I saw Amazon has this rig (Gamer Chimera Intel A989XLC) on sale for $1900 and was wondering if it's worth the money? I'm really wanting a desktop to play BF3 at high graphic limits - will this unit be able to do that?
I feel like that computer is a little to much $$ right now did you try and build a similar same pc on ibuypower.com which is what it is from. here is another prebuilt a little more but it has a blueray player and a ssd but only 1tb of hd space also better ram http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadode.asp?id=56... 2000 +65 shipping. will post other options soon unless you already bought the computer. in the 1900 price range
So are you wanting a new computer or are you wanting to upgrade gpu/psu? If you want a new prebuilt computer and your budget is 1550 +350amazon then we can work with that. note On cyberpowerpc.com I can build a better computer with a different case but better for 1660ish after shipping, rush on it and promo code "instant". and it has shogun 2 total war and dungeon siege 3. 100 over that budget. offers expire tonight. and realistically you don't need an i7 you could get the i5 for about $100 less which would put this in that 1550 range.
Edit You could upgrade the psu and the gpu and it will be able to run sc2 on medium settings/high and civ 5. I had a core 2 quad q6600 with an 8800gts and I was able to play sc2 (meduim/low settings) and civ 5(only tried single player).
upgrades probably would get you 1 year it might get you 2. If you are worried about the price you always could get the sysytem with the lowest gpu and spend your $$ at amazon on a gpu.
Your old computer with a gpu upgrade(and if the minimum reqs are to be believed) or without it swtor should run on your old comp. just know it might not be on great settings either way. It looks like your processor is getting close to minimum system requirements of some new games. ie dungeon siege 3, and recomended specs on crysis 2 you are at more or less so... you CAN wait 1 year with an upgrade but even with the gpu upgrade you may not get Great settings and for the price of a 550ti you might want to look at this instead. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if you need me to say it the time is good for an upgrade :-). I can look for another prebuilt system if it helps.
One final thought If you go with buying new you could use your computer as a backup or you could sell your computer. Probably easily for $300 so list like 350 on craigslist if near a metropolitan area. EDIT the computer is worth more than that though.