So I just bought a used GTX 460 1GB to replace my seriously aged 8800 GTX. The system I'm throwing it into is an E6750 clocked at 3.2Ghz, with 8GB of DDR2-800. I'd like to be able to game comfortably (at 1680x1050) for the next 6-12 months before building a new system. Can I get by with just the graphics card, or is there any serious value/need in going up to a Core 2 Quad?
I've looked at everything from the Q8400 (about $169) to the Q9550 (about $279), but without a frame of reference I have no idea if these are worthwhile upgrades.
My fear is sinking too much cash into legacy architecture for marginal performance improvements. I'm also stuck in DDR2, although the real world implications of that that is likely minor.
As far as games, well I have no idea what I'll be playing. A bit of everything. The tipping point for me came when I was playing Civ V and it just became unplayable when zoomed out. I had gotten away from gaming for a while, which is why I haven't looked into upgrading until now.
So to recap, I'm happy to pull the trigger on a new processor if it's necessary and/or the performance increase will be worthwhile, and can extend the life of my system. If not, I'll hold out an build a new system in the fall.
I should add that I'll absolutely be overclocking any processor I buy.