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    News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    So says a new report by industry market analysts Jon Peddie Research.
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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    For PC gamers the 'good enough' mindset behind portable devices and tablets just doesn't cut the mustard.
    There you go. Nuff said.

    As an enthusiast or geek, if you like (it isn't an insult IMO), working on my PC is as satisfying as using it. This is a hobby/interest/passion/obsession.

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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    I used to be like that, but now I have a 'good enough' attitude, mainly because I don't have time to play games any more. I'm still a smart consumer - when I bought my laptop I got the cheaper 2GB option and paid far less to stick 8GB in it than if I'd bought the 4GB version from the retailer. And then I dropped an SSD into it. But now it's good enough, and will stay good enough until it breaks (or Half-Life 3 comes out - that's my weak spot).
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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    it's good enough, and will stay good enough until it breaks (or Half-Life 3 comes out - that's my weak spot).
    So, you're never upgrading then?

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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    Aye. *sob*
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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    Is it just me or do most of these studies just tell us what most of us already know?
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    Quote Originally Posted by Spreadie View Post
    For PC gamers the 'good enough' mindset behind portable devices and tablets just doesn't cut the mustard.
    There you go. Nuff said.

    As an enthusiast or geek, if you like (it isn't an insult IMO), working on my PC is as satisfying as using it. This is a hobby/interest/passion/obsession.
    This

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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    Quote Originally Posted by 3dcandy View Post
    Is it just me or do most of these studies just tell us what most of us already know?
    Well, there's intuition, or hypothesis, and then there's analysis of market data to back it up. If you're a company, having evidence to substantiate these things makes decision making a little less risky, perhaps...
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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    Surely there will always be a market for enthusiasts, as a designer I can't imagine have to settle for a pre-built system. Enthusiast cases have all the support I need for drives and peripherals that a Dell is never gonna have!

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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    +1 to Spreadie and SciFi.

    Re: ThermalDroid - I've had prebuilt sometimes before (not recently mind). They tended to last a couple of months at most before I give in to the urge to add/upgrade something, often finding that the way the thing was built makes it particularly finicky to upgrade without paying the system builder an extortionate amount, or doing some homework/sourcing non-mainstream parts. Self builds I usually spend the first 6 months tweaking but without any significant component changes. Thereafter it's rolling upgrades 'til the next.
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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline



    Is it 2014 already??


    Those despicable Elk,stealing the pond weed!

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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    Quote Originally Posted by 3dcandy View Post
    Is it just me or do most of these studies just tell us what most of us already know?
    Possibly, but it's still heartening reading for us PC gamers nonetheless.


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    or Half-Life 3 comes out - that's my weak spot
    Same here, along with Elite: Dangerous (aka Elite 4). I'm holding off upgrading my GTX480 until at least one of those is released in 2014.

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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    so this makes AMDs comments http://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/...eached-whales/ last week more interesting doesn't it. This report suggests the gaming market is stable, so NVidia/AMD GPU demand will hold.

    AMD CPUs are targetting the "good enough" market, which is the one in decline - though presumably not terminally, provided they can hold enough market share... which I guess was their point to start with

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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    Not only is gaming becoming an even more important purchasing influence of PC sales due to the offloading of more basic functionality to smart devices, but we are forecasting growth in the most expensive discrete graphics products
    Agree with this, as gaming is pretty much the sole reason why I have a Windows desktop. Everything else I can do well enough with a Linux laptop. Tablets fit into my "computing landscape" for quite a few things - but I've failed to find a tablet-based email client that compares to a desktop one ... even Outlook!

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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    I had a good enough attitude with my four year old i7 950, until it unceremoniously blew up last week. Then I got a credit card and a 4770K and now I have no money but my PC is a sexy muscle-beast that's slippery fast like greased up hams. Also starting to question whether my HDD is good enough or needs to be torn out for an SSD or twelve.

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    Re: News - PC gaming hardware sales unaffected by overall PC decline

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    AMD CPUs are targetting the "good enough" market, which is the one in decline - though presumably not terminally, provided they can hold enough market share... which I guess was their point to start with
    Going to agree with you that the AMD CPU's are in the dangerous "good enough" market segment - perhaps they've been trading on "value for money" too long? I personally have been pretty loyal to AMD for my CPU's down the years, but a jump to Haswell looks likely for the better gaming performance it'd deliver.

    On the other hand the APU's might be a more stable proposition. Sure they're less powerful on the CPU side than price-equivalent kit from Intel, but better graphical abilities might make up for that. So you buy an APU-equipped PC, game with it in "stock" config and then upgrade to a discrete GPU when you can afford it and/or when you feel the need.

    If I was AMD, I'd be trying to deliver some products that put the lie to the oft-repeated mantra that "Intel processors are better for gaming".

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