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How long does it take for pc components to get outdated?

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May 7, 2014 8:42:13 AM

Case:
Fractal Design R4
$89.99
Power Supply:
Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX600)
$69.99
Motherboard:
ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
CPU:
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Storage (HDD/SSD):
Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive:
Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card:
MSI GTX 660
Memory:
A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ NCIX US)

This is my build, and I have never built a PC I usually play on a console. I know a new Xbox comes out every 5-8 years. How often would I have to update components in a gaming PC to keep up with graphics requirements? Also what specific component gets outdated the quickest?
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May 7, 2014 8:46:12 AM

Already outdated on release.
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May 7, 2014 8:53:40 AM

hahahahaha console is a very different beast with long refresh cycles here is a better way to think of itthe build you have is aable to play current gen (ps4/xb1) games probably better than they can. And will probably be fine the whole generation. But usualy people will switch components on a cycle like every 2-4 years . GPU tech seems to be the fastest changing at the moment for gaming. heck cpus from years ago like the 2600 can still do a great job. but old gpus suck. ha
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May 7, 2014 8:55:49 AM

If you get a better Graphics card you should be good for a few years or maybe more. I have been watching a lot of tec channels and what not on youtube and the general consensus seems to be that high end systems are lasting much longer now. If you want to future proof your pc as much as possible get a good Graphics card with lots of VRAM like a r9 290x or a gtx 780ti and later if you need more power add another card. The good thing about computers is you can upgrade slowly over time. and not to mention its lots of fun to upgrade and customize your pc you cant really upgrade a xbox. With a gaming pc you get two hobbies for the price of one.
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May 7, 2014 9:00:43 AM

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If you get a better Graphics card you should be good for a few years or maybe more. I have been watching a lot of tec channels and what not on youtube and the general consensus seems to be that high end systems are lasting much longer now. If you want to future proof your pc as much as possible get a good Graphics card with lots of VRAM like a r9 290x or a gtx 780ti and later if you need more power add another card. The good thing about computers is you can upgrade slowly over time. and not to mention its lots of fun to upgrade and customize your pc you cant really upgrade a xbox. With a gaming pc you get two hobbies for the price of one.


This.

To reinforce this, CPU power has hit a headwall almost due to silicon architecture reaching its theoretical limit and lack of competition.
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May 7, 2014 9:21:00 AM

ImperialistMillitant said:

This.

To reinforce this, CPU power has hit a headwall almost due to silicon architecture reaching its theoretical limit and lack of competition.


Absolutely. AMD isn't refreshing it's FX processor line from what I've heard which means Intel won't have much competition on high-end processing chips.
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