New PS4 or Custom built PC?

Hey, I have an Acer Aspire TC 105 EB 11 desktop. I'm thinking of buying a PS4 or a new Graphics card. But I'm not sure which would be the best. I have $600 to spend. What would be the the best option to spend $600? I'm thinking of buying this GPU - XFX Radeon R9 290.The thing is, my power supply is only 600w and the graphic card recommends a minimum of 750 watts. Will that be a problem?
I also want to know what's the GPU inside the PS4.I heard that it has a Radeon hd 7850?
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  1. I guess it depends what games you want, as for sure down the line there will be some great ps4 exclusives, but you could indeed go for an upgrade on a computer now, and get a ps4 down the line when those exclusives exist.
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    There's more to power supply requirements than just the wattage. Basically you need to make sure your power supply puts out sufficient amps on the +12V rail(s) for the GPU. It also depends on the quality of the PSU they put in that... a lot of cheapo power supplies cannot actually provide the power they stated continuously, and do not have important things such as over current protection, or efficient power delivery at all loads (some buckle at certain loads).

    Moreover, the Acer TC 105 from what I can see online has an AMD A8/A10 as the processor. This CPU is not powerful enough to support the Radeon R9 290X and getting this video card would be a colossal waste of money when stuck with an entry-level CPU.

    Are you using an aftermarket power supply in your desktop? Because on the specifications I've found online for the Acer TC 105 show 300W power supply.

    If you do not want to do a full upgrade, a GTX 750 Ti is a decent video card that shouldn't be held back by the A8/A10 processor, and has such a low power draw it'll work on almost any power supply.

    Otherwise, your best bet would be to do a CPU, motherboard and GPU (and possibly power supply, depending on yours) upgrade. For $600 you could get a decent upgrade, that's plenty for an FX-6300, 970 motherboard, and a GTX 760/R9 280 and a good quality power supply. A bit of a hassle, but a GTX 760 or R9 280 will be delivering great performance for years to come.
  3. I believe that the PS4 has 2 GB of VRAM. And Since you already have a PC, you will not have to start from scratch. It seems like you should upgrade your GPU, if you are to paly games a GPU should be the first item to look at. An upgrade to an r9 290 or a 290x seems really nice for your budget and it will keep your PC running games at max settings 60+ fps for a good amount of years (3 or 4, maybe even 5). Or you can upgrade to a 280x if it seems more reasonable. But even before you look at the power supply, make sure that your motherboard is compatible along with the GPU you are getting in the future. Afterwards, you will need to look at the sum of watt requirements from all your parts in order to see which PSU you should get. All in all, I will always recommend an upgrade over a PS4 because sooner or later the PS4 will start lacking behind. But it really is up to you.
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