Originally Posted by RandomRob
I don't understand this argument. It's like not wanting to wash the dishes because it's going to 'take too long'.
Funny thing is, most online retailers in the US anyway, have been doing away with 'build your own' PC options. So your choices are actually very limited now as to what kindof gaming PC you can get. And the fundamental rule of thumb is that you always get shorted on the CPU and the GPU. Anything under 1200$ or therabouts and you're getting low end chips and graphics cards. Alienware specializes in gaming PCs and are notorious for using low end parts. The companies that specialize in gaming PCs charge you an arm and a leg for a system you could cobble together for half the price, with little computer know-how.
All you need to do is find a PC with a big case, big memory and power supply- those things are dirt cheap.. and then look at your options for upscaling on the processor and graphics. It's not the 1980s anymore.. this stuff is easy to do.
It easier than ever to build your own PC. I did my first build in 2010, with an Intel C2Q (Q9650) with 8 gigs of PC2-8500 RAM, a single GTX 460 (later added a second card in sli) an XFX Nforce 750i motherboard and a 750 watt power supply. I installed 2 Seagate Barracuda 500 gig HDDs with each having their own operating system, so I could run Windows 7 and XP for older games.
In late August, I gutted the old case, reused the power supply, GPUs and fans for a new build. I picked up an i5-2500k for $159, an open box Asus P8Z68-V motherboard for $40 and 8 gigs of DDR3-1600 for another $40.OCZ Agility 3 SSD (100 gig) for $90. Add another $100 for an OEM Windows 7Premium and my upgrade was less than $450.
You can put together this build today, for less than $900 and it will perform much better than what I'm seeing with the PS4 and possibly the Nextbox.
i7-3770k for $219
WD 500GB HDD for $63
Asus P8Z77-V LK motherboard for $110
Corsair TX Seried 650 Watt PS for $80
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 memory for $42
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower Case for $24
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2048MB for $240
Windows 7 Premium OEM for $70
If you wanted to build a system (performance wise) that is very close to what the PS4 appears to be, it would probably cost you about the same as buying the console.