>PC gaming is way more expensive than it was back then

>PC gaming is way more expensive than it was back then

What went wrong? Bring me back...

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >What went wrong?
    Nvidigarden gnome
    Amdgarden gnome
    Intelaviv

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Your money is worth less because of the mass importation of third worlders to keep wages down.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Newfag didn't know what PC gaming was like in the 90s and thinks it's the most expensive it has been
    Go back to r/pcmasterrace

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The thung that made it expensive in the 90s is how fast your equipment would become obsolete. If I went back to 1999 me and told them in 2022 I had a desktop built in 2013 with a graphics card from 2016 that could still run any game I would have laughed so hard at the absurdity I would die.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >If I went back to 1999 me and told them in 2022 I had a desktop built in 2013 with a graphics card from 2016
        I mean yeah, considering that the very first Nvidia card was sold in Q4 of 1999. 1999 you would be pretty damned confused.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >considering that the very first Nvidia card was sold in Q4 of 1999
          Not just Nvidia card. That was the first GPU period. The GeForce 256. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_256

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That's $1100 adjusted for inflation. As far as prebuilts go, that's about right today.

      Baldur's Gate II was literally $90 when it came out in 2000. Adjusted for inflation that comes out to around $150. When was the last time you payed that much for a game?

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Rona

    War

    normalfags living more and more in a virtual environment

    so those things are becoming necessities, it's the new normal, we don't need cars anymore, you can tap things on your phone and get restaurant food delivered, so now a gaming PC can cost as much as a used car, it's the new normal

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Inflation and levels of greed so insanely high that it makes one think that maybe hardcore communists (I mean actual ones not identity fags) have a point about lining up bourgeoisie scum in front of a firing squad.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    That's an office machine without a GPU.
    Oh sorry, back then they were calld graphics accelerators.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >op doesn't know the meaning of inflation

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >what is inflation
    >$600 is $1000 today
    >shitty Pentium 4 prebuilt with no gpu
    how do you think this is a good deal?

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    PC gaming has always been expensive if you wanted a decent setup, you're probably too young to remember but look up SLI so add 2x to any old GPU price then add in inflation to it. The single period that PC gaming was a value was when SLI lost traction and single GPUs were powerful enough to not need it when the 1000 series came out.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because you get it all

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >3D accelerator not included
    enjoy your jazz jackrabbit demo, bro.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Back then 600 dollars could buy you enough food to last almost a year.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >he thinks he will play anything on that PC

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's more expensive because they know retards will open their wallet no matter how badly they get ripped off. Worst part is how they insist on pushing graphics even though we're long past the point of meaningful returns.
    Also
    >babby doesn't know what inflation is
    retard.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You could spend $600 on a prebuilt today and even though it would be a shitbox by modern standards it would still blow that 90s computer out of the fucking water.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Oh wait.
      >Pentium 4
      Okay early 00s computer but everything else stands.

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >no gpu
    >stores trying to empty their crt stashes

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I was born in 1992 and still don't know what a mail-in-rebate is

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You get a coupon. You mail it in an envelope and it releases mustard gas.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You buy the item at retail price then mail in proof of purchase to the manufacturer and they send you a check for the rebate amount.

      It’s slow as shit and they’re banking on most customers being too lazy to do it.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You get a rebate form that you fill out and attach your proof of purchase and send it to the company. They send you a check like 2 months later.

      It was a way to advertise a lower amount. They counted on people being too lazy to fill out the form and mail it in.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You buy the item at retail price then mail in proof of purchase to the manufacturer and they send you a check for the rebate amount.

        It’s slow as shit and they’re banking on most customers being too lazy to do it.

        Are you me, reddit spacing bro?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >going on reddit frequently enough to even recognize spacing habits

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >pentium 4 with igpu on northbridge chipset

    Yea.. no.

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    $600 in 2002 is $1000 in 2023 adjusted for inflation. Not really cheap for a cheapo Dell with a 17'' monitor.

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the only thing that really shot up in price are GPU's

    because during the whole crypto wave desperate gamers have shown they pay almost anything for a decent GPU

    and now GPU companies are so used to those inflated prices that they can't go back

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    That wasn't a gaming pc, that was a home desktop. I know because I had one and had to get new graphics cards, etc. It was my first "build".

  22. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Consoles are now the better bang for buck

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous
      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        He's right though
        >$3000 for a hot and loud box that plays unoptimized console ports

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >$3000
          Are you retards buying Alienware or something?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >plays unoptimized console ports
          Sounds like your taste is shit, what's the matter little feeler??

