The Real Cost of Being a Video Gamer

By Jennifer Prince - 2012-01-26T14:58:21Z

Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

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PC Gaming

While Gordon uses his laptop to play Zynga games, many PC gamers are more hard-core. "PCs are the hot rodders of game play," says Jamin Warren, founder of Kill Screen magazine, which focuses on the game industry. Warren says hard-core gamers often soup up systems by adding motherboards, boosting RAM and optimizing graphics.

$3,333: Digital Storm Dreadnought PC with Blu-Ray & DVD Writer/Reader -- Digital Storm
$800: Samsung SyncMaster 27-Inch 950 Series HDTV 3D Monitor Combo with Apps --
$170: Logitech G19 Keyboard for Gaming -- Logitech
$100: Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 -- Logitech
$80: Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard with Joystick -- Logitech

Running Tally: $4,607