$225 upgrade for web design

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1-2 months

Budget Range: $225* with shipping and taxes, no rebates (*$275 already going towards 2 of these monitors: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6256830&CatId=4420 )

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, TF2, Magicka ( why not?)

Parts Not Required: MoBo, 2x2GB RAM (maxed for MoBo), CPU, mouse, keyboard, DVD-RW, Xp SP3

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 2 @ 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am looking for an upgrade for my current system to make it capable of running all of my web design coursework (first semester college). New parts should be capable of being reused in new computer build in a year or so. (Thinking $1k build at that time, but we'll see about finances. Also upgrading OS at that time)

I currently have a 64MB vid card with two dual-dvi ports, but I know I need something more powerful for the games (and possible 3D rendering).
I will be receiving a 250GB SATA drive and 400W PSU from a friend before this build is complete.
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  1. So, what are you looking for? Just a GPU?
  2. I'm looking for a GPU, possibly a better PSU (not sure if it will work, it's 20-pin), Case (unless an old eMachines T1120 would work...), HDD, and anything else I could use $225 to upgrade what I have, and still be useful when I upgrade my computer again in a year or two.
  3. Sorry, I wasn't sure. You stated you'd be getting a HDD and PSU from a friend. Those cases are pretty proprietary. Personally, I would get a mild GPU, definitely a new PSU for 24 pin. If you need more than the 250GB HDD, that'll eat up a lot of your budget with prices the way they are.
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