Looking for advice on upgrading current system

I've been looking into upgrading my current PC system in order to last the coming 2 years. I use it fairly intensive on gaming, but I feel that the hardware is currently reaching its limits when it comes to running newer graphic intensive titles (Far Cry 3, Battlefield 3) on maximum settings.

The current build I have is about 2-3 years old and cost me about 1000 Euro back in the days. I am looking if I could upgrade this current build, and if not, buy a new PC.

I have a few things that I'd like to note:

- I don't do overclocking of any sort, I just want the hardware to run fast & stable without needing any tweaking
- I prefer to stick to Intel/Nvidia based setups, I like their stability & driver support
- I prefer my builds to be somewhat quiet, a.k.a. no vacuum cleaner sounds when under heavy load

Current setup:

Motherboard: Intel® Desktop Board DH55HC
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 760 @ 2.80GHz (4 CPUs)
RAM: 4GB DDR3
PSU: 1000 Watt (brand I don't know)
Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 460 768 MB
Harddrive: 1TB 7200 rpm
Sound: Realtek High Definition Audio
OS: Windows 7 64bit
Monitor: 19" Widescreen

Now my question is: What can I upgrade in order to have a PC that can run the games (Crysis 2 for example) of the coming generation in max graphics? And if not, what system can I buy?

The money I can spend on the upgrades: 700 Euro
The money I can spend on a new system: 1000 Euro

This is just for the system, I am considering a bigger resolution HD monitor/Windows 8 later. Mouse/keyboard etc. are all fine.

Thanks in advance :)
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  1. I cant seem to edit my post, just a few additions:

    - I meant Crysis 3
    - I'd like the upgraded or new pc to last 2-3 years and to be able to keep up with the next generation of games, outperforming the new consoles that will be announced (ps4/xbox 720)
  2. well your system seems to be in fine order.
    I'd suggest to spend on gpu.
    I believe Nvidia gtx will be good choice http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217.html
  3. butremor said:
    well your system seems to be in fine order.
    I'd suggest to spend on gpu.
    I believe Nvidia gtx will be good choice http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217.html


    Thank you for the response, just a few more questions:

    1) Would it be overkill to get a GTX 680? Would a GTX 680 have a bigger advantage over an GTX 670 on this current system?

    2) I am also considering upgrading my RAM to 8GB, or would 16GB be better? I am noticing that 4GB doens't cut it as well especially when I am running multiple gameclients of EVE Online.

    3) If I have the above upgrades, would my pc last for another 2 years to keep up with everything?

    4) What is a good gaming monitor? (bigger then 19", looking for a 1080p resolution)
  4. 1) 680 is overkill and not worth its price
    2)For gaming purposes 8 gb is fine.
    3)It will. Most likely even 3 years. Your current cpu holds up pretty good comparing to newest gen cpus http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/191?vs=702 and with gtx 670 you should definetely have few solid years
    4)http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/monitor/#s=2300&r=192001200,192001080&sort=a8&p=0&S=0&t=2,3,4,5&qq=1&w=1
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