There was a time that I felt PC gaming was too expensive and too complicated. All I wanted was to plug in my small console box and play. Truth be told I still feel that way with plug and play. However, my mindset on PC gaming has made a complete 180. With the impending release of Nvidia’s RTX 30 series cards, I am ready to make the leap. It’s time to build that magical rig and join the ranks of the PCMR.
Nvidia’s 30 series cards mark a big shift and jump in gaming fidelity. You have to feel bad for someone who just bought a 2080Ti just to have to be outperformed or just on par with the much cheaper RTX 3070 at a significant price reduction. The RTX 3070 is priced perfectly for me at $500. It has the price and performance I can get behind. Truth be told paying an additional $200 and getting the 3080 may be the better value, but the bargain hunter in me will not allow me. At least at the moment.
Being primarily a console gamer has in a small way warped my mind on how the jump to PC gaming is. The furthest I have gone is what I am using the write this article on, my gaming laptop. Granted 1060 in this laptop as done me just fine for the few moments I have played games on it. However, I am ready to grow up. As much as the Xbox Series X and Ps5 is a jump in the console space, they will immediately have “outdated” GPUs upon launch due to the 30 series cards.
The Xbox Series X is said to be on par with the 2080 which is not a bad thing however 2080 is now considered old news now. Keep in mind, this will not keep me from buying a console. Consoles are extremely important to the console space. Even with a PC, you can enjoy what a console brings to the table.
The Time is Now
It’s time for me to build my PC. Buying a pre-built is just too easy and quite frankly too expensive. Keeping in mind what all comes with building a PC that will be the complete jump I want from the console is expensive. From the GPU, CPU, RAM, etc. I am looking at about a $1700 dollar build. Which has the console gamer in me screaming inside trying to make me second guess myself.
However, there is no better time than now. Saving money on a powerful GPU allows me to go more expensive on other parts. Additionally, the PC grants me access to all Xbox 1st party games via Xbox Game Pass so I will not miss out and soon PlayStation games via……well, that’s a topic for another day.
I was almost as convinced to make this jump when the 20 series cards released. Just imagine starting your 1st PC build around a $1500 top of the line 2080ti. That’s a mighty expensive rig in total. Granted someone could do that now with the 3090, but that’s likely not the case. Most buyers of the 3090 already have a rig and are just updating the GPU.
For a starter like myself, the 3070 & 3080 are perfect and have changed the PC game in my opinion. Take a listen to the gaming community I am not the only one. There are millions more who are ready to make that leap. The only question now is, can AMD beat Nvidia’s value and take my money.
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