How much does it cost to be a PC Gamer?

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#1 Posted by High-Res (273 posts) -

All joking aside. Let's say I want to Play games like Battlefield 4, Day Z, Arma, That new Wildstar MMO balls out. I want to go up to Best Buy right now, buy a PC that will run everything at the best settings. I want to go home and play tonight.

How much is it going to cost me and none of that "Build Your Own" nonsense. Just show me the lap top or tower that can do this and tell me how much. Don't need a monitor or mouse or any of that extra stuff.

#2 Edited by lundy86_4 (43549 posts) -

As much as you want. You can game on any basic PC, but that isn't to say you will be playing blockbuster games. Choose what you want to play, and plan accordingly.

Edit: DIdn't read your post lol. Still, Best Buy sells performance computers.

#3 Posted by Jeager_Titan (947 posts) -

Locked.

#4 Posted by Heil68 (45224 posts) -

I'd say if you spent a grand you would have a great rig, capable of playing AAA games at highest settings.

#5 Posted by Pray_to_me (2880 posts) -

2 grand or so for PS4 level performance.

#6 Posted by Jeager_Titan (947 posts) -

@High-Res said:

All joking aside. Let's say I want to Play games like Battlefield 4, Day Z, Arma, That new Wildstar MMO balls out. I want to go up to Best Buy right now, buy a PC that will run everything at the best settings. I want to go home and play tonight.

How much is it going to cost me and none of that "Build Your Own" nonsense. Just show me the lap top or tower that can do this and tell me how much. Don't need a monitor or mouse or any of that extra stuff.

Post it on Pc and mac discussion.

Damn can't even flag the post or the GS staff will bitch about it.

#7 Edited by BldgIrsh (2695 posts) -

Under 500 posts. Some consolites are taking the PC dominance way too harshly.

Since you don't want to build a superior computer for what you would be paying for a pre-built pos. I'd advise you should stay with consoles.

#8 Posted by DEadliNE-Zero0 (2915 posts) -

LOL, store bought desktop PC's. Probably 1000 or more for a proper gaming laptop or PC.

#9 Posted by SolidGame_basic (17969 posts) -

PC gaming is expensive, there's really no beating around the bush. People who say it's cheaper than console gaming is blowing big smoke up your arse.

#10 Posted by CrownKingArthur (4895 posts) -

well mate, the faster you want to go, the more it's going to cost.

although there is not a linear response between 'dollars invested' and 'performance'.

crudely such a graph's profile loosely resembles y = -x²

#11 Posted by BldgIrsh (2695 posts) -

@SolidGame_basic: Meh. There's simple math that shows that console gaming is more expensive than PC throughout a consoles life cycle. But obviously bringing up math in system wars would blow some peoples brains.

#12 Posted by GoldenElementXL (3303 posts) -

Another Gamespot noob attacking PC gaming. What is going on?

#13 Edited by sam890 (1108 posts) -

@Pray_to_me said:

2 grand or so for PS4 level performance.

You're gonna need this

#14 Posted by chikenfriedrice (10530 posts) -

@Pray_to_me said:

2 grand or so for PS4 level performance.

Haha that was a good one

#15 Posted by silversix_ (14803 posts) -

"I want to go up to Best Buy right now" this nerd goes to BestBuy to build a pc haha everyone laugh at him!

#16 Posted by BldgIrsh (2695 posts) -

@silversix_: Not even to build. He is going to bestbuy to buy a pre-built PC.

#17 Edited by chikenfriedrice (10530 posts) -

Don't buy a pre-built. Go on Newegg and build one yourself. It's much cheaper and you can get a better PC. I know you don't want to hear that but it's the best option.

#18 Posted by sam890 (1108 posts) -

You can probably run all games currently maxed out @ 1080p with this.

#19 Posted by Pray_to_me (2880 posts) -

@sam890 said:

@Pray_to_me said:

2 grand or so for PS4 level performance.

You're gonna need this

He's saying he wants a prebuilt. Time is money.

#20 Posted by DEadliNE-Zero0 (2915 posts) -

@SolidGame_basic said:

PC gaming is expensive, there's really no beating around the bush. People who say it's cheaper than console gaming is blowing big smoke up your arse.

Depends on spending and gaming habbits. But i'll agree that PC can be 2x more expensive. At least it is for me. But that's ok.

Most look at it and say "PC gaming is twice as expensive as console gaming"

I look at it and say "Console gaming is cheaper, but gives so little compared to PC that it's not worth the price".

#21 Posted by AmazonAngry (945 posts) -

it's actually the cheapest way to game, which is why it's a great draw for the low income gamer

#22 Posted by High-Res (273 posts) -

Well it really is more of a "System Wars" thread. My oldest kid (12) has been wanting a PC Power Rig for a while now. I argue that we could go and purchase 2 more Ps4's and have a total of 3 Ps4's to play games together with for less than a single power rig.(Me & the two kids, That's how we play X360 now, 3 systems, 3 screens, 3 XBOX Live accounts).

So are you seriously saying I can't go to Best Buy and drop $600.00 bucks, leave with nothing but a Tower and it still won't play AAA Games on high? Am I right or wrong in my argument with him?

