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10:14 PM on 06.17.2011

What a PC Snob thinks of a Console Gamer...

There seems to be so much animosity or paranoia form console gamers as seen in this Jim Sterling special:

So I decided to clear the air and just come out with it. I'll speak for PC gamers in general.

Point 1: Graphics
PC gamers do not feel superior for having better graphics. We enjoy playing a game with good frames at a good resolution. It makes game play fun and helps create an immersive experience. We prefer, for the most part, to sit at some sort of desk but the high quality sounds and great graphics. Yes we pay more for them but we accept that and we are smart and mitigate the costs.

Point 2: Keyboard and Mouse
Yes we love our peripherals... true the mouse gives you pin point accuracy but all PC gamers get this benefit so the playing ground is even. The thing that console gamers have to understand is that games like Contra and Metal Gear were not designed to use the KB/M. FPS were. FPS were designed around the keyboard and mouse that's why they EXIST. SO PC gamers enjoy the optimization. We don't care about the game pad being used for FPS. We don't its fine, but we also feel that you pick your poison and that as console drives the market it only makes sense that the two platforms should have integrated play.

Point 3: Dedicated Servers
Yes PC gamers love dedicated servers. There's a reason. They are awesome. With dedicated servers you become part of a community, and make friends and great rivalries. You also get to choose the ping you play at and the types of games you enter. Its also much easier to play with friends as we can see what game they are in and just join. It's simple and works. See with a game like BF3 there will be the following types of servers:
- friendly fire on or off
- infantry only
- 32 players on a 64 player sized map
- 64 players on a 16 player map
- high ticket games

A PC gamer picks their thing. And with hackers and exploiters a good admin will kick them. NONE of this is possible in console. Matchmaking sounds good in theory but I personally like the challenge of playing better players and the servers tend to have all skill levels. PC players think that match making is fine but that ONLY having that method is needlessly limiting and we think that console gamers are ignorant for not getting the full server experience because it is really worth it.

Point 4: Cost
A PC gamer might pay more... but I have proven that it is possible to pay more on console. Early adoption, second system, repair, replacement, xbox live, no 4-pack sales, more expensive games... it adds up and can cost more since when the next gen system comes out people WILL buy it. Once the PC gamer pays her initial hit upgrading is simple and VERY efficient. It depends on how much you spent on the rig and how much the console gamer buys and what they choose to adopt.

What PC gamers think is that console gamers are ignorant because when they make comments they talk about super $1000 systems. Graphics are based on frame rate at resolution... console gamers don't seem to get it no matter how much we beat it into their heads. We think is a blissful ignorance that console gamers tell themselves to avoid adoption of a superior system. See we don't have sympathy. When PS3 came out and you bought it for $650 you could have just upgraded your PC instead. Now you claim that you don't have the $$. Well clearly it was a choice...

Point 5: Complexity
Yes PC's are more complex than consoles. Its a fact. However there are two points that mitigate the argument:
1. Buy a pre-built system: There are PLENTY of companies that sell pre-built machines that are NOT Alienware. Most PC gamers never have and never will purchase an Alienware system. You can buy a great system for well less than $1000. These machines come with great warranties and do things like ADVERTISE ON THIS SITE! Wow PC supporting a 90% console oriented site...
2. They are not as bad as they used to be: It takes some effort to figure out what you need to buy at any given time but the systems go together very quickly and easily. Yes it is more complex but its isn't hard for someone intelligent or someone who want to put a few hours into research.

Point 6: The Gaming Industry or Why do Games Suck
Well to be fair not all games suck but I remember in 1988 playing Ultima VI where there were hundereds of NPC's in the world and every single citizen did the following:
- wake up sit on the bed for a while then sit at a desk
- walk to the tavern
- eat breakfast
- go to work
- man the shop
- walk to the tavern at dusk
- sit and eat dinner
- walk home
- lock their door
- turn on their night time light
- go to bed and turn the light off.

EVERY single NPC did this in 1988. So... why has it taken more than 20 years to approach this in an RPG?

