Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Software > PC Gaming

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-21-2011, 06:40 PM   #1
richdog16
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 16
Default Why PC Gaming is better than Console Gaming?

Why PC gaming is better in terms of games, money savings and relibility.

What is a good Gaming PC for $700 United States that can run modern games looking better than console?
richdog16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 06:45 PM   #2
RavenSEAL
Diamond Member
 
RavenSEAL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mejico
Posts: 8,671
Default

Honestly, we could write essays on this. Until you experience it for yourself, it won't matter what we say.
__________________
AMD X6 1090T @ 3.8GHz Cooled by CM Hyper212+ P/P | Sapphire AMD HD6870 Vapor-X Crossfire @ 930/1150 | Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 | 8GBs Patriot G2 DDR3-1600Mhz | Corsair FORCE 3 90GB SSD | 1TB WD RAID0 | Antec HCG-750 | CM HAF 932

Lonely HeatWare

RavenSEAL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 08:18 PM   #3
videogames101
Diamond Member
 
videogames101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: 52375
Posts: 6,146
Default

mouse+keyboard
__________________
3570K
HD7870 (Tahiti LE)
videogames101 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 08:22 PM   #4
lsv
Golden Member
 
lsv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,605
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by videogames101 View Post
mouse+keyboard
Play like a man.
__________________
i7 920 (no oc) w/ Noctua NH-D14 | Asus P6T | Asus 6950 DC II 2gb | 12gb G.Skill Ripjaws 1600mhz | Intel X-25M 80gb Gen2 | WD Caviar Green 1TB 64m cache | Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 | Seasonic X-660 | Fractal Design R3 + 4x Noctua S12B 120mm
lsv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 08:25 PM   #5
gorcorps
aka Brandon
 
gorcorps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: South Bend
Posts: 25,601
Default

A proper PC is quite the investment, but I've found it to be well worth it since my last build. I haven't much touched my 360 or PS3 if I had a PC version. PC software price alone has been the greatest perk.
__________________
-So sayeth Brandon, knower of things
360: GORcorps|||PS3: gorcorps|||Steam: gorcorps
HEATWARE
gorcorps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 08:48 PM   #6
DaveSimmons
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bellevue, WA
Posts: 37,175
Default

Here's a 295-post discussion of this:

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2201924

No need to repeat ourselves yet again.
DaveSimmons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 08:52 PM   #7
RebelCapitalist
Member
 
RebelCapitalist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: United States
Posts: 197
Default

Last I checked, my PC did more than just run scaled-down games and Netflix, so quoting the price of a computer and of a console isn't apples to apples.

RebelCapitalist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 09:10 PM   #8
theprodigalrebel
Lifer
 
theprodigalrebel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 10,523
Default

Also, this. And this. And this. And this. You see a pattern emerging?

Note: I live in India so I used the most popular online retailer here for pricing. Console titles are typically $60 here (on par with the North American pricing) but PC titles are usually $20. $30 for Limited Editions/Collector's Editions stuff.

And of course, there are Steam specials. $20 for all GTA games from GTA to GTA IV: EFLC? Yes please. $12.99 for Civilization V? Yes please. $9.99 for Bad Company 2? That's what I paid for those games.

Last edited by theprodigalrebel; 11-21-2011 at 09:14 PM.
theprodigalrebel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 09:48 PM   #9
WhipperSnapper
Lifer
 
WhipperSnapper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 10,808
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by richdog16 View Post
Why PC gaming is better in terms of games, money savings and relibility.
PC gaming is superior for FPS and especially RTS games. It's also better for online multiplayer and especially for free custom content and mods. I like to say that PC gaming is about freedom whereas console gaming is about a controlled experience and pay-to-play for online multiplayer and downloadable content.
WhipperSnapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 10:17 PM   #10
Bman123
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bottom of the map
Posts: 2,766
Default

Please not this again
__________________
Psn id- Comeonvideogame
LG G2
Vizio E60LI-A3 tv
Bman123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 10:31 PM   #11
austin316
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 3,574
Default

Who cares! It's about the games.
austin316 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 10:36 PM   #12
Northern Lawn
Platinum Member
 
Northern Lawn's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Manitoba
Posts: 2,231
Default

When you're not playing a game you can browse porn on a PC.
Northern Lawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 10:40 PM   #13
RavenSEAL
Diamond Member
 
RavenSEAL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mejico
Posts: 8,671
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Northern Lawn View Post
When you're not playing a game you can browse porn on a PC.
Actually....if you have a PS3....


