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Future-proofing your PC for next-gen gaming

Sony's new console has often been described as a mid-range gaming PC in terms of its overall technological make-up. Rip apart the various components and the claims have some merit, but with the benefits of a closed box design and a unified memory set-up, the new console has certain qualities that could even give high-end PC rigs a run for their money.

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NastyLeftHook01260d ago

You surely don't need a titan to future proof it for a while to say the least.

Skarlett1260d ago SpamShowReplies(14)
The_Infected1259d ago

It's just a fanboy war in here! Just enjoy your gaming platform and quit comparing and bragging something is always better just because game on that specific platform.

My point being i like PS3 for free online and exclusive games but that don't give me rights to bash what others enjoy just because I don't like it and I might state my opinions sometimes but only because I want the things I don't like to improve.

Enjoy gaming:)

Crazyglues1259d ago

Actually all you need to know about PC Future-proofing is it can't be done....

Take it from someone who has had all kinds of computers in the last 14 years... from super GAMING PC to Normal easy budget PC....

One thing you can't do, is build your PC for the future, it can't be done... NO MATTER WHAT YOU BUILD it will be OLD, yes Old next year...

That's just the way it works... -Trust me on this-

every year a new graphics card comes out, and not far behind is a new faster processor, this will always happen.. It's why AMD, NVIDIA, and INTEL have so much money.. LoL

nypifisel1259d ago

Finally! So much BS above this I can't believe it. There's no such thing as "Future proof". I paid 1500$ for my PC in the fall of 2011 (I built it myself so it was maximised spec wise), I can really feel its age already. It's also why its so stupid to buy let's say a Titan card today, in 2 years a card that costs a 5th of a Titan will outperform it. Computer technology doubles its performance every 2 years (Moores law), this was already a fact in 1965.

None of this however means you can't build a good gaming PC for a decent price, you just wont be able to run the next big thing at Ultra in 1080p or above. You will run it better than any console though.

TopDudeMan1259d ago

Yeah, technology moves so fast you can't. The wisest decision is to buy what's affordable to you now and play what's coming out now, then when you need an upgrade, get one.

rododger1259d ago

while I do agree with you, my mate has my old pc q9550 and 5870 and is running battlefield 3 at high settings 1920 x 1080 so I guess what I am saying is that if you buy fairly high end at the time then your pc will last longer (still not future proof by any means but still a game capable machine)

Crazyglues1259d ago

Just to put the icing on the cake... AMD just released the 7990 “Malta”

So your last year graphics card is getting it's butt kicked... LoL...

@ rododger

Yeah even when I built a Monster PC, I mean a Beast Gaming Machine it still only last a year or two - and then the new tech kicks it's but, does it still run games really well, sure...

-but it's no where near future proof.. 3 year proof yeah maybe, if your lucky... - but try running Battlefield 4 at high setting @ 1920 x 1080 on that q9550 and 5870 PC and then tell me how well that PC is keeping up with newer PC tech..

It's brutal how quick a high-end PC becomes old in this PC World

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Flavor1259d ago

Its sad because the games I have the most fun with are either really old (Il2 sturmovik, mods for bf2) or really simple graphic-wise (LoL).

I can play crysis 3 maxed out but its so boring....

Irishguy951259d ago

There is no future proofing...ever. Only the ability to extend the time it will last. Consoles are future proof in that developers are limited to them and thus don't exceed them. Even if technology whizzed by 6 months after the console releases.(or 6 months before in Ps4's case)

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N311V1260d ago

I love reading about this stuff. PS4 will come first for me but I can't wait till I can afford to build my first gaming PC.

Lior1260d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

You can build one for 500 pounds and it will be more powerful than the ps4 , but you cant really game on the tv with a gaming pc because you need a moniter to play it on

Tundra1259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

I use my 42" tv for both my PC and PS3. Virtually all console ports support gamepads too. ex. PC hooked up via hdmi and I can play tomb raider with my Xbox or PS3 controller.

You don't need a monitor.

Gravitic1259d ago

May aswell just get a PS4 then. PC Gaming is mainly for monitor games with mouse and keyboard, if you want to play gamepad games, then you mayaswell just go with the console version for the UI etc.

