Steam Machine or Build-Your-Own?
You probably all know by now that the Steam Machine(SM) is real. And that it is coming to our living rooms very, very soon. Now, what really struck me was that the specifications of this bad boy are top-notch; with a graphics card like the GTX Titan, an Intel i7 processor, and 1TB worth of memory. But the cool thing about it all is that there won't be only one "version" of the Steam Machine. Most likely, you can practically build your own Steam Machine. Just ask which components you want in your SM(i5 or i3 processor instead of i7, GTX 780 graphics card instead of Titan, etc.). So, the SM will vary according to each person.
Now, at this rate, is it worth it to build your own PC or just get a SM and upgrade it on the go, just like a PC? Yes, there would be a lot more customization involved when it comes to a PC. You could just build a PC if you really want it "personal". And, you could probably tweak your settings according to your own, as long as you run on Windows or Linux. The SM, on the other hand will have its own OS, the SteamOS(of course...). We haven't actually seen much of the SteamOS so far, so we don't know what to expect of it but it just might be less customizable as Windows or anything since the SM is technically a "console". So if you wanted something to run games on, you might as well go for a SM.
I'm pretty torn in between getting a PC or jumping on the Steam Machine Wagon(I don't know why but this sounds so cool); especially because I just joined the PC gaming community fairly recently. I've always played on consoles back then, simply because I didn't have any "smarts" when it came to building a PC. As of now, I have a decent PC, I could run current video games at max settings but I still plan to build a new PC because of the turn of a new generation in the PC world. Anyway, that's just what I've been wondering about the new generation. Sorry for typing such a long post but kudos if you have made it this far without being bored yet. Many thanks, and I would love to hear your opinions on the topic!