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8 Reasons to Own a Gaming PC

Ah, PC gaming, the one type of gaming that's never really broken through to the mainstream western population. Sure, your mum might play a bit of Peggle; maybe your granny likes the odd game of virtual Scrabble. Maybe your Korean cousin has won the odd Starcraft tournament. But so far as the average gamer goes, the screaming majority would much prefer the convenience of a home console instead of the high price of a gaming PC. There's good reason for that too, but there are also great reasons to throw down several hundred pounds for a high-spec computer. Read on to find out why.

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mushroomwig2285d ago (Edited 2285d ago )

Good reasons. :)

Red_Orange_Juice2285d ago

Price, price and once again price, I rent most games, gaming Pc is too expensive and not comfortable. Ive played original Splinter Cell on my laptop a few weeks ago, my back started to hurt pretty quickly, same with my wrist. There is nothing that can make me sit in front of PC to play games rather than on couch and tv.

tdrules2285d ago

because your posture is terrible, enjoy back pain later in life

Speak2theHand2285d ago

Sorry, i wont throw my money away. I will stick with my 200-300 dollar console's and my 720p games or sub HD games and my 10 year console lifespan.

Chris_TC2285d ago

@1.1: I'd wager my leather armchair (I don't use an office chair with wheels) is more comfortable than your couch.

HSx92285d ago (Edited 2285d ago )

Well obviously, you have a laptop, laptops are for traveling and business mostly, why would you be playing video games on it? You might as well just buy a desktop if you are going to be doing that. I play all types of games on my alienware desktop and I have no problems, and it's more fun than playing on console since you are less restricted.
Take Just Cause 2 for an example, as we speak right now, there is a mod that will allow Online Multiplayer just for PC, and it's being created by a modder! This will allow us to play with other people and cause havoc in the huge Just Cause 2 world, while console gamers wont have it since you can't mod on PS3 or Xbox 360 (on xbox you can mod some stuff).

BloodyNapkin2285d ago

I would wager my theater seating is more comfortable than your chair.

Reibooi2285d ago

wow they are grasping here.

Satisfaction is lol worthy.

It's a computer: Yeah so is a non gaming PC that will be far cheaper.

Steam: Yeah steam is awesome if you are a diehard PC gamer otherwise it's nothing special. I buy 1-2 PC games every 6 months or so so steam isn't that big a deal for me. Great service nonetheless.

Graphics are better on PC yes. However there are such a lack of games that you would WANT to see better graphics in that it's somewhat pointless. It's all Medevil fantasy games and space marines. I would rather have the diversity of graphics we see on console then always been seeing the same thing on PC.

Mods are awesome. But only for certain games and they are not always easy to install and use so they are certainly not for everyone.

Mouse and Keyboard: Ok yes they may be better for RTS games but it has been proven time and time again that shooters work just as well on controller and there are game types like Uncharted and the like that I would NEVER want to play with a mouse and keyboard.

The Cost: Is still more expensive then the most expensive PS3 or 360 unless you are building a PC that can't run anything that is.

No Lights of Death: True however now you have random failures of certain parts of the computer that unless you are good with that kind of thing will have no idea what failed and what needs to be replaced.

Fact is PC gaming is a taste. It's not better or worse then a console. The things it does well it does better then consoles but there are PLENTY of things that PC's fail at. Like not having 90% of the really good games that come out or ANYTHING from Japan aside from visual novels.

eggbert2285d ago

you could always just set your PC to display on the TV itself. It not that hard to do.

Red_Orange_Juice2285d ago (Edited 2285d ago )

@HSx9, I think laptop is ok in home for internet, Word, communication, etc not only in traveling, no need for desktop and I played SC to bring back some memories. Many ppl say that its stupid to buy a laptop to use it at home, but its good for everything but new games, so whats the problem and it takes less space.
I used to play desktop when games like Fallout 2, Diablo 2, Soldier of Fortune, Max Payne were out, ~10 years ago.

@eggbert, I would never put desktop in my living room.

more and more games get released weeks/months after consoles or not at all, and PC exclusive are not appealing to me at all:/

I'm not criticizing PC gaming, it's just not for me anymore :)

BloodyNapkin2285d ago

While that is fine and great. Have you tried to play lounged on a couch with a mouse and keyboard? I understand you can use a controller and it works for stuff like racing games. But reason #6 in the article says mouse and keyboard, plus you do not want to play online FPS shooter with a controller while everyone else is using a mouse and keyboard.

Proxy2285d ago

Console cost more, because I had to buy a TV to use with it.

Sure, the computer monitor isn't as large as the TV, but it cost less, and has higher resolution.

Red_Orange_Juice2285d ago

@Proxy, wouldn't you buy at least HDReady TV anyway? Let's say you choose PC gaming and then what, you don;t have tv at all or stick to the old SD one?

Proxy2285d ago (Edited 2285d ago )

Ok, so the console really only cost 600$, because I would want a TV anyways. Today it would be 299$ or whatever consoles are selling for?

Then again, wouldn't I also want a PC anyways? (Who doesn't have a PC?) Why not drop an extra 99$ on a GPU and an extra 50$ for a few gigs of good ram.

Take what you already have, add 300$; get a console.
Take what you already have, add 200$; get a gaming PC.

