Good day fellow CFians,
Its been some time since I posted in these parts - not sure if many vets are still around, but if so hello again. To those who are new, nice to meet you!
So I've been getting 'the itch' to upgrade my system and thought I'd query y'alls thoughts on my upgrade options just for some fresh perspective. Below are my current specs:
Intel Core i5 2550K overclocked to 4.6Ghz, ASROCK Extreme4 Gen3 Mobo, 8GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM, OCZ Vortex 3 120GB SSD, 3x 640GB WD SATA II Blacks in a RAID 0 (not currently, had to break down the RAID for a drive going bad, so currently running on the replacement 750GB WD gave me), NVidia GeForce 560Ti, Corsair 850W PSU. I think that's everything important.
Anyway, the debate I'm ultimately looking at is if I should upgrade a couple of components (such as adding 8GB of RAM and upgrading the video card) or if I should go ahead and do what equates to a full system overhaul, upgrading to Haswell-E i5, new mobo, 12-16GB RAM, and a new video card. Cost does play a role, but efficiency is also important to me. If upgrading my RAM and Video card on my current system won't keep my system up to par for a good while then I'd rather just go ahead and do the overhaul. That said, I also want to make sure that making the platform upgrade is also worth the money, i.e. significant performance boost over my current setup.
From what I can remember from past readings, processors (Intel, in particular) are generally above the curve of processing power needed for nearly all current games. Assuming this is correct, I'm not under the impression that I am really in a strong need to upgrade my processor, but I'm curious of your thoughts on this concept as well.
One final thought: I'm interested in upgrading my monitors sometime not too far down the road. Specifically, I'm hoping to move up to at least 2k if not 4K monitors in a dual or potentially even tri-monitor setup. I've been reading into this area to a degree, and it sounds like current HDMI and Display Port revisions don't fully support 4K screen's to their full potential (i.e. unable to run at 60Hz or aren't able to run two at 60Hz, something like that). So I'm debating if I should even get a new video card yet if a new revision to HDMI or Display Port is on the way that would resolve these issues.
EDIT: For context, I'm primarily using my system for general purposes + Gaming. I'm not doing any photo editing, video editing, or other hardcore tasks except for gaming. Therefore, benchmarks alone don't carry a whole lot of weight unless they are also paired with real world gaming performance.