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  • N7Spartan95 - July 19, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    Honestly, I've never really gotten the chance to game on PC extensively. I've played a couple titles like Zoo Tycoon 2 and Civ IV, but my laptop is nowhere near powerful enough to run current titles at high settings, and I've never really had the money to blow on a high end PC. Most of my gaming for the last few years has been courtesy of the Xbox 360 me and my brothers got for Christmas. On to the question I have; I'll be attending a university in the fall and I plan on getting a part-time job on campus. I already plan on getting an Xbox One because of Halo and some console-only titles like Destiny. What I'd like to know is this: would spending the money on a high end PC be a viable addition to my gaming arsenal? I might want to play strategy games like Civilization V or mess around with mods, so I'm not opposed to the idea. I'm just wondering if it'd be worth it after already spending $400 on a current-gen console. How much money would I have to put down for a PC on par with the Xbox One & PS4? Would cheaper game prices due to Steam sales and such really make up for the the initial costs, and in what time frame? Of course, there's the chance that whatever roommate I get will have a kickass gaming rig of his own and render all this moot, but I'll assume that's not going to be the case. I'd appreciate some input.
  • mordorson - July 19, 2014 9:16 p.m.

    If you're going to get one of the consoles, you should honestly get a PS4 since it's more powerful, unless Halo means that much to you. (Perfectly fine, everyone's a fanboy of something). Otherwise I would suggest that you don't buy a console, and save up about $900 for a PC rig. That gives you enough room to put together a reasonably powerful PC. (That's including the cost of the OS, monitor, and peripherals, I doubt it would cost more than $700 for the PC itself). For a PC on par with the PS4? Hmmm, about $600 for the PC itself. Yeah, Steam sales definitely make up the difference, if you only buy your games during sales when they're dirt cheap, you'll spend about $40 less per game compared to console users who wait a month or 2 for the games to devalue a bit, and games will still cost $10 less new because of licensing reasons. If you're the kind of person that's going to buy more than a dozen games, then it'll add up pretty fast, so anywhere from 1-4 months until the PC becomes the cheaper option. If you want advice for building a good budget PC, add me on Steam and I'll help you out as best as I can, same username.
  • N7Spartan95 - July 19, 2014 10:14 p.m.

    Halo is basically the one game that keeps me tied to Xbox; everything else I play is multiplatform. If it wasn't for Halo, I'd probably get a PS4 or a PC, to be honest. I have nothing against PlayStation; the PS4 seems like a great console. It's just that none of Sony's exclusives interest me like Halo does. So yeah, definitely getting the XBone. Would a PC still be worth it in that case? I suppose it would depend on the number of games I'd play on the Xbox versus the PC.
  • mordorson - July 20, 2014 7:53 p.m.

    Depends on if you want the better graphics and performance that a PC gives when you're playing games, if not, then you may as well use a console, it'll cost more in the long run, but getting a console anyways means you have to spend quite a bit more money overall to get both ($460 for XBone + Halo, $920 for PC +12 games), and that's not an option when you're on a budget.
  • N7Spartan95 - July 21, 2014 6:51 a.m.

    Yeah, I'm not really a graphics whore, and games on the XBone should still look pretty fantastic compared to games on my 360, so it'll still be quite an upgrade and I think I'll be alright with it. I appreciate the input you've given me. Thank you.
  • TheStealthCow - July 19, 2014 2:30 a.m.

    Can I upgrade to 16 GB of RAM on this build? And if so does it have to be (2x8) or can it be (4x4)?
  • mordorson - July 19, 2014 8:50 p.m.

    it has 4 Ram slots... and honestly, more than 8GB of RAM is pointless unless you're doing some heavy video editing/rendering.
  • AngelcilyAwesome123 - July 16, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    I just want to know how to build this.
  • Colin.B - July 10, 2014 10:14 p.m.

    Honestly you can build a gaming PC that rivals the new consoles with specs far less costly than those. Also, I'd take ATis GPU over the GTX 760. If we're talking the GTX 770 that's a different story.
  • mordorson - July 10, 2014 6:20 p.m.

    A few things I would've done differently: -CPU, the 4690K costs $10 more and overclocks significantly better than the 4670K -video card, an R9 280 will give you 5-10% better performance and costs less than the GTX 760 -SSD, the budget build alternative could've been a 64GB drive used for caching Other than that, very sound advice
  • mordorson - July 10, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    Also, either the author of the article doesn't know his graphics cards (I'm pretty sure that's the case, which is perfectly fine.) or he's an Nvidia fanboy, because the GTX 750 is most definitely not faster than the R7 265, that card is somewhere in between the performance of a 750 Ti and 760, although it's much closer to the 750 Ti. Here's some charts to prove it: http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2014-vga-charts/compare,3598.html?prod%5B6788%5D=on&prod%5B6943%5D=on&prod%5B6799%5D=on&prod%5B6800%5D=on
  • CapnSensible - July 11, 2014 3:47 a.m.

    Agreed. Also, if you shop around you can get an R270 for $180, which is the best bang for your buck. Can play almost anything on Ultra with multisampling and still get 60+ FPS.
  • death4us - July 10, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    All the specs on gaming PCs are good here but you don't need to spend that much on a gaming pc as many have proven. You just need at least an i5 or AMD equivalent. For video 2gb nvdia gtx 660 or higher or AMD Radeon equivalent but you need at least a 2tb hd(I already went over 1tb of space used for games) and a small ssd for caching. Ram ddr3 6 or 8 gb and a sound card only if you really want to have mind blowing sound but if you are happy with good sound then save the money. You do not need liquid cooling unless you are planning to way overclock your cpu but it isn't really needed. with that you should be able to run about any game in high specs.A case and motherboard can be bought for under $150 but I agree with power supply. Now just because someone buys/builds a gaming PC doesn't mean they abandoned console gaming so those of you who are obsessed with console gaming only don't push your fears on the rest of us gamers who love playing games on any platform that has good games.
  • Yasahirota - July 10, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    Honestly, the 750ti Ftw is a better buy then that 760. It's 160$ and you can only get it off Newegg. Who doesn't love Newegg.
  • KaoticKyle - July 9, 2014 10:43 p.m.

    I have some opinions on how to better save when building a gaming PC, but Gamesradar seems to think my comments are spam so I guess I will have to keep my opinion to myself.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - July 10, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    Sorry, our comments system is a little... janky (but we're fixing it!). I'd definitely love to hear your thoughts!
  • _--_ - July 9, 2014 2:35 p.m.

    --or you could buy 2 ps4s and 2 games --and --if you already have 2 tvs --you can play MP side by side in your house
  • KaoticKyle - July 9, 2014 10:45 p.m.

    Who plays MP side by side in their house anymore? That's so.....archaic.....
  • _--_ - July 10, 2014 12:44 a.m.

    --what if you live with someone you love --who loves gaming? --sounds like THE BEST TIME EVER to me --8-)
  • Beoftw - July 10, 2014 9:27 p.m.

    --why do you type --like a fucking --idiot --you type like --someone with --downsyndrome -------8===D

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