I've been looking to upgrade my rig. For details please see system specs (the BlackPanther desktop not the Gwenhwyvar laptop). Budget is not a problem, I've got €835 (1070USD or 734 british sterling) set aside just for the purpose, which I guess would pretty much cover any upgrade I might shoot for. The reason I'm posting is that since my rig already has a decent (I think?) cpu E8400 which I run @ 4Ghz and 6GB RAM, my idea was to upgrade my 8800GT and probably also PSU in order to be able to keep up with the demands of the new graphics card. Please don't just tell me to buy a GTX295/4870X2 + PSU just for the sake of getting the top gpu available within budget.... Why? Let me give just a couple of examples: I wouldn't want to buy a GTX295 if with the rest of my system specs I'd be getting the performance of a 260... or a 285.. I also wouldn't be wanting to buy for example a 260 if the improvement over my 8800GT would be barely negligible (because my cpu might bottleneck?). Basically the advice I'm looking for is so that I buy the upgrades which will bring my desktop to its full potential and no further upgrade would be feasible - that means if I happen to decide to upgrade further it'd just mean that I'd have to build another rig because then I'd be changing processor which means different socket, different ram (prolly ddr3), hence needing a new mobo etc... The monitor I'm using currently is a 22" 1680x1050 but my husband's planning to purchase a 42" 1080p TV and most probably I'd be hooking up to it as well. Now another thing (which will make me look like an idiot lol)... The games I currently play are Oblivion and Fallout3. They both run fine, I just decrease the shadow setting of Fallout. Well, I might be adding high-res texture packs to Fallout3 and other mods and make the game more demanding on my hardware. Within 3 weeks The Sims 3 is going to be released. Now that has the exact specifications of Spore, which are low... one certainly doesn't need high fps or a high-end card to get it to run... If TS3 is as good as any of its predecessors, I foresee that I'd get hooked on that game for the whole of summer... Moreso I won't be home during summer but gaming on the laptop (that's why I bought it) so any upgrade I do during summer will be little enjoyed... In 2010 I'll be buying TESV.... but that's a long way ahead lol.. But then I have bought games like Crysis, Crysis Warhead and other graphically demanding games and I like them as well.... I think I'd be getting really bothered if I can't play an awesome-graphics game like the Crysis series decently... Well if you have had the patience to read so far you must see that I'm pretty much confused The main issue is whether I should upgrade graphics and PSU (and if so, which graphics? I'd still love to play Fallout and Sims 3 at 16xaa or whatever) or whether it's more worth that I wait the summer out, see what gets released Q3 and which prices have dropped, and then either decide to purchase my graphics & PSU then or decide to build a whole new rig altogether.