Question Been a while since I did an upgrade need to make sure I'm not doing something stupid

Oct 21, 2020
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My system build philosophy is buy the motherboard with the latest slots and then buy low end chips and components so in a few years I can upgrade the components and not have to change the board out. So i haven't been playing any games that push my system for a while until I went ahead and downloaded Baldur Gate III and it was obvious it was time to upgrade. Problem is it has been six! years since I purchased this system so I'm out of practice and not up on recent tech

First I will start with what I have:

Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gen Z Socket 1155 2 PCie 2.0 x16 https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_IV_GENEZ/specifications/
CPU: i3 2100 3.16Mhz
Memory: Mushkin PC3 12800 2 x 4GB
GPU: 2 nVidea GTS 450

So first the chip. I need a 2nd Generation Socket 1155 so I think this is the best I'm going to find. Is there any reason that will not work?

Next the memory. I have two empty slots So I was just going to shove 2 8GB sticks in there to raise it up to 24GB total Is there anything wrong with this?

It looks like the best cards I can put in a PCIe 16x slot is a GTX 500 series. Is it going to be worth the $400 to switch out the GTS 450s for GTX 500s?

Thanks for any help
 

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