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    Old 12-10-2013, 10:30 PM
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    Default Is there a such thing as a future proof PC? Can you get 4 or 5 years out of a gaming

    I am having a major dilemma right now. I am recently divorced and I don't have the money I use to have anymore. Right now I am thinking about 3 choices. 1# drop out of PC gaming and switch to PS4. 2# Upgrade my current PC and hope to get another year or two out of it. 3# Build a future proof PC that I can get many years out of.

    1# leaves me with high priced games, Console games usually don't drop in price, and when they do drop its not my much. Only way to get cheap console games is to wait for years.

    2# has me update a dated system that may or may not get two years out of it. Kind of throwing good money after bad.

    3# has me build a new system and if I am going to build a new system I would like to get 4 or 5 years out of it before a upgrade. Is that even possible?

    P.S. I have been looking at the new games and some of them are recommending a 3.0GHZ i5 or higher and that's what I have. I have a Dell Insprion with a I5 3.0GHZ, 8GB of ram 470GTX, 1TB hard drive and a 550 watt power supply.
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    Old 12-10-2013, 11:15 PM
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    Is the I5 first, second or third gen? If you can find the model of the CPU then that be great.
    Your GPU could use an upgrade but that may be it if you have a second gen or higher I5.
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    That's still a pretty decent rig. You could get another year out of that one most likely.

    You can easily build a 5 year proof rig, it'll just cost more. The more you spend, generally the longer it'll be before you need an upgrade. You get a i5-4670K and GTX780 Ti, that would last you many years (assuming you're gaming at 1920x1080) but it'll cost you.

    I guess the answer is if you're tight on money, keep your current rig or maybe drop a $250-300 video card in and you'll be fine for another couple years.

    If you've got the money and can cough up around $1200, you can easily build a rig that'll last 4-5 years easy.
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    Is the I5 first, second or third gen? If you can find the model of the CPU then that be great.
    Your GPU could use an upgrade but that may be it if you have a second gen or higher I5.
    Its second gen its a ivy bridge 3330 I5.
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    Old 12-11-2013, 12:44 AM
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    Ivy Bridge is third gen, I'm reasonably sure. 2nd gen is Sandy
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    Old 12-11-2013, 12:53 AM
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    That's still a pretty decent rig. You could get another year out of that one most likely.

    You can easily build a 5 year proof rig, it'll just cost more. The more you spend, generally the longer it'll be before you need an upgrade. You get a i5-4670K and GTX780 Ti, that would last you many years (assuming you're gaming at 1920x1080) but it'll cost you.

    I guess the answer is if you're tight on money, keep your current rig or maybe drop a $250-300 video card in and you'll be fine for another couple years.

    If you've got the money and can cough up around $1200, you can easily build a rig that'll last 4-5 years easy.
    I can start ordering parts after Xmas and it probably would take me 3 months to build it. I just want to make sure its going to last. I know in the long run a brand new PC will be cheaper then buying a PS4 because of PC game prices or upgrading this PC and building a new one in two years. But f I can't get 4 or 5 years out of it I am better off with the PS4.
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    Dude, just get a GTX 770 for $300 bucks....
    Your rig is fine you just need a GPU upgrade.
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    What Masterflaw said. Upgrade one part now, upgrade CPU or anything else later when you actually need to. You'll be able to get much better parts for the money in 2-3 years and what you have now will probably last until then.

    Attempting to future proof is daft, we have no idea what requirements will be like in 2 years, let alone 5. Best just upgrading sensibly, when you need to.

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    Old 12-11-2013, 09:01 AM
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    I got 6-years out of one of my PC's. It had a Radeon 3920 (I think), a dual core processor at 2.9ghz and 2gb RAM.

    It was amazing. I remember when Crysis came out, people with PC's with hardware that was 3 or 4 generations ahead of mine couldn't run it on medium settings, yet there was me running it with everything on high with a solid 25 FPS at all times. Brilliant.
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    Old 12-11-2013, 05:07 PM
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    You'll definitely be fine for a year or two with decent gpu assuming you play at 1080p. Don't get the most high end card though as you get less performance for the price. You're better off buying a $300 and then another $300 card in 2 years than buying a $600 card now.
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