__________________
AMD X6 1090T @ 3.8GHz Cooled by CM Hyper212+ P/P | Sapphire AMD HD6870 Vapor-X Crossfire @ 930/1150 | Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 | 8GBs Patriot G2 DDR3-1600Mhz | Corsair FORCE 3 90GB SSD | 1TB WD RAID0 | Antec HCG-750 | CM HAF 932

Lonely HeatWare

RavenSEAL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 10:43 PM   #14
Corporate Thug
Lifer
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 37,448
Default

I'll just throw out the short answer: resolution.
__________________
AKA Shady06

Member, Official AnandTech Bar Association

Corsair 700D ll i2500k@ 4.5 Ghz ll Asrock z68 gen3 ll Sapphire 7870XT Tahiti @ 1200/1600 ll Corsair A70 ll XFX 650W Black Edition ll 8GB Corsair Vengeance ll Dell 2707 WFP
Corporate Thug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 10:49 PM   #15
TakeNoPrisoners
Platinum Member
 
TakeNoPrisoners's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 2,534
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by richdog16 View Post
Why PC gaming is better in terms of games, money savings and relibility.

What is a good Gaming PC for $700 United States that can run modern games looking better than console?
AMD x6 CPU
AMD 870 motherboard
AMD 6850
500w PSU
4GB of DDR3

Something like that.
__________________
i7 3770k at 4.4Ghz | ASRock Z77 Extreme4 | Cooler Master Hyper 212+ | 16GB DDR3 at 2000Mhz | Dual MSI Gaming R9 290 4GB Crossfire | 128 GB Samsung 830 SSD | 2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 | Corsair TX850M | CM HAF 932 | 3 x Acer 21.5" 1080p IPS Eyefinity | Windows 8.1 64bit
TakeNoPrisoners is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 11:22 PM   #16
Craig234
Lifer
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 32,624
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Northern Lawn View Post
When you're not playing a game you can browse porn on a PC.
You can on a PS3 too.

Someone said.
Craig234 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 11:34 PM   #17
paperfist
Diamond Member
 
paperfist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Central New York
Posts: 3,419
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Craig234 View Post
You can on a PS3 too.

Someone said.
You can, but it's very uncomfortable.
__________________
SimCity servers got you down? Join the White House petition to institute an industry-wide return policy for video games that rely on remote servers and DRM to function properly.

heatWare
paperfist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 12:22 AM   #18
JamesV
Golden Member
 
JamesV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 1,735
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by richdog16 View Post
Why PC gaming is better in terms of games, money savings and relibility.
PC gaming is better in terms of games, because there are more available on the PC then any console. You can buy games from the 90's on GoG, play free flash games in your browser, free ad-supported MMOs, and even play old console games on the PC (N64, etc).

PC gaming is better in terms of money savings for many reasons. Brand new 360/PS3 games that are $59.99 are $49.99 on the PC, and many times you can save even more through use of Steam sales, Ebay sellers, or hardware bonuses. Plus you can play literally a thousand free games, from Microsoft Spades to some Korean made MMO... how many free games are available on the 360 or PS3?

PC gaming is better in terms of reliability, because a PC has discrete parts that can be changed. If you get a RROD on the 360, you have to send the whole 360 in to be repaired. If your PC doesn't boot, and you have some tech experience, you have options (troubleshooting, switch out hardware, etc). In my case, both with a 360 and a PC, where the DVD drive failed - Open Tray error on the 360, didn't work on my PC... I had to send in my 360, and fixed my PC by ordering a DVD drive on NewEgg that arrived 5 days later.

These are superficial answers. Consoles are great, but PC gamers know a gaming PC is better, and never the two will agree.
JamesV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 01:34 AM   #19
ImpulsE69
Diamond Member
 
ImpulsE69's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 6,753
Default

Real gamers use both and don't worry about which is better.

