I gave up on PC gaming quite a few years back now, just couldn't afford to keep upgrading components every 2 years.
So now I've got a basic level Macbook (inb4applesux), and an X-Box hooked up to a basic surround sound system and one of my old 17 inch monitors. Planning to upgrade the screen to some kind of HD display, around 30 inches or so.
Yea I completely understand. Consoles are basically lil media centers now anyway so...
I however prefer the functionality of a PC. I'm a PC nerd at heart what can I say.
But dude you might be surprised. Costs of decent PC hardware are dropping. The specs I listed wouldn't cost much at all (- the TV).
I know, and I'd probably still be really surprised with what my budget could get now; but it disheartens me to know that I wouldn't be getting the best possible experience with a mid-range set up, and that even if I did invest in a good one, it wouldn't last.
Plus, as much as I loved tinkering and messing with my PC, I really just want to play a game, and consoles are the fastest and easiest way to do that for me.
When I'm not working as much and I've got a bit of money to sling around, I might re-invest. Or probably just when Diablo 3 drops, if they eventually decide against releasing it for consoles.