Lets look at Deus EX...
It was a simple game RPG. There was some interaction and intrigue but nothing that leaned on graphics. You were set at one end of a map, there were enemies in it and you had to reach the other end using skill you have chosen. This game could have been replicated and reborn... but why did it never happen.

Some PC gamers feel that the emerging console market of the early 2000's stagnated innovation for a couple reasons. The first being that marketing took over and tried to widen the product and thus marginalized the product. The second is that the console's limited hardware and the focus of software companies toward the mass market held gaming potential back.

Point 7: Legacy
Right now almost every single game played on console was born from the PC. Not all but almost all. The only reason they exist is because PC gamers took a chance on developers who took a chance. It was a symbiotic relationship that worked well. The modding community charged in and helped to innovate. That whole system has been ripped out except for a few European and Korean developers. In face almost all games that have been proven on PC have come to console. That's fine, but as a PC gamer it is frustrating to know, as a fact, that developers have ignored the PC platform for the money that console can provide. Its a slap int eh face to hear them lie about how they screwed their core fans and then use piracy as a red herring. It's also frustrating that console gamers don't seem to care that their innovation vehicle has been derailed. Games over the last 8 years have stagnated in regards to innovation because of console.

Point 8: The Future
This is nebulous. As hardware advances it becomes cheaper. The next gen consoles should have the capability to run at 1080P. In the mean time they are getting old. Developers will, until that time, give benefits to PC since they can. PC hardware is so far in advance at this point its ridiculous. As a PC gamer I am happy to see that DICE is sticking to its roots. I only hope that some of the old school innovation can be revived but I only see it happening outside the US.[b]

In Closing
Really in the end a PC gamer doesn't mind or bothered by console gaming. We just want to be left alone and maybe just appreciated for helping drive the kind of games that you play and love. We don't want to be marginalized and we don't like when console gamers use ignorant arguments. We don't see a reason for losing what we had and don't like it when it happens; we just want what we always had... great innovation and awesome communities.   read

9:10 PM on 06.10.2011

How to Build a PC! 2011 Style Part 3

Well well well, we have some idea that we can put together a smoking system for very little $$$. and its been this way for some time.

I believe we have consoles slowing down graphic development for this. Of Course trying to play Arma II at full settings at 1920x1200 is near impossible... damn those European developers for actually taxing hardware...

SO what do we have left? Well all the non-core components. These are things that can stick around for years and years and years. So lets check these out and hopefully help you pick some good stuff!

We are getting closer to the final build result and we can see just how spendy it can be.


In case you didn't know a computer case holds all the computer crap. Cases come in all sizes and colors and prices... and this can be confusing. Since you can buy a case for $35 or spend as much as $300 or more. So what do we spend or select?

Form Factor
Cases come in 3 flavors known as form factors:
1. ATX: This is the standard case AND there are three flavors of ATX cases:
- Full Towers
- Mid Towers
- Mini Towers

All of these cases hold an ATX mother board. Full towers usually have about 7 bays, Mid have 4, and Mini have 2. Bays hold hard drives and optical drives. Most of us don't need more than 2 hard drives and the truly frugal only need one.

2. Micro ATX: A Micro ATX case holds a Micro ATX mother board. These are small cases and can look like cubes or small towers. A Micro ATX mother board can also be placed in an ATX case (see above)... yeah it can get a little confusing. An ATX MB CANNOT go into a Micro ATX case.

(This is the size of case I used when building a machine for your editor and chief...)

3. Mini-ITX: These are ultra small mother boards and there are a variety of cases that can house them. Since Mini-ITX is one of the newer form factors there are not as many options for hardware. Do NOT get a Mini ITX case WITH a power supply, you need to buy that separately. IF the case does come with one, its most likely a small supply that does not have the ability to power your system and power hungry video card.

Suggestion: For more room go with a mid tower ATX or a Mini ATX. Also there are more choices in these. Also i would suggest trying to find a case between $60 and $100. These cases are usually built well enough to last for many years.

These manufactures make nice cases:
- Antec
- Thermaltake
- Lian Li
- Silverstone
- Corsair

I like these cases:

Micro ATX

Mini ITX

Just be sure the case has two slots for the Video Card. Most new video cards require two rear slots.

