Originally Posted by L D4WG
5 years... None of them?
I'd say it possible. For example, a GTX 480 which was released 4 years ago still works very well today. If you overclock a GTX 480, it could reach the performance of a GTX 650 Ti. Beside, Nvidia always releasing new drivers for the card that will improve it performance for today games. The same thing goes to AMD cards. So, I don't see any reason why today's high end card couldn't last for the next 4-5 years to come. Of course, you will not be able to play future games in ultra but at least you can play them with low, med or high settings (depend on the game).
Back to the OP's question, I'd say go for "i7 3770k + GA-Z77X-D3H". So far, i7 3770k is without a doubt, one of the best if not the best gaming cpu. You see, the problem right now is how many cores is enough for gaming in another 5 years to come? That's when the FX 8350 could be very useful. Plus, you can always buy another HD 7970 in the future and xfire them and it will be very future proof. For now, it's up to the OP to decide. A i7 3770k if you want the best gaming cpu for the next couple of years or take a gamble with FX 8350 against the uncertainties of future games.Edited by Moustache - 3/31/13 at 5:26am