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ps3 / xbox 360 vs 250 dollar pc

im really on a tight budget
so im wondering should i buy a ps3 / xbox 360
or a 250 dollar pc
pc specs
intel core i3 3th generation
DH55PJ motherboard
Ram 4Gb
500bg hard disk
casing
no gpu
or a ps3/xbox 360
any recommended build
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  1. Buy a PS3/Xbox, you can't get a gaming PC for $250.
  2. get a console for that price since PC gaming would need at least 400 $ budget ( plus windows plus a monitor = 600$)
  3. Best answer
    I personally recommend a gaming pc, as new releases will stop releasing on the PS3. IMO, get a PC and you can save money by downloading games from online digital sales. BF3 was free last month on origin, TF2 and Planetside2 are free to play, games like AC4 sometimes can be found on sale for $35. I would buy a PC and save money through digital sales, and use the money to upgrade the pc over time.
    If you can, I STRONGLY recommend getting some used parts, considering your budget. Parts that should be ok to get used are: ram, hard drive(may fail, must run a hard drive hdd test before buying), case, monitor (got a 1080p monitor used for $50CDN(~$45 USD), accessories (keyboard+mouse+speakers), wifi adapter and similar). Heres what I suggest getting. Price doesn't onclude OS:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD A4-6300 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-S1 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($34.69 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Core Edition Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Logisys CS206BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($32.34 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: IOGEAR GKM502 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($10.40 @ B&H)
    Other: 250GB Refurb Hard Drive ($24.99)
    Other: USB Wifi Adapter Ebay ($2.11)
    Total: $259.50
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 00:42 EDT-0400
    You will have to go slightly over your budget though. Check your craigslist or local ad site for used parts. I got a 1tb hdd for ~$30, and 8gb ram for ~$45 (there are some good deals out there).

    If you really want to buy an PS3/Xbox 360, I recommend going on craigslist. I can find xbox 360's in my area(large city) for $40CDN(~$35 USD) and PS3 for $70CDN(~$60USD) with possibility of negotiating down a few dollars. PS3 should be better than xbox in your case; PS3 online is free, xbox live gold is not (online is like 90% of the game IMO(at least in call of duty)). I have an PS3 and I love it. As previously stated, I recommend PC as the PS3 and 360 are at the end of their lifetimes, so new games soon won't be releasing anymore on them. PC can also function as many other things (as a pc obviously, as a htpc, use as steambox, web browsing, media player, etc.).
    Looking at the recommended specs, that PC should be able to run COD: Ghosts and similar power games at high or ultra settings at 720p, compared to lowest settings on PS3 and xbox 360.
    Good Luck!!! :D Hope I helped.
    EDIT: Whats your monitor resolution, and what games do you want to play?
  4. fooball said:
    I personally recommend a gaming pc, as new releases will stop releasing on the PS3. IMO, get a PC and you can save money by downloading games from online digital sales. BF3 was free last month on origin, TF2 and Planetside2 are free to play, games like AC4 sometimes can be found on sale for $35. I would buy a PC and save money through digital sales, and use the money to upgrade the pc over time.
    If you can, I STRONGLY recommend getting some used parts, considering your budget. Parts that should be ok to get used are: ram, hard drive(may fail, must run a hard drive hdd test before buying), case, monitor (got a 1080p monitor used for $50CDN(~$45 USD), accessories (keyboard+mouse+speakers), wifi adapter and similar). Heres what I suggest getting. Price doesn't onclude OS:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD A4-6300 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-S1 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($34.69 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Core Edition Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Logisys CS206BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($32.34 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: IOGEAR GKM502 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($10.40 @ B&H)
    Other: 250GB Refurb Hard Drive ($24.99)
    Other: USB Wifi Adapter Ebay ($2.11)
    Total: $259.50
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 00:42 EDT-0400
    You will have to go slightly over your budget though. Check your craigslist or local ad site for used parts. I got a 1tb hdd for ~$30, and 8gb ram for ~$45 (there are some good deals out there).

    If you really want to buy an PS3/Xbox 360, I recommend going on craigslist. I can find xbox 360's in my area(large city) for $40CDN(~$35 USD) and PS3 for $70CDN(~$60USD) with possibility of negotiating down a few dollars. PS3 should be better than xbox in your case; PS3 online is free, xbox live gold is not (online is like 90% of the game IMO(at least in call of duty)). I have an PS3 and I love it. As previously stated, I recommend PC as the PS3 and 360 are at the end of their lifetimes, so new games soon won't be releasing anymore on them. PC can also function as many other things (as a pc obviously, as a htpc, use as steambox, web browsing, media player, etc.).
    Looking at the recommended specs, that PC should be able to run COD: Ghosts and similar power games at high or ultra settings at 720p, compared to lowest settings on PS3 and xbox 360.
    Good Luck!!! :D Hope I helped.
    EDIT: Whats your monitor resolution, and what games do you want to play?


