Went from Core 2 Duo > Core 2 Quad > Core i5 Nehalem > Core i5 Sandybridge and HD4850 > GTX470 > HD5850 > HD7850 graphics wise and they are only mid range parts. Sure you can buy low to mid range GPU but to be the PC master race you need everything high end to run games at the kind of detail they like to brag about and that is EXPENSIVE.
Except that's NOT what the other individual said. He said PC gaming is expensive, and it's not if I'm still playing comparable games to consoles at similar if not better as it stands. Your implications that I need something over $200 just to be better off than consoles is incredibly inaccurate.
Again, you're trying to fight a stupid argument to begin with. I don't care for elitists by any means either, but the fact that you're letting some overweight dingbats on the internet ruffle your feathers over machines that run video games is rather sad.
Personally, you've well exceeded my budget by two or three times at least so forgive me if I can't sympathize at all with your point regarding what is and isn't "expensive".