Oh_Yeah1259d ago

If you have a decent graphics card from the past 8 years it's going to have hdmi man lol. Anything a console has or can do a pc can also...with no restrictions. Use basically any controller, game on any settings, backwards compatible with the history of gaming and the list goes on.

hellvaguy1259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

"but you cant really game on the tv with a gaming pc because you need a moniter to play it on"

This just in, your pc plugs into your tv thru the same exact hdmi your console uses. I know it's a very complicated matter lol. Also in related news, you can use your console controller on the pc or even 3rd party pc controllers like logictech F710. Welcome to news from over 5 years ago.

WUTCHUGUNNADO1259d ago

Every HD TV I've seen have a HDMI port... not to mention that most of them also have RGB ports.

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SirBradders1259d ago

Tell me about it im currently building a pc even though im day 1ing the ps4 simply cos i love rts games and certain mmo's consoles cant offer.

I was advised on buying the i5 3570k which is the best value for money when it comes to games im just debating what is the best value for money graphics card.

But seriously a true gamer with the money will not complain about pricing etc... and will not assert pc dominance on the console fans, gamers should live in harmony as one.

decrypt1259d ago

Well the I5 is a darn good choice and will last you a long long time.

The next thing you should be looking at is the GPU. I would recommend you wait 3-4 months before deciding on the GPU. Since a new gen of GPUs is almost upon us.

I would pick something like a GTX 770 when its out, will perform very close to GTX 780 and be quite a bit cheaper.

SirBradders1259d ago

Thanks for the advise im not in too much of a hurry ive bought the case a nzxt phantom 410 and the motherboard a msi g45 or something after hearing what you said ill leave the gpu till last.

Lior1259d ago

an i5 is good enough for gaming as long as it is quad core

WUTCHUGUNNADO1259d ago

Just read the article...

i5 3570k or FX-8350

7950/70 or 670/80 with 4gb vram (best choice)

Everything is speculative right now. 2gb is enough for 1080p on a single monitor as of right now... so to say you'll need 6gb to compete with a PS4 is kinda out there. 6gb on a PC is a multimonitor setup at an insane resolution with high levels of AA.

Bladesfist1259d ago

Heh same case as me. Expensive cases because you just have too.

rododger1259d ago

I would recommend the 7870xt mate almost certainly the best bang for buck graphics card available just now

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Salooh1259d ago

Exactly. Both worth getting. No need to compare. Each have it's own pros and cons. And no one can deny that pc is more powerful then any console. But for me i will choose ps4 because i don't have enough money and i prefer the ps4 for it's exclusives. Sony have history on bring great games and i really can't miss that for a powerful pc. That's just an opinion :)

sourav931259d ago

Core-i7 3980x (soon to be out), cryogen cooled quad-sli titan, 64 GB Corsair RAM and 2 X 1.5TB SSD - you're sorted for the next 5 (maybe 10) years at least.

Gravitic1259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

What Rubbish. 10 years, hah, you clearly do not know how fast technology moves.

There are already murmurs about doing away with graphic cards entirely.

Jio1259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

You do realize that the Titan is 3x more powerful than the PS4, right? Multiply that by 4 and you've got straight overkill. The PS4/720 will probably last around 7 years, and by then the next generation will be almost as powerful as 1 Titan, still the PC will be much more powerful. (they have to keep it affordable enough for consumers.)

That being said, I'll still buy a PS4 for exclusives, but I'll play every other game on my PC.

sourav931259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

Trust me, I've grown up around tech, I know how fast it evolves. Though rate has slowed ever slow slightly. Anyways, 10 years was a maybe...perhaps a BIG maybe. 5 years is realistic, IMO. Yeah probably in 5 years time, 1 card will be as powerful as 4 titans, but the thing is, whether there will be any games to utilise ALL that power in the first place. And do away with the graphics card? Integrated solution only? Not anytime soon, I think.

papashango1259d ago

We will have videocards as fast if not faster than Titan in the next 3-4 years.

Of course I am talking about mainstream flagship cards and not niche for the benchmark enthusiast.

Jio1259d ago

What's the difference between Haswell series of i7 chips and the 3980x?

I'm fairly new to PC gaming, so I'm still learning.

sourav931259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

The 3980x is part of the Intel Core Extreme range, Sandy Bridgh. The Haswell i7 range, being newer, uses a 22nm, compared to 32nm of Sandy Bridge, so it's more efficient.

kneon1259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

So you are suggesting people spend $5000-$6000 just so they don't have to upgrade? This is a silly approach as technology just moves too fast.

