Most other electronic things have this where the thing dies very close to the warranty expiration. How convenient for a steady flow of money to the distributors, right? For me, I play mostly indie games. Since about May 2011, I've had a GTX 580, 4 GB ram, i5-2500k @3.3 ghz. Checking out random titles on Can You Run It, the only thing it seems I need to update is the ram. 99% of titles are still good, especially considering I play lite games as I said.
Assuming the games I play keep having low specs, can I keep playing for quite a few more years on these specs? Or like I said, do PC parts "conveniently" die after a set period of time?
I've rarely had any PC parts die on me. I've had one video card that was a lemon and a handful of hard disks have gone bad over the decades which isn't surprising because they have moving parts and I put them to work a lot of the time.