I haven't been keeping up much on PC tech the past couple years so I have a question for a techie. I'm aware that there are quad core terabyte monster computers out there for $1500+++. Well guess what, I don't have one or the money to buy it. I do however have $300 for a PS3. Here's the thing: I currently use a Dual Core E5200 @2.5 , 4G Ram, and an 8800GT. How much would my performance improve over that if I ran on a PS3? Would it be marginal or substantial?
I know you can build your PC over time, etc. etc. Just wondering how my machine stacks up to a PS3 currently.
Thanks so much guys!
I was going to make a topic just like this, but I'm glad someone else did it for me!
You know, your PC sounds an awful lot like mine.
I built mine 4 or 5 years ago, but my old 7800 GTX card burned out and was no longer usable, so I bought a new 8800 GT.
I can play Oblivion on it's max settings on my PC with no problems, with tons of add-ons, and on Vista Ultimate.
With the release of Windows 7, a less resource intensive OS, there will be more memory and processing power to go to running apps.
My PC is definitely showing it's age. The wiring is sometimes faulty and the fans go off but the rest of the PC stays on causing it to overheat. It uses a lot of fans to stay cold, so it's loud. I want to build a water-cooled PC next.
I mean, my hard drives are 250 GB each! Now they have 1 TB ones or more for like 70$!!
I was planning on buying the new EVGA GTX 295 (maybe 2 or even 3 if I'm feeling bold) and an EVGA X58 SLI motherboard. (I have a lot of money saved up for a new one...just waiting for a beta release date before I buy parts...in case some new hardware comes along)
I guess I really just love building and tinkering with PCs and always like my games to look their best.
My monitor is 1920 x 1200 HD 1080p (28"...must larger than my dinky CRT TV), but I can just hook up a PS3 to that if I wanted.
For some reason I feel more comfortable on my PC. I just do and always have.
Two reasons why I want to play on a PS3:
1.) I can use my PC at the same time just by switching the video input so I can read and post on forums while playing. I'm assuming that FFXIV won't be able to be windowed.
2.) I'm going to be buying a PS3 anyway so I can play FFXIII at some point.
Reasons why I want to play on a PC:
1.) I feel more comfortable on a PC.
2.) I am hoping that I can really push the game to it's limits graphics wise.
3.) Easier to record videos and pictures (I don't know what capabilities the PS3 has for this, to be honest).
4.) I need to buy a new PC anyway in the near future. Just how soon...I don't know.
5.) I am far more attached to my PC than I am to a gaming console. I guess it's because I put so much work into building and customizing it that I like to play on it.
6.) Yes, I would feel like I was cheating on my PC if I played the game on my PS3 (I'm being honest).
But a PS3s price is far less than the several thousands I would spend on a new PC. Edited, Aug 21st 2009 1:35am by Finaa