I've been building PC's for about 30 years and it's seldom made sense to buy the very best. Due to the hefty premium charged for the top end parts it's always better to go one or two steps down and just upgrade in a few years.

I usually build a new one ever other generation and give the old one away. So I'm due for a new one when haswell ships.

sourav931259d ago

Haha I agree. I was making a point that if you truly future PC, it IS possible. Whether the it is the right thing to do or not is a different issue. And the machine I was talking is based on one of Origin PC builds, and the final build retailed around $12k. So yes, you'd be pretty stupid to go for it.

TechnicianTed1259d ago

'I usually build a new one ever other generation and give the old one away.'

Why don't you just upgrade the one you've got? What's the point in completely building another one when you can just upgrade a part here and there as the years go on?

kneon1259d ago

Well there's always someone I know who needs a PC and my old PCs are way more powerful than what most people need.

But also there is a limit to how much you can upgrade. New sockets mean you can't just use your old motherboard. And once you need to upgrade the motherboard you might as well just build a new PC.

Tultras1259d ago

Can I have it??

Seeing my PC build will make you guys suicide, I bet. :D

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famoussasjohn1259d ago

lol at 1.5TB ssd. Seems logical considering you'd be spending 100x more for the SDD's than your entire system.

sourav931259d ago

I never said anything about it being logical, just that's it's possible to be future proof.

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DragonKnight1259d ago

I love how people come out with "you can build a midrange PC that's more powerful than consoles for $500 to $700 (minus things like a monitor, an OS, and basic accessories)" as if people should be happy with simply being more powerful than consoles but not having anything near what PCs can actually do. As if being more powerful than consoles is the only goal anyone wanting to get into PC gaming should have first and foremost.

SonyPS41259d ago

You'll need a TV, a HDMI cable, multiple (quite expensive) controllers, and in 360's case for their older systems, a battery pack, a WiFi adapter, a hard drive or a memory card, etc. Consoles are just as guilty of extra expenses as PC, oh and not to mention games are much costlier and sales are much less frequent on console.

DragonKnight1259d ago

Are you serious? For one, most people already have a tv. Why would they buy a tv to get into console gaming? Most people don't have a monitor just laying around unless they are already into PC gaming but we are making the assumption that they aren't, so they'd need a monitor unless they want to connect their PC up to their TV which most won't because they want a dedicated monitor(s) for their gaming.

So, in that instance, a monitor is an extra that is needed. A tv is something you'd likely already have before buying a console to play games on because you can watch tv.

HDMI cables aren't standard with PCs either, so I don't know why you brought that up.

A controller comes with a console. Since multiplayer is mostly geared towards online now, a second controller is not likely to be necessary and is a choice. A keyboard and mouse are NOT a choice for PCs unless you don't want to actually USE the PC.

If you factor in the NECESSITIES of what you need for console gaming, and the NECESSITIES of what you need for PC gaming, the price of PC gaming will remain much higher than console gaming for a significant portion of time until the admittedly cheaper (only by $10 most of the time) PC games end up making the cost of console gaming more expensive. But we're talking a significant amount of time.

We'll say that person built a "mid-range" gaming PC for $600 and a different person bought a PS3 for $600 at launch.

PC gamer wants a decent sized monitor, we'll say 17" with an average cost of $150 (I know that sizes and prices are a variable, just bear with it). HDMI cable for $6. Keyboard for $10 and a mouse for $13 (gaming mouse, and all prices are from Amazon.com). And we'll say the most inexpensive version of Windows 7 which is $90. Also 1 game for $50 brand new.

Right off the bat the PC gamer paid $919 without taxes or delivery fees if everything were bought online. -$150 if the person intends to connect it to their tv for a price of $769.

PS3 gamer already has a tv because, you know, he watches tv. PS3 comes with a controller so he already has something to play the game with. It comes with the OS so he doesn't have to buy one. $6 HDMI cable and one $60 game brings the price up to $666 without taxes or delivery. Making a difference of.. Max. = $253, Min. = $103.

Assuming a buying habit of 1 game a month it would take the PS3 gamer 4 months to equal the max price of that PC and almost 2 months for the minimum price. And that's only if the PC gamer doesn't buy any games in that time period. Eventually if the buying habits remained true, the PC would overtake the PS3 in value, but it would still take time.

