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#76
I'm gonna jump in on this one and say this.

If you're ONLY going to play games on a TV at 1080p and you're worried about the "extra cost" over the PS3 than your system build is WAY overkill. Seriously. Why go s1366 Ci7 at all? I say go s1156 Core i5 760 because that 2.8GHZ quad core has enough power to handle ANY game and the motherboards are cheaper.

You could build a gaming PC that can run modern games at 1080p for half what you intend to spend and its still going to out power the PS3 graphically. Shit my $900 PC out powers the PS3 in Resident Evil 5 as I can play it at 1080p with more zombies on screen and it still runs at 60FPS. The PS3 can't even do that.

The Core i7's extra processing power (and perhaps Hyper Threading) might be great for heavy video editing but for strictly gaming at 1080p I think it's overkill myself.

The super hardcore motherboard might be great for hardcore overclocking but really... who cares. I mean is it really worth it for a few extra FPS here or there? Nope.

The expensive sound card is overkill too IMHO. You're not a sound engineer or something are you? Onboard sound these days if fine for gaming. Not to mention all modern video cards already have 7.1 surround sound built into them and since you're running to a TV via HDMI you might as well just use the HDMI sound from the video card and save $200 on a sound card. I mean in games you would hardly notice that $200 sound card at all.

I would just build mid range system with a Cooler Master 690II case, mid range Gigabyte P55 board, Core i5 760, ATi 5870, 4 or 8GB of DDR3 memory, whatever hard drives you need and a BD-ROM drive to play blue rays while you're at it.

I mean $1,200 could probably do that.

Then use the left over money to buy a decent Yamaha 5.1 surround receiver with 4x HDMI inputs, a decent 5.1 speaker set and a PS3 just for Gran Turismo 5.

Bazinga!

Okay well that's what I would do if I had $2,200 to spend and already had a nice 42" LCD TV and wanted the most gaming entertainment for it.
 
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I get tired of it to. But what can you do?, this site was created for the PC gamer and hardware enthusiast, it's no surprise of the uber bias towards PC on such a site. Is it unfortunate?, yes.. but no site is perfect no matter what the mods or users tell you.
I bet many of the members who bash consoles have a ps3 or x360
 
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PS3 is of course better value for youur money.

also you cant play the likes of GT5 / MGS on a pc
 
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I bet many of the members who bash consoles have a ps3 or x360
I'm guilty of That...LOL
I have an XBOX 360 But it's only used for games like Guitar Hero as games like FPS are simply better on PC...
 

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My friend had that debate some time ago, but went to PS3. PS3 is more crowd oriented than the PC . Overall, I think you will get more satisfaction per dollar out of PS3, but if you enjoy small games like defense grid:the awakening, I think PC might be for you. But at the end of the day, I think you will be satisfied with whatever you buy, so flip a coin and buy one on impulse.
 

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I still think the ps3+lower end pc w/high end gpu would be the way to go.
 

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you can easily overclock a PC, but not a PS3, for thet reason alone I say PC. not to mention far more control over your games (keyboard mouse and a shitload of awesome controllers) and you can do heaps more with a PC anyway, like countless applications etc.

but really when you weight the costs, a PS3 seems way more cost effective for gaming every so often.
 

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What's wwrong with halving the given budget to get both tho?
Nothing wrong, but if OP can do this, he would/should have done it without asking us. Its simultaneously the best and the worst advice, because you fix all the problems in one fell stroke yet did not solve anything.
 
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motasim, I'm unclear on one thing: do you already own the computer listed in your "System Specs," or is that the fantasy machine you want to build? Obviously, if you already own all that, you can add a video card for less than the cost of a PS3 that will make the computer a significantly more powerful gaming machine than a PS3.

But as for the gaming rig: $2200 is a lot more than you need to spend for PS3-destroying gaming performance. You could save a lot of money changing your choices in case, CPU, motherboard, PSU, and RAM, and build a rig that would perform within a few percent of the speculated build's capabilities with components that cost less than half as much—consider an AM3-based rig built with at least some used parts sold on forums like TPU.
 

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How was nothing solved with that advice? Explain.
 

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How was nothing solved with that advice? Explain.
Well, if he can/want to take that route, he would have done that by now, so obviously, he can't/don't want to. Its good to own both (I have access to both) but if OP can't then the advice did nothing. Hope you understand what I am trying to say. Please do not see this as an insult/slander/etc, but rather me voicing my thoughts.
 

