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Xbox One, PS4, or PC?

Hey guys,
I have been gaming on the Xbox 360 my whole life. Just recently, I was introduced to Steam and thus the PC gaming world. So far, I am very impressed with Steam and the deals offered, and am thinking about building my own PC for a price range of about $1,000. I have always loved my 360, yet have heard mixed reviews about the Xbox One. Which would you go with? The Xbox One or PS4, or just stick with PC? Is now a good time to switch over to PC gaming? Also, if I were to switch to PC gaming, I would need a computer capable of running today and hopefully the future's games (if you could list a build for a PC I would greatly appreciate it). I was thinking I would get the Xbox One and buy the new games I have been dying to play, and then wait 6 months or so until the other new games go on sale on Steam and get them on a PC.
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  1. Here is a video that explains reasons why PC gaming is the best:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUhdL-ITG-M

    Here is another video by the same folks of a $750 gaming build:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srmmt0-vrD8
  2. Best answer
    Kind of hard to judge a product that hasn't been released it. But for a build this one will be faster than anything the ps4/xbone will have.
    [PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Pjx6) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Pjx6/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Pjx6/benchmarks/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k) | $239.99 @ Newegg
    **CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rrb10212pg1) | $24.99 @ NCIX US
    **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87xd3h) | $144.98 @ Newegg
    **Memory** | [Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx21c11t2k28x) | $58.61 @ NCIX US
    **Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003) | $59.96 @ Outlet PC
    **Video Card** | [MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7970tf3gd5ocbe) | $279.99 @ Newegg
    **Case** | [Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300r) | $59.99 @ Microcenter
    **Power Supply** | [Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg620m) | $54.99 @ NCIX US
    **Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24ns95) | $15.00 @ Newegg
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $88.98 @ Outlet PC
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1004.48
    | Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 21:47 EDT-0400 |

    edit: If you want to save $100 you can drop down to a 7950, for a slight hit in performance.
  3. I will let others make a build for you but now is a great time to make the switch. The games are cheaper, multiplayer is free, you can download mods for games, and graphics are almost always better. With the new consoles switching to a 64-bit processor it will make it easier and faster to port a game from consoles to PC. You really do get more power with a PC.

    But. There are downsides. There is a reason that a lot of people choose console over PC. With a console you never have to worry about buying new hardware. It stays the same and you know that any game you buy will work perfectly on a console. The PC environment is much more diverse when it comes to hardware so performance will vary. Also you can put down several grand today and get a top of the line PC but in a year or two you will not be able to play the new games on max and will either have to put up with it or shell out more cash to upgrade your hardware.

    The choice it yours. I see it as a tradeoff. Consoles have more security and reliability while PCs have more freedom and variety.
  4. Well as you are on Tom's Hardware everyone here will almost definitely tell you to build a PC, and a 1000 dollar PC can be a good gaming machine, but a PS4 is great value for what is is at 400 dollars, if your budget is 1000 dollars we can spec you out a PC, or if you really want to stick with consoles the PS4 is probably the best choice. It is entirely up to you, but here is an idea for a PC build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PjFk
  5. i was in the same boat as the OP.. and well, i looked at it this way.. the xbox 360 has been out for 8 years now.. these consoles arent getting any cheaper, quite the contrary, theyre going up in price, take years to update, and there are no 3rd party user mods available.. so for these reasons, i decided id just go PC.. i built a PC 8 months ago for $800 and it DOUBLES the hardware specs of the PS4 and the xbox one for less than double the price (closer to the same price if i didnt go overboard on the PSU and case)

    reason i didnt do it before was because i really liked the xbox live community, being able to add people to a friends list, see which games theyre playing, join them, find new people.. then steam began offering that very same community for the PC. so i went that route and i have NOT regretted it since.. that being said PC gaming is becoming far more controller oriented than before and there are few games left you cant play 100% on controller.. and with something like pinnacle profiler, i just mapped EVERY control of arma 3 to my PS3 controller

    another option you could consider is getting a steam box.. something you could hook up to your television, use a controller with, and play just like its a console, but have all the benefits for PC.. and if im not mistaken people have already began building their own steambox PCs from parts on things like mITX boards.. since the steam box is entire open source they allow you to build your own console, install the steamos operating system when it comes out which will work like a console dashboard, and play pc games with a controller.. so theres an option for you if the thought of a console/pc hybrid grabs your attention
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