Need some advices to build a future proof pc.

Hello guys!

I need to build a new system that can last me about 2-4 years, so right now I really need some advices from you guys who are expert in building a future proof desktop pc. I have some ideas in mind that what kind of specs I want for my pc, so here it is:

My ideal specs:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500
PSU: Corsair HX 650w
Sound card: Asus Xonar Essence STX
Motherboard: Asus P8z68 V-LX
Storage: Intel SSD 520 60GB (as main drive for faster OS boot time), 500GB (I will use the one I have now)
Memory: Kingston 8GB

I myself is fine with this pc build, but I've just heard that the new Ivy Bridge Intel processor will be released very soon, so I'm a bit worried :??: and not really sure if this i5 2500 can last me long enough to play games, daily normal purposes, and so on. What I want to know is how do you feel about this specs? I hope I can get the best performance as much as possible from my budget, and you can also give your opinion or recommendation for which brand to choose. One last thing I want to know is does it mean that a good motherboard have good reliability and it can last much longer? Because I have faced many problems on my old pc and it was mostly the problem of the motherboard, like unable to boot the pc, and sometimes the system would suddenly "hang" so I had no choice but to restart it and I have replaced about 3 of them. Any help would be very much appreciated!

Budget Range: around 990 before rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, normal usage, and listening to music

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, pc case, and DVD drive

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: It's not a matter for me.
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  1. anyone?
  2. You could always wait until April for the release of Ivy Bridge. I'm not sure how much impact it will have without seeing the reviews on it first.

    That board you have up there isn't a Gen3 board, it's meant for a single card build, it's over priced and that psu is over kill for that vid card.
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    if you want fancy audio - go with this motherboard instead and save money to get an even better video card:
    - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M: $110
    - Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW060A3K5 2.5" 60GB SATA III: $150
    - ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $190
    - Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost): $210
    - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333: $40
    - EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB: $290

    TOTAL: $990
  4. ...and the i5-2500 will be more than enough for gaming for quite some time...
  5. Best answer selected by crz864.
  6. Thanks for the reply guys! It's really a good help to me!
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