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This is going to be a fairly long winded post but i need a little help and advice. I am going to include a little background information and context to help me get my point across with maximum clarity.
To begin I will list my current build to give people an idea of what I'm working with and also what I paid for the items at the time. Any Items in BLUE are what I am currently using, Any in YELLOW are what I still use from my original PC, Any Items in GREEN are what I have used and paid for but aren't currently using but I need to include to back up my point:
DVD Reader: Super Write Master
HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
RAM: Corsair 8 GB Vengeance LPX DDR4k £60.98
Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel B250M-D2V Socket 1151 mATX £55.00
GPU: Sapphire PCI Express R7 260X 2GB Graphics Card £89.99
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1080 Windforce 8GB OC GDDR5X £439.98
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700k 4.2Ghz £289.99
Case Fans: 3 X Cooler Master Jetflo 120 (120mm) £8.89 (Each)
CPU Cooler: BE QUIET! BK008 Pure Rock Slim Heatsink & Fan £24.91
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Alpine 11 GT Rev.2 £8.86
Case: AvP Hyperion EV33B Black Cube case £21.00
General Cables and adapters: Approx £10
PSU: ACE 850 W 12 cm Power Supply Unit £28.99
TOTAL: Approx £1,000.00
The reason I included so many items is because these are things that don't need to be purchased when buying an Xbox One for example. A games console comes fully assembled and is as plug and play as possible. I understand that part of the excitement when it comes to PC's is of course the building of the system which i do personally enjoy myself (most of the time). I will however be counting this as a con as I will be writing this from the point of view of a general user who wants to play games and media with as much ease as possible.
Another point I feel needs to be made is of course the price. As shown above I have listed the the parts that I have purchased since receiving my first PC a few years back. Some items I have replaced (again something which doesn't need to be done with a console). As you can see the price is fairly extensive and I myself do not have a great deal of money and a fairly big quantity of what I have goes towards my PC as I do enjoy gaming and do want to have a good system. However an Xbox One X at the time of me writing this is roughly £429.99 which is substantially cheaper than my build and it too can game in 4k. I appreciate that I may not be able to achieve the level of frames on the console and the games may not be as highly detailed but i'm not convinced that it is worth the extra £600.
One pro of PC gaming however is the list of titles and the price of the games. I love the fact that almost every game imaginable is available on PC and I enjoy the fact I can use steam for the majority of these games in order to keep them organised. Part of the reason I wanted a gaming PC in the first place is the ability to get cheaper games instantly through game key websites at a discount. I still don't feel that the amount of discount on the games brings me even with the price of an Xbox Yet.
There also is a vast amount of vagueness when it comes to PC building as there are so many different parts and manufacturers and compatible parts and incompatible parts that it can become massively confusing to someone who doesn't have a large knowledge of PC building. I consider myself to have a reasonably good knowledge when it comes to building systems but only hours before writing this I was playing Need for Speed Payback on my PC and noticed that the game was lagging drastically. Unsure of what was wrong i tried playing at low settings and with the game lagging still i noticed my CPU was running at 100ºC. I then found out that the CPU cooler I had been using for months was not sufficient enough for my build which in my parts list above is why i have purchased 2 CPU coolers.I am still unsure if this is why the game was running so poorly or if this was down to something such as poor game optimisation I understand that this may seem like this was my fault (which of course it is) It still adds to my point of incompatibility an vagueness when it comes to choosing parts.
I have also never once had an issue with my Xbox One since the day I got it around 4 years ago. I have used it almost everyday and never had to replace anything. Current and even last gen consoles also have access to internet browsing, video and audio streaming content and even in some cases apps such as Netflix, Spotify, Twitch and so on so even these can be used for processes other than gaming now. Another point to add would be that I will never need to upgrade anything in my Xbox console as no matter what versions of the Xbox One are released as long as the title is an Xbox One title it will play on my console. It is true that my Xbox Unlike the newer versions cannot play games in 4k but buying a new Xbox every 3 years is still cheaper than upgrading a graphics card every 3 years as well as other parts which may need to be replaced in my PC for whatever reason. Every title is fully optimised for a console as that is the only device the game is designed to be played on. Obviously PC's are built with huge variety's of parts so optimisation can be difficult for game developers and this can lead to games playing poorly on my system. I should also include software and driver updates on to this list also as although consoles and console games do need to be updated they are done almost automatically and only require a single download at one time unlike individual PC parts such as graphics cards which may have to be updated manually when the user is unaware that there is an update even available. There also isn't any third party software when it comes to consoles.
Size, shape and design can also be an issue. I recently purchased 3 fans for my PC and the volume they run at is incredible they sound like I am sat directly across from a Jet engine. My Xbox however is silent and operates constantly at a low noise level. The size of a console is also an advantage as it is tiny. My PC isn't considered a big PC but an Xbox One is still minuscule in comparison.
I also wanted to add that not once has my Xbox ever crashed, Needed restarting, Lagged, Not booted correctly, Blue screened or indeed overheated.
To round this off i do want to say that my intention was never to insult PC gamers as I am technically one myself. And my point when I got my first PC as a Christmas gift a few years back was to prove that high quality gaming and general computing can be done on a budget but unfortunately as the months go on and I spend more my point has dissolved into what is essentially a flat out lie. As i said in the beginning I am hoping for advice. All i want is for someone to convince me that what i am doing is still worth it and I should continue with PC gaming and get rid of my console which is of course what I wanted when i originally got my first PC.
Thank you if you made it this far and i didn't completely bore you to death
(please don't be afraid to correct me if i am wrong about something or if you don't agree this is the reason i wrote this)