ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So I start my MBA next Fall and I will have little (if any) time for gaming however for 5 blissful months I will be able game my butt off. I really want to be able to finish up the Mass Effect series with my original sheppard. I doubt my current system will be able to pull it off I don't want to spend more than $400 bucks (i.e. my wife doesn't want me to spend more than $400 bucks.) So the options I see that I have are....
A) Upgrade Motherboard, CPU, RAM to an i5-2400, Gigabyte Mobo and a 8MB DDR3-1600 RAM and keep the existing Radeon HD4870
B) Look for used used Quad Core, Core 2 LGA775 CPU, OC RAM to 1066MHz, buy a Radeon HD6850
C) Say goodbye to PC gaming and buy a Playstation 3
Any thoughts on which option would serve me best? "Sack up an put your wife in place" isn't an option
Thanks for the replies guys. I will be sticking with 1366 x 768 as that's my flatscreen's native resolution. Daist if I upgrade my mobo processor and ram do you think the HD4870 would be enough for 2012 games?