You're a PC fan. I get that.
PC is a tool that I use..... gaming doesn't make my list of needs but that I can game on PC is nice and no you don't "get that."
Not everyone has the ability, time, or desire to scour the internets to find the best prices for software (which you left out of your build), hardware (I didn't see a gamepad, mouse, or keyboard in your build estimate) or know how (this may be a shock to you, but most people don't care to learn how to build a computer.) Nearly everyone has the time to walk into Target or Wal-Mart and buy a game console. For the same price. Everywhere.
their is no scour the "internets", all prices came from 2 websites, 1 for parts 1 for price matching, it took 20 minutes, keyboard + optical mouse cost less than $10, took 1 minute to find.
you speak of consumer ignorance like it has merit in this discussion, I don't believe it does because the average consumer likely does not debate PC gaming vs console gaming before buying a PS3.
many families own multiple platforms because the devices are affordable.
I didn't see a monitor in your build, either.
I didn't see the TV in your PS3 build ", either"... since both can use the TV with the nod still going to PC in versatility I'll call it a wash.
You bring up other advantages the PC has, which since we're talking about gaming here, aren't relevant. You leave out exclusive games to the console, which is relevant.
you opened the door by mentioning the blu ray player that comes with PS3.
the reality is you can't buy PS3 without a blu ray player, it's a benefit despite not having anything to do with gaming, PC's versatility is also unavoidable and also must be factored, don't become a marginalizing hypocrite, it won't help your position.
PC exclusive titles make your last point complete vapor.... this is too easy.
You'd also be completely missing the point, which is unsurprising for PC gamers. They can't understand why anyone would trade the holy grails of 'moar grafix!!' and 'ZOMG WASD + M!!' for anything. Graphics aren't everything. Keyboard + mouse isn't everything. And as long as you don't understand that, we can never have a conversation.
this comment is empty & trivial, graphics aren't everything but better graphics are nice, keyboard + mouse isn't everything but it is nice, versatility isn't everything but it is nice, that you only see and argue what you want to see and argue means that yes indeed you can never have an honest conversation on this topic.
in the end a challenge was posed, I not only met but exceeded it by a huge margin all within the confines specified.
Lastly, learn to use the shift key. When you begin sentences without capital letters, all I see is a teenager
what you see doesn't matter, your opinion lacks merit especially now & tbh I'd rather not, it's been a useful identification tool.
Splitting hairs is the source of every prolonged discussion on the web.