Keep in mind that these prices are if both individuals knew only the most basic things they needed to start gaming. Obviously there are deals everywhere for both sides to take advantage of but this is assuming that both individuals had exactly the same knowledge, which still gives the PC individual credit for being able to build a $600 gaming PC.

SonyPS41259d ago

"Are you serious? For one, most people already have a tv."

Most people already have a monitor.

"Why would they buy a tv to get into console gaming?"

Again most people have a monitor...

"HDMI cables aren't standard with PCs either, so I don't know why you brought that up."

HDMI reference wasn't directed toward PC gaming...

"A controller comes with a console. Since multiplayer is mostly geared towards online now, a second controller is not likely to be necessary and is a choice. A keyboard and mouse are NOT a choice for PCs unless you don't want to actually USE the PC."

Most PC games are made for M+K by default, and again who DOESN'T already have a set?

"If you factor in the NECESSITIES of what you need for console gaming, and the NECESSITIES of what you need for PC gaming, the price of PC gaming will remain much higher than console gaming for a significant portion of time until the admittedly cheaper (only by $10 most of the time) PC games end up making the cost of console gaming more expensive. But we're talking a significant amount of time."

I don't think so...

"PC gamer wants a decent sized monitor, we'll say 17" with an average cost of $150 (I know that sizes and prices are a variable, just bear with it). HDMI cable for $6. Keyboard for $10 and a mouse for $13 (gaming mouse, and all prices are from Amazon.com). And we'll say the most inexpensive version of Windows 7 which is $90. Also 1 game for $50 brand new.

Right off the bat the PC gamer paid $919 without taxes or delivery fees if everything were bought online. -$150 if the person intends to connect it to their tv for a price of $769.

PS3 gamer already has a tv because, you know, he watches tv. PS3 comes with a controller so he already has something to play the game with. It comes with the OS so he doesn't have to buy one. $6 HDMI cable and one $60 game brings the price up to $666 without taxes or delivery. Making a difference of.. Max. = $253, Min. = $103."

I paid around $1000 for my TV BECAUSE I want to play my $400 console purchase on a very nice HDTV otherwise I would been stuck with my dumpster TV, and I don't watch TV, I only watch YouTube but that is just me. I paid roughly $1400 for my gaming setup excluding the additional controllers and an HDMI cable (which these cables were more expensive back then). Plus I paid $60 game after game for my $400 console. On PC I could have easily paid 700 for my system (including the OS, M+K, but excluding a monitor) 40 and under for a game that is originally 60 on console, and a $150 monitor...and still be under a 1000 budget as opposed to my 1400 TV+PS3 setup. But I chose the console route because I simply don't like to game on a PC. I like my consoles for the games made specifically for console, say jRPGs. PC has tons of exclusives, but I am just not interested in most of them because RTS, Simulators, MMORPGs, etc. are not my kind of games. I want my platformers and jRPGs. Nontheless I paid more for my choice of gaming platform than I would have with PC.

DragonKnight1259d ago

"Most people already have a monitor."

You're trying to tell me that, all things considered equal and two individuals are both starting to get into gaming on these platforms at the same time with the same knowledge, that the chances of a person having a monitor is equal to the chances of someone having a tv? Because if that's what you're saying then that's pretty delusional.

"HDMI reference wasn't directed toward PC gaming..."

Irrelevant. HMDI cables or their equivalent would still be necessary to gain the necessary picture quality on a PC monitor.

"Most PC games are made for M+K by default, and again who DOESN'T already have a set?"

What's your point? Most console games are made for controllers by default and they come with the console, KB+M doesn't come with a PC, you have to buy one separate. And your "who doesn't have a set" example is the same as your monitor one, it doesn't hold up.

"I don't think so..."

Math doesn't lie.

As for your last paragraph your changing the argument. If we're talking about the best experience then a $700 PC won't cut it. But we're not talking about that. We're talking about what all the PC elitists claim anyone can build with $500 to $700. We're talking about equal knowledge and equal funds. You're talking like someone with experience when that point isn't being discussed. Anyone with experience can find all kinds of deals and loopholes to shift prices in their favour, but people with only the most basic of knowledge just looking to get into something right away won't have that kind of experience.

Your $1000 tv can be matched with a $1000 Titan graphics card or 3 monitors, etc... PC will always have a higher initial cost to get into than consoles will. Always.

jmc88881259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

I don't know why people would want a dedicated monitor for their PC but for a console it's okay to have an HDTV.

Switching between the two is one button on the remote.

