Futureproofing As Fast As Possible

How much sense does it make to try and “futureproof” your PC so it’ll be ready for what’s to come years down the line?

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50 thoughts on “Futureproofing As Fast As Possible

  • This was actually very helpful cause I'm slowly looking at getting a computer but I want it to at least be capable of what I want it for (at the most taxing that would be emulators and, like, fallout 4 and crash and stuff on steam) but not so basic that it can't do much else. I did that with my last laptop, and it quickly wasn't enough but I still was stuck for 10 years with it lol. This actually was mega helpful cause even just today I was saying how I don't know what to get and even those 'build your own PC and we will ship it to you' walkthrough sites give lower, recommended, and high options and I was never sure if i should push the extra hundred here and there to get the better options. Sounds like recommended would be fine and even lower end okay as long as it fits what I need and I can upgrade later on.

  • From my personal experience in the industry, I recommend buying high-end refurbished (ish) hardware, that would be another way of saying buy hardware that was 'big' about 3-4 years ago. If you buy from someone that is able to demonstrate somehow they are careful owners. You land yourself with some very decent hardware. Lets be honest, are you really going to notice the difference?

  • It seems that the Intel HEDT platform provides the best longevity since they have parts in common with Xeon servers that will inevitably get retired and have their CPUs sold dirt cheap on eBay. The extra RAM slots also help with expanding memory when it becomes necessary, which will also drop in price the longer you wait. Used registered ECC DDR3 memory can be had for a tenth of the price of consumer DDR4 memory per GB.

  • What about this for Apple. I wad thinking about a MacBook pro, which isn’t upgradable. Buy the best one so it lasts a while?

  • Buy the best mid-tier components with as much ram as you can afford, boom done!
    I have a Used 2005 Pentium D 840 3.2 ghz dual-core, 3gb 533mhz ddr2 ram, Nvidia GT 220 1gb, for $130 3 years ago. GT 220 died, so I got a GT 640 2gb for $20. I should have gotten a core2duo at the time, but I didn't know any better, and I would have had to spend more money to get the same amount of ram, which just wasn't possible. Still works pretty well today, got it specifically to upgrade to Windows 10, so that my parents wouldn't have to worry about a computer for the next 10 years, now that's how you future proof!
    The $80 Amazon Fire HD tablets are really solid for internet, but the current $300 9.7 iPad's are what you should consider the starting point of tablets to be if you want good app support. RIP $200 Nvidia Shield :'-( the best tablet ever made. A tablet will be able to do 99% of what a computer can do for most people, but you should always have a proper computer on stand by for when that 1% occurs.
    I recommend a bottom-tier phone, $50 or under gets you 2gb ram, 720p screen, 16gb storage, and decent reception, the only thing you are going to do on it is texting and a few phone calls. I find it useless for anything better, when you can get a Fire or an iPad for a much better on-the-couch experience, with better battery life, more performance, bigger screen, and lower cost than a flagship phone.

  • Msi's Z97 Xpower AC & the Core i7 4790K has been a good combo for me so far, both are decent components for OC.
    It's been 3 years since i've assembled the build, i haven't wildly overclocked it yet, running @ 4.5 Ghz fixed on all cores.
    A Corsair Hydro H110i GTX has a decent cooling capability, 25° C idle, 65° C on heavy load.
    It has 16 Gigs of DDR 3 RAM 2400 Mhz in dual channel but that's not obsolete yet either.
    I have 2 Msi GTX cards running, 960 Gaming 4G and a 1080 Gaming X.
    An 850W 80+ Gold PSU provides the power. It's all overkill but it's fun to play with…
    I bought the 1080 recently for 600€ during the cryptocurrency mining rage, waited several weeks for it due to the global shortage.

    I hope i can use this PC beast for at least 7 years, so that's another 4 years to go…
    We'll see which component dies first, i don't care if it's the cooler or a fan…

  • Good power supplies aren't a waste of money given that it's the only thing between line voltage and that $600 graphics card you have. I'm not saying you should but a $500 power supply for a PC but it's worth it to get something that's not going to blow up.

  • I am using a 1950x, gtx 1080 and 64gb in a computer just to watch youtube. Should last me another month or two.

  • I currently still use my Radeon 7870 and I have yet to come across a modern game that it can't handle on high, I just started looking around for components for a new build so I can get an idea of what I want once graphics card prices are less than 200% MSRP, but I mostly want a better cpu and major cooling, storage, and I/O upgrades (I want display port, USB 3 & C, and upgraded HDMI). Until I am ready to spend the money on VR I don't really need a gpu upgrade until my current one can't keep up

  • I can only afford or at least am comfortable buying a 1060 6 gb (with my little to no budget) but am itching to get a 1070 instead just to cover a bit more bases in the following years.
    Am I making the right decision?

  • From what I have seen in benchmarks is at least for the Intel side performance of processors has improved a very small amount over the past couple years. They just keep slapping more cores under the hood. Devils Canyon is at least for me playing new games pretty well. I still have yet to overclock even which I do plan on doing towards the end of the life of my PC.

  • I future proofed my pc 15 years ago, only the motherboard, the cpu, the memory, the hard disks and power supply have changed. The case, the mouse, the keyboard are the same. Think it's about time I upgraded the keyboard for a cleaner one!

  • Future proofing: Buy the best hardware there is now,play absolutely anything on high-ultra for 5 years while collecting money,Buy the best hardware again….etc

  • alright im about futureproofing my pc specs
    year= around 3017
    intel core z i12
    nvidia gtxyz titan Y with 3 gpu inside 1 card
    around 12 petabyte of ddr6x
    and 10 yottabyte of ssds
    in my predictions
    amd is dead in year 3000, due to the fanboys ruining the art
    and maybe in year 3010, amd back to live and collab to nvidia making the nvidiamd
    gtxdeon series graphics card

    lel this comment is just a sarcasm for fun, dont take it too serious… idiots

  • My rule of thumb is to wait about a year into a new architecture…watch for deals like a hawk, and build a system that would get a solid B+/A-. Basically…spend $900 on your PC parts, buy a decent monitor that will last you two generations, and get the cheapest current compatible OS you can (like the DVD version of Windows 10). If your case is good and reusable…that's great. The general trend on PSUs is that advancements in the other aspects generally lead to reduced power consumption…so get a durable PSU at the 650W or so range from a high quality company…especially when you can get a deal, and you might just find yourself swapping motherboards, GPUs, OSes, CPUs, and possibly RAM (but not definitely). You can keep up with decent settings in games for a while. Also…unless you are that guy from Monopoly (mr moneybags or whatever)…why bother with multiple graphics cards? If one card can't handle it, just wait for the next generation.

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