Yes Steve and Conda, what are credits for? I have thousands of them, please tell me I can use them to buy computer stuff
Synergi, your right it doesn't seem like games are pushing much, I just want to be able to handle it all.
I'd figure out what your max budget is. I think its more important to get the best motherboard, processor combo. You can swap out video cards as they become slow. Last years ATI 4870, can be had on the cheap. I'm sure whatever Nvidia's last year high end card can be also.
I just find the most graphics intensive game I want to be able to run and find a card that can run it. I was once upon a time the upgrade queen. I rebuilt my system every 12 to 15 months. Now, well my desktop hasn't been upgraded since I built it in 2007 and it still ran everything before I gave it away.
I think its why I got comfortable with laptops. The cards keep getting better while gaming graphics in most cases seem to be at a stand still.