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >PC literally costs over 9000 dollars XD

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >I'm-I mean he's right though
          Also why are consolefags so adamant about that $3000 number? It's literally always $3000

  23. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    only 7 years ago i paid $220 for a 970

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It feels weird that I spent like $700-800 on a 1080ti in 2017. I thought it was outrageous at the time, but I wanted a fancy liquid cooled once since I wanted to experiment with having my PC mine crypto in my spare time. I mined about $700 ($1280 today)of crypto over a few months before I stopped since I got keeping track of how to properly report the income for taxes since I'm a retard who wanted to be goody two-shoes about that. Now 700-800 would be a fucking steal for a flagship card.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >3 years ago
        >800€ got me a top of the line GPU
        >today
        >it's barelly enough for a previous gen mid range

  24. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i wonder how bad nvidia is kicking themselves for not jacking prices up 5 years ago. the 4090 has proven that there are enough people who will pay any dollar amount for the flagship card

  25. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    lmao. That PC wouldn't have an AGP slot. It would be completely reliant on IGP, and you know nothing about early 2000s era IGPs. They sucked absolute ass. I suffered from SiS savagery. SUFFERED.

  26. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It’s a bit ridiculous

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >no pop tarts

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Ganker has fallen far, anon... we are alone here amongst the zoomers and election boomers.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >election boomers
          6 years doesn't make you not a newfag

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Try 18.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Nobody believes you when you say you're an originfag anon. Mainly because nobody who's browsing this site even has the faintest idea what oldskool Ganker is.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                That's because 90% of this place wasn't born yet when I started browsing Ganker. 🙂
                Especially you.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Not the anon you were replying to, but 2006 was a wild time. Never thought I’d be browsing this site for the next 16 years…

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                17, anon, 17.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Oh fuck you’re right. Where has the time gone?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Why would my pc come with food

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous
  27. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    take inflation into account, but yes, consoles are now cheaper while computers are going the other way

  28. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Muh inflation chuds
    Fuck off, you can still get a comparable modern office PC like ops pic for around the same price, and you'll be able to play all the steam indie shit on it. That's the equivalent of having that PC and playing all the DOS games it could handle.

    You wanna play Quake 3? You're gonna need $500 for a GeForce 3. Today's equivalent is a 3070. Anything beyond that is a Quadro for suckers.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You can build a $600 PC that can play your latest AAA goyslop at 1080p and get well over 60 FPS.
      >steam indies
      lol, lmao even

  29. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >PC is now twice as expensive
    >has 100 thousand times higher computing power
    where is the problem exactly?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Comparatively speaking; a modern PC in that price range would be more capable than the PCs in that price range were back then. Integrated graphics are at least capable of passable 3D acceleration. That Dell would have struggled with stuff like Summoner, or Neverwinter Nights.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Modern integrated graphics are capable of passable 3D acceleration, I should say.

  30. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they had better games too.

  31. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I remember when 512mb of ram was over 200$

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      moron, DIMMs used to go for $800+ a pop.

  32. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >$600 in early 2000's money for a shitty Pentium 4 housefire with no GPU
    In what world is that a good deal?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not only would it not have a GPU, it likely wouldn't have an AGP slot, either. It would have a -single- PCI slot, but PCI GPUs were fucking garbage. You could get a PCI GPU with like 128MB of RAM and it would run about the same as a 16MB TNT card would in an AGP slot.
      I tried to help a buddy of mine who had a similar PC to the OP's get upgraded, only to discover that it was all proprietary Dell garden gnomery inside.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >my Optiplex SFF's PCIe ports had a max voltage of around 50W instead of 75 like it normally does
        >upgrading the proprietary PSU was impossible
        >PSU was in the way of the only available PCIe slot so only single slot half-length cards could fit inside
        And that's why I was stuck with a GT 1030 for vidya for nearly a year. Fuck Dell.

  33. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You can't play shit on that Pc retard. You could hardly browse the internets with it.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >t.zoomer

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >You can't play shit on that Pc retard

  34. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    PC gaming was only ever cheap in the time between the PS3 and PS4. You could build a rig that was better than PS4 at nearly the same price as it because the CPUs in them were such a joke. Any time before then or after then you were paying much more for better than console specs.

  35. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I know this place is filled with a bunch of retarded zoomers, but that PC isn't even from the 90s like everyone is saying.
    Everyone had these things around 2003 or something. They obviously weren't gaming PCs, but they actually did a great job for things like Command and Conquer Generals, Sims, etc. and would get you on chatrooms, downloading on Kazaa, and all the new digital things most people want to do.
    Also, the biggest difference now is GPU prices. Back then it felt like you could stay modern forever spending like $200. Cutting edge games, resolutions and all. Nowadays upgrading is exciting for fps but also pretty depressing. It feels like prices keep increasing and we just keep getting less and less innovation.

  36. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My Acer Predator Helios 300 that has a 12th generation Intel i9 processor, Nvidia RTX 3070Ti, 1440p display with a 240 Hz refresh rate, 32 GB DDR5 RAM, and 1TB SSD storage (will upgrade) only cost me $2300

  37. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Shitty Pentium 4 pre-built with integrated graphics that would have trouble running Counter-Strike 1.6 and Runescape on high details
    >0 hope of running new games at the time like Half-Life 2 or Doom 3
    >$600+tax+tip+dealing with rebates

    Did you really use this as a "good price" example, you fucking zoomer?

    At least pick something from the ~2007 era where you could get a flagship performance 8800GT for $300

  38. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    We were all supposed to die sometime in the late 2000s but it all just kept going.

  39. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I built a pc but now I can't play with my friends who are all on console

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