Total Price: $50 to $200

Power Supply

The power supply is arguably the most important part of a computer. A nice supply can last for years. There are two types of Power Supply Units... or PSU.

1. Single Rail: These PSU's supply all their power on one "circuit". This means that all the draw of the computer is taken directly by one circuit. These supplies tend to be more expensive since they need more parts to control the power.

2. Multi Rail: These PSU's spread the power they provide across multiple circuits. This means that if a supply provides 30 amps of power and has two rails, likely each rail will supply 15 amps. The problem is that if you need to run 20 amps of stuff, and your video card takes 10 you are wasting the other 5 amps on that rail. When using a multi rail just check to be sure that any single rail is enough to run your video card. In many newer PSU's the manufacturer has taken this into consideration.

Also PSU's can come with "modular" as an option. A modular PSU allows the user to plug cable into the back. Many don't like to use these as the plug could become loose and interrupt or lose power. However, these PSU's allow for the extra cables to not be used

For a mid to high rang video card a 500 to 750 watt PSU should be just fine.

I like this one for $50:

Hard Drives

Hmm... Just get one that runs at 7200 RPM. It a good idea to get two. One for Windows and the other to store games. This can be important as if you use Steam you can reinstall the system on the OS drive and Steam will rebuild all of your games!!!

Also be careful when you buy a small case that you can put two standard size internal drives which are 3.5". Sometimes small form factor cases only allow the space for laptop 2.5" drives.

If you choose to do this be sure to get a drive with at least 80GB for the OS.

You can get a 1 Terabyte drive for

Total cost HDD $75:

Optical Drive

There are two choices for a cheap system:
1. BluRay Player: $56
2. DVD Burner: $21

Ummm. BluRay seems good for the price... you don't need light scribe or anything like that.

Total Cost

SO far the total cost of the system is:

MB: $100 to $125
CPU: $100 to $150
RAM: $50 to $100
Video: $125 to $175
Case: $50 to $100
PSU: $50 to $85
HDD: $45 to $75
Optical Drive: $21 to $56

Total Price: $550 to $870

So a whole new computer cheaper than a new release console. It can be plugged into an entertainment system and easily upgraded. It makes sense to go lower or higher, but CPU prices tend not to drop as fast as video cards.


No matter what you build you will need put upgrade just like buying the next gen console or when you have to replace a console bc of red ring like only 54% of XBox 360's did.

So my suggestion is to replace the Video Card only after 2 to 4 years and do this twice. The core should last 4 to 6 years and the auxiliary components should last indefinitely. Optical drives tend to die faster like those who bought PS3 found out.

If you choose to replace or upgrade core components leave the mother board alone and just get a newer or faster processor. With cheap RAM prices you can always add more RAM whenever you like.

See its not so hard or expensive.

I hope this helps. PM me with any questions. I can help with all types of Intel builds. I know AMD builds can run even cheaper!!

and good gaming!   read

9:37 PM on 06.07.2011

How to Build a PC! 2011 Style Part 2

So I'm back with more stuff you don't want to read b/c you play an inferior console... its okay even Jjm Sterling has turned to the dark side... but he was tricked since his machine was purchased for video editing...

Here we go!!! We are going to build an $800 machine that can run most games at 1920 x 1080 resolution at MAX SETTINGS! The graphics will roughly be about 3-4 times better than a console as far as resolutions, frame rate, and level of detail are concerned. Also we want to build a tiny system that can double as a multimedia center.

The Heart of the System
The heart of the system is the Mother Board, Processor, and RAM. These usually have to be bought together. For Intel there are four different types of MB. X series, P series, Z series, H series, and G series. X is more expensive and G and H are for lower end systems or for multimedia machines.

SO what series of MB should you get? It depends... those who want the best will go with an X series, but these usually start at $200. P and Z boards are for enthusiast and you can get these starting at around $100. The G and H boards are for mainstream or multimedia use and can be had for $50.

The question is what type of processor? There are three types: 1366, 1155 and 1156. The number is associated with the type of socket the MB and processor share. 1156 & 1366 is older and 1155 is newer, but all allow for good gaming since the Video Card does 60% to 80% of the work.