Also, what is great about PC's is that they can do things like this (crap photo though)



Uploaded with ImageShack.us
__________________
I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if anyone thinks differently they will promptly be crushed.

The World Needs a Reset Button.
ImpulsE69 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 02:03 AM   #20
wuliheron
Diamond Member
 
wuliheron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 3,546
Default

The simple fact is there is nothing a console can do that a PC can't do better and a PC can do a lot more then any console will ever be capable of doing. There are over one billion PCs in the world today and rising and they get more powerful with each new generation. Within five years I expect portable tablets to be capable of playing games like Crysis and within ten years you'll be able to buy them for $50.oo from Wall Mart. The latest estimates are PC game sales will surpass those of consoles within 4 years.
wuliheron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 02:40 AM   #21
Veliko
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 3,173
Default

It isn't better, it is different. This debate is stupid and you may as well start an argument about whether a spoon is better than a fork.

Making use of both offers a far better experience than going out of your way to justify why one is better than the other.
__________________
My books are available on Amazon or Pirate Bay.
Shades of Grey
Underneath
Jake

My website of hilarity
Veliko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 03:56 AM   #22
PrincessFrosty
Golden Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 1,415
Default

One word. Quality.

It has options for better quality controls, better quality graphics, better quality sound and better performance.

Although to what degree you get those things depends on how much you invest on your hardware and if you take care of it and learn how to use it.
__________________
Intel 2600k @ 4.9Ghz || ThermalRight TRUE Spirit 140
16Gb PC3-12800 || 2x MSI GTX580 Twin Frozr II in SLI
Dell 3007 WFP-HC 30" || BenQ XL2420T 24" 120hz
PrincessFrosty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 04:10 AM   #23
PrincessFrosty
Golden Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 1,415
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Veliko View Post
It isn't better, it is different. This debate is stupid and you may as well start an argument about whether a spoon is better than a fork.

Making use of both offers a far better experience than going out of your way to justify why one is better than the other.
Objectively one is better than the other at different tasks, spoons are objectively better at eating soup with, and forks are objectively better at eating spaghetti with.

PCs offer an objectively higher quality control, video, audio and performance providing you put in the necessary investment, so if you want the best of any of those things you'll need to use a PC.

What consoles offers that PCs don't is simplicity, if you're not knowledgeable enough to use a PC or are disinclined to for whatever reason then consoles are fantastic, plug and play, nice and easy.
__________________
Intel 2600k @ 4.9Ghz || ThermalRight TRUE Spirit 140
16Gb PC3-12800 || 2x MSI GTX580 Twin Frozr II in SLI
Dell 3007 WFP-HC 30" || BenQ XL2420T 24" 120hz
PrincessFrosty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 04:14 AM   #24
Veliko
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 3,173
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PrincessFrosty View Post
Objectively one is better than the other at different tasks, spoons are objectively better at eating soup with, and forks are objectively better at eating spaghetti with.

PCs offer an objectively higher quality control, video, audio and performance providing you put in the necessary investment, so if you want the best of any of those things you'll need to use a PC.

What consoles offers that PCs don't is simplicity, if you're not knowledgeable enough to use a PC or are disinclined to for whatever reason then consoles are fantastic, plug and play, nice and easy.
I am not sure if you are agreeing or disagreeing with me.
__________________
My books are available on Amazon or Pirate Bay.
Shades of Grey
Underneath
Jake

My website of hilarity
Veliko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 04:33 AM   #25
PrincessFrosty
Golden Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 1,415
Default

Well I agree, I guess. They both excel at different things, so which is better depends on what you expect to get from the platform.

If you're judging by some specific criteria such as which has smoother frame rates, you absolutely can say one is better than the other, we can measure that objectively.
__________________
Intel 2600k @ 4.9Ghz || ThermalRight TRUE Spirit 140
16Gb PC3-12800 || 2x MSI GTX580 Twin Frozr II in SLI
Dell 3007 WFP-HC 30" || BenQ XL2420T 24" 120hz
PrincessFrosty is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
console, gaming pc, pc gaming, ps3, xbox 360

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.