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In all honesty, how long will this PC last me for gaming?

#1Linctagon7Posted 11/24/2013 6:56:29 PM
I got a PC at the start of this year because both new consoles looked trash and still look trash to me. Just to be clear, I don't expect to be running games at ultra or even high a few years from now. The most I want to do is let GeForce experience tweak the settings for me and play the game at a level that looks slightly better than the console versions. I don't plan on doing any upgrades of any nature and I'm not shooting for the stars here in terms of graphics or performance.

What I have right now is:

Intel i7 3770k @ 4.5Ghz
16GB Ram
MSI Twin Frozr GTX680 OC Edition

Objectively, how many years will this PC be able to give me the experience I described above? Be as brutally honest as you please. If it's going to be outdated 3 years from now then tell me straight up.

Thanks guys.
#2KabtheMentatPosted 11/24/2013 6:57:21 PM
Not sure about the GPU, but the CPU will last you like 3 or so easily.
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#3Flaktrooper123Posted 11/24/2013 6:59:32 PM
680 is still very good for now. Probably another 2 or 3 years.
#4snkboiPosted 11/24/2013 7:00:31 PM
Intel i7 3770k @ 4.5Ghz - you'll be fine until true 8 core releases
16GB Ram - futureproof'd
MSI Twin Frozr GTX680 OC Edition - 2 years IMO, GTX 980 era
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#5daemon_danPosted 11/24/2013 7:01:18 PM
The 680 and 3770k combo will last you for a few years at least. It's not going to be totally outdated in 3 years, but you will likely have to settle for mid settings or below in 4 years. So that about covers it. Have a good day :3
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#6Orestes417Posted 11/24/2013 7:01:57 PM
^Barring some sort of insane jump like what happened with sandy bridge I'd be inclined to agree.
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#7KanokarePosted 11/24/2013 7:02:36 PM(edited)
Maybe 3 more years before you start noticing you're using medium settings on multiple options.
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#8AsucaHayashiPosted 11/24/2013 7:03:09 PM
play the game at a level that looks slightly better than the console versions.

in that case then probably until this console cycle is over and you would most likely already want to update long before then.
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#9r0ge00Posted 11/24/2013 7:03:45 PM
3 years or so at 1080P. Longer if you upgrade the GPU after. The CPU should be good for a good long while. Kind of like Core 2 quads are still serviceable today.
#10JKatarnPosted 11/24/2013 7:10:23 PM
The PC will last you as long as it can play the games you want to play at the graphical/performance levels you're comfortable with. It could conceivably last 5-8 years if you're comfortable having to reduce detail settings towards the tail end. Then again, it could only "last" 3, as nobody here can give you an ironclad prediction of the future of gaming/computer technology. Chances are in 2-3 years or so you're going to want to upgrade as newer games will be coming out and you'll have to choose between reducing your detail levels or throwing a new GPU and/or CPU in the machine.
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