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View Poll Results: How often do you upgrade your vid card for games?
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 $400 40 8.28%
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Old 03-07-09, 12:21 PM   #41
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Every 3-5 years
Less than 200$ for sure

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Old 03-07-09, 02:30 PM   #42
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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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Old 03-07-09, 03:11 PM   #43
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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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Old 03-07-09, 04:05 PM   #44
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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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Old 03-07-09, 04:34 PM   #45
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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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Old 03-07-09, 06:07 PM   #46
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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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Old 03-08-09, 05:53 PM   #47
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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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Old 03-08-09, 05:58 PM   #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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Old 03-10-09, 01:55 PM   #49
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I upgrade yearly. I usually don't buy top of the line but upper mid level cards.

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2006 7800GS AGP
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2009 ?
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Old 03-11-09, 01:07 AM   #50
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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
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Old 03-12-09, 05:52 PM   #51
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Once per year on average, and must be high end sli :P

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Old 03-12-09, 07:23 PM   #52
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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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Old 03-12-09, 08:51 PM   #53
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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 answer

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Old 03-12-09, 08:55 PM   #54
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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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Old 03-12-09, 10:04 PM   #55
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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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Old 03-13-09, 08:20 AM   #56
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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.
Amen to that!!!!!!

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Old 03-15-09, 01:12 PM   #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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Old 03-16-09, 06:06 PM   #58
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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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Old 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.
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Old 03-17-09, 04:39 PM   #60
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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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