I have an oldish PC running a E8400 cpu and HD4850 gpu. It's served me well enough these last few years and I've been happy to run pretty much any game I fancy on full settings with it. Until I got to Saints Row: The Third which my system really didn't like at all - it runs but not particularly well. It got me thinking that this is going to start happening more and more. I'm saving to move house and also pay for a wedding so I can't justify buying a whole new system so an upgrade is looking tempting.
I'm considering throwing another 4 gig of ram (to bring it up to 8) and a HD7770 at it to get me through the next year to 18 months or so, after which I should be able to afford a new rig. I'm somewhat concerned that my old dual-core CPU is just going to bottleneck me though. Would I be making a wise investment?
I don't really use my PC to play the latest AAA games (I use consoles for that, mostly) but it is my go to machine for RPGs (it happily runs Skyrim at max) and strategy games (which I know are more CPU intensive but they also tend to be more forgiving spec wise) and I'd like to be able to buy the occasional 'blockbuster' cheap on Steam and not worry too much if it'll run - even if I have to run it on low settings.