AMD Gaming PC
|CPU||AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz||$109.00||Amazon|
|Motherboard||ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G||$48.49||Newegg|
|Case||Fractal Core 1000||$39.99||Newegg|
|PSU||EVGA 100-W1-500-KR 500W||$44.99||Newegg|
|GPU||PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 (open box item)||$107.00||Newegg|
|RAM||HyperX XMP Blu Series 4GB DDR3 1600||$40.00||Newegg|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB||$50.95||Amazon|
|Key/Mouse||V7 Standard PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Combo||$10.19||Amazon|
Intel/Nvidia Gaming PC
|CPU||Intel Pentium G2130 3.2 GHz||$74.99||Newegg|
|PSU||300W SFX Power Supply (included w/case)||n/a||Newegg|
|GPU||EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2 GB||$154.99||Newegg|
|RAM||Team Elite 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333||$39.99||Newegg|
|Storage||Western Digital Blue 500 GB 7200 RPM 16MB||$54.99||Newegg|
|OS||Windows 8.1 64-Bit||$99.99||Newegg|
|Key/Mouse||Rosewill PS/2 Wired||$12.98||Newegg|
With these systems, they were able to get adequate results on the new popular titles Assassin's Creed IV, Battlefield 4, Thief, and Titanfall. They all had above an average FPS of 30, and some averaged over 60 on high/ultra settings.
Many in the comments were quick to react with arguments to the study. They didn't include the cost of a monitor, or a controller. What about the HDMI cable? The Wifi, BluRay drive, Blutooth and Kinect were also not included. Does any of that matter though? Should they be factoring in the cost of a TV when talking about the cost of consoles? What about the $60 yearly subscription fee that is required to play anything on multiplayer on either a PS4 or Xbox One? A keyboard and mouse may not be the same experience as a game controller but many would argue it's a better experience. This wasn't a test to emulate a console experience, but to find if a PC could deliver an equally good if not better one. HDMI cables are only around $5. PCs don't need BluRay drives, as PC games are still primarily sold on DVDs. And Kinect? Microsoft has yet to prove its worth to the consumer, as no game needs it, and the couple that do are garbage.
If anything, Gamespot's inclusion of a Windows license more of a formality than a necessity. Most consumers don't buy windows for home use. Unless the rig is being used for professional work or the computer came with it preinstalled, people just pirate Windows. It's understandable why Gamespot didn't do this. They're a business. They're owned by a major corporation. They survive on advertisement revenue. They can't be perceived as encouraging piracy.
Who in these modern times doesn't have a computer? Everyone, at least people who have an interest in playing video games, owns a PC or a laptop. Nobody is replacing their real computer with a next gen video game console. So people are paying for computers whether or not it's being used as a gaming system. Forgoing consoles just means putting more money towards a computer that you were going to buy anyways.