Also all 360 wireless controllers are compatible with the PC. You just have to buy a $10 or so wireless adapter and plug it into a usb port. (and it is capable of handling at least four controllers).

People also forget that if you have a five year old PC, all you need to do is upgrade your video card.

If you have a PCIE 2.0 graphics card port and a core2quad or any i3, i5, or i7 processor then all you need is a graphics card upgrade. That's literally a five year old PC, even older. (since the i7 920 will be five years old when PS4 launches and the core2quad's are even older)

Anyone that has built a PC or even had a PC and wanted to get an OS disk to upgrade say from xp to 7, has a disk. Thus you retire your old PC and use your disc on the new one. So many people already have it.

You can reuse cases. I generally don't, but you definitely can.

So really all many PC users need is a GPU upgrade.

...and they can match a PS4 for $200 GTX 660. Or wait until the 770 comes out and basically double or more it for $400.

I'm a 1st day preorder for PS4. But I also even own a Wii U.

But facts are facts. Plus I agree with many people that you can bring in old hard drives (hell I still have sata 1 drives from 2004-06 period). Or keyboard and mice.

Lots of users buy an OS and case. Have their keyboards and mice. Use an HDTV.

Then all they need to do is upgrade some combination or all of the following; the motherboard, cpu, gpu, ram, and PSU.

For example my motherboard just went out 10 days ago. Couldn't find a LGA 1366 motherboard, so I had to buy a new motherboard and CPU. My ram was good. I could of kept my case, but decided on the HAF X. Since I don't know what blew out my motherboard, I got a new PSU just to be safe. Kept my GTX 670. Have an HDTV. Have a mouse. Have a keyboard. Have a 360 controller. Had my HD's. Have my win 7 disk. Use my 360 battery packs and charger for PC use as well.

So I got up and running with an i7 3820, 750watt Corsair PSU, the HAF X, the TPC 812 CPU cooler, and an ASUS X79 Sabertooth motherboard.

Perhaps I should have gone 1155, but I don't want to cut myself off from the possibility of the 8 core chip coming out this year and literally had to be up and running in 24 hours and had to use my phone internet to check availability at the local fry's electronics and do quick research. Was thinking about the 2600k or 2700k, but just decided to wait and get the 3820 to get up and running with the option to upgrade later. I really had no need to upgrade other than the motherboard going out. i7 920 is still a great CPU.

Ignorance isn't a valid point. Anyone can spend a few hours and learn. Even a few days if need be.

Also my 40 inch HDTV only cost $429. Hell I bought my original HDTV for only $499 back in January 2004. Sure it was CRT and 30", but most people were stupidly buying $3000-5000 dollars. All I did was look at a Kmart ad and tend to look at things like Best Buy ads every couple of weeks to keep abreast of prices.

So you really can't use ignorance. Most people choose to be morons about almost everything. When five minutes of their time on a regular basis is all they need to give them the background to find the pertinent info.

SITH1259d ago

I bought a 46" LCD TV for console gaming. I also use it for my PC which came after I owned my console.

DragonKnight1259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

@jmc888: Again, you don't seem to grasp the fact that YOU'RE speaking as someone with experience. Someone who took time to find out what they wanted to know. But you can't expect that when all things are equal in the fashion I outlined in the comments to which you are replying, someone is going to act like you. 2 individuals looking into gaming on either one for the first time are NOT going to have what you have. I don't understand what's so hard to grasp about this concept. I'm not even going to try and attempt to explain again because it's being completely ignored. I've stated my piece and had to repeat it because apparently the only thing that can be seen is when someone talks about their own specs as though everyone is instantly a PC elitist the very first time they game on a PC, so since ears are plugged and eyes are shut I suppose I have nothing left to say on the matter.

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MikeMyers1259d ago

Why are you always so negative outside of what Sony is doing, DragonKnight? One can also create a multi-media centered PC just like how those can create a surround sound HDTV console experience. What you also neglect is that PC gaming can be just like console gaming. With a controller and connected to your TV that you already own.

kingduqc1259d ago

One thing I've learned is that there is no future proofing. You are better off buying off for what performance you need today then what you will in 3 year. Because in 3 year the cost will be spitted in 5-6 of what it would of costed you.

Any Mid range will outdo what next gen will do, no magic involved here that's plain and simple. That's why we see gt 8800 multiplat games better then the ps3/360 at a better framerate and resolution.