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You Guys Are Still Spending a Lot on Gaming PCs

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Enthusiasts make up nearly half of all the dollars spent on gaming-related hardware on PCs.

Despite the doom and gloom around PC gaming that's gone on for years now, research shows that the PC gaming hardware market is still very strong. In fact, it seems that the type of people who like to read Tom's Hardware – the enthusiast class – account for nearly half of the dollars spent towards gaming hardware.

According to Jon Peddie Research, 46 percent of the dollars spent in 2009 on stuff like boutique PCs, high-end processors and graphics cards, SSD's, specialized gaming mice, keyboards, speakers, monitors and others come from PC enthusiasts.

The research firm figures that PC enthusiasts have a special style element to them that JPR calls a "muscle car element." These days, a respectable GPU from a recent generation has a pretty good shot at running any PC game at a decent frame rate and image quality level. This opens up the PC gaming market beyond just high-end systems and towards the more humble performance and mainstream users.

Jon Peddie, President of JPR, noted that "gamers are ordering, building, and modding their rigs with components that just a few years ago were simply not available with any economy of scale. SSD's, water cooling, gaming mice and keyboards and other components have come to the Performance class and gamers are starting to snap them up."

As a result of this, JPR estimates that the enthusiast class will only account for 35 percent of the dollars spent on gaming by 2013, despite projections of growing to $12.5 billion – up from 2009's $9.5 billion. This will be due to a spread of gaming towards the performance and mainstream segments, which should be good news to anyone making a PC game these days.

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    cloakster , April 9, 2010 11:52 PM

    I do agree that PC gaming is for the true enthusiast. but console gaming will never die because of how cost effective it is for the consumer, assuming that they buy all their games legitly.
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    Anonymous , April 9, 2010 11:24 PM
    Opinion: This is why consoles will eventually die: enthusiasts game on PC. To get that console feel, download an emulator and buy a usb sixaxis close, hook up 5970 to 54'' TV, and game.
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    Marco925 , April 9, 2010 11:53 PM
    If enthusiasts make up half of the money for gaming PCs, Who are the other half of people?
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  • 29 Hide
    Anonymous , April 9, 2010 11:24 PM
    Opinion: This is why consoles will eventually die: enthusiasts game on PC. To get that console feel, download an emulator and buy a usb sixaxis close, hook up 5970 to 54'' TV, and game.
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    cloakster , April 9, 2010 11:52 PM

    I do agree that PC gaming is for the true enthusiast. but console gaming will never die because of how cost effective it is for the consumer, assuming that they buy all their games legitly.
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    Marco925 , April 9, 2010 11:53 PM
    If enthusiasts make up half of the money for gaming PCs, Who are the other half of people?
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    shadow187 , April 9, 2010 11:53 PM
    This doesn't surprise me. For every 10 Core2Duos E7400s sold, one I7-975/980X is sold.

    You also have to account for supercomputers / companies.
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    greatsaltedone , April 9, 2010 11:53 PM
    i have certainly found myself spending a great deal more as i have grown up and started making real money. as the gaming generation matures i would not be surprised to see the dollar amount attached to it balloon.
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    xenol , April 9, 2010 11:59 PM
    Not to make a horrible comparison here, but this reminds me of an article that said Apple accounted for most of the $1000+ computers sold.

    Of course, PC gamers aren't like Apple enthusiasts.
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    brimstone67 , April 9, 2010 11:59 PM
    You are welcome. Now if I only got all those mail in rebates back, I could build another one. So ya, I'm not holding my breath...
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    kittle , April 10, 2010 12:00 AM
    I dont doubt it at all.

    im also getting ready to add another chunk of my own to the sales numbers.
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    the_krasno , April 10, 2010 12:13 AM
    See? PC gaming is NOT dead.
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    AMW1011 , April 10, 2010 12:25 AM
    This is actually kind of surprising. I would have thought that the enthusiasts would be a smaller minority since it seems that most people don't want to learn how to build and tweak computers and custom computer companies seem to be holding strong.

    Good to see.
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    dan117 , April 10, 2010 12:28 AM
    I can make a 500$ Gaming PC which can run most multiplayer games.
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    dasper , April 10, 2010 12:29 AM
    Honestly, I have never seen the appeal for consoles. I have always gamed on a PC. Consoles, historically, have gamed at lower resolutions, have less config options, less players per multi-player game, and you pray that the next generation will be backwards compatible so you do not need to lug the old system around. Plus, there is a pride aspect in a gaming rig and the best you can do with a console without breaching your user license is slapping a vinyl sticker over it.

    IMO, I think the industry is trying to force people onto consoles in fear of piracy, not that there is a lack of PC gamers.
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    the associate , April 10, 2010 12:30 AM
    Man what are you talking about, pc gaming is dying from piracy.

    Just look at how many kijiji/craigslist adds out there for modding consoles, look at all the console games you can dl off torrent sites. Theres also more pc gamers for bad company 2 than both consoles put together!!!

    http://bfbcs.com/pcThe

    Wait a minute, thats evidence of the contrary, silly me...
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    jsc , April 10, 2010 1:04 AM
    "You Guys Are Still Spending a Lot on Gaming PCs"

    Yes, we are.
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    blevsta , April 10, 2010 1:10 AM
    I like how there's a i7 980 pictured with this. Who buys those things? SLI GTX 480 or 2x 5870 would be a better use of 1k...I would be hard pressed to pay $600 for that processor, even if I didn't have my i7 920...
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    cscott_it , April 10, 2010 1:21 AM
    "You Guys Are Still Spending a Lot on Gaming PCs"

    You still have readers/fanbase don't you?
    :p 

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    jednx01 , April 10, 2010 1:25 AM
    I have to admit that I have spent a really high amount of money on hardware.... I don't know if its a good idea or not, but it sure is fun.
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    enzo matrix , April 10, 2010 1:44 AM
    Another "study" that just states the obvious.
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    buckinbottoms , April 10, 2010 1:49 AM
    Marco925If enthusiasts make up half of the money for gaming PCs, Who are the other half of people?

    Developers, Studios, Engineers, aka professionals.
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