$300 seems to be the magic number these days for today’s hardware in terms of gaming here in the US. Once you get to that amount you’re within striking distance of either a console today or an entry level APU PC powered by a Kaveri or something to play decent games on medium. Mr. Green Ham Gaming, however, has decided to indulge his usual “how low can you go” curiosities and see how the XBox 360 fares against a PC of equivalent cost (note: I’m guessing their $100 price point is in Aussie Dollars, which would mean here in the States we’re talking a sub-$100 gaming PC lol) since it’s well known that gaming PCs scale up, but how much exactly do they scale down? 😀
Let’s just say that when I think of “smoking computers” I kind of think of something a little… different. 😛
As far as my thoughts on this are concerned, I think the big issue here is that dual cores are essentially dinosaurs at this point. Quad-core has been the standard for multimedia stuff in more recent years and unlike consoles PC gaming doesn’t have fixed hardware generations so there’s more overlap… at least until you go back to the DOS days with games that ran in real mode lol. Then again, that’s why DOSBox has that setting to slow down the execution of the code… 😛
Basically, if one still has a dual core, hopefully it’s a hyperthreading processor that does 4 threads with 2 cores like today’s low end chips will do. A true dual core in this day and age is a blatant bottleneck. Fortunately though if one is stuck with a rig like that blue smoking PC on the left there IS an upgrade path beginning with a guts upgrade to a quad core processor and motherboard in that same case.
That’s really where these “X-dollar console killer gaming PC” videos miss the point. The whole point of homebrew PC manipulation is to be buying upgrades instead of whole new systems using one’s hardware pool to advance through an upgrade path. That, however, is a totally different blog entry or rant video…. 🙂 Hats off to Green Ham Gaming for this little experiment lol. However if I wanted to do this in the states I’d consider an AMD Kabini or at least a Core 2 Quad system off of eBay… 😛