i have certainly found myself spending a great deal more as i have grown up and started making real money. as the gaming generation matures i would not be surprised to see the dollar amount attached to it balloon.
Almost all enthusiasts who build (some buy) their own rig also buy a console and if they are smart, it is a PS3. The reason is almost all Xbox games are on the PC too. Why play a FPS on a crappy hard to aim controller when you can get the game on a PC and kick butt with a mouse and keyboard.
You can build a descent killer rig including a 24" monitor for under $1,500. No need for overkill with a overpriced extreme processor or multi video cards.
This is actually kind of surprising. I would have thought that the enthusiasts would be a smaller minority since it seems that most people don't want to learn how to build and tweak computers and custom computer companies seem to be holding strong.
Honestly, I have never seen the appeal for consoles. I have always gamed on a PC. Consoles, historically, have gamed at lower resolutions, have less config options, less players per multi-player game, and you pray that the next generation will be backwards compatible so you do not need to lug the old system around. Plus, there is a pride aspect in a gaming rig and the best you can do with a console without breaching your user license is slapping a vinyl sticker over it.
IMO, I think the industry is trying to force people onto consoles in fear of piracy, not that there is a lack of PC gamers.
Man what are you talking about, pc gaming is dying from piracy.
Just look at how many kijiji/craigslist adds out there for modding consoles, look at all the console games you can dl off torrent sites. Theres also more pc gamers for bad company 2 than both consoles put together!!!
I like how there's a i7 980 pictured with this. Who buys those things? SLI GTX 480 or 2x 5870 would be a better use of 1k...I would be hard pressed to pay $600 for that processor, even if I didn't have my i7 920...
I have been a PC gamer for quite some time now. My first game for PC was Quake 2 on launch day. I had just bought a PC and installed a Voodoo 2 card and waited patiently for about a week for that game to come out...Those were great days...Back then you had ID, Epic was up and coming with the first Unreal, shortly after you had Valve come on the scene with Half-Life, Monolith was making some good stuff, Blizzard, Westwood...I could go on....As a PC gamer there was tons to look forward to and it seemed that software was at or just in front of the hardware release pace. New video cards would come out and that meant something back then. So what happened? CONSOLE GAMES..dun dun dunnnnn... I used to read articles of PC developers right around the time of the PS2 release stating 'Why would we spend all of this time money and resources to make killer PC games that go on to sell a million copies when console developers release GARBAGE that go on to outsell us by a large margin?' And I guess I have to agree with them. You look at some of the great PC games of the times that for PC standards sold like wildfire and it was nothing compared to the sales figures of some crap WWF games that were pumped out for the consoles every 8 months. So all of the developers jump ship and become console developers. PC hardware now is leaps and bounds beyond our software. We buy a 5870 and sit around for a year or more before anyone even attempts to tap its potential. You know I hate to be mr. negative but I just don't see this changing. Games nowadays are in the 10's of millions of dollars to develop and release. No developer is going to take the chance of not recouping their costs and release PC exclusives unless you name is Blizzard. And honestly I can't blame them really...I mean they have to stay in business. Look at Free Radical. This is the team that made the original N64 Goldeneye and Timesplitters...GREAT developers. They release one dud, Haze on PS3 and BOOM..just like that they are out of business. The only answer for developers unfortunately is now cross platform console/PC ports just to make enough sales to stay afloat for their next game. It is truely unfortunate for us enthusiasts...