pick up games like Hitman: Absolution for $10. Granted, I have to catch it at the right time, but Steam does insane stuff all the time. If you sink $400 into a console vs $800 into a PC, and $60 guaranteed every newish game that comes out, saving $20-$50 at a time for games that aren't old at all will make the machine pay for itself in short order depending on how much gaming you do. PC gaming requires more upfront cost, but saves you loads in the long run, and lets you play games way better too. It's totally worth it.



This, and it's not like you aren't going to need a PC anyway.

I spent $800 over two years ago on an i5/8GB ram/GTX480/1TB HD, I still max games at 1080/60FPS.
It could have been $600, if I had skipped on the case, which is precisely what I paid for a launch PS3.

Long term, it's no more or less expensive than a console.
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