All that money for what? Just 1 PC that can run AAA Games? Whatever happened to this Steam Box thing? I thought they were going to be cheap...why not just release a Steam App on Ps4?

#23 Edited by CrownKingArthur (4895 posts) -

@amazonangry said:

it's actually the cheapest way to game, which is why it's a great draw for the low income gamer

#24 Edited by DEadliNE-Zero0 (2915 posts) -

@Pray_to_me said:

@sam890 said:

@Pray_to_me said:

2 grand or so for PS4 level performance.

You're gonna need this

He's saying he wants a prebuilt. Time is money.

So it takes months to build a PC?

#25 Posted by silversix_ (14803 posts) -

@bldgirsh said:

@silversix_: Not even to build. He is going to bestbuy to buy a pre-built PC.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YEEEEE. He's real, a real man

#26 Posted by chikenfriedrice (10530 posts) -

@deadline-zero0 said:

@Pray_to_me said:

@sam890 said:

@Pray_to_me said:

2 grand or so for PS4 level performance.

You're gonna need this

He's saying he wants a prebuilt. Time is money.

So it takes months to build a PC?

Took me a few hours....and I'm not that bright.

#27 Posted by High-Res (273 posts) -

@GoldenElementXL said:

Another Gamespot noob attacking PC gaming. What is going on?

How dare you sir! I was Game Spott'n back when you had to subscribe to get PC Updates for games like Counter Strike! (You could get them for free if you wanted to wait 4 hours). I just couldn't remember my log in....

#28 Posted by BldgIrsh (2695 posts) -

@High-Res said:

Well it really is more of a "System Wars" thread. My oldest kid (12) has been wanting a PC Power Rig for a while now. I argue that we could go and purchase 2 more Ps4's and have a total of 3 Ps4's to play games together with for less than a single power rig.(Me & the two kids, That's how we play X360 now, 3 systems, 3 screens, 3 XBOX Live accounts).

So are you seriously saying I can't go to Best Buy and drop $600.00 bucks, leave with nothing but a Tower and it still won't play AAA Games on high? Am I right or wrong in my argument with him?

All that money for what? Just 1 PC that can run AAA Games? Whatever happened to this Steam Box thing? I thought they were going to be cheap...why not just release a Steam App on Ps4?

Not sure if serious...

Anyways, if you have free time... building a PC for a 600$ budget would exceed PS4's hardware... but, as I said not sure if you are serious.

#29 Posted by CrownKingArthur (4895 posts) -

600 is an ok budget, gtx750ti level?

three ps4's. wow.

#30 Edited by Grey_Eyed_Elf (3904 posts) -

To play Battlefield 4 on Ultra settings at 1920x1080 you will need a GTX 660 or HD 7870 minimum.

You can get a iBuypower that meets those requirements, below are the specifications:

  • Intel Core i7 4770 (3.40GHz)
  • 8GB DDR3 1TB HDD
  • Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB
  • 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM
  • NZXT 210

It costs $950... LINK.

You are pretty much looking at $1000.

#31 Posted by High-Res (273 posts) -

I am very serious, however, being in my 40's and very busy (i.e. no time) I really prefer to not build my own. I have built plenty in the past. (Last one I built was when Battlefiel 2 launched). I just figured with Tablets being the new things, Lap Tops actually becoming the old thing and Towers being the super old thing I could grab a Gaming "Tower" at the store that is ready to rock, run some games balls out.

Like I mentioned in this thread this is an argument I have been having with my oldest kid. So you guys are actually validating what I thought.

#32 Edited by BldgIrsh (2695 posts) -

@High-Res

Every console gamer owns a PC or two or three.....Where the PC Gamer refuses to own a console.

If a console gamer wants to play something on PC he does...where the PC Gamer refuses to even consider ever playing anything on Console because he has some strange loyalty...or just feels stupid because he spent $4,200.00 on a power rig a year ago that now has the same "Power" of a $500.00 Lap Top at Walmart today...so he is in entrenched in his views and irrational.

Plus I'm sure someone was mean to him on XBOX Live and it hurt his feelings.

@High-Res said:

Steam & I guess Origin...is there even another way to get a PC game? God knows the stores won;t carry anymore because THEY DON'T SELL!!!!!

Plus it must be nice spending all that money, buying all those game and not actually OWNING ANYTHING!

Taking the PC Argument for sales....would basically mean the IOS and I Tunes BS is the number one "System" for gaming.

@High-Res said:

Well "technical invalids" might be a little harsh. Hell man, I was a PC Gamer before 90% of you were born. I was running a BBS and "Down Loading" games before there was an Internet! ,8,1 if you here what I'm saying!

But the reality is, sometimes you just want to come home, sit on the couch and press a f'n button and everything work. Simple, quick, easy, fun.

I got sick and tired of Video Cards, and Drivers and Up Dates and this and that and compatibility with friends and blah blah blah blah blah. I have the PC Version of Minecraft, it sucks. Sure it may be better if you want to down load this or dick with that, or that and this and get your friends to all do this and play on this server there.

F that. I hit a button, join games, share games, 4 player split screen. So much simpler. So much gooder.

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