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Posted by MysterD on 06 February 2016 - 03:24 PM
Somebody tell me where the cheapest legit-ish place I can get a Uplay key for The Crew'a expac is. God that was a bad sentence.
I played some of The Crew this morning and I loved it. Big open world, just enough to keep you busy without getting completely overrun. I likes it a lot.
Shut up its proper racing*.
y u no bai crew seasonpass, wildrun xpack or wildrun edition when dirt-cheap on amazon during glitch few months back?
did you pull a mysterd too (i.e. pass on it when you shouldn't have and realize it when it's way too late)?
Posted by MysterD on 06 February 2016 - 03:11 PM
No, your absolutely right. The pre-builts quality will not be a factor, unless you start to upgrade it in pieces. But if you upgrade it as a whole, from pre-built to pre-built (like a console), then you have nothing to worry about.
I think the best thing about building from scratch is I can have all the room in the world if I want + I can really future-proof the hell out of the PC. Also, you will know exactly what's in there everywhere - so it ain't going to be much of an issue, if you need to do a minor upgrade. Even major surgery of an overhaul on your PC really shouldn't really be that much of a hassle.
From pre-fab or even sometimes from a local mom + pop PC-building shop, you might have to dig a bit to figure out what's in there + how far you can go on the upgrading process.
I understand. It is just heartbreaking to see those posts of people selling/trading their overpriced computers on craigslist for a console because they spent $1000 on a computer that runs games less optimally than a PS4 because it has an i7 with 16 gb of ram and 256 gb of SSD storage, but only uses the intel GPU.
If one had that kind of PC (i7, 16 GB RAM, crummy Intel GPU) - all it would take is a NVidia 4GB GTX 960 or 970 or better (or AMD equivalents), as long as you have an open PCI-E slot - boom, PC gaming bliss at 1080p (at least). That would at least be $180-300, if one can catch a NewEgg sale.
Posted by MysterD on 06 February 2016 - 02:51 PM
I understand where you are coming from, but if your spending $700-1000 on an alienware alpha, then you can spend that money better.
Exactly agreed 100%.
It costed me around $1200 to build my PC back in 2011, which could run W2 at its max w/out Supersampling on. It was a beautiful thing. I still using that same PC today - but have upgraded basically added RAM, swapped a video card out, and added more HDD's than I know what to do with.
AC:S + AC:U can run here at 1080p w/ Custom settings above High settings no problem at around 40-50FPS.
This is horrible advice. This is why we have people that think computer gaming is too expensive. We want our community to grow, and in order to do that, we need to steer them away from the mark-ups of prebuilts and give them the real life expectations.
People wanting to get into PC gaming even would be better off checking-out their local mom + pop PC building shop, if they don't want to go the self-PC building route. Even then, even if it's still a bit pricier than self-building a rig - you'll very likely still get a better rig + bang for you buck than you'd ever get from a prefab like Best Buy; and might even upgrade-room (which can be a great start of a learning experience that could lead to one later wanting to build a rig).
I still highly recommend those who are very serious about getting into PC gaming + are willing to DIY just go ahead and build their own PC. It's by far the best bang for your buck - especially if you're patient and buy in sales.
And if you have a friend who knows their PC stuff and has done PC-building before, consult them.
Posted by MysterD on 06 February 2016 - 01:40 PM
I don't frequent this thread since I don't own a computer capable of running anything decent at this point, but I'm planning to invest in an Alienware Alpha or Steam Machine later this year.
Don't do that. Build your own computer. Seriously. It's easy and you could enjoy it.
Agreed with StryderOmega on building your own PC. Best route you can go. You will get way-way-way more power + bang for your buck, if you go that route to build it yourself & buy basically parts when they're on sale over a fair amount of time.
You'll want to shop at places like NewEgg, TigerDirect, Microcenter, Fry's, Amazon, etc etc - keep your eye open for killer sales on parts; and take advantage on any crazy deal you can. That's how I did it.
And if you have friends who are PC-savvy that do know how to build PC's, most definitely consult them on how to do this and even have them help you do so, if need be.
It's an old Dreamcast game port so it's not like it's the latest AAA game or anything.
If you have any intentions to go after brand-spanking new AAA titles on the PC that will push systems at 1080p+ resolutions with at least somewhat decent settings (i.e. Medium to High or better) - think of AAA titles like AC:Unity, AC: Syndicate, Witcher 3, Batman: Arkham Knight - you're most definitely going to want to build a PC yourself for the "more power + bang for your buck" factor.