    My Monitor is 720p
    thanks for your suggestion
    my budget increased from 250 to 400 dollars
    so im going to buy a pc instead of a ps3
    any recommendation for a 400 dollar pc
    ill be buying new pc this weekend
    and by the way amd cpu is more costly in my country
  5. guy 123 said:
    fooball said:
    I personally recommend a gaming pc, as new releases will stop releasing on the PS3. IMO, get a PC and you can save money by downloading games from online digital sales. BF3 was free last month on origin, TF2 and Planetside2 are free to play, games like AC4 sometimes can be found on sale for $35. I would buy a PC and save money through digital sales, and use the money to upgrade the pc over time.
    If you can, I STRONGLY recommend getting some used parts, considering your budget. Parts that should be ok to get used are: ram, hard drive(may fail, must run a hard drive hdd test before buying), case, monitor (got a 1080p monitor used for $50CDN(~$45 USD), accessories (keyboard+mouse+speakers), wifi adapter and similar). Heres what I suggest getting. Price doesn't onclude OS:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD A4-6300 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-S1 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($34.69 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Core Edition Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Logisys CS206BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($32.34 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: IOGEAR GKM502 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($10.40 @ B&H)
    Other: 250GB Refurb Hard Drive ($24.99)
    Other: USB Wifi Adapter Ebay ($2.11)
    Total: $259.50
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 00:42 EDT-0400
    You will have to go slightly over your budget though. Check your craigslist or local ad site for used parts. I got a 1tb hdd for ~$30, and 8gb ram for ~$45 (there are some good deals out there).

    If you really want to buy an PS3/Xbox 360, I recommend going on craigslist. I can find xbox 360's in my area(large city) for $40CDN(~$35 USD) and PS3 for $70CDN(~$60USD) with possibility of negotiating down a few dollars. PS3 should be better than xbox in your case; PS3 online is free, xbox live gold is not (online is like 90% of the game IMO(at least in call of duty)). I have an PS3 and I love it. As previously stated, I recommend PC as the PS3 and 360 are at the end of their lifetimes, so new games soon won't be releasing anymore on them. PC can also function as many other things (as a pc obviously, as a htpc, use as steambox, web browsing, media player, etc.).
    Looking at the recommended specs, that PC should be able to run COD: Ghosts and similar power games at high or ultra settings at 720p, compared to lowest settings on PS3 and xbox 360.
    Good Luck!!! :D Hope I helped.
    EDIT: Whats your monitor resolution, and what games do you want to play?


    My Monitor is 720p
    thanks for your suggestion
    my budget increased from 250 to 400 dollars
    so im going to buy a pc instead of a ps3
    any recommendation for a 400 dollar pc
    ill be buying new pc this weekend
    and by the way amd cpu is more costly in my country


    No problem :)
    You do mean build a pc, not buy a premade one right? What country and city do you live in? Do you mean $400 USD? That previous build was for america. Be sure to research all your stuff, and be confident enough in what you will be doing before you order parts and build the pc.
    I'll try to write a build for you. Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgrade-advice and give me your needs and wants through this form. It will make creating a build easier
  6. fooball said:
    guy 123 said:
    fooball said:
    I personally recommend a gaming pc, as new releases will stop releasing on the PS3. IMO, get a PC and you can save money by downloading games from online digital sales. BF3 was free last month on origin, TF2 and Planetside2 are free to play, games like AC4 sometimes can be found on sale for $35. I would buy a PC and save money through digital sales, and use the money to upgrade the pc over time.
    If you can, I STRONGLY recommend getting some used parts, considering your budget. Parts that should be ok to get used are: ram, hard drive(may fail, must run a hard drive hdd test before buying), case, monitor (got a 1080p monitor used for $50CDN(~$45 USD), accessories (keyboard+mouse+speakers), wifi adapter and similar). Heres what I suggest getting. Price doesn't onclude OS:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD A4-6300 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-S1 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($34.69 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Core Edition Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Logisys CS206BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($32.34 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: IOGEAR GKM502 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($10.40 @ B&H)
    Other: 250GB Refurb Hard Drive ($24.99)
    Other: USB Wifi Adapter Ebay ($2.11)
    Total: $259.50
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 00:42 EDT-0400
    You will have to go slightly over your budget though. Check your craigslist or local ad site for used parts. I got a 1tb hdd for ~$30, and 8gb ram for ~$45 (there are some good deals out there).

    If you really want to buy an PS3/Xbox 360, I recommend going on craigslist. I can find xbox 360's in my area(large city) for $40CDN(~$35 USD) and PS3 for $70CDN(~$60USD) with possibility of negotiating down a few dollars. PS3 should be better than xbox in your case; PS3 online is free, xbox live gold is not (online is like 90% of the game IMO(at least in call of duty)). I have an PS3 and I love it. As previously stated, I recommend PC as the PS3 and 360 are at the end of their lifetimes, so new games soon won't be releasing anymore on them. PC can also function as many other things (as a pc obviously, as a htpc, use as steambox, web browsing, media player, etc.).
    Looking at the recommended specs, that PC should be able to run COD: Ghosts and similar power games at high or ultra settings at 720p, compared to lowest settings on PS3 and xbox 360.
    Good Luck!!! :D Hope I helped.
    EDIT: Whats your monitor resolution, and what games do you want to play?


