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[–] Advocatus_Diaboli 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

There is no way AFAIK to buy or build a pc with all the parts needed to even run the witcher 3.

I don't know where you got that idea from, but the "Recommended Requirements" aren't exactly groundbreaking:

Recommended System Requirements

  • Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz
  • AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
  • Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770
  • AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
  • RAM 8GB
  • OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
  • DirectX 11
  • HDD Space 40 GB

 

Where does the idea come from when it will cost that much for just the graphics card and processor required?

Because if you buy a console, you're limited to the functionality of a console. With a PC, not only do you have the ability to do everything a console can do, but you have the full functionality of a PC.

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[–] rape_culture_shock 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

On consoles you pay more for games, every. single. time. Even if you buy secondhand games they're still more expensive than games on steam.. Which means that over the life of the console PC's end up being cheaper.

But really, if you're using an old hard drive, second hand monitor, pirating your OS and not spending over $500 you're going to make a machine FAR more powerful than the average console.

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[–] TheRedditExodus [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Yes, but my point is mainly about which games you can play. It's all well and Good d having a more powerful pc, but if it can't run the games that a cheaper console can then how is that better? A gaming pc will easily cost double that of a console if you start with nothing. Even if you use a TV as a monitor.

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[–] thephantompoop 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If you buy 3 new games for the Xbox one, that's 180$. I have 49 games on steam and I think I've spent about 300. That's the equivalent of 5 Xbox games.

But let's say they're not new. A lot of games are 30-40 dollars after a year or so. Buying games from steam is still a hell of a lot cheaper. Plus, the quality on consoles is always subpar. Not to mention you get added functionality with mods and cheats on pc

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[–] Travisty 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Building a PC for a single game is going to be much more expensive than buying a console and a single game. Microsoft and Sony initially sell the console itself at a loss just to get you to buy one. PCs end up being cheaper over the long run, have you looked at the total price comparison over 20 or 30 games?

This is also overlooking the fact that PCs have more utility than consoles. You can play games, edit video, host a website... why should they be cheaper?

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[–] slampisko 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Hi, sorry for de facto necroing this thread but it appears that your V hasn't been C'd.

Take a look at The Media Elite in https://www.reddit.com/r/PCMasterRace/wiki/builds (sorry for linking to that site but this particular page is still a very good resource). If you're expecting 900-1080p@30Hz, which is what you'll get from a console, that build will set you back $333, which is about 220 GBP. The Witcher 3 currently costs €40 on GOG which amounts to ~30 GBP. If you build that PC, you have just achieved a machine that is cheaper than an Xbox One, can do the same and much more, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg to upgrade and buy new games for it.