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TheChad


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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a PS3 and a gaming PC, and I spend most of my gaming time on PC. My PS3 is there for the PS3 or console exclusive games I really want (MGS4, Demon's Souls, Valkyria Chronicles, the NHL games, etc).

I find PC gaming is more flexible with graphics settings, mods (likely becoming increasingly popular with the Steam Workshop) and the fact that you can use all different control methods (personally I use my PS3 controller for a lot of third person games or driving games, but prefer mouse and keyboard for FPS, RPGs or strategy games). You can even hook your PC up to your TV if you'd rather play games on your TV.

Games are usually cheaper and go on sale more often for PC too. And PCs have great backwards compatability (especially with places like GOG.com updating old games to be instantly compatible with Windows 7 and other new operating systems)... you can still play games from as far back as the DOS era. Given that most of my favorite games are 10-15 years old now, that's a big plus for me.


The downsides tend to be the upfront cost of a gaming PC (though if you buy enough games, the cheaper cost of PC games might balance this out) and that you sometimes have to do some tinkering to get games to work properly. Most of the time though, a google search of your problem will point you in the direction of someone else who's found a fix.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peppers90 wrote:
I know I'm gonna get a new PC and PS4 anyway soon. Thinking about either getting a $1000-$1200 build and having it as my main games machine along with everything with the PC and have the PS4 as my social games like sports games and COD.

Or just getting a smaller $600 PC which I'll play certain games like SimCity and use it as an internet machine with the PS4 being the main games console.

Decisions. Laughing


That's what I've been doing for over a year now.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just curious, what PCs are you guys gaming on? This is mine:

CPU: Intel i7-3770
GPU: GTX 660
Ram: 8 GB
Storage: 1 TB HDD, 256 GB Samsung 830 SSD
PSU: 500 Watt

Might post a picture later.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PatriotsWin! wrote:
Just curious, what PCs are you guys gaming on? This is mine:

CPU: Intel i7-3770
GPU: GTX 660
Ram: 8 GB
Storage: 1 TB HDD, 256 GB Samsung 830 SSD
PSU: 500 Watt

Might post a picture later.


I have a VERY similar build...

INTEL I7-3820 3.6 GHZ
EVGA NVIDIA SUPERCLOCK GEFORCE GTX 660 TI 2GB
Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW
16 GB DDR3/ 1600 MHZ MEMORY
XTREMEGEAR 850 WATT POWER SUPPLY

I copied all that directly from my invoice...except for the SSD, which I bought and installed myself.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got an i5-2500, 8GB DDR3 RAM and a GeForce GTX 560Ti (1GB). So far the only things that have killed it are:

1. Trying to run The Witcher 2 with ubersampling on
2. Trying to run Tomb Raider with TressFX on (that one feature was knocking 25FPS off my framerate)
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly the biggest + to me with PC is the Steam Sales, but I think Microsoft is going to start doing it and maybe even Sony. Consoles are slowly but surely becoming a "different" type of computer. Like youll have Desktop, Laptop and Consoles lol
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FourThreeMafia wrote:
PatriotsWin! wrote:
Just curious, what PCs are you guys gaming on? This is mine:

CPU: Intel i7-3770
GPU: GTX 660
Ram: 8 GB
Storage: 1 TB HDD, 256 GB Samsung 830 SSD
PSU: 500 Watt

Might post a picture later.


I have a VERY similar build...

INTEL I7-3820 3.6 GHZ
EVGA NVIDIA SUPERCLOCK GEFORCE GTX 660 TI 2GB
Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW
16 GB DDR3/ 1600 MHZ MEMORY
XTREMEGEAR 850 WATT POWER SUPPLY

I copied all that directly from my invoice...except for the SSD, which I bought and installed myself.


Wow, that's a beast of a PC/CPU. Do you do a lot of video editing on it?
I'm scared to ask, how much did it cost?

