I could really use your help on a build to last 3 to 5 years.
Specifically my current Windows 7 64-bit rig powered by a Wolfdale E8500 3.16GHz processor, Radeon HD 3850, and 3.00GB RAM (for a Windows Experience Index of 5.
is no longer cutting it when playing games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and BioShock Infinite with what I consider to be high enough settings / frame rates. My goal is to build a new rig reusing nothing from my current rig, but my monitor (a Dell U2410 1920x1200) that will play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and BioShock Infinite at the highest settings. I would also like to be able to play perhaps 75% of the most graphically demanding games coming in the next 1 to 3 years at quite high settings and perhaps 75% of the most graphically demanding games coming in the next 4 to 5 years at medium settings all with what one would consider to be acceptable frame rates at that time. I do not plan to upgrade the rig during this time period and I know it's difficult to predict the state of hardware and software in 3 to 5 years, but I'm trying!
I've put together the following parts list based on my goal of 3 to 5 years of gaming service and with the understanding that I will not be doing any video encoding, photo editing, or other professional-type of stuff on this machine. Nor will I be storing much on it (no videos, photos, or music). Additionally, I will be using a wired Ethernet connection and not WiFi or Bluetooth.
The total price of my proposed parts is right in the middle of my envisioned budget of $1,250 to $1,750. Do you see anything could really be improved in my future-proofing effort?
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
Case: Thermaltake Soprano ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Monitor: recycled Dell U2410 1920x1200
Thank you, Djyas