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What is your typical graphics card budget?

What is your typical graphics card budget?

  • $50-$100

    Votes: 985 7.6%
  • $100-$150

    Votes: 1,991 15.3%
  • $150-$200

    Votes: 3,716 28.5%
  • $250-$300

    Votes: 3,169 24.3%
  • $300-$400

    Votes: 1,279 9.8%
  • $400-$500

    Votes: 651 5.0%
  • More than $500

    Votes: 1,248 9.6%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .
Feb 24, 2009
3,457 (1.06/day)
System Name Money Hole
Processor Core i7 970
Motherboard Asus P6T6 WS Revolution
Cooling Noctua UH-D14
Memory 2133Mhz 12GB (3x4GB) Mushkin 998991
Video Card(s) Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290X
Storage Samsung 1TB 850 Evo
Display(s) 3x Acer KG240A 144hz
Case CM HAF 932
Audio Device(s) ADI (onboard)
Power Supply Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050w
Mouse Logitech G602
Keyboard Logitech G710+
Software Windows 10 Professional x64
So far we have (disregarding the missing 200-250):

About half of the votes are summed up in less then $200.
While about 1/3 of the remaining votes make up the $250-300.

In other words ~80% of this poll can be summed up in video cards costing up to $300 and ~50% of that is up to $200.