Mine is just a prebuilt I got on sale for $599.99, but I upgraded: +$25 Corsair PSU , +$150 EVGA GTX 660 SC video card, +$190 for SSD. so in total mine cost around $965 (after rebates and stuff). Totally worth it tho, I love how much better my PC is with the upgrades I made.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheChad wrote:
I've got an i5-2500, 8GB DDR3 RAM and a GeForce GTX 560Ti (1GB). So far the only things that have killed it are:

1. Trying to run The Witcher 2 with ubersampling on
2. Trying to run Tomb Raider with TressFX on (that one feature was knocking 25FPS off my framerate)


I really want to try Tomb Raider on PC just to check out the hype of the new hair tech they got. Although idk if it will work on a Nvidia card.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PatriotsWin! wrote:
FourThreeMafia wrote:
PatriotsWin! wrote:
Just curious, what PCs are you guys gaming on? This is mine:

CPU: Intel i7-3770
GPU: GTX 660
Ram: 8 GB
Storage: 1 TB HDD, 256 GB Samsung 830 SSD
PSU: 500 Watt

Might post a picture later.


I have a VERY similar build...

INTEL I7-3820 3.6 GHZ
EVGA NVIDIA SUPERCLOCK GEFORCE GTX 660 TI 2GB
Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW
16 GB DDR3/ 1600 MHZ MEMORY
XTREMEGEAR 850 WATT POWER SUPPLY

I copied all that directly from my invoice...except for the SSD, which I bought and installed myself.


Wow, that's a beast of a PC/CPU. Do you do a lot of video editing on it?
I'm scared to ask, how much did it cost?

Mine is just a prebuilt I got on sale for $599.99, but I upgraded: +$25 Corsair PSU , +$150 EVGA GTX 660 SC video card, +$190 for SSD. so in total mine cost around $965 (after rebates and stuff). Totally worth it tho, I love how much better my PC is with the upgrades I made.


I do some video editing....not alot.

Cost $1350....but factor in the SSD and 1500-1550.

Probably didnt need something that powerful, but I might in the coming years.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FourThreeMafia wrote:
Probably didnt need something that powerful, but I might in the coming years.


For sure, that PC is very future proof.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer PC for four reasons...

Mods, game diversity, the community and Steam

Plus my preferred gaming type is strategy games, and the if the 360 or PS3 thinks about Total War games, it craps itself.


My build...

Intel i7 950 3.07 GHz
12 GB Ram
AMD Radeon 6850 HD GDDR5 (2GB i think)


I wish I knew how to optimize my PC. I feel like the build has alot more potential than what I use it at.

I can play Skyrim with 2K HD textures, and ENB series 119, but my framerate drops to around 20. Confused It chugged along mediocrely with Shogun 2 on very high.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



My baby. Built it about a year and half ago. I watched only a handful of videos on how to build a PC and decided to build this. Lets just say if I had to go back I would have studied a bit more. Could have saved some money. Laughing

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Mobo: Asus p8p67 Deluxe
CPU: i5-2500K
GPU: EVGA GTX 560
RAM: 8 GB
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1 TB
SSD: Corsair Force 120 GB
PSU: Corsair HX750
Case: Corsair 650D


I'm thinking about upgrading my graphics card before BF4 comes out. I also might upgrade to a bigger SSD and add a few WD Caviar Green's.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got an i5-2400 (3.1 GHz)
8 GB ram
MSI twin frozr 7870
Seaaonic 520w PSU
1tb hard drive

I spent $710 on it, but it originally had a 6850 in it.

Eventually plan on getting a sas and maybe an ivy bridge processor. Got my mobile planning ahead SL it supports ivy bridge and also has a PCI 3.0 slot.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yankee0724 wrote:
I've got an i5-2400 (3.1 GHz)
8 GB ram
MSI twin frozr 7870
Seaaonic 520w PSU
1tb hard drive

I spent $710 on it, but it originally had a 6850 in it.

Eventually plan on getting a sas and maybe an ivy bridge processor. Got my mobile planning ahead SL it supports ivy bridge and also has a PCI 3.0 slot.


Haswell is almost out, might want to get that instead of the ivy bridge. Not sure if socket is the same tho so it might not work on your motherboard.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PC x 100

I barely ever use my consoles anymore, aside from their exclusives. As soon as you front the change for a gaming PC, there seem to me no distinct advantages of consoles.

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That's not true for me. All of the friends I care to play with online have gaming PCs. Some don't, but even they are scattered between 360 and PS3 so that is another potential issue.

And in the long run, PC is probably cheaper. Buy legit games from steam for like 5-10$ in the steam sales, not to mention all of the indie games that are sometimes just given away or packed into Humble Bundle packs for pay-what-you-want prices. Especially with Xbox you won't have to pay for Xbox-live.

One positive of consoles is the ability to lend games/borrow games, but they're even planning to kill that advantage in next gen.
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