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Hi
I'm looking for a card that can play all games that will be released over the next 5 years on highest settings, on 1280x1024. Don't worry, I'll be upgrading my whole rig.
Upgrade ideas so far:

Case: NZXT Whisper
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55M-D2H
CPU: Intel Core i3 540 3.06GHz
Ram: 4gb ddr3
PSU: Aywun A1-5000 500W (maybe higher depending on the graphics card)
post #2 of 16
1) A dual core won't cut it, period.
2) Never heard of that PSU before, so I personally wouldn't trust it to output 500w.
3) It's too hard to tell what games will require in the next 5 years. You might be fine with a GTX460, you might need a GTX580. Just depends on what games look like in 5 years time.
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post #3 of 16
At the rate games are going, not sure any card will last 5 years.
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Buy the top card today and you might have a chance of it run every game in max for the next five years...You'll need to step up in CPU too, that i3-540 won't cut it, buy something more recent, sandy-bridge.
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post #5 of 16
Aywun? Forget any kinds of upgrades, that PSU might just kill it all. Spend the extra dough and buy a quality PSU unit, such as a Corsair PSU.

As for a graphics card, who can tell what games will be asking for in 5 years, personally I would buy the single best card you can afford now and consider a dual card configuration later down the road for cheap should you need extra performance.

A dual core isn't really a future proof route either, games are starting to utilise more cores, and as the years roll on I'm sure we'll see alot more of that.

Perhaps the best advice here is to hold onto your money until you can afford a more future proof system?

It can be exciting and tempting to jump on a new rig as soon as you can, but since you're look at using it for 5 years, it would be smart to hold onto your money and save a little longer. Just my 2c.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Power_Man View Post
At the rate games are going, not sure any card will last 5 years.
Er, what? We haven't had a "revolutionary" title since Crysis 1. (in 2007.)

At the rate things are going (console ports), my setup may last 10 years lol.
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post #7 of 16
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So I could wait and save up for the AMD 8-core bulldozer and a hd 6990.
post #8 of 16
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So I could wait and save up for the AMD 8-core bulldozer and a hd 6990.
This is obviously a superior way to go, however it all depends how long you're willing to wait and how much you want to spend.
post #9 of 16
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Er, what? We haven't had a "revolutionary" title since Crysis 1. (in 2007.)

At the rate things are going (console ports), my setup may last 10 years lol.
sorry but, No.
If you want a graphics card that MAY be able to run everything maxed for the next 3-4 years then you should be looking at the 6990/GTX590.
My card is 2 and a half years old, its not the best there was at the time (it was the GTX295) and I am not able to max everything now.
Also, I seriously doubt you'll stick with 1280x1024 for the next 5 years.
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this is obviously a superior way to go, however it all depends how long you're willing to wait and how much you want to spend.
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Phenom II X6 1090T Foxconn A79A-S PNY GTS450 XLR8 KVR800D2N6/2G 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD2500AAKS WD3200AAKS WD10EARS WD3200JB 
Optical DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Asus DRW-1608P2 Asus DRW-1608P2 Corsair H70 Ubuntu Server 10.10 x64 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ASUS VW193S Logitech EX100 LC-Power 650W 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
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