    My Monitor is 720p
    thanks for your suggestion
    my budget increased from 250 to 400 dollars
    so im going to buy a pc instead of a ps3
    any recommendation for a 400 dollar pc
    ill be buying new pc this weekend
    and by the way amd cpu is more costly in my country


    No problem :)
    You do mean build a pc, not buy a premade one right? What country and city do you live in? Do you mean $400 USD? That previous build was for america. Be sure to research all your stuff, and be confident enough in what you will be doing before you order parts and build the pc.
    I'll try to write a build for you. Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgrade-advice and give me your needs and wants through this form. It will make creating a build easier


    These Are my needs
    Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week
    Budget Range:400-450usd
    System Usage : Gaming
    Are you buying a monitor: No
    Parts to Upgrade: Everything except monitor
    Do you need to buy OS: No
    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any
    Parts Preferences : intel or amd processor mobo,ram any
    Overclocking: Yes
    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
    Monitor Resolution: 1360*768
    amd is more costly in my country
  7. guy 123 said:
    fooball said:
    guy 123 said:
    fooball said:
    I personally recommend a gaming pc, as new releases will stop releasing on the PS3. IMO, get a PC and you can save money by downloading games from online digital sales. BF3 was free last month on origin, TF2 and Planetside2 are free to play, games like AC4 sometimes can be found on sale for $35. I would buy a PC and save money through digital sales, and use the money to upgrade the pc over time.
    If you can, I STRONGLY recommend getting some used parts, considering your budget. Parts that should be ok to get used are: ram, hard drive(may fail, must run a hard drive hdd test before buying), case, monitor (got a 1080p monitor used for $50CDN(~$45 USD), accessories (keyboard+mouse+speakers), wifi adapter and similar). Heres what I suggest getting. Price doesn't onclude OS:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD A4-6300 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-S1 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($34.69 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Core Edition Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Logisys CS206BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($32.34 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: IOGEAR GKM502 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($10.40 @ B&H)
    Other: 250GB Refurb Hard Drive ($24.99)
    Other: USB Wifi Adapter Ebay ($2.11)
    Total: $259.50
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 00:42 EDT-0400
    You will have to go slightly over your budget though. Check your craigslist or local ad site for used parts. I got a 1tb hdd for ~$30, and 8gb ram for ~$45 (there are some good deals out there).

    If you really want to buy an PS3/Xbox 360, I recommend going on craigslist. I can find xbox 360's in my area(large city) for $40CDN(~$35 USD) and PS3 for $70CDN(~$60USD) with possibility of negotiating down a few dollars. PS3 should be better than xbox in your case; PS3 online is free, xbox live gold is not (online is like 90% of the game IMO(at least in call of duty)). I have an PS3 and I love it. As previously stated, I recommend PC as the PS3 and 360 are at the end of their lifetimes, so new games soon won't be releasing anymore on them. PC can also function as many other things (as a pc obviously, as a htpc, use as steambox, web browsing, media player, etc.).
    Looking at the recommended specs, that PC should be able to run COD: Ghosts and similar power games at high or ultra settings at 720p, compared to lowest settings on PS3 and xbox 360.
    Good Luck!!! :D Hope I helped.
    EDIT: Whats your monitor resolution, and what games do you want to play?


    My Monitor is 720p
    thanks for your suggestion
    my budget increased from 250 to 400 dollars
    so im going to buy a pc instead of a ps3
    any recommendation for a 400 dollar pc
    ill be buying new pc this weekend
    and by the way amd cpu is more costly in my country


    No problem :)
    You do mean build a pc, not buy a premade one right? What country and city do you live in? Do you mean $400 USD? That previous build was for america. Be sure to research all your stuff, and be confident enough in what you will be doing before you order parts and build the pc.
    I'll try to write a build for you. Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgrade-advice and give me your needs and wants through this form. It will make creating a build easier


    These Are my needs
    Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week
    Budget Range:400-450usd
    System Usage : Gaming
    Are you buying a monitor: No
    Parts to Upgrade: Everything except monitor
    Do you need to buy OS: No
    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any
    Parts Preferences : intel or amd processor mobo,ram any
    Overclocking: Yes
    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
    Monitor Resolution: 1360*768
    amd is more costly in my country


    I actually need your country that you will be buying in to make a build. Providing city will also help greatly. This is because some shops in your area may have a discount on certain items (besides, I don't even know what shops are in your country anyway :P). "Location: City, State/Region, Country - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available"
    I understand that you may feel insecure about location. It would just allow us to help you much more if you tell us your approximate location.
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