For Intel this breaks down into i7, i5, and i3. i7 processors are a bit out of our range and generally not needed for all but the highest level of gaming. Also there are quad core and dual core processors. Quad cores are only needed for the most intense math heavy games. Its usually better to get a faster dual core over a slower quad core. Games like Crisis break this rule.

Here's the most current Tom's advice:,2951.html

research above... as you can see the processor doesn't matter for squat since this game is more graphics heavy. But you can see some difference with a more processor intensive game below.

I don't know that i3 2120 is looking pretty good... at $150.

But if we want to go cheaper the i3 2100 is $125. I've seen it at Microcenter for less with in store pickup.

So lets go back to Mother Boards. Since we like this processor, its a 1155 so we need to look for a nice 1155 board.

If you want to go Mini-ITX this board seem fine at $125:

...but there are plenty of Micro ATX and ATX boards that are cheaper.

Gigabyte boards have a good rep and this board seems like a winner at $100:

The next thing is RAM!

Well RAM has always had a bad reputation for being expensive. Not anymore! I was shocked to see the prices that RAM currently is. Our machine doesn't need tons of RAM but we do want to take advantage of 64bit technology. 4 Gig is more than plenty and you can run your SolidWorks, Photoshop, and Z-Brush just fine. (well for Z-Brush I'd suggest 8 gigs...).

WOW!! 50 bucks!!!

For $50 you don't deserve this RAM in your system; its good stuff.

So now our Core System is running between: $325 and $275!!

The Video Card!

In Part 1 I want half insane to try to educate the masses on frame rate and resolution. Hopefully its sunken in and I can actually talk about video cards with some focus. This is the single most important purchase of the system. You want to get your moneys worth but also don't want to get something more than you need.

So we are going to try to focus on 1920 x 1080 resolution for the plain and simple fact that these monitors can be had for cheap. They aren't as nice as a 16:10 ratio monitor but for the $ are a much better value for most gamers who probably not educated enough to know the difference to begin with.

Okay so I'm banking on Battlefield 3 being pretty intensive. So lets see what it takes to get some quality using BFBC2 as a reference.

By doing a little research and the idea I want to spend less than $200 I found this:,2935-3.html

The Starcraft II review below tells us how a more processor intensive game will perform.

This is essentially the same card I bought last year for $285.

New Egg has this for $150:

...and it has the faster 6870 for about $170:

Conclusion for the Core and Card

Looks like we are hovering around $425 to $500. That's pretty good to run at full settings on a 1920 x 1080 monitor.

If you choose to run at a lower resolution... YOU WILL STILL BE RUNNING HIGHER THAN CONSOLE... and can knock this down by about $100. If you want to build a larger system you can still kick this down by another $50. This is not using crap parts but highly rated and quality stuff.

I ran for years at 1680 x 1050 resolution and I was very happy with great graphics on a 8800GT video card which now sells for less than $75 dollars. I only upgraded about 18 months ago and then was over driving that monitor until i upgraded that.

The stated system above should last for between 4 to 6 years and if you upgrade the video card can last longer. You can essentially thank the console market for retarding game graphics for that. Also 1920 x 1080 is HD and this is what many games are trying to optomize for.

In Part 3 I will go over all the other machine crap.   read

10:43 PM on 06.04.2011

How to Build a PC! 2011 Style Part 1

Okay so I have to admit I'm a little beefed at D'Toid. But just a little. See last year I wrote a pretty killer blog post about how to build a PC and some info regarding the technical aspects of how PC's work. I did this for two reasons.

1. I wanted to show people that for most gamers that are moderate to hard-core a PC is actually cheaper over a 5 year span.

2. I wanted to educated console users about how to build a PC and what all these numbers and styles of components mean.

The reason I am beefed is because that D'Toid staff chose another blogger's post about machine building that wasn't as good. Now don't get me wrong, I haven't lost any sleep over it. But alas even my brother blogger couldn't get through to people about how to build.

So its a new year and due to particulars ni my life I'm considering building a new machine (machine = PC). After reading some D'Toid posts it still very clear that people are just as confused and have not taken the wonderful opportunity to learn. But that's okay. I am here to help, and like I said, it's a new year!

