Up For Debate - Price vs Performance When Gamers Choose Computer Gaming Hardware

Written by Neil Soutter on Sun, Jun 26, 2016 4:00 PM

This is the classic debate. Are you more focused on price when purchasing your new gaming hardware upgrade, or is it a hunt for the pinnacle of performance? Most people will say they look for the sweet spot between these two key indicators. But thats far too easy. One of them drives you a little more than the other. Dig deep and lets see which one it is that pushes our gaming community.

So when you upgrade, are you the sort of person who says, I only do this once every 3 or 4 years, so I want the absolute best performance so money is not really a problem. Gaming is a passion for a lot of us and although a decent computer can cost a lot of money, if the PC will offer us our main form of entertainment for the coming 4 years then why not splash out a bit and get the best. You want to see your games in as Ultra settings as you can for as long as you can, otherwise whats the point in gaming anyway?

Or do you feel like prices can get stupid fast. The more top end you go the higher the dollar price per benchmark point returned. Surely it always makes more sense to pay $200 for a solid new graphics card rather than gaining an extra 30-40% performance for a $500 graphics card. With that in mind, why not upgrade every year or two instead, but hit the best price to performance ratio each time. You may not run 1440p at Ultra settings on all the latest games, but you will certainly be enjoying high graphics settings at 1080p on them.

So where do your hardware purchasing choices normally come from, the head or the heart? Its easy to say both, but when you are put in a corner, which one pushes your decision making the hardest, price or performance.

During hardware upgrades are you looking mainly at price or mainly at performance

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19:22 Jun-26-2016

Decide what I’m willing to pay, and then look for the best performance for that price.

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18:43 Jun-26-2016

Only thing that i can do to Performance part is looking.Like literally.Starring at it.


So i guess in a particular way its performance for me :D

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18:09 Jun-26-2016

Price definitely, everything is so expensive here.

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18:02 Jun-26-2016

i started at the price first but realized that always left me wanting more. ive been an amd cpu fan since the 486 days (except in laptops, thats a little more involved). with gpus i just go for the top and then repeat. sometimes i have to compromise based on availability though and sometimes i dont.

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17:55 Jun-26-2016

I want a good balance of both....... cheap hardware can infact be overpriced if it doesn't offer the performance relative to its price.... sometimes buying used can be a far better alternative than buying new super low end crap.

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17:47 Jun-26-2016

Why not both? I will have my cake and eat it too!

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17:25 Jun-26-2016

amd looks like the best solution when it comes to the price/performance for the gpus and the also the cpus ! personelly i will go with rx480 this year than add another one for crossfire next year to match the gtx 1170. best plan for 1080p

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17:49 Jun-26-2016

gtx 1170? Oooohhh, That sounds exotic:D

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21:34 Jun-26-2016

RX 480 isn't out yet and you are saying RX 480 crossfire is already better than GTX 1170 lool, better buy a single gpu mate.

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17:16 Jun-26-2016

In my country GTX 1080 costs $1899 and RX 480 will be close to $450 definitely Price

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18:04 Jun-26-2016

OMG such high prices!

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18:04 Jun-26-2016

Where is that?????

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19:57 Jun-26-2016

Bulgaria, by the looks of it

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23:31 Jun-26-2016

yes, but that is NOT in dollars, that's in Lev/BGN, which is half an euro.
A gtx 1080 costs 850 Euro here, thus 1899 Lev/BGN.

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11:37 Jun-27-2016

Lets say minumum wage is US is -$1500 and gtx 1080 is $699, In my country the minimum wage is 450BGN and GTX 970 is -750BGN, what I'm trying to say it to us it is expensive as it is to you in dollars. Sorry my english sucks I can't explain it right.

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11:53 Jun-27-2016

Used to be the same back when I was living in Lithuania. Moved to UK - problem solved. Sucks that countries are uneven like that, though :(

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17:05 Jun-26-2016

WRONG QUESTION,
both are important, you have to ask "what do you look at first?" - for me: price then performance
(its like a woman, you look if shes pretty and only then if shes a c#nt)

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17:51 Jun-26-2016

So true lmfao:D

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16:59 Jun-26-2016

Price definitely.

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16:56 Jun-26-2016

WRONG! It's Price/Performance that gets the job done! (IMO)

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16:56 Jun-26-2016

P.S. Don't hate, I was being serious and not serious, stating my opinion, at the same time.

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16:47 Jun-26-2016

Performance. Enthusiast rigs cost an arm and a leg but they are oh so enjoyable and last a lot longer, if anything.

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17:18 Jun-26-2016

Dayum

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16:47 Jun-26-2016

Price.
Otherwise where is the challenge. Any monkey can throw down money and buy whatever is the current fastest hardware available.
Being patient and getting the most out of something, planning things out and speculating, being right and wrong... now that's a lot more exciting.

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17:07 Jun-26-2016

After re-reading what I posted, just wanted to say I meant no offense to anyone. Was trying to get a point across and that's what came out :p

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19:58 Jun-26-2016

Yeah, I was gonna say that I don't feel like a monkey just yet xDD

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22:31 Jun-26-2016

Yeah Im sure plenty of folks wouldnt mind being called a monkey to have ur rig

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16:36 Jun-26-2016

Performance, im the kind of person who changes GPU every 3-4 years, so this time i will go with the next gtx 1170.

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16:33 Jun-26-2016

If I want something good, I often wait for a price drop or sale, otherwise I feel like I pay too much.


And yes, it's hard to control when there's Steam Sales xD

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16:30 Jun-26-2016

Price is the exact reason why is bought the Dell Inspiron 7559 cause it is portable and offers the best price to performance ratio. It packs in a Skylake Quad Core i5 6300HQ, a GTX 960M 4GB, 16GB DDR3 Ram, 1 TB HDD and 256 GB SSD for $920.

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