View Poll Results: How often do you upgrade your vid card for games?
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Every 2-3 years
Every 3-5 years
Less than $200
03-07-09, 12:21 PM #41
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Every 3-5 years
Less than 200$ for sureWe're no here.
03-07-09, 02:30 PM #42
I wait until I my current card struggles to play games then I'll wait to buy a new one until the card I want is less than $200. I'm a big gamer, but I care about gameplay not graphics so I'm not too motivated to buy one unless my current one can't play the games I want to play.Desktop:
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03-07-09, 03:11 PM #43
I go for the best price/performance available once my current card starts showing it's age in newer titles I want to play. That works itself out to spending about $200.00 every two years or so. The max that I'll ever spend is $300.00, and it's got to have the stats and the need from software to back it up.Desktop: Intel i5-3570k - Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - Samsung DDR3-1600 8GB - Intel 520 240GB SSD - Sapphire HD 7870 Tahiti 2GB - Seasonic X650 Gold
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03-07-09, 04:05 PM #44
It used to be every year...but I had to cut it back to every 2-3 years. Usually spending about $200-$300.
03-07-09, 04:34 PM #45
I try to skip a generation and get it (or them) when the series has been around a while.
Last go-round i got a pair of HD 3870's for less than $400.Q9650, Rampage Formula X48, 4x1GB G.Skill PC2-6400 (D9GMH), HD 6950 2GB, 2x 64GB SandForce 1222 SSD RAID 0, BFG LS1000, Gamer4670K, ASRock Z87 Extreme 4, 2x8GB Crucial PC3-1600, GTX 650, 240GB Intel 335 SSD, 1TB WD Black, Seasonic S12-650W, Lightroom4E6600, nvidia e-7150 i630, 2x2GB Mushkin PC2-8500, HD 4650, 500GB WD Blue, Antec 380W, HTPCWhat computer do you have? And please don't say a white one. - Sheldon Coopercpu on water, cards air, me whiskey! - icebob
03-07-09, 06:07 PM #46
Hurray for voting in both of the lowest results hah...
3-5 years and $300-400
My last upgrade was about 2 years ago maybe slightly more and I got a 8800GT that was mid $300s at the time. Still working like a champ, no need to upgrade for at least another couple years.The Black Hole
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03-08-09, 05:53 PM #47
3-5 for me too...Same computer started with ati 9700pro then upgraded to x800 pro and now 3850. It basicly was the as a new game came out I liked and wanted to play I bought the new card.MSI X58 Platinum
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03-08-09, 05:58 PM #48
I put every 2-3 years and $200-$300. In the past I have capped myself at $200 for a video card but I had splurged on my GTX 260, which was around $250 I think, and a first over $200. It's always painful for me to run with a previous+ generation card, but when I finally do upgrade, it's like a whole new world. I want to install every game and just play it just to see how smooth and nice and it looks. I did it when I upgraded to a Ti4200 from a Geforce 2 MX400. I didn't do it so much from my twoo never-ran-right FX5900XTs to a 6800nu, or from my 6800nu to my 7900GS (which I splurged on because it was cheap at best buy), and definitely not from my 7900GS to my 7950GT.. I did however do it with my GTX 260 upgrading from my 7950GT.Main - i5 3570K 4.8ghz | eVGA Z77 FTW | 2x GTX 670 2GB | 16GB DDR3 2133 | Toshiba Q-series 256GB | XFX 850w Black
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03-10-09, 01:55 PM #49
I upgrade yearly. I usually don't buy top of the line but upper mid level cards.
My most recent cards:
2006 7800GS AGP
2007 8800GTS 320mb
2007 8800GT 512mb
2008 4870 1GB
03-11-09, 01:07 AM #50
It looks like I'm going to have 3 upgrades this year, if you count them all.
7600GT SLI to GTX 260 core 216
GTX 260 core 216 Step up to GTX 285
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03-12-09, 05:52 PM #51
Once per year on average, and must be high end sli :Pi7 3770K 4.5GHz 1.2V | Phanteks PH-TC14PE | 16GB TeamGroup Elite 1600MHz | GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M3 | GTX 980 | M4 256GB + 150GB Raptor | Corsair HX+ 850W | Antec 1200
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03-12-09, 07:23 PM #52
usually every year or two.. it all depends.. i used to switch it up every 6 months or so untill i got my 88gtx a couple of years ago, and now im looking to replace it with something equally as great. lots of people bash the gtx 285, but i bought one anyways. but whatever, ill run it for a year or 2 and move on to the next
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03-12-09, 08:51 PM #53
I ug whenever the competition gets too much of a lead in frames. As to how much well lets just say less than my 454 Casull so I didn't answerPeople that buy OEM systems think Linux was a Charlie Brown character, a registry is something you see at target to buy shower gifts, RAM is a Dodge truck and a hard drive is DC at rush hour.Current Active Fleet:Daily Driver i7 3740QM T530Work Rig/networked backup - i7 4770K@4.4, 24GB Ram, 7850 GFX Bedroom PC - i7 870 @ 3.4, 16GB Ram, 6670 GFXHome School PC (kids) SB Celery @1.6, 4GB Ram, On Chip GFX Living Room HTPC - Eemail@example.com GHz, 4GB RamGame Rig (kids)- 3570K@4.7, 12GB Ram, 465GTX + 9800GT (PhysX) using intel SRTTest Bed - In flux
03-12-09, 08:55 PM #54
whenever there's a high end card that comes out. -so last year, i bought 3 cards.
edit: i meant, 2 last year and 1 this quarter (gtx295)
longest one i had was the HD4870x2
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03-12-09, 10:04 PM #55
Every 2-3 years and less than $200.
I can't justify the $400 PCI-card. There nice but too much coin.
But, when you have a wife / 2 kids / dog / 2 rigs / 2 cars etc...
House and cottage as well!!!
I've bought a few used cards that worked too.______________________________________
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03-15-09, 01:12 PM #57
Once a year.
Spend about $300-$400.
Or when a card comes out that is 1.5x/2x faster than the previous top cards.
That's pretty much it. Going to wait for the 6 core i7s next, then I will likely upgrade my entire rig.CPU: Core i7 2600k @4.5Ghz 1.26v + Corsair H80
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03-16-09, 06:06 PM #58
Guess I'm just cheep compared to the rest of ya. I usually just use the old one till I have to up grade to play a game or a older computer's one bits the dust ,and I get me a new one hand down my old one.E6600 @2.99GHz - DFI Infinity P965 Dark - 4GB PC6400 - WD 300GB Raptor - WD 74GB Raptor - Radeon HD 3850 256MB - Vista Business
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03-17-09, 03:59 PM #59
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When I was younger I upgraded almost yearly. Now that i'm 32 I don't really care anymore. Although, if a game is coming down the pipe line that I really want to play, i'll upgrade as many parts as possible to play it. I'm more choosy now I guess.
03-17-09, 04:39 PM #60
I voted every year $300-$400. It's normally 2-3 times a year. I normally get a mid-high card when they first come out and then wait for the high ends to drop. Then I used the old card on one of the other computers floating around or sell it to a friend at a small loss.