So where to start... Well unless you hard hardcore (which I am not) you do not keep up month-to-month with the latest in hardware. Technology changes too quickly. The best thing to do is let the experts and testers do the work for you. I choose the following sites to get an idea of what I need.

Both these sites have great reviews and BENCHMARKS. Benchmarks show how the hardware perform at tasks. This is important as better performance costs more money but we want to spent $800 for a PC and not $2000.

There are two category of components:
1. Core
2. Auxiliary

Core components include:
- the motherboard aka main board
- CPU aka processor
- RAM aka memory
- Video Card aka GPU aka Video Adapter

Auxillery Components include:
- hard disks
- case
- Operating System
- Keyboard and Mouse
- Speakers and Headphones
- blu ray player

The difference between the two is that once purchased the Core components will eventually need to be replaced, but the Auxiliary components do not. These can stay in a system after upgrade and temper the cost when the system needs to be updated.

The one thing that is most confusing is understanding what graphics you need. Graphics for a PC are based on two things!!!!
1. Resolution!!!
2. Frame Rate!!!

The reason that I put these things ----> !!!! is because I keep reading posts and people don't seem to get it. So I will use small words which hopefully will help.

When you play console, the resolution is fixed by the people that make the game. The resolution is meant to work at a specific frame rate, that way play is enjoyable. The magic frame rate you want is 34 FPS. This is because a human's eyes cannot poll information to the brain faster than this. SO ideally when playing console the graphics are at a level of detail and resolution that allows for play of between 25 to 30 fps.

For PC you need to decide what Frame rate and resolution you WANT and can afford. Now here's the good news!! Its cheap to get good graphics. In fact PC graphics blow console out of the water for very little $$. Why is this? Its because Console graphics are so poor and run at such a low resolution its not very hard to do.

Most monitors run at the following formats and resolutions:
- 800 x 600
- 1024 x 768
- 1280 x 1024

- 1920 x 1080

- 1680 x 1050
- 1920 x 1200

Most people would choose the lower 3 as 4:3 format is antiquated and even hard to find. If you are more hardcore you want to go 1920 x 1200 but either of the other two work just fine. Now you need to go and find a video card that will run at 34 FPS at this resolution. YOU CANNOT GET BETTER GRAPHICS BY GETTING BETTER PC HARDWARE! You graphics are completely LIMITED by your monitor. Once you understand this, you need to find your match. So do this:

1. go to
2. search for "best graphics card"
3. choose the: best graphics card for may 2011 link,2935.html
4. do some research!

See all you need is to get 34 FPS under stress... meaning when lots of things are going BOOM! you still get good frames per second. This should be the bottom limit at your resolution.

For example:
Best PCIe Card For $175:
Radeon HD 6850 (Check Prices)
Great 1920x1200 performance in most games

Notice that "Great 1920 x 1200 performance"? This means that this card would be good if you have a monitor with that resolution but it is overkill if you have a 1920 x 1080 monitor. So lets do some more research...

So I head over to to search for some more info. And after some digging I find this:

All I do is go to the bottom of the page and check the benchmarks for BATTLEFIELD BC 2. Since this is preferred game I want to understand the Frame Rate i will get with my monitor. I also understand that BFBC:2 is more hungry than many other games. I find this:

and this:

What this tells us is that if you are using a 1920 x 1080 monitor there is a chance that this game will run decent but might choke up at stressful times. However it looks just fine for 1680 x 1050. Also note that the benchmarks are run at maximum setting, you can always turn them down a bit to get more juice.

You can check some other games and see what their frame rates would be. Just enough is enough. Putting a $500 or even a $300 video card is stupid on a 1920 x 1080 monitor. You are wasting your $$.

So you should also start to understand that high end video cards are not needed. Only people with 2550 x 1600 resolutions or higher MIGHT need two video cards depending on desired frame rate and graphics settings.

Also since most of what runs a game is a video card we can get away with a $100 processor.

This enables us to buy a complete system for around $800 that can run all your games on max settings based on a 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1080 monitor. Whats more the first upgrade can just be a new video card since other core components are not needed for gaming. And when a full upgrade happens, only Core components need to be changed costing about $450. But this only needs to be done whenever you aren't getting you necessary frame rates.

