Which rig would last me at least 5 years??

Hey Guys!!
Im not sure which build to get i need it to last around 5 years through out college (been saving for a long time)
Im going to be studying Computer Science Major/Graphic Design Minor (don't know if that will help you guys)

Already own:
-Keyboard
-Mouse
-1080p (will be using it as 2nd display)
-1TB 7200rpm HDD

Uses:
-Gaming
-internet
-possibly photoshop in the future
-storing and watching HD Movies

Part Preference:
-Intel
-nVidia
-Corsair
-Mostly the stuff i picked

Notes:
-Please don't recommend that i should change my build every 2 years and just answer the question
-The power supply i want isn't available on part picker the one I'm getting is the Platinum edition
-Already bought the fans, case, and HDD


Build 1

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($297.28 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($233.58 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($469.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card 2: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($469.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair C70 Gunmetal Black (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($170.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2635.73


Build 2


CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($399.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($314.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($233.58 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($469.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair C70 Gunmetal Black (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($170.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2403.45


Thanks a lot!!!
19 answers Last reply
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  1. Neither. That's the truth even if you don't want to hear it.
  2. FinneousPJ said:
    Neither. That's the truth even if you don't want to hear it.


    Thanks for the reply but that did not answer my question, anyhow please explain
  3. The best (read: only) way to get a rig to last 5 years is to invest 40% to 60% the first year, then 10% to 15% (plus your interest) each year thereafter if your planned cost.

    SDB.
  4. Hes telling you there is no way to future proof a build which is true nobody can tell you what will last for five years from now we can't see into the future.
  5. samer005 said:
    Thanks for the reply but that did not answer my question, anyhow please explain

    It does answer the question and it's The Right Answer. Five years is forever in computer technology. If you don't want to do the sensible thing and spread out your budget over a longer time period then fine, just don't come back here whining when in a couple of years your $2.5k rig gets beaten by a mainstream system for a fraction of the cost.
  6. spentshells said:


    Give it a year it will be trumped by something else soon :cry:
  7. +1

    1250 this time and 1250 the next time will put you way further ahead.
  8. ok then let me rephrase my question, i wont be upgrading for 5 years even if i win a million dollars, which will be the most suitable build :D?
  9. The first one.
  10. Yes I agree but with a few changes 680's for 670's or 7970 Ghz edition cheaper and virtually no difference.

    Get a better cooler, the 212 is an amazing value but it does not belong in a highend system like that.

    The top 3 on this page will offer gains worth the money over the 212+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008000+4025&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICED&PageSize=20&Page=1
  11. im not really planning on over clocking now, maybe in 1 to 2 years, and why would u recommend another GPU over the 3930k?
  12. samer005 said:
    im not really planning on over clocking now, maybe in 1 to 2 years, and why would u recommend another GPU over the 3930k?
    :heink: Your not making any sense
  13. Correct. +1
  14. bigcyco1 said:
    :heink: Your not making any sense

    how am i not making any sense?? i want to buy a new computer, the best computer out of both options that would last me around 5 years(I'm running a 4 year old core 2 due and it runs great) i wont be over clocking now since almost every game currently available or at least the ones i want to play run great at stock, i will be over clocking when i have to.... and i don't want to change my build every 2 years or so for maximum performance even if i had unlimited money there as simple as possible
  15. samer005 said:
    how am i not making any sense?? i want to buy a new computer, the best computer out of both options that would last me around 5 years(I'm running a 4 year old core 2 due and it runs great) i wont be over clocking now since almost every game currently available or at least the ones i want to play run great at stock, i will be over clocking when i have to.... and i don't want to change my build every 2 years or so for maximum performance even if i had unlimited money there as simple as possible



    the advice was for the first build
  16. samer005 said:
    how am i not making any sense?? i want to buy a new computer, the best computer out of both options that would last me around 5 years(I'm running a 4 year old core 2 due and it runs great) i wont be over clocking now since almost every game currently available or at least the ones i want to play run great at stock, i will be over clocking when i have to.... and i don't want to change my build every 2 years or so for maximum performance even if i had unlimited money there as simple as possible
    We already told you there no such thing as future proofing anyway the first one is your least wasteful option
  17. bigcyco1 said:
    We already told you there no such thing as future proofing anyway the first one is your least wasteful option


    spentshells said:
    the advice was for the first build



    Ok thanks a lot guys!!!
    any more opinions?? ordering in a bit!!!
  18. Well, my core2 duo 2.66 and a 8800GTX gutted it out for five years. It wasn't ideal, but there wasn't a game I absolutely couldn't play. BF3 on low still sucked but it ran :)

    Agree with most here. I'd go with the first one but only one 670 or 680 then break your rule and get a faster GPU in 2.5 years...
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