The only prevailing question in my mind is how often are we upgrading? I think that would be a relevant follow up poll (if I may suggest one).
Sep 24, 2008
2,473 (0.73/day)
Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
System Name Dire Wolf II
Processor Intel Core i7 7820HQ (2.9Ghz, up to 3.9Ghz)
Motherboard HP 8275
Memory 32GB DDR4 2400Mhz
Video Card(s) Sapphire R9 Fury Nitro OC 4GB (Thunderbolt3 eGPU), nVidia Quadro M1200 (GTX750Ti) 4GB GDDR5
Storage HP NVMe 256GB
Display(s) HP Z27q (5120x2880) + Dell P2715Q (3840x2160)
Case HP ZBook 15 G4
Audio Device(s) Musiland Monitor 02 US, Skullcandy SLYR
Power Supply 150W HP PSU (for Laptop) + Corsair RM550x (for eGPU)
Mouse Logitech G400
Keyboard Corsair K95 RGB
Software Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit
Around 600$ worth of video card(s) once a year for me.
Mar 11, 2008
346 (0.10/day)
System Name Kincsem
Processor Core i7 3820
Motherboard GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI
Cooling Scythe Ashura
Memory Kingston 4×4GB 2133 cl11
Video Card(s) Powercolor 7970
Storage 96GB SSD +750+2000+1500
Display(s) Samsung 26" T260 + Dell 23" U2312HM
Case Cooler Master Centurion 590
Power Supply Corsair TX750
Software Windows7-64
Benchmark Scores http://valid.canardpc.com/rwh6sq https://www.dropbox.com/s/prcc36lhyxxw6j4/Intel%20i7%203820.png
Always: Best one-chip Graphic card :)
Oct 7, 2009
396 (0.13/day)
System Name Just A Gaming Rig.
Processor AMD FX-8320 @4.1GHz, 1.268V
Motherboard ASUS M5A97 Evo R2.0
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Memory 8 GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz
Video Card(s) Club 3D R9 280X 3GB royalQueen, @1115/1615MHz
Storage OS+Often used stuff: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB, Mass storage: WD Blue 1TB
Case Zalman Z3 Plus
Audio Device(s) Integrated
Power Supply Corsair CX600M
Software Windows 8.1 64-bit
Not surprising: 73% have a budget between 100-300 bucks. I myself usually go around the 200 mark. That's usually where the best price/performance ratio is.
Jul 17, 2009
921 (0.30/day)
SouthERN Africa
System Name inferKNIGHT
Processor Intel Core i5-4590
Motherboard MSI Z97i Gaming AC
Cooling Corsair H100i
Memory 2 x 4GB DDR3-1866 Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer (R/G)
Video Card(s) ASUS GTX 970 STRIX 3.5GB (+0.5GB? o.O)
Storage 1 x 256GB Cricial M550, 1 x 2TB Samsung 7200.12
Display(s) Samsung SyncMaster T260
Case Corsair Obsidian 250D
Power Supply Corsair RM750
Software Windows 8.1.1 pro x64
I buy ~US$300 cards, but the prices in my region makes it actually ~US$450 to US$500.
Jun 5, 2008
475 (0.14/day)
Kansas City, Ks
System Name The "H3X" / beaut
Processor AMD X6 1090t /Intel Q6600
Motherboard GIGABYTE 990FX UD3 / eVGA 780i FTW
Cooling Corsair H70/ Stock Intel
Memory 8GB Mushkin Silverline Enhanced 1333 / 4 Gigs Corsair Dominator ddr2 1066
Video Card(s) XFX 5850 /eVGA 9800 GTX+ (dual SLI)
Storage OCZ Vertex III 120 GB + Hatichi 1TB / WD Blue 640GB
Display(s) 3x Acer S211H/ (buddies) Vizio 37" LCD HDTV
Case Corsair Obsidian 800D / Antec 900
Power Supply Corsair 850 Modular/ Corsair 750
Software Win 7 Ultimate /Windows Vista Ultimate
My budget is roughly $200-250 MAX per card. As others have already said I will not upgrade every generation. I am fairly new at building computers (it's been a hobbie since 2007) My video cards have been 7600 GT, then I was given a 8600GTS as a gift, 9800GTX+ (dual SLI), now my 5850.
Mar 26, 2010
7,680 (2.69/day)
Jakarta, Indonesia
System Name micropage7
Processor Intel G4400
Motherboard MSI B150M Bazooka D3
Cooling Stock ( Lapped )
Memory 16 Gb Team Xtreem DDR3
Video Card(s) Nvidia GTX460
Storage Seagate 1 TB, 5oo Gb and SSD A-Data 128 Gb
Display(s) LG 19 inch LCD Wide Screen
Case HP dx6120 MT
Audio Device(s) Stock
Power Supply Be Quiet 600 Watt
Software Windows 7 64-bit
Benchmark Scores Classified
Around 600$ worth of video card(s) once a year for me.
600$? wow :eek:
one reason thats why i take between 150 to 200 some is the price, i hate especially mid end card that i bought for a while suddenly dropped much :twitch:
Mar 9, 2009
471 (0.15/day)
System Name AMD Black Dragon
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition
Motherboard Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Memory 4GB OCZ PC2-6400 Platinum (2x2GB)
Video Card(s) ATi Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 w AC Twin Turbo
Storage Crucial C300 64GB SSD, 500GB and 2TB Drives
Display(s) Samsung 2494hm, Dell (Samsung?) 1907FP
Case Lancool (Lian-Li on a budget) K7
Audio Device(s) Onboard Realtek ALC889A, M-Audio Fast Tracks
Power Supply OCZ Mod-X-Stream Pro 600W
Software Windows 7 Home Premium x64, XP Pro
I voted $100-150. I don't think I've ever spent more than $200 on a video card. My current 4870 I bought used off someone well it was still current (before the 5k series was even out) so it was a great card at the time and I got a crazy good deal on it. Before that I had a 9600GT that I bought new but I don't think it was over $150. I can't remember how expensive some of the 3DFX Voodoo cards I bought back in the day cost but I would never spend more than $200 on a video card now that's for sure.
Mar 19, 2009
2,250 (0.70/day)
System Name Always changing
Processor TBD
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3
Cooling Himalaya 2
Memory G.Skill RipJaws DDR3 2400 Cas 11
Video Card(s) TBD
Storage OCZ ARC 240GB
Display(s) Nec 23" 1080P LED
Case Antec Eleven Hundred V2
Eh, between $400-600 depending on the best single GPU card out at the time. Or a couple $250-300 GPU's. Whatever gives the best Performance.
Sep 30, 2008
54 (0.02/day)
System Name ASUS Ul30Vt
Processor Intel SU7300
Motherboard OEM
Cooling OEM
Memory 2*2GB PC-10666
Video Card(s) nVidia GT210m
Storage Intel X25-M G2 80GB
Display(s) 13.3
Software Win7 HP
I usually try to stay with new graphics in the sub 200€ range, or specifically around 180€. That seemed a good choice for now for. More is also hard to justify to your mother/girlfriend/wife ;) That's around $250. I don't update to often, when I realize that new games look shitty due to low settings. A GPU last about 1.5yrs in m systems.