In part 2 I will describe the actual building of the PC and the costs. I aim to build a mini-its system that is about the size of a console, but delivers about 3 times the graphics quality for about $800.   read

2:09 PM on 05.18.2010

Steve Jobs Hates Pr0n!

I would never have guessed that the Jobmeister wasn't a fan of the "dirty sanchez", "DP", Bukkake, "Guzzling", "salad tossing", or a "Man + Man Threesome."

It is clear that he wants the IPhone and IPad apps to be tightly controlled by what Apple thinks is appropriate. But yes even Pr0n!

Jobs you could at least leave us that!   read

2:14 PM on 01.05.2010

A Viable 10 year Lasting Gaming PC, better than any Console? Its here now!

So my last blog post had a bit of controversy attached. I stated that PC's...

..."are cheaper than consoles to own in many circumstances over a 5 year span, for moderate to hardcore gamers."

(Here's yet ANOTHER article that supports my post...)

There were some diligent console fans using many exceptions to break this statement, but generally my basic math is correct. I may follow up on this with a part II and work it out so the costing is easier to follow, but what I laid out is generally correct.

So now I say that a single base build PC is viable for 10 years!!! Well that has to be double insanity. It's not... and here I offer up some edumication...

Graphics are based on Level of Detail. This LOD is known as resolution. Most of us understand that PC gaming offers better resolution over console gaming, and to actually equal the quality of output on a console, a typical PC component cost could be under $300 easily.

Here's a chart that outlines what frame rates a $130 monitor outputs.

This indicates that a 2 year old video card (9800gt @ $170 2 years ago) is still a viable solution. Remember we are really looking for that magic 34 FPS. This is about the point at which the eye can't discern extra frames (which is generally true). There are still many people that have built PC's that have this card or a similar card they are still using.

PC parts need to get replaced as often as new technology pushes the capability of new types of software. This technology will be around for quite some time, as seeing as how DDR 2 was around for (and is still alive and well) about 7 years, we should expect to see DDR3 match that lifespan. The difference is that at intro dual channel ddr2 was vastly more expensive than ddr3.

-DDR3 RAM: This stuff has just released about a year ago. Now it is cheap. Also ram is easily scalable in most cases.
- Dual/ Quad Core Processors: There are many PC's that were built that have been using true dual core processors. Since then OS and games have started to take advantage of the capability. This means that it is VERY HARD for software to outpace the hardware, and keeps the processors viable for long stretches of time.

This link shows how strong these processors perform over the years.

It's dead people. That means the traditional idea of rapid hardware growth IS SLOWING! This means that the drive is slowing and new developmental leaps take longer to produce. IE... your stuff doesn't become as obsolete as fast.

FOUR: $$ COST $$

New technology is getting cheaper and cheaper. The new batch of Intel processors are coming out and they are two things...


They are full dual core models and AMD has a quad core processor that is around $100. This technology. Notice that i3-530 processor @ $123. That's a full dual core with hyper threading. Its essentially faster than anything near its price range that's out now.

In the end we can talk about building a P55 system with an i3 processor and 4 gigs of DDR3 ram for around $330 + video card.

Now here's the catch. You knew one was coming. High performance video cards are extremely inefficient based on price. Its better in the long run to buy cheaper cards more often then buying one expensive one.

So... Over 10 years you build the $330 system listed above, get a $150 video card ever 2-3 years.

We know this is likely because there are older dual core systems that are 3-4 years old and still going strong. The video card does almost all of the graphics work. YES THIS IS A STRETCH. It would be much more viable at the 6-8 year range, but based on what people are using and the frame rates they are getting with older CPU technologies, getting 30-60 fps for the next 10 years is possible!

