Should I upgrade or simply buy a new computer? YOU DECIDE (sort of)

About 3 years ago, I made my (very first) computer assembly. I never tried it before, and I've had computers for over 30 years. Anyhow.

So, this are the specifics:

Motherboard - Asus P6X58D-E
Processor - I7 950 @ 3.07 GHz
Ram - 6 GB
A few HD, had bad luck with SSDs so I'm back on good old HDD.
GeForce GTX 570
And, don't ask me why, I added a SoundBlaster X-FI.

So, here's the situation. This is my main computer, and I noticed that the performance in the latest Rome 2: Total War was dreadfully slow. On the forums, people are saying that the CPU is responsible for part of this performance issue (end of turn delay) and the GPU for the poor graphics (obviously).

So, what would you guys do with that? Is the CPU upgradable? If so, will I see much of a difference? How about the video card? I'm at a lost when it comes to that. What would you do with a computer like that? Upgrade it or buy a new one?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Couple of options - could try a new GPU, that will definitely help on gaming and then if you decide to build anew you already have a good GPU, same with DRAM could go to a 2x4GB set (1600/1866) which will help a little more and can always be moved up if you do a new build
  2. Could I go with any current GPU with that motherboard? Same question for the RAM, does my board allow for DRAM 2X4? I ask, because the last time I really cared about upgrading RAM was during the first pentium era, with P120 and such, and they changed often of format in those days.
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    The newer GPUs are PCI-E 3, and they'd be fine, they are backward compatible, but will still give great performance, your mobo is native to Tri-channel DRAM but will also run dual channel (and if you do build anew, the bulk of new system builds are 1155 and 1150 socket both of which are native Dual channel - only losing option on this is if you built a socket 2011 which is native Quad channel (and even those will run dual) - might look at say a GTX 760 like the Asus:

    have no idea of what numbers you may be thinking, but the 760 ($260) would be a good card to carry into a new build , good bang for the buck
  4. I could even go higher than 260$, to the 500$ range.

    That's good info!
  5. Just send me the difference ;) Just kidding - but see you have a lot of options....a 770 would kick you up to about maybe $400 and would be even better to carry into a new build + will prob keep you happy with your current rig for quite awhile
  6. Do you take credit cards?

    All right, thanks for the answer, it clears it up pretty nicely! Cheers!
  7. No prob, can go ahead and close out the thread, any other questions, give me a holler ;)
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