I am trying to build a Gaming PC that is easily upgradable. I expect this system to run games fairly smooth at max settings until Nov 2013 when the new consoles come out. At which point I hope to only upgrade the VideoCard and possibly the ram and continue to play at Max Settings.
Money isn't a huge factor but I would like to stay below 1800~$. I will be purchasing in two weeks or less.
I will install Win7 Home Premium on the SSD. I also run two monitors(1920x1080) and a TV (720p). How does this build look? Will it accomplish my goals and continue to play games well into the new console generation with only yearly graphic card upgrades?
You can get much better parts at your budget. The 7970 is much faster than the 7870. As for the CPU, the 3570k isn't any different in gaming performance in comparison to the i7 3770k. The i7's hyper threading capabilities will actually hinder performance in most games. Unless you plan on doing heavy video editing/rendering, I wouldn't bother with the i7.
The Asus Sabertooth motherboard is overpriced. The ASRock Z77 Extreme4 will more than suit your needs.
16gb of RAM is overkill; however, you may as well grab it since it's so cheap.
Your case selection is just fine. It's one of the best performance cases around. Keeps everything nice and cool. May I recommend the Antec 1100? It's a beautiful case; one of my favorites.
Everything else looks good to me. If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. Good luck!
I chose the i7 with the expecttion that it would be more "futureproof" is that not true? I know nothing except large file video editing will tax the i7 now, but will that still be the case in 4 years?
I have been building a new PC every 2 years for the last 8 years but the upgrades from year to year seem much more incremental than they were 4 or 6 years ago. So i am expecting this PC (proc / mb / PSU / SSD) to last 4 years. That's why i'm willing to spend extra on those parts. I still plan on upgrading the video card on a yearly basis and perhaps 1 RAM upgrade during the lifecycle of this PC.
TL;DR Will the i5 still provide better value and preformance than the i7 in 4 years.
Do you plan on doing video editing/rendering in the future? If so, grab the i7.
But then again, Haswell is supposed to be released. This is supposed to be intel's tock. So, it's difficult to say where technology will be in the next 4 years. Understand this, technology improves exponentially; therefore, today's i5 or i7 will be no comparison to the CPU that is created in 4 years. In other words, there's really no such thing as future proofing...with the exception that you could buy an amazing PSU and case and use those over the course of a few years.
To cut to the chase, think of your needs between now and maybe 1-2 years. Then base your decision between the i5 and i7 on that.
I understand Hasewell is coming out in "H1 2013" but frankly I am not willing to wait; especially when most reviews I've seen are about energy consumption and battery life upgrades. I'll buy my PC now, and wait for Haswell before i buy an ultrabook.
TL;DR Will the i5 still provide better value and performance than the i7 in 4 years.