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Aug 17, 2008
47 (0.01/day)
Sohag, Egypt
System Name High End
Processor Core i7 920@4.25Ghz 1.3v
Motherboard Asus Rampage III Extreme
Cooling Noctua NH-D14
Memory 3x2GB OCZ DDR3 2000Mhz Blade 9-9-9-24-1N
Video Card(s) Sapphire HD6990+HD6970 Tri-Fire@950/1500 (6000 GDDR5!)
Storage OCZ Vertex 2 50GB + 3x1.0TB WD Black + 2.0TB WD Green + 1.0TB WD Green + 640GB WD Blue
Display(s) 3 X Benq G2420HD 24" in Eyefinity
Case NZXT Phantom Red
Audio Device(s) Creative X-Fi Titanium
Power Supply SeaSonic X-850 80+ Gold
Software Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate
Benchmark Scores 3DMark Vantage P21584 3DMark06 26725
I was using one 1920x1080 monitor and have always preferred High End Single GPU from AMD (ATI) in 300-400$ range

But now I have 3 monitors in Eyefinity and with awesome Multi-GPU scaling with HD6000 Series, I am running HD6990+HD6950 Unlocked in Tri-Fire now (1000$) :respect:

I've just made this review :


Sorry , it is in Arabic but performance charts are in English :)
Dec 5, 2013
7 (0.00/day)
System Name BearaCUDA
Processor CPU=Enough
Motherboard MB=SWEET
Cooling C*=Coolness
Memory MEM=Happiness
Video Card(s) GPU=4SCIENCE!
Storage HDD=1 Gigabit
Display(s) TV=3D
Case Smart
Audio Device(s) All Access
Power Supply Angelic
Software Left handed
Benchmark Scores No!
whatever the cost there is none more important that hardware never fails!
Mar 19, 2009
2,250 (0.70/day)
System Name Always changing
Processor TBD
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3
Cooling Himalaya 2
Memory G.Skill RipJaws DDR3 2400 Cas 11
Video Card(s) TBD
Storage OCZ ARC 240GB
Display(s) Nec 23" 1080P LED
Case Antec Eleven Hundred V2
Way to bring a thread back from the dead :p
Aug 26, 2013
954 (0.59/day)
Cumberland Plateau
System Name EVGA-FX | Lenny (Lenovo Y480)
Processor AMD FX-8320 @ 4.5GHz 1.416v | i7 3610qm
Motherboard Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0
Cooling Phanteks PH-TC14PE
Memory 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance @ 1600 | 8gb DDR3 @ 1600
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX780 Classified @ 1228MHz 1.615v | GT640m LE
Storage Crucial M500 480GB, WD Caviar Blue 500GB, WD Scorpio Blue 750GB | Samsung 250GB 840
Display(s) Qnix QX2710 1440p | 42" Vizio 3D LCD TV 1080p
Case CoolerMaster HAF XB Evo
Power Supply Seasonic G-650
Software Windows 6.3.9600
Usually $200-300. When my tax return comes I'm gonna get a GTX780 Classified. That will be my most expensive GPU purchase yet.
I'm hoping GTX780ti prices will drop a little in the next 3 months so I can do a Step-Up for cheap.
Aug 11, 2011
4,335 (1.84/day)
System Name STEAMBOX | GAMECUBE | EQC (Everyday Quad Core)
Processor i5 4590@3.7Ghz |i7 3770K@4Ghz -|- Athlon 5350@2.52Ghz
Motherboard GA-B85N PHOENIX | Asrock Z77E-ITX | Asus AM1I-A
Cooling Stock | Antec Kuhler 620 | Reeven Vanxie
Memory 2x4GB ADATA XPG 1600Mhz | 2x4GB Kingston 1866Mhz -|- 2x4GB Crucial Ballistix@1920Mhz
Video Card(s) RX 480 Nitro | Sapphire RX 480 w/Accelero Mono Plus | HD 8400 @ 720Mhz (IGP)
Storage LiteON 128GB mSATA+3TB Seagate | Seagate 1TBxSamung 64GB SSD (Intel RST) | Kingston v300 240GB
Display(s) Daewoo 49" 1080p | ASUS PA248Q 1920x1200 IPS
Case Corsair 250D | CoolerMaster Elite 110 | Acteck Fiji
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Seasonic SS-660XP2 | Silverstone SFX-450 | 200w mini FLEX PSU
Software Windows 10 64bit
$200 is the most I'd budget for any computer part (PSU, motherboard, CPU, etc). I usually buy used cards right about when the next generation is taking off. Got my 7970 used for $180+s&h and I won't probaply upgrade to a 290X until the 300 series has been around for a few months.
Oct 19, 2008
3,046 (0.90/day)
System Name Has and is well
Processor i7 4770K
Motherboard ASUS B85
Cooling Corsair H100
Memory TEAM 1866mhz 8GBx2 16GB
Video Card(s) MSI 980ti Gold Edition
Storage Intel 520 120GB + Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
Display(s) DELL U2713HM 2560x1440 Monitor
Case Corsair 350D
Power Supply EVGA 850W Gold
Software Win 10
Anything under $1000 AUD - Since I usually am able to find buyers for my current cards. A good high-end crossfire setup could be had for this price in AU which in most cases is better value for money than our inflated NVIDIA cards.
Aug 3, 2011
761 (0.32/day)
At the Pub
System Name Kaby Doll
Processor i5 7600K W.C.
Motherboard Z170 Pro Gaming
Cooling Hardline Acrylic W.C.
Memory 2x8GB Corsair 3000
Video Card(s) GTX 1070 Sli W.C.
Storage M.2 850 Evo 512
Display(s) 4K 40" BDM4065UC
Case Corsair 750D
Audio Device(s) Asus Zonar
Power Supply Corsair AX1200
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Logitech G910
Software Win 10 x64 atm
I voted 3-$400. I've purchased quite a few cards between this price.

