Approximate Purchase Date: I want to keep this system able to compete at high details for years.
Budget Range: $500-600 before rebate.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, Daily Internet Browsing Use
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Harddrive,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, Any good brand for a motherboard, good memory, and PSU
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I want this computer too last a few years in gaming but I will be able to update it within the next year so I would like my computer to run the newest games coming out at a fairly high detail with good FPS on a 1920x1080 resolution.
You can add another 550 ti down the road (will be no more than $100 a year from now) and crank up your graphics performance.
Best answer selected by Scottehs.
How much of an upgrade is that 550 ti vs my PNY XLR8 1g 9800 gt card?
Probably about 30-40%, depending on what game you're playing. I didn't know you had a 9800 GT already, that being the case you could grab another one(for less than the cost of a GTX 550 ti) and run them in SLI, out performing a single 550 ti. You would be sacrificing DX11 capability, as well as investing in dated hardware, but you'd save a couple bucks and have better up front performance in most games.