Its probable a gaming PC with a proper 970 (not mobile version like that console has) and a 4790k intel processor (4core/8thread) can be built for that price.
4690k £181 or 4790k £264 (in my view 4690k is plenty and would be my choice)
Gigabyte Z97P-D3 Intel LGA1150 Z97 ATX Motherboard (4x DDR3, 4x USB3.0, 10x USB2.0, GBE, LAN, HDMI) £60 (6 sata ports)
2tb WD hdd £60
evga 500watt psu £35
Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Strix Graphics Card (4GB, GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0) £280
Antec VSK-4000E 3 Bay ATX Solid Metal Construction Case - £28
Approx £640 with the 4 core intel chip or £720 with the 4 core 8 threaded chip.
So I wasnt correct a PC could be comfortably built, but this pc would be superior to the console, as the 4690k/4790k will easily overclock 30% or so and its a proper 970 not the mobile variant.
Cost excludes keyboard, mouse, controller.
Note a PC can be made to still boot into steamos, and connected to a HD tv. So basically it can be used as a console if thats the choice of how to use it.
forgot to add ram
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL9 XMP Performance Desktop Memory Kit Black £54
I did check the zotac on the site time2die linked to but they very vague on the cpu spec, just saying 6th gen intel.
Found this comment on a site
"Apparently its going to run a quad-core Skylake i5. And in typical Zotac fashion, it will be cooled by hopes and dreams."
So interesting it be next gen intel (after broadcom) but i5 so probably the skylake version of the 4690k.
I suppose given it be next gen intel, and the inclusive wireless stuff its probably not too bad value, and especially if you prefer the smaller size fo the device.
Edited by Chrysalis (Sat 07-Mar-15 21:52:28)