On average the core of this system will cost: about $1000 over 10 years. With hard drives and other stuff sensibly bought at the right time we can have a system like this:

- CPU: i3 ($120) or quad core i5 750 ($200) <---- this is what I own...
- MB: p55 ($100)
- RAM: 4gb ddr3 ($90)
- HDD: 1TB ($90)
- optical: blu ray ($50)
- Video: xxxx ($170)
- PSU: xxxx ($60)
- Case: xxxx ($50)

total: $730 or $73 a year

Additional Stuff...
- +3 video cards every 2.5 years ($450)
- +4 GB of Ram ($80) not that you need it...
- +2 HDD's ($180)

total: $710 or $71 a year

grand total for complete system: $1450 or $145 a year
grand total for bare bones: $1200 or $120 a year (this assumes owing a PSU, Optical, HDD, & Case)   read

9:50 AM on 12.21.2009

Which is Cheaper? PC or Console? you might be surprised...

Now I'm not gonna say that PC's are better. Everyone has to make their own choice when ti comes to gaming, but PC's are better at many many aspects of gaming and are also cheaper. Essentially anything a console can do a PC can do to (except for split screen) plus more.

Here's an article that outlines this:,review-1361.html

Now the idea of being cheaper is based on situation, but for the hardcore or moderate gamer, the PC is cheaper over a 5 year span. I know its hard to believe but I've crunched the numbers and will review them with you.

The rules: Here are a few things that we are gonna assume.
- Console early adopter, for one system
- Owning two consoles
- Nice PC, but not killer
- Early game purchaser
- That everyone already owns some type of PC (you are posting here!)
- A 5 year cycle time
- Not including monitor cost or TV costs

So the new console just released and you decide its time to upgrade your PC. You buy a decent MB, 4 gigs of RAM, a new processor, and a Video Card. The sound and LAN are onboard the MB and you use your old HDD's, OS, and Optical drives. You use the mouse, KB, and head phones(or speakers) you have sitting around.

Cost: $475 dollars

You buy 30 games over the next 5 years ( not including Steam sales): -$300 or more! over console. Steam generally offers nice sales and 4-pack deals, often very close to the time, or during the time of release . I got Borderlands, L4D and L4D2 for $111 while most console gamers paid $180.

In 2.5 years it might be time for a new VC.
Cost: $175

You own some type or (paid to upgrade your system) of computer: $300?
The two consoles (one was purchased right off): $600 (I'm being very liberal here should cost more...)
Extra controllers: $80 (one for each console)
30 Games: +$300
XBL: $250 (some families will double or triple this!, and and not all games support split screen, like Borderlands. SO int eh end the situation is exactly like PC.)

PC: $650 (and you get two video cards!)
CONSOLE: $1530

Even if I'm off a few hundred dollars (or you change the base configurations) the costs are plenty open enough to justify my point.

This still leaves $880 for the PC gamer to get new stuff like OS, new HDD's... or completely buy a new system from scratch. Blu Ray players for PC are only $60. In addition Micro systems can be built that are roughly the size of a console that are just as powerful as standard PC's.

The PC graphics would most likely be able to play at 1680 x 1050 and 1929 x 1080 (OR EVEN BETTER!!), which is SIGNIFICANT over console gaming.

But no split screen for PC. :(

Remember its just as easy to hook a PC to a TV as its is a console, and you can save $$ by watching HULU (over DVR), and can use the XBOX controller while relaxing on your couch. It a shame consoles are so expensive, b/c I might just get one.   read

1:31 PM on 12.07.2009

PS4 Hardware Rumors

Wow! so it looks like Sony might be taking the direct route and taking care of their hardware inadequacies early on. Now they just have to work on getting a more streamlined approach to getting software developed for it.

Though I seriously doubt that the "TBDR" video technology will be 3 to 5 times better then what ATI or NVIDIA can put out; but we can wait and see.

No mention on cost. Since the PS3 launched at $500 could this be higher? You are getting into the PC range there, since a pretty kick as PC can be bought for $600-$800 depending on current components owned.

It appears that console gaming will continue to be more expensive than PC gaming over the life span of the console.

There are several forum discussions:

I was kinda surprised this hasn't been posted yet at Destructoid, Sorry if it's come up already.   read

4:27 PM on 11.25.2009

Deus Ex 3 is a PC Exclusive

I figured this was fitting news for the PC section... Finally. Though Jim Sterling getting a PC is hard to beat...

