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Best Gaming System to Game on

Updated on September 2, 2016

Everyone want some games

Entertainment has come a long way, technology driven to give you the best virtual fantasy world, action driven in blood, gore and violence or colorful worlds with puzzle solving, maybe, a taste for adventure or following incredible story lines.

Which ever one you pick, you will need a gaming console to enjoy them on, some might look expensive, even though many might be total overkill or simply to achieve bragging rights, well truth be told, every system has cons and pros, here we can go over them quickly and maybe in the end it can help you decide what will be a fitting match for you or perhaps as a gift to family or friends.

Desktop Computer

From dirt cheap systems that cant run Minecraft on its lowest settings to monster gaming beasts worth $30,000 PLUS, the hell with that, we will be giving some look out points and advice to keep it in that sweet spot a more budget friendly build to play games at least on medium or medium to high settings.

Here is the list of all the things you will need, please be excused as most will revolve around Intel and NVIDIA, Radeon if chosen, AMD is not included even though they are cheap, they will be releasing new tech 2017, that will require you to replace many parts and for that reason it's better to wait until next year or you will have to go over to Intel and the green side of NVIDIA.

The following components are selected over quality, bang for buck as well as style, if you do not mind the style and ugly builds, then feel free to hop over to Amazon and make your own price-list.

RAM

When selecting your ram to play the latest games, try to stay at a minimum of 16Gb, new games are demanding more and more ram, Battlefield 1 recommended ram 16GB, minimum 8Gb, as well as a few others.

CPU

For the CPU, I would recommend sticking to the latest Intel generation, within the I5-I7 range, though, do expect a large expense increase between these two, and thus I selected the I5-6500 3.20Ghz, it much cheaper and gaming performance is really good.

GPU

Graphics means a lot to many, you can stick with my selection of the GTX 1060 6GB or you may go lower to Gtx 970, 960, you can also go with a few Radeon cards like the RX480 8Gb or the RX470 8Gb.

Keep in mind that the RX480 is closely the same price as the GTX 1060 and in many games tested performed worse than the GTX 1060.

The above three components will determine whether you will be able to play games, with the configuration of components that I have selected will run all games close to adjusted high settings on 1080p and Wqhd 144Hz, for 4K gaming you will need to invest a lot more to even get close to high settings.

Desktop gaming system pros

  • Can do everything else a console can't, like the use of operating office software or any other work and study related programs.
  • Gaming feels and looks better.
  • Upgrades are limitless.
  • Larger selection of large MMO games.
  • Freedom to add mods or even create mods.
  • Steam Sales.

Desktop Gaming system cons

  • Upgrades can be expensive if you are to follow up on new tech fast.
  • Can get complicated either by building or software and settings.
  • Peripherals can add up to a lot of money, especially if you want it to be as good as your system or to have bragging rights.

 
 
Price
Tower
Cooler Master Elite 130
$47.39
Motherboard
MSI Gaming Intel Skylake H110M
$81.21
RAM
Viper Elite Series DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 2400MHz
$64.99
GPU
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 6GB
$249.99
CPU
Intel Boxed Core I5-6500 FC-LGA14C 3.20 Ghz
$204.50
Power Supply
PC Power & Cooling ZT Series OCZ-ZT550W 550 Watt
$53.99
Hard Drive
WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive
$53.79
Optical Drive
COOSA External Blue-Ray CD DVD Drive/DVD-RW Writer
$49.39
 
 
 
 
Total
$805.25
The following is the parts that i have selected for a good gaming system, that will run games as close to the highest settings possible. Prices may change on Amazon at any given time and that is out of my control, the price list above is what i got o

Console Gaming

Everyone likes it easy and fast and that Is exactly what console gaming is all about, plug and play, from the latest generation there is only two to pick from, Microsoft Xbox One or Sony PlayStation 4, i am not a hater or fan boy and really like both consoles for what they are, of course, that will be for gaming, other then that i really do not care about the extra features.

Please do not get me wrong, each of these consoles have different specs and there very own unique features that you might enjoy more, just to mention the ones I like, share play on the Ps4 is great to allow friends to join in a two player match or in Co op, even if they don't own the game, Xbox One in the other hand will have to be backwards compatibility, by means of an original Xbox 360 disc or streaming for free as long as you own the titles, sure you can also stream with the PlayStation Now, but, you can't use the original PS3 disc, not to mention the PSN subscription.

PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you can buy one right now, plug and play, with only one note to make before you are buying, Sony is releasing PlayStation 4 slim and Neo, while Microsoft have already released the Xbox One S and with their upcoming Xbox One Scorpio.

Do you need any of these new models? Well, if you have a 4K tv then yes, surely you will benefit from the PlayStation Neo, Xbox S and the Xbox Scorpio, other then that all these consoles will have better performance than the first released, Xbox One, Xbox S and then the all mighty Scorpio, while Sony will be in the following order PS4, PS4 Slim and their all mighty PS4 Neo.

Either way, here is the prices for the consoles available.

  • Xbox One= $219
  • Xbox One S + Halo = $300
  • Ps4 + COD:BO3 = $344

Console gaming pros

  • Plug and play.
  • Looks great none the less.
  • Multiplayer or co-op split screen.
  • Many decent and modern features.

Console gaming cons

  • Limited to mods, Skyrim Special Edition will support mods on console let me know in the comments below if you know other Xbox one or Ps4 games that support mods.
  • Subscription fees for the most random things.
  • Limited large MMO games.
  • The lack of cons for consoles.

So which is best?

There is something for everyone, if you just want to play games, then get a console, as you can see by the price they are much cheaper, if you want to use extensive programs like video editing software or student and business related programs the PC gaming system is for you.

Another option if you want to use basic software like Microsoft word and other programs you can always get a dirt cheap laptop just to use for that purpose, at around $200 with a console of your choice while staying below $550.

There are many other ways to game, on your smart phone, handheld devices like the 3DS from Nintendo or the PS Vita, though I am just one of those people that don't like handheld and games on the phone and thus I avoided them entirely.

For the other consoles like the Xbox 360? Why buy that if Xbox one is backward compatible? Or why buy a Ps3 when most new games releasing is only for the latest generation console? What I am trying to say is, buy the latest to enjoy the best and latest games.

Don't leave me and other readers hanging, go down to the comment section and let everyone know what you game on or prefer to game on, as well as your favorite features for that console, or show off your PC specs, why? Because we all know you want to.

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