Problem is I always buy two of em...:rolleyes:
Feb 1, 2013
259 (0.14/day)
Chisinau, Moldova
System Name Winter Heater
Processor Intel Core I5 2500s@4284 Mhz
Motherboard ASUS p8z68-V
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo push-pull
Memory 2x4Gb Transcend DDR3 1600Mhz Dual-channel
Video Card(s) PNY GTX-560TI (downclocked after baking it)
Storage Seagate ST4000VN000
Display(s) Samsung SyncMaster 2233bw
Case Generic Colorsit
Power Supply Asus 500 watt
Benchmark Scores Get me angry benchmark - failed
I usually spend whatever amount i feel is reasonable for a mid-tier card when my current card dies :). Last time I spent 90$ + shipping for my current card after the 4890 I had suddenly died.
Aug 1, 2009
868 (0.28/day)
Baguio City, Philippines
System Name hmmm...
Processor Intel Core i7-4790K // AMD Athlon II X4 630
Motherboard Asus Maximus VII Gene // MSI 785GM-E65
Cooling Noctua NH-D15S // Noctua NH-U12S
Memory 4x8gb DDR3 2400mhz G.Skill Sniper // 2x2gb DDR3 1333mhz GSkill Value RAM
Video Card(s) Zotac GTX 980 Ti // Palit GTS 250
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 500gb + 3x2tb WD20EZRX // 1tb Seagate 7200.12
Display(s) LG IPS234V // AOC 2217V
Case Corsair Graphite 760T // Lian-Li PC-7 Plus
Audio Device(s) Onboard // Onboard
Power Supply Corsair AX650 // Cougar CM 550
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M65 // Logitech MK120
Keyboard Corsair Vengeance K70 // Logitech MK120
Software Windows 10 Professional x64 // Windows 7 Professional x64
Chose the last option. I'm willing to spend at most PhP 30,000 (around $660).
Feb 2, 2011
537 (0.21/day)
System Name Salamander
Processor Ryzen 7 1700 @ 3.9ghz 1.418v
Motherboard Asrock X370 Taichi
Cooling EK Supremacy Evo | Black Ice Nemesis 360GTS XFlow | 120 GTS | P/P Cougar Vortex - Noiseblockers
Memory Team T-Force Xtreem 2x8GB DDR4 3733 @ 3400mhz 14-14-14-30-52 1T
Video Card(s) Zotac GTX 1080 Mini 8GB GDDR5X @ stock
Storage Galax Gamer L 240GB SSD | Crucial M4 128GB SSD | WD Blue 1TB HDD
Display(s) LG 27MP68VQ 27" 1920x1080 75hz IPS Freesync monitor
Case Fractal Design Define C
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Seasonic Prime Gold 650w
Mouse Steelseries Kana White
Keyboard Steelseries 6GV2 Cherry MX Black
Software Windows 10 Pro N
for the past 9 years

9550 = around $80
7600GST = around $100
HD4670 = around $100
HD4850 = around $110
GTX 460 = around $200
HD6870 = around $200
HD7950 = around $320

next card might be around the $300 range or another $100 increment for the $400 range :D
Sep 15, 2011
4,408 (1.90/day)
Processor Intel Core i7 3770k @ 4.3GHz
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V LK
Memory 16GB(2x8) DDR3@2133MHz 1.5v Patriot
Video Card(s) MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G
Storage 59.63GB Samsung SSD 830 + 465.76 GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO + 2TB Hitachi + 300GB Velociraptor HDD
Display(s) Acer Predator X34 3440x1440@100Hz G-Sync
Audio Device(s) Creative X-Fi Titanium PCIe
Power Supply Corsair 850W
Mouse Anker
Software Win 10 Pro - 64bit
Benchmark Scores 30FPS in NFS:Rivals
max 300$