Time for a New PC or it Mass Effect Andromeda still not optimized enough

My PC is 6 years old and has the following specs: i5 2500K 3.3, 8 GB RAM, GTX 970 4GB, just a hard drive-no SSD. I am trying to determine my weakness in this PC while running Mass Effect and I am not sure more RAM will do the trick. I have monitored this game's performance with Afterburner, and RAM peaks around 7.6 GB, with a pagefile peak of 10.5 GB. I am running the game on the 900p presets to get better performance. CPU can hit 100% at times and usually hits a high of between 60 c and 64 c. FPS stays around 40 to 60, depending what is going on. The GPU run around 65 c to 70 c.

I have the latest drivers; run the game in offline mode, and uninstalled GE Force Experience to have the most of amount of resources available. This has helped performance, but I am wondering if there is more I can do, other than going down 720p. Buying more RAM has crossed my mine, but with a 6 year PC I am wondering if this is a waste, considering how much there is to upgrade on my PC in general, and if the MOBO tanks then that would be a real waste. The game runs well for the most part, but can stutter at different times, with audio dropping out as well.
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  1. Why do you run it in offline mode? I have a 3570k and a GTX 970 and run it at 2560x1600p High preset.
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  2. If you are running at stock speeds, you might want to consider overclocking. Get a nice cooler like a corsair h100 (or any other 240 rad) or noctua if you have the space and get at least 4-4.5 ghz from you CPU.

    Game is heavily CPU bound, but I've had no issues with 5820k running @ 4ghz and a 1070 on 2560x1440. It does max out most of the cores however.

    Also ram wise I have 32gb of ram but it never goes above 10gb usage with Andromeda. So another 8gb could see some benefit but overall I think overclocking the CPU should be the main priority.
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  3. vrumor said:
    Why do you run it in offline mode? I have a 3570k and a GTX 970 and run it at 2560x1600p High preset.


    How much memory do you have? Sounds like we have similar specs
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  4. Supermuncher85 said:
    If you are running at stock speeds, you might want to consider overclocking. Get a nice cooler like a corsair h100 (or any other 240 rad) or noctua if you have the space and get at least 4-4.5 ghz from you CPU.

    Game is heavily CPU bound, but I've had no issues with 5820k running @ 4ghz and a 1070 on 2560x1440. It does max out most of the cores however.

    Also ram wise I have 32gb of ram but it never goes above 10gb usage with Andromeda. So another 8gb could see some benefit but overall I think overclocking the CPU should be the main priority.
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  5. Starting to think a little bit of OC and another 8gb might do the trick if I want better performance.
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