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How often do you change your graphic card?

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

  1. MoonPig

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    Too many:

    Main Rig:

    ATi HD 3870 XT
    nVidia 8800GTX
    ATi HD 4870
    ATi HD 4830 x2
    ATi HD 4870
    nVidia GTX285
    nVidia GTX260 x2
    nVidia 8800GT x2
    ATi HD 4870
    nVidia 9800GX2
    ATi HD 5770
    ATi HD 5850 x2
    ATi HD 5870

    Other Cards:

    nVidia 8600GT
    nVidia 9600GT x2
    nVidia 8800GTS 320MB
    nVidia 8800GTS 640MB x2
    ATi HD 4850
    ATi HD 3850
    nVidia 8400GS
     
  2. NdMk2o1o

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    Over the past couple of years had a 4850, dual 4850's a 4890. a 5770, dual 5770's back to a single 5770, and on a 470 now :) will maybe grab another in 6-9 months depending :toast:
     
  3. Spaceman Spiff

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    ati rage -> geforce 2 -> geforce 4 mx -> geforce 6800 go -> Ati hd 4890 -> just got a second 4890 a couple months ago. When I actually got into building my own stuff I guess it was 3.5 years from my 6800 to 4890 and got my 2nd 4890 after having the first one for about a year and a half. Whatever is the best price for performance has my vote. Depending on the 69xx series and if it pushes 68xx series down I may go for to 6870s or one 6970. Maybe a 570 but I have a xfire mobo but I need something thatll work with my 750 watt.
     
  4. wolf

    wolf Performance Enthusiast

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    nowadays at least a couple per generation (in the couple sometimes 3-6), the only one so far ive missed since geforce 4's is Fermi, and I'm getting a GTX460 real soon :)
     
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    When the card I'm buying is around $200 (I can't afford those bleeding edge $600 cards people seem to love) and is at least 1.5 times faster in terms of performance.

    Or every 1-2 years.
     
  6. Jaffakeik

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    once a year usually
    radeon 3870X2
    radeon 4870X2
    radeon 5850+5850
     
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  7. douglatins

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    8800gt
    4870x2
    gtx295
    gtx295v2
    hd5970
    gtx480
    gtx580
     
  8. Volkszorn88

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    I'll change my card as soon as I sell my 5850.
     
  9. Yukikaze

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    Every year or so.
     
  10. Rado D

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    My history:
    1. S3 Savage 4 :D
    2.Sapphire Radeon 9600
    3.Acer laptop with ATI Mobility 3400 series gpu
    4.Asus laptop with ATI Mobility 3800 series gpu
    5.XFX HD 4890
    6.Gainward GTX 470
    7.MSI GTX 480

    is it really so much better than GTX 480?Im thinking to get one sometimes next year.
     
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  11. FishHead69

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    I've only ever upgraded when games start to slow down to much

    Starting from 2003 : fx5200 - 6600gt - 1950gt - hd4850
     
  12. douglatins

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    I bought mine for 1150 after selling my 480 for 900, was worth it, i like the idle temps better, but you should have a great oportunity to sell the 480, otherwise, IMHO, i wouldt upgrade.
    The card is great, performace in games is not really noticeable, but its there.

    It's a better card all in all
     
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    cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    Haha so was the fx5200 to 6600 a very quick swap outside of pong I cant think of anything running quickly on it.
     
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    around 2yrs (well... i think it'll be more like every 6mos if I had budget :D)...

    7200gs -> 7600gt -> (long freakin wait) -> gtx260
     
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    Over the last 4 years, 7900 GS 256MB, 9600 GT 512MB, 4850 512MB, and currently 4870 1GB.
    I've had the 4870 for the last 6 months and don't plan on upgrading it any time soon, unless BF3 or Mass Effect 3 don't run smoothly on high settings.
    I'm glad I made the switch to ATI, overclocking seems to be easier with less drivers crashes.
     
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    you are not the only one dude who would do it if.. :)
     
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    Well this is the list of cards in order in which i have owned, so judge for ya self,

    MX440 64MB
    9200 128MB
    FX5700 128MB
    7600GT 256MB
    8600GT 256MB
    Brothers 3850 256MB
    4870X2 2GB

    I dont intend to upgrade from my current card for a few yrs yet unless it dies.

    CPU's that have gone alone side these cards are,

    XP 2100+
    939 3700+
    FX-57
    Phenom 965
     
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    Eh, mine's bigger :p


    Cards I've owned and benched all within the last year alone-

    2x X1950 pro's
    3650
    3870
    4670
    2x 4870 1gb
    2x 4870 X2
    5670 512mb
    2x 5770 1gb
    5830
    5850
    2x 5870

    7200gs
    7950 GX2
    2x 8600gt
    2x 8600gts 256mb
    2x 8800gts 320mb
    8800gt 256mb
    6x 8800gt 512mb
    4x 8800gts 512mb
    8800gtx
    8800 ultra
    2x 9600gt
    2x 9600gso
    2x 9800gt
    5x 9800GX2
    gts250
    gtx260 c216
    gtx 275 896mb
    gtx275 co-op
    gtx280
    gtx285
    gtx295
    2x gts450 1gb
    gtx460 768mb
    gtx460 1gb
    gtx470
    gtx570


    I don't know if a card has stayed in my system longer than a week :D I get tired of updated my signature lol.
     
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    Ah... W1zz's apprentice I see :rolleyes:
     
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    9550
    X850XT PE
    9800 XT
    X800 GTO
    X1950XT
    2600 XT
    8800gt
    9800gt
    GTX 260
    4850x2
    4890
    GTX 460

    I either change because A. My card died or B. Upgrade
     
  21. yogurt_21

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    seems about 2 years now, used to be every 6 months, but kids, car payments, house, etc have really drained the available blow money.

    now it really comes down to the ability to play a game at a decent detail level and while my 9600gt wasn't too bad a performer in the games I had, an upgrade to a gtx470 still seemed necessary
     
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    as little as possible. fortunatly PC gaming graphics peaked in 2007 so no need to upgrade to the latest and greatest, probably not for quite a while iether
     
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    once in an eternity :D
    or if one dies... :(
    currently stuck at an ATI 4650
     
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    Possibly every 8 months now. But used to change it every 1-2 years back in the day. In order what i had in the last 10 years :p And that's on my main rig.

    ATi Rage 16mb
    nVidia Riva TnT 2
    nVidia Geforce FX5200
    nVidia Geforce FX5500
    ATi Radeon X1950GT
    nVidia 9600GT
    nVidia GTX295
    ATi Radeon HD5870
    ATi Radeon HD5970 2GB (2 cards)
    ATi Radeon HD5970 4GB (2 cards)
    nVidia GTX260

    :D
     
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    Everytime I get shot at Battlefield 2 ...its always the fault of a laggy video card!
     

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