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Xbox or computer

by waggoner / September 5, 2009 5:50 PM PDT

My nephew has an Xbox 360 and is a keen gamer. He has mentioned that he would also like a gaming computer.
I have no interest in gaming and know little about it. However, I had thought an Xbox and a gaming computer did the same thing.

Please could anyone tell me, does one have an advantage over the other and is there any point in owning both?

Thanks, waggoner

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Everyone's right!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 5, 2009 9:43 PM PDT
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But look at the display the Xbox 360 is connected to. Often it's on some old TV and that may be why the big push for the gamer PC. My kid's game capable PCs are an old dual core Intel machine with some PCIe Nvidia 6600 256MB card and surprisingly he runs everything on that. Today such a machine could be dis'd by gamers but I just count my lucky stars he hasn't read gamer web sites telling him how archaic his machine is.

Back to the display. We upgraded the game room with a better display for the 360. It's some 21 inch HP connected with HDMI and no one complains about it at all. Far cheaper than getting a gamer PC.

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Will update display
by waggoner / September 5, 2009 10:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Everyone's right!

Thanks Bob. The display is an old TV. I will treat him to a more up to date model with a larger screen.

Much appreciate the advice.


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by Jimmy Greystone / September 5, 2009 11:10 PM PDT
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IMO, consoles are by far the way to go. While the gaming PC can have better quality graphics, you end up spending a small fortune in parts to keep up with games' increasing demands.

With a console, you buy one device that's good for at least 3 years, though lately console makers have been planning on much longer release cycles. But you buy a console, and every game with that console's logo is guaranteed to work. So you can spend more of your money on games and not on video cards, RAM, CPUs, and other things just needed to make the game run acceptably well.

Follow Bob's advice. A new TV/monitor to hook the 360 to will be vastly cheaper than a gaming PC in the long run. Just be sure to get something that can do 1080p (true 1080p... As in make sure the resolution on the box states 1920x1080) and it'll be a nice treat for everyone else as well.

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by waggoner / September 6, 2009 12:30 AM PDT
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Thanks for the advice, will definitely stick with the Xbox360, will just get new TV.

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