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Ok i will just ask outright - Budget gaming PC vs PS4? Which one and why?

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Gaming PC VS PS4 ?

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  • Gaming PC
  • 67 %
  • PS4
  • 34 %
  • Atari 2600
  • 0 %
April 6, 2014 3:35:29 AM

Hi all, i know this is probably a biased place to ask this question but, im in 2 minds and need advice.

I'm no PC guru and i don't know anything about building pc's or formatting etc. I dont fancy spending my time fiddling with settings and all that stuff....but i would like cheaper games, the best graphics possible, and show my kids a real gaming machine....

so what should it be for a guy like me?

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a c 299 4 Gaming
April 6, 2014 3:40:46 AM

If you want cheaper games, best graphics then PC will be superior.
However, if you don't want to learn to build, PS4 is an option or getting a custom prebuilt pc (New or old/ebay).
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2014 3:57:55 AM

Define "budget".
If you have $400 to play with, get the PS4. If your rocking ~$800, then you can get something thats markedly better than a PS4.
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April 6, 2014 4:10:56 AM

manofchalk said:
Define "budget".
If you have $400 to play with, get the PS4. If your rocking ~$800, then you can get something thats markedly better than a PS4.


Hi, i'm in the UK and my budget i imagine to be around the £800 mark which works out at 1,326.28 USD.
Does anyone fancy pre building me a good gaming machine by using this site - https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/

and we can all agree on it before i buy anything?
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2014 4:23:30 AM

Thats more than enough to build a high-end gaming rig.

Something like this would be pretty good.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.03 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.00 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.94 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£98.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£69.00 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£80.32 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £820.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-06 12:23 BST+0100)
April 6, 2014 11:32:08 AM

manofchalk said:
Thats more than enough to build a high-end gaming rig.

Something like this would be pretty good.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.03 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.00 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.94 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£98.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.95 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£69.00 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£80.32 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £820.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-06 12:23 BST+0100)


some of the parts in this rig arn't available in the UK :( 
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2014 4:34:44 PM

homeriscool said:


some of the parts in this rig arn't available in the UK :( 

That's a uk parts list.,all shops are in the uk and so should the parts be.

A list with a gtx 770,

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.03 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler (£17.46 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£78.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.26 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£237.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£53.76 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£80.32 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £798.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 00:32 BST+0100)

sacrified some storage space for the gtx 770=hdd+ssd.
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2014 10:00:16 PM

Vic 40 said:
homeriscool said:


some of the parts in this rig arn't available in the UK :( 

That's a uk parts list.,all shops are in the uk and so should the parts be.

A list with a gtx 770,

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.03 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler (£17.46 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£78.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.26 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.00 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£237.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£53.76 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£80.32 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £798.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 00:32 BST+0100)

sacrified some storage space for the gtx 770=hdd+ssd.

Sometimes parts aren't available or they are sold out/discontinued.

a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2014 10:06:10 PM

for the same price as a PS4, a PC graphics won't look as good. But there are caveats. PC games tend to be cheaper, Steam has some great offers all the time. You can use your PC for lots of other stuff, it is the ultimate jack of all trades, master of none (on a budget) or master of all, if you spend $1000+.

PS4 is plug in and go, building your PC takes some effort, I've been fiddling with mine for months, but that's what I like. It feels like it's mine, where-as my PS3 is....oh yeah I think I got one somewhere.
a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2014 1:55:21 AM

sora said:

Sometimes parts aren't available or they are sold out/discontinued.


I checked all parts in the list of manofchalk and they are if i looked right all in stock.If the ts is looking in a local store should he mention it and/or look for parts that are equal with help of them.
a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2014 2:11:08 AM

67% vs 34%, loving that maths :D 
a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2014 4:06:28 AM

homeriscool said:
some of the parts in this rig arn't available in the UK :( 


According to PC Part Picker they are, and you can always get equivalent components if it is really out of stock. Your dealing with computers now, their pretty mix-and-match, its not like each component has to be validated against each other.
April 7, 2014 6:40:34 AM

Thanks very much for your help guys - im looking forward to building this baby :) 
March 19, 2016 2:21:08 PM

leeb2013 said:
for the same price as a PS4, a PC graphics won't look as good.


This is why you should ALWAYS consider purchasing a PC first over a console. For decades now is it a fact
that when a console releases you will find a mere year later the PC surpasses it. The hardware always supercedes
the tech in a pc as the OpenGL (now Vulkan) and DirectX specs come out first and the hardware is designed.
That iteration of DirectX is slated for Microsoft's NEXT operating system that isn't even out yet.

We are also just now seeing DX12. All those AMD and Intel Multicore chips and AMD's lackluster performance
in single threads will now come to life. A 400 dollar PS4 vs a 2011 pc with a new graphics card is no match
for a multicore FX or I5 and I7. You can even build a budget pc for 400 and it will still outperform a PS4 thanks to
DirectX12 and Vulkan which Sony has no rights too.

I own both a PS4 and PC. Why? Simply because there are certain titles that are exclusive to it and to play with
friends. But on any technical level I entirely disagree with your comment from 2014 that a console or PS4 would have
better graphics unless they are made modular. And that is something both Sony and MS said will not happen and instead they would release consoles sooner rather than have releases so far apart.

And now we see the PC with hardware from 2011 (multicore and DX11) pull away from the PS4. And this is not a DX12 title either. Many who have FX , Core I5 and I7 with even a DX11 card now are going to see more eye candy.
And the proof of this is below. Software games on PC are always far behind PC hardware. That's why always buying a PC first is ALWAYS going to end being better in the end. Many out there already own DX12 compliant video cards which will boost the game up to 40 percent in speed and support mulitiple graphics card from ANY vendor.

I dont agree with that statement whatsoever.

http://archaeologyoftombraider.com/2016/02/01/rise-of-t...

a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2016 6:27:51 PM

Old thread from 2014 so maybe let it be?