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How often do you change your graphic card?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by mtosev, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. mtosev

    mtosev New Member

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    So,
    I change my gfx in about 1,5years.
    currently running a hd 5970:D
     
  2. niko084

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    Every 1 - 1.5 years... But I'll probably swap out my 5770 pretty quick here.
     
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    I change cards if there's a game that I want to run with a certain configuration and my current card isn't cutting it. My average is around 3,6 years.
    I also have done some big jumps, like my last one (from a x1650 Pro AGP to a HD 5770).
     
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    every series or two, depending on the performance benefits. I skipped the 2XXX series, got a 3870, 4850 1Gb, 5870, and am waiting to see what the 69XX series bring.
     
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    That's really the breaking point...

    If I can get a decent increase in performance, say at least 20% and a drop in power consumption for a fair price I'll jump on it.

    For instance my 3870 to my 4850 *which I bought 2 days prior to release date for like $110*, made me very happy... My more recent move from my 4850 to my 5770 on the other hand leaves me feeling not so happy, but I sold my old system off complete minus the case, psu and sound card.
     
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    Whenever Battlefield X becomes unplayable :)
     
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    It's so true! I bought a computer just to play Battlefield 1942. :toast:
     
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    I change my card whenever I get some money. :D

    Just joking. To be honest I've changed by graphics cards a lot this year, although I intend to keep running my two 460s for a good 2 to 3 years.
     
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    When they fail.

    Seriously.

    Began at a 9250. It failed. Went to a 9550. Failed. Went to a 9600. Failed. Went to a 9800 Pro. Failed. Went to a 3870. Still on this :)
    Must be a space of about 12 years.

    Waiting for this to fail so I can get either a 6870 or a 6970.
     
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    In hindsight, my 8800GTS > GTX260 upgrade was pretty un-nescessary. I'm going to be keeping this gpu for a long time.
     
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    Hmmm over the span of 6 years: Started with a AMD 9200, then to a 9600 then switch to Nvidia 7600 GS to 8500 GT, next to a 9600 GT then to a GTS 250 and finally a GTX 460. Heck that's only like 11 months..... in between :)
     
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    About every year, depending on how much cash I have to spend. :)
     
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    whenever something comes out that uses a good bit less power with the same performance on my main pc i change up
    on my budget pc I usually stick to the same card for years, still use my old 8800GS on it lol
     
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    About every 3 generations of cards.
    I had a pair of x1950xtx and didn't update until the 4870x2.
    I'll probably skip the 5000 and 6000 series unless something totally awesome is released and I have the cash. I'm still pretty happy with my x2.
     
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    Me, every 2 mainly Nvidia generations (S3Virge, Voodoo1, Riva128, TNT2, Geforce256, GF5, GF7, GF9, GF470) I exclude 2 Ati cards that never lasted long here... ;)
     
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    I upgrade every two series, I'll run my 470 into the ground and then go for the gusto and upgrade to a pair of GTX 600 series equivalent. I may jump on the 6970 series, but may be doubtful since my last AMD card was a 4830.
     
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    meh, i change when i find an awesome deal

    we have a pretty nice "demoshop" here in denmark

    its typically cards that returned from rma, and so on, but still with same 2 yr full warranty as any other thing you buy here, and often its 30% or more you can save on them

    over the past 1.5 yrs ive had

    9800GT
    GTX-280
    GTX-295 s-pcb
    2x5870
    2XGTX-260
    2XGTX-275
    GTX-285
    5850
    GTX-470
    GTS450

    and will prolly get some 570s/560s or similar in some months
     
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    cool!!! and nearly as much cards per year as, well, w1zzard! ;)
     
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    Let's see...

    Well, my laptop that I used for four years until I built my main rig had a 9100IGP.

    My main rig still uses the same 4850 that I bought two years ago.

    I probably won't upgrade until I have the money to do so, although I'm guilty to a fault for impulse buying on occasion...
     
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    'Merican and "impulse buying on occasion" ? Don't believe! You *must* support the corporations! LOL

    Edit: no offense intended, please! :)
     
  22. cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    Wow well there was a lot of changes

    Ti4200 64mb
    7800gs 256mb
    3850 256mb
    8800gts 512mb
    3x3850 256mb (don't ask)
    8400gs
    8600gt
    3 or 4x4850 1gb
    3870x2 1gb
    9400gt
    2x4850x2 2gb
    4870x2 2gb
    8400gs
    Ti4200 64mb (well I don't seem to be progressing)
    9800gt eco 512mb

    As of now I'm running
    In the rig I built my bro a 3870x2
    In the rig I built my other bro a gts250
    In the rig I built my sis a 4650 gddr3
    In my htpc a 9800gt eco
    In my old school build a ti4200
     
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    Hahaha, none taken my friend! :toast:
     
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    I used to change them every few months. But after the unexpected death (drowning) of my 5850, I haven't bought a new card since, and I mourn the death for almost a year now. Or even more. My memory is trying to suppress. On a 4890 now, does the job for me.
     
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    coz im not gaming much i change my vga about 2 or 3 years, the last is 8600gt before i switch to 470gtx, i guess that would be long time before i take a new card again
     

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