I need a CPU that will last me a good five years.

I am looking for a CPU that is going to last me a good five years. Would it be worth it to shell out the cash for an i7 3770K?
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  1. What you are using the machine for would help.

    Trying to future proof over this kind of time frame is impossible. A Core 2 Extreme ($1000+ processor from 2008) gets slaughtered by the $250 mid-range i5-2500k from 2011. So in three years, cutting edge processors will be outclassed by mid-range hardware.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/48?vs=288
    This is the most extreme example, a 3770k (which is on the line between mid and high end in the whole scheme of things) wont last near as long.

    Buy a processor that will give you the performance you need now, not the performance you hope it will give in X many years. It will work out cheaper (and likely more end up a more powerful rig) to upgrade the processor when you need to.
  2. what do you use your cpu for? for light task (browsing, light gaming), an i3 or even amd's apu will be sufficient.

    Personally, i never go for the top processor, get the best bang in mid series, then upgrade it in 3 or 4 years.... It'll be cheaper.
  3. I would suggest you to go for mid range..that is core i5 or maybe i3 if you don't need much performance now.
    Go for your current needs.
  4. for the present i7 3770K is worth, according to intel i7 3770K can survive for at least 5 years and it has not been proven due out this year 2012 :D, also it all depends on usage, which I know is very strong is P4 and core 2 duo, I still have and use in the office, and it all depends nevertheless on a good PSU
  5. manofchalk said:
    Trying to future proof over this kind of time frame is impossible. A Core 2 Extreme ($1000+ processor from 2008) gets slaughtered by the $250 mid-range i5-2500k from 2011.

    I wouldn't call a 20-30% difference between Extreme and i5 "slaughter". It is solidly in "not worth bothering about" territory in my book since it is not going to make or break any game or applications for most people.

    Most modern games still work perfectly fine on i3 or even 5-6 years old Core2Duo as long as you aren't obsessed about hitting 60fps and beyond.
  6. I7-3770k tops many charts on tomshardware. It's the one right behind the I7-3960X.
  7. GoldenI said:
    I am looking for a CPU that is going to last me a good five years. Would it be worth it to shell out the cash for an i7 3770K?


    YES!

    now see guys, was that so hard?
  8. Depends on what your needs are as well as expectations.

    My primary PC was built around the Q9450 back in 2008 and I don't plan on upgrading until either Haswell (2013) or Broadwell (2014). The Q9450 has so far given me satisfactory performance for my current needs.
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