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Build a Gaming Rig or Get a PS3 ?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by motasim, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. motasim

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    It was 8 years ago that I last built a gaming rig, and for the past six years I've been completely out of the game. Now, I'm tempted to build a new high-end gaming rig to be able to play today's PC games. I already got a new 42" HDTV (LG 42LD650, LCD, 2ms response time and 200Hz refresh rate) to serve mainly as a TV and also as a 1080p gaming monitor in the week ends. I'll only be doing gaming on this PC, and nothing else, and I'll only be gaming during the weekends and holidays.

    I've done my research, selected the suitable components, and found out that the system will cost me around $2,200. Basically, I just need some moral support here; please tell me again why I should build a gaming rig for this amount and not simply just get myself a PS3 for $300. Can we formulate a list of the advantages of a PC gaming rig over PS3 here?
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    If you have to ask, get a PS3 as it's much cheaper.
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    erocker, I just need some moral support to cover the additional $1,900 :banghead:
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    Nope. If you're only gaming on weekends and holidays, it is not worth it. We aren't here for moral support, tech support maybe.
    GENTLEMEN, Soylent Joe and AlienIsGOD say thanks.
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    Ok, then kindly please provide me with technical support; how is gaming on a PC better than a PS3?
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    Agreed with you for once! :p

    If there isn't going to be any other uses for the PC, go with a console. There are a few other reasons but main reason is its not gong to be used daily.
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    If you are only gaming with this PC, there's no point in spending $1900 on it. Just get yourself a PS3.

    But you can browse the web w/ your PC, which you can't w/ a PS3 :p
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    I'll consider this point #1 [You can browse the web with a PC]

    What else?
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    C'mon now, do you really have to ask?

    Better graphics, better control (mouse keyboard > any control pad for any game except maybe Street Fighter.... and Flower).
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    Well tell me this. You know how to build a PC which I gather from you pricing $2200 in parts for it. Why would you choose a PC over a PS3?
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    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    Sure spend less on a ps3 and settle for less than average graphics a few exclusive titles but pretty much all games are better on the pc except a few that require a controller which you can easily get for the pc. You could probably take away $300 in unneeded things and get a ps3 as well.
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    Because I'm an idiot who started gaming on computers back in 1986 and never ever owned a console. I always pride myself as being objective basing all my decisions on rational thinking and not emotions, but I can't help it; I simply just love PCs! :ohwell:
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    One item I must point out:

    Keyboard+Mouse controls are far superior when it comes to first person shooters. So I guess maybe depending on the types of games you play.

    Now my questions is, what parts consist of the speculated pc build?
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    Haha so true. You can easily shave off $300 on a $2200 PC and get both.
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    If you only game on the weekends and holidays, then definitely go for the PS3, it's got some great games that will look fantastic on that 42'' HDTV.

    We all love computers, but based on what you want/need according to your post the most ''rational'' thing to do is buy the PS3.
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    That's a very nice build, but hefty on the price tag.

    Are you sure you would rather spend hundreds more on a gaming PC then a PS3 if you're just going to be playing games on the weekends and holidays?

    Then again, meh, you seem pretty rich.. go for it.;)
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    $2000 rig and no ssd?
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    Not at all rich really :) but I just have the money set aside for it. I believe that with the job, family, and kids, this is going to be the last opportunity for me to build a gaming rig :eek:
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    I don't know but I'm really not convinced that I need it. I also considered getting a WD Velociraptor instead of Caviar Black, but couldn't justify that as well.
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    If you feel that it's your last opportunity and you really want it and can afford it, then go for it.:)

    In the end it's what you want and if you think that the PC is the best way to go then i say go for it.;)
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    Why buy a BMW or a Mercedes when you can have a Ford or a Honda? They all do the same thing. The greatest rationale to buy a PC over a console is it's multi functionality- Gaming/Browsing/Multi-media/Online Pornography/Creative Suites/Office Apps/Social Networking/etc etc.

    If you only use it for gaming, I'm with e-rocker - buy a console. But if you haven't used consoles, stick with PC. If you have the cash and want the fun of endless mods and upgrades a PC is far more involved than a console.

    If i'm going to drive i just need a car, so my little Susuki Swift does the job. Why would i need a BMW which will cost so much more? The same principles apply to gaming. I get a BMW because i can.

    :p
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    do this

    EVGA P55 FTW

    i7 860

    2x2GB DDR3 1600mhz cl7/8 memory

    GTX-470 or 2x 460 SLI

    good quality 750w psu

    Corsair 60GB force series

    1tb caviar black

    and the rest is up to you

    if this REALLY is your last chance to get a good gaming rig....shit id rob a bank to do it :D
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    Ok, the list up till now is:

    [1] Browsing the net (between games),including downloads.
    [2] Better Graphics at 1920x1080 resolution.
    [3] Better Controls for FPS and Strategy games.

    what else?
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    :) I drive a Honda Civic by the way! and I love it!

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