Jon Peddie Research just put out a press release stating how their research shows that the decline of the PC market was head off at the pass thanks to the dedication of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. That's you guys by the way!
According to the press release, our enthusiast nature and our quest for more "Jiggahertz" (thanks Crazy Russian) has fueled the market for DIY components, likening our obsession to those of "sports car enthusiasts, always looking for more speed, power, utility, and handling". Guilty as charged.
They also go on to say that much of the excitement is mainly anticipatory. As key titles are announced, our nature to upgrade kicks in. We tend to buy upgrades, such as discrete graphics cards, in anticipation of the launch of these games. The press release cites ARMA 3 from Bohemian Interactive as a potential catalyst, but we know that "Triple A" titles like Battlefield 4 will also be the thing that makes us open our wallets come this October 29th when it releases to the world. No matter how potentially buggy it might be or how bad Origin is compared to Steam. For what it's worth, they have gotten a lot better.
I'm sure great events celebrating PC Gaming and DIY like LANcouver 2013 also have something to do with helping out the PC market too.
So to everyone that reads this site and calls themselves an enthusiast, builder or gamer, well done. You saved PC. The full press release with the big numbers is below.