I'm looking to upgrade my PC's graphics card and CPU within the next few months.
My motivation is that I bought LA Noire on Steam a while back and and the game does have noticeable issues framerate issues and such if I set the graphics quality as high as I really want it (which is why I haven't really played it much yet). Also, I'm thinking about purchasing Skyrim, and I want it to look good. It doesn't have to be maxed, but I'm not hot on having such an awesome looking game being set to minimum settings.
I currently have an ATI Radeon HD 4650 512MB graphics card, and an Athlon II X2 2.9GHz CPU. When I bought them both in late 2009, the video card was $60, and the CPU was $70.
My motherboard specs say that it will support up to a Phenom II X6 3.2GHz CPU, so I'm good as far as options.
Steam says Skyrim's recommended specs are a Quad-core CPU and a Radeon 4890 or higher with 1GB of video RAM
So... using good/great graphics on Skyrim as a benchmark; wanting to keep future games running well enough at reasonable settings for a few years down the road; and using my previous purchase prices as a rough price point, what do you all suggest that I look into buying without spending an arm and a leg?