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May 26, 2013 7:00:57 PM

Hello, right now I own an Xbox 360. The thing is next gen consoles are near and it made me thinking, if I should switch to PC. Sense I'm pouring lots of money into this investment should I switch to PC? I already have a PC picked out
Specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770k
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600
HDD: 1TB
PSU: 500W Corsair CX500 V2
OS: Windows 8
Price: 1349$
I don't really want to upgrade until a while after I get this if I do. How long should I wait? Or should I stay go with the console? Thanks!

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May 26, 2013 7:10:05 PM

PC, Gaming to the next level with mod's & cheats.
May 26, 2013 7:22:16 PM

How are you even THINKING about buying an xbox. before those 7th gen consoles. Almost EVERY game was released on PC. Don't get me wrong there is nothing bad about consoles but PC has the "feeling" that it is made for gaming.

IT IS STRICTLY MY OPINION
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May 26, 2013 7:27:32 PM

look up escapist magazine. one of the lunatics does a vid on the xbox. jim somebody
May 26, 2013 7:37:40 PM

Evan051 said:
Hello, right now I own an Xbox 360. The thing is next gen consoles are near and it made me thinking, if I should switch to PC. Sense I'm pouring lots of money into this investment should I switch to PC? I already have a PC picked out
Specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770k
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600
HDD: 1TB
PSU: 500W Corsair CX500 V2
OS: Windows 8
Price: 1349$
I don't really want to upgrade until a while after I get this if I do. How long should I wait? Or should I stay go with the console? Thanks!


That PC configuration kicks the living snot out of either PS4 or Xbox One. (And FYI, PS4 looks to have about 50% more GPU performance than XBox One.) If you play games on that PC, your games will look significantly better, play significantly smoother, and (through fan-made mods) give you more replayability than they would on a next-gen console.

And each game will probably also cost significantly less, on average, than its console analogue (Steam). And obviously, a PC is useful for far more than gaming, so you have to factor whatever non-gaming use you'll get out of it into the price; you're not really paying the whole $1300+ for the gaming portion of the machine if you need other aspects of it regardless.

None of that is to say that the XBox won't have advantages -- the occasional Xbox-exclusive title, less tweaking/patching required to play, hassle-free media-center functionality, and whatever other buzzwords Microsoft's thrown into the mix. Ultimately it boils down to your preference.

Personally, I'll always come down on the PC side. Haven't owned a console since the Nintendo 64 back when I was in college. YMMV.
May 26, 2013 7:46:55 PM

Ok? But in roughly how long could I play games maxed out/high - mid settings until I would have to upgrade?
May 26, 2013 7:52:43 PM

Evan051 said:
Ok? But in roughly how long could I play games maxed out/high - mid settings until I would have to upgrade?


How long your rig will "last" depends on your own subjective performance standards -- even your taste in games. If you insist on turning on every eye-candy bell and whistle, in the most demanding games available (first-person shooters, usually), and at high-end resolutions?

It might last you a year or two, under those circumstances, before you feel you have to upgrade at least the GPU.

If, on the other hand, you have more moderate standards and expectations, the rig might last you four or even five years. Somewhere in between is the safest bet.

But regardless, the PC you described in your first post will always be more capable than the hardware in a next-gen console. To say that you want to play max settings on a PC is to say that you want an awful lot more than a console will provide. By the time your PC is forced to play at low settings, your console will have been stuck at the equivalent of low-end PC settings for a long time already.
May 26, 2013 8:01:33 PM

Well what about 1st person shooters, horror, open world, and indie games/mods on max to high settings at 1920x1080 ? I will tone it down to mid settings, just not low (major point of getting the PC right?)

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May 26, 2013 8:07:58 PM
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Evan051 said:
Well what about 1st person shooters, horror, open world, and indie games/mods on max to high settings at 1920x1080 ? I will tone it down to mid settings, just not low (major point of getting the PC right?)


I'd ballpark it at three years before you have to start thinking about dialing down from medium settings in the best games. You'll probably be able to run max/near-max/high settings in almost all games for the first two years or so. The rig in your first post is pretty beastly.

Those are just my estimates based on past experience. You might get even a little more mileage out of your rig; it's very possible, for example, that based on recent trends you won't have to think about upgrading your CPU/motherboard/RAM/PSU for as many as five years -- but I'm trying to be conservative because the bottom line is that we don't know the future.

And again, low settings on that PC will still look as good or better than the "normal settings" on the console.
May 26, 2013 8:10:08 PM

Fulgurant said:
Evan051 said:
Well what about 1st person shooters, horror, open world, and indie games/mods on max to high settings at 1920x1080 ? I will tone it down to mid settings, just not low (major point of getting the PC right?)


I'd ballpark it at three years before you have to start thinking about dialing down from medium settings in the best games. You'll probably be able to run max/near-max/high settings in almost all games for the first two years or so. The rig in your first post is pretty beastly.

Those are just my estimates based on past experience. You might get even a little more mileage out of your rig; it's very possible, for example, that based on recent trends you won't have to think about upgrading your CPU/motherboard/RAM/PSU for as many as five years -- but I'm trying to be conservative because the bottom line is that we don't know the future.

And again, low on that PC will still look as good or better than the console by the time you reach that point.


Exactly, What if we suddenly get technology from aliens 100 years advanced than us.
(Even though its chances are almost zero there still is a chance)

May 26, 2013 10:31:38 PM

Don't get i7-3770k for gaming, just get i5-3570k or i5-4570k.
May 26, 2013 10:49:58 PM

Why don't get gtx 7xx series and Haswell.The gtx 770 should be out on 30 may,it will be about 10% stronger then gtx680. And new Haswell should come in a 1-2 week max
May 27, 2013 7:10:49 AM

Ok, I decided to go with PC gaming. Thanks everyone!
May 27, 2013 7:37:15 AM

Welcome to the club !!
May 27, 2013 9:33:21 AM

I would go for pc, it will do much more than just play games
recently I sold my xbox and switched to pc and I LOVE IT
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