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.
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 If it's going to be outdated 3 years from now then tell me straight up.
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 It's not going to be totally outdated in 3 years, but you will likely have to settle for mid settings or below in 4 years.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 --- "Frightened by your own smell. Bitterness will run you through." ~In Flames: Bullet Ride
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. --- PC hardware doesn't need to match console hardware in price when PC gamers save literal thousands from the software they buy. http://www.steamgamesales.com/
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. --- Asus P8Z68-V LE | Core i7 2600K | 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 | Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Windforce OC PS3 | PS2 | PSP| Wii | 3DS | DS | X-Box 360 | X-Box | NES