OK, since Slashdot is running these weekly Tom's Hardware-type posts, lemme axe you something:
I've got a system I put together maybe three years ago. I used a good motherboard bought a good case, good RAM, very good PSU. It was when the first i5s were coming out, so it's an i5-750 (2.7ghz, I think). I didn't spend a lot of dough on a GPU, but I've been able to play everything up to and including Watch Dogs on this setup.
I want to be ready for the fall games (The Crew, GTA V, Dragon Age Whatever, Witcher 3, Arkham Whatever). Should I just start over with a new mobo processor or can I get value out of a new GPU (say, an nVidia 770 or AMD R9 285)?
mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55-UDsomething
RAM: 8 gig
GPU: HD 6850
SSD for system drive and Caviar black for games (maybe I should drop $150 on a 250gig SSD for my games? I'd have to trim down how many Steam and GOG games I have installed though, because now I've probably got 300gig including Wolfenstein (40+gig!)
So what about it. It looks like this fall I might bump up against some of the new games requirements. Whole new rig or can I get mileage out of a new GPU?
Also, my wife thinks a grown man playing computer games is a little bit pathetic, and I can't really argue with her, so it's probably best if I keep the same big coolermaster case so maybe she won't notice I've spent more money my gaming rig. Bad enough when that new keyboard with the Cherry MB Brown keys came and all of a sudden my keyboard was glowing bright blue and I had to explain why I had to replace the old logitech keyboard.