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Well, if he can/want to take that route, he would have done that by now, so obviously, he can't/don't want to. Its good to own both (I have access to both) but if OP can't then the advice did nothing. Hope you understand what I am trying to say. Please do not see this as an insult/slander/etc, but rather me voicing my thoughts.
Nothing harsh seen,viewed or heard.:)


I'm justthhinkin all this budget when in reality both can be had. If it had to be a choice, and my own, that's which route I would take. If its down to saving cash, id go ps3 only as the op already has a laptop.
 
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i think clearly the best solution is to go PC but only spend 1500$ and then use the extra 400$ to buy your wife periodic gifts so shell stop nagging you and you can get more play time, seems good no?
 
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I know you have said you need a beefy video card because you want to play at 1080p, but have you considered that almost every PS3 game is rendered at 720p and upscaled to 1080p? Meaning to get the same experience on the PC side, you only need a video card capable of 720p, which is pretty much a HD5770.
You are right, but in this case the advantage for the PC over the PS3 in graphics will be much reduced. Also, PS3 is capable of handling games at true 1080p, but only a few titles support that.
 
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i think clearly the best solution is to go PC but only spend 1500$ and then use the extra 400$ to buy your wife periodic gifts so shell stop nagging you and you can get more play time, seems good no?
brilliant idea ;)
 
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If it's an issue of her not seeing two items, maybe you could mod the ps3 into the pc. How's she gonna know ;)
Yeah, just get a really big case, remove the PS3s case, move the power button around, get some cables (I don't know what the PS3 uses) and move the drive to the side.....

That'd be a sweet mod :p
Wow :eek: that'll be sweet! I'll keep it in mind.
 
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I have to say playing a 360 game on my monitor at 720p upscaled looks better than playing a pc game at 720 upscaled. I'd blame that on the 360 upscaler chip which is still one of the best on the market. I'd use it for dvds if it weren't so damn loud. I'm not sure how far behind the ps3's falls in comparison but it's probably still better than the pc upscaling.
 
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get the PS3 theres no reason to spend 2200 dollars on a pc unless your fitseries and want a huge E-cock to compensate for your misfortunes in real life
... :laugh: ... I love your reply :roll: ... so I take it that this goes for every one who has a high-end PC gaming rig? and only PS3 owners have sizable manhood :rolleyes: gives me something to think about. By the way; I clearly stated that I'm working on a MicroATX build, so please Freud, give us you take on that :nutkick:
 

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PS3 upscales beatufully too, I've had DVD's upscaled that end up looking better than certain blu ray's, also Unchated 2 looks like a freakin dream in 720p upscaled.

definitely agree that just running a game in 1280x720 on a 1080p computer monitor just isn't the same...

also motasim, you should multi quote people to reply in the same post rather than triple posting.
 
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both thats why ill be doing, GT5 here i come.....
 
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Well, if he can/want to take that route, he would have done that by now, so obviously, he can't/don't want to. Its good to own both (I have access to both) but if OP can't then the advice did nothing. Hope you understand what I am trying to say. Please do not see this as an insult/slander/etc, but rather me voicing my thoughts.
You're right, I don't want to get both. The same have been suggested earlier in the thread and I already replied to that.
 
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You know I'm not even sure the upscaler in the ps3 is a chip, might just be software. In which case I'd imagine it could just keep getting better and better with each update.
 
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also motasim, you should multi quote people to reply in the same post rather than triple posting.
You are right, sorry!

motasim, I'm unclear on one thing: do you already own the computer listed in your "System Specs," or is that the fantasy machine you want to build? Obviously, if you already own all that, you can add a video card for less than the cost of a PS3 that will make the computer a significantly more powerful gaming machine than a PS3.

But as for the gaming rig: $2200 is a lot more than you need to spend for PS3-destroying gaming performance. You could save a lot of money changing your choices in case, CPU, motherboard, PSU, and RAM, and build a rig that would perform within a few percent of the speculated build's capabilities with components that cost less than half as much—consider an AM3-based rig built with at least some used parts sold on forums like TPU.
No, I don't have that machine; I want to build it, and it's not much of a "fantasy machine" as I already have the funds set aside for it. I'm just waiting for two things; upcoming GPUs from both AMD/ATI & nVidia and a decent MicroATX gaming case, the latter not being much of a priority.

I agree with you, as well as with other members who kindly participated in this thread; I can build a good gaming rig for less, and I'll be considering doing just that.

As for PS3; I didn't start this thread as a console bashing thread at all. I just really needed to have this discussion with other PC gamers since I am loyal PC gamer unfortunately surrounded here by strictly console gaming friends who never played anything on a PC other than minesweeper and solitaire :banghead: and I needn't tell you that any argument with them is pointless.
 
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