SaiyanFury2285d ago (Edited 2285d ago )

To be completely honest, Proxy's right. RAM has rarely been cheaper, and even mid-range GPUs now are typically cheaper than they've ever been. I just found a ZOTAC GTS 250 with 1GB of video RAM and everything needed to run Crysis on high at HD resolutions for 115 dollars. PC gaming really has come down in price. Granted, for a quad core setup with 8 or so GB of memory, it's more pricey, but a decent mid range setup has never been more affordable. Factor in that you can readily connect your video card's output to an HDMI port on your HDTV, it's pretty darned simple. As I type this, I'm putting together a dedicated home theatre PC for all of my movies/TV/media streaming, plus games to be installed. Should be quite the setup. :)

fullmetal2972284d ago

What makes an HDTV "HD ready" anyway? A monitor is more than capable of projecting HD quality than an HDTV. Resolutions of HDTV only goes up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) while monitors can reach up to 2560×1600 and even higher resolutions with eyefinity.

HolyOrangeCows2284d ago

1) Satisfaction? Many things create satisfaction...
2) So are computers not meant for gaming.
3) Not really a seller, not for me. Steam often just creates another layer of DRM.
8) Not if you buy cheap parts. You still have to spend a decent amount more for hardware that lasts.

As for graphics, mods, input options, and game costs....good reasons.

TrailerParkSupervisr2284d ago

Got an ASUS and with a 1G Nvidia graphics card, 6G DDR2 and a dual core, it runs most current games at high settings without frame rate issues.

Sure, a desktop can me upgraded but I paid 999.99 for this computer and figure it will be good for games for the next 2-3 years. Once its dated, I can just buy another one. Figure the 10-20 bucks I save on games buying them off steam (2-3 a month) thats 300-400 dollars a year. In 2 years the laptop almost paid for itself.

PLUS, I can sit in my recliner, lay in bed, take it on the road whatever. Laptop gaming rules if you have a decent rig....

Gestalt2284d ago

I paid $30 for my HDMI cable.

I could have bought more than a few games off Steam with that cash.

Enate2284d ago (Edited 2284d ago )

I'm not saying your wrong because someones definition of a gaming rig is all their own and about what they need. Though someone can buy a monitor just the same for their consoles. Now under the right circumstances you would be right for some people but that's the thing about PC gaming what's good for the next person might not be good enough for the next. I just find a lot of stuff sounds good on paper or in these comments but real world measures don't always add up to these what if scenarios a lot of the PC guys like to type up here.

I'll give you my personal situation this past summer, as its a perfect match for what you were talking about. You know take a little of this and a little of that out of the old into the new just a little money here an there an bam your in their like swim ware right? This is where I say not all that stuff really translates. Take my old PC dell all garbage nothing in it worked for where I was going with my new PC I built. It was ddr2 an old ass single core no PCI- E slot an the hard drive was IDE, to small and dying and the xp disk was dell only. An even if that worked oem xp when installing with a sata drive must either be burned with the sata drivers into it or added in with a floppy annoying when reformatting trust me.

Long story short I'm just pointing out how a lot of the time the little of this little of that scenario doesn't always work. I ended up building a rig that ran up a final tab at about 1500 which could probably be built for 500 or more less now and to be honest anything less and I wouldn't even consider it a gaming rig. That's just me though every story is unique but knowing what my rig is capable of and the numbers people post for lesser system on this site on the daily. I can't help but see a bunch of people lying on system far less capable then mine posting better numbers which I know isn't possible.

Though anyone who points it out in a PC thread is usually instantly disagreed with by the circle jerk club that normally floods PC threads. So an well thought out real world experience opinion like mine is usually thrown to the wolfs because I can't be lied to like the other guys who lack the equal PC knowledge. If you actually read this far thank you for your time.

Oh an just in case for those who were wondering here are some stats on my rig.

Amd 955 Black Edition 3.2ghz(Won't overclock till my Zalman 9900)
M4A78T-E Asus Motherboard
EVGA 275GTX Overclocked to FTW
4gb of amd ocz gold ram DDR3 at 1600mhz(plan to add 4 more)
1tb barracuda 7200rpm
Xcilo WW full tower case
Saitek Eclipse II keyboard
Windows 7 64bit home premium

amogrr2284d ago

@Reibooi

"Mouse and Keyboard: Ok yes they may be better for RTS games but it has been proven time and time again that shooters work just as well on controller"

You sir, are high.

sid4gamerfreak2284d ago

I could on and on and on to say how the pc is THE best gaming platform but im guessing you all know that...

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Mike Bell2285d ago

Yup, already pointed out - made the change haha, not sure how I missed that one while proof-reading!

KieranD2285d ago

This is really good and is also good and you should read it no I didn't write it what a preposterous statement.

FragMnTagM2284d ago

some of what you are smoking?

KieranD2284d ago

Haha, go check the author on the actual site. Drugs are bad kids.

amogrr2284d ago

Haha. Bubbles for the both of you :)

midi2285d ago

I want a free PC now Mike.

LuckySkunk2285d ago

I agree with 7 out of 8 of these reasons. That is like 99% or something, which is very high.

KieranD2285d ago

Get you, guy that can do maths.

Fishy Fingers2285d ago

No, guy that can use his PC calculator.

Reason 9?

KieranD2285d ago

Haha, true true. I'll keep it in mind for future features ;D.

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