View Poll Results: How often do you upgrade your vid card for games?

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  • Every year

    129 26.71%
  • Every 2-3 years

    254 52.59%
  • Every 3-5 years

    100 20.70%
  • Less than $200

    68 14.08%
  • Between $200-$300

    120 24.84%
  • Between $300-$400

    43 8.90%
  • Over $400

    40 8.28%
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  1. #41
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    Every 3-5 years
    Less than 200$ for sure
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    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.
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    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.
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    It used to be every year...but I had to cut it back to every 2-3 years. Usually spending about $200-$300.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  8. #48
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    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.
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    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
    2009 ?

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    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
    GTX 285 to GTX 285 SLI
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    Once per year on average, and must be high end sli :P
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    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

    unless they start makeing dx11 cards soon
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  14. #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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mkoersvelt View Post
    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.
    Amen to that!!!!!!
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  17. #57
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    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.
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  18. #58
    3-5 years
    under $200

    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.
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  19. #59
    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.

  20. #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.

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