Very cool that the complexity is up there to knock consoles out of the running. Maybe they will dumb it down for console in a half a year or so. The first Deus Ex game was so awesome, hopefully this will fall suit. No game since has been made like it. It had everything...

- Persistent stage to stage
- Hit locations
- A great story
- Character upgrades that affect game play choices
- Integration of those choises in an interactive world
- Non-Linear gamplay
- Great stage maps
- Long story and lots of play!

It seemed that many games would follow this scheme, but non did...

Well at least some good news for PC. Hopefully something can be done to help the console out with this in the future.   read

12:56 PM on 11.24.2009

PC Hardware New i5 & i3 32nm Architecture Announced!

pentium G6950 @ 2.8 GHz 3 MB L3 no turbo boost 2 cores/2 threads, -about $85, 72 watt TDP
core i3 530 @ 2.93 GHz 4MB L3 no turbo boost 2 cores/4 threads, -about $120, 72 watt TDP
core i3 540 @ 3.06 GHz 4MB L3 no turbo boost 2 cores/4 threads, -about $140, 72 watt TDP
core i5 650 @ 3.2 GHz 4MB L3 w/turbo 2 cores/4 threads, -about $170, 72 watt TDP
core i5 660 @ 3.33 GHz 4MB L3 w/turbo 2 cores/4 threads, -about $190, 72 watt TDP
core i5 670 @ 3.46 GHz 4MB L3 w/turbo 2 cores/4 threads, -about $270, 72 watt TDP

This looks good for those that need an upgrade but don't want to pay much $$.

So a brand new system with:
- 2gb of DDR3 ($40)
- MB ($120)
- Processor ($120)

Could cost $280 (even less for more basic parts!) and would be viable for over 4-6 years. Add a nice video card for $150 and you have a Smoking system that would well out preform a console in gaming for about the same price.

Remember, for PC gaming the video card does most of the work so its always better to place less $$ into the bare bones and more into the video.

Now the 32mn allows you to overclock the crap out of these things. So really if one was to take advantage and get (free) core temperature software (to monitor the temps), you could replicate a much higher end stock system.

The future looks bright. Better technology cheaper.

That i3 530 looks pretty sweet to me! Remember these are street prices actual prices may be 10% lower.   read

12:39 PM on 11.23.2009

IW MW2 wont let you make mods but they will steal them...

So after some searching I came across a very interesting fact.

IW held a contest for PC gamers to create new maps for MW. The maps would be sent in and they would name their winners. It appears that winners were never announced. There were also problems with the contest as the submit dates were changed up and no one was notified.

I first learned of this here:

Here are the images posted from that link.

Now they are not exact. But from what I believe, IW took the original COD4 map and "lightened" it for the consoles. But the design is uncanny. Now remember, these images are from the same map just looking at different points. From a design perspective it would near impossible to recreate this either from memory or by guessing. The intent of the MW2 is clearly copied.

...or stolen.

Here's the famous IW community manager himself... no notice of winner on his blog.

This link shows the original notice that is no longer available on IW's site.

...a frustrated DToid Blogger...

If you look at the 3rd post down on this page; this was spot on!!!

So. Contest went up. People made maps. No winners. Maps added to MW2.

Its really frustrating to the PC community, because they steal the mods made from COD4 and use them in MW2, but do not allow for any new modding to happen in MW2. Its kinda like saying, "Thanks for the sweat and history PC. See ya later!"

Thanks IW for stealing from the PC community to give to the world. At least say thank you after the rape.   read

9:03 AM on 11.12.2009

aaarrrggg... PC hacks available, IW anti-hack Impotent

This has not yet been independently verified, but it is something that PC gamers knew would come. Hacks are all but impossible to stop. Punkbuster seems to do a decent job (not great), but other anti-hack clients have seemed to fall behind very quickly.

In the end if someone wants to cheat, they can. Soon all those XBOX cheaters (that were caught) will be able to re-flash the firmware or get a new chip to get back online and the cycle will continue.

The self regulating, dedicated server communities (some bad and some good) cannot do anything now as before. On PC someone who can hack (it will happen) can get away completly until an update is provided.   read

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