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How long will this work, and how well will it perform.

by VespaStar / July 22, 2013 6:32 AM PDT
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I didn't answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2013 7:47 AM PDT

The thing is that as folk get into gaming PCs they seem to get on an upgrade treadmill. Next thing you know they are getting UltraWide displays and dual Titans. Video link to follow.

That's 2+ Grand just in video cards. It keeps up until you decide it didn't.
Bob

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3ut4hj85Hg was a fun watch.

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Let's read from tomshardware.com
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2013 7:36 AM PDT

"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. "
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-4.html

But for gamers I think they should bite the bullet and try a machine like this one.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2040319/build-the-ultimate-intel-haswell-pc-for-under-1000.html

A quick look seems to find the 7790 to be on par and trading places with the card you noted EXCEPT in the area of power consumption which can be a problem as many folk I know skimp on power.
Bob

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Parts
by VespaStar / July 22, 2013 8:45 AM PDT

Do you have any recommendations for a processor, GPU, and power supply? And in size how much bigger is an i5 than an i3?

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I like the Haswell system noted.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2013 9:41 AM PDT
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Forgot a word in that post. I'm sure the English Police are
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2013 9:50 AM PDT

On their way.

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A nod to the above
by Jimmy Greystone / July 22, 2013 10:22 AM PDT

A nod to the above. There's simply no way to tell how long any given bit of hardware will last in PC gaming. Consoles are fixed targets, while PC games are a constantly moving target. How long any given video card will last will depend on the kind of games you're playing, detail levels, etc. There's no simple answer like with consoles where Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all state right up front how long they intend to support this particular platform.

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