Video Card Poll

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by champ2005, Feb 18, 2004.

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  1. Buy a top card every 2 years or so

    76.0%
  2. Buy a mid-range card every year or so

    24.0%
  1. champ2005

    champ2005 | xs |

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    Id rather get an average-card more often (if i could afford it, which i cant :)) because it would have the newer technologies. What do you think?
     
  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    I'd rather just get a near-top-of-the-range card and use it for around 3-4yrs before replacing it.
    I haven't seen any need to replace my GF4Ti Gfx card since I got it back in xmas 2000. There aren't any games/apps that requires more than 128mb memory, nor have I seen any games that specifically require DX9 support from the card itself.
     
  3. Andy

    Andy Meep.

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    for 3 years i had a 2mb graphics card, and ive recently upgraded to a 256mb card.

    so i voted for the bigger jump :p
     
  4. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    I'd buy as close to the top of the range as I can with my budget, and keep for as long as I possibly can.
     
  5. chastity

    chastity Moderator Political User

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    I agree with this idea as it actually to a point works out to be cheaper as your not buying a new card more often so you get your money worth from it
     
  6. Kr0m

    Kr0m Moderator

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    If I had the money I'd get one every year. Since I don't it's been 4 years since I've got a newer card.
     
  7. MargaritaIce

    MargaritaIce GOD

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    I buy the top card as soon as it hits the shelf, which is every couple of months...but I have a severe problem....
    Radeon 8500 - GeForce 4 Ti4400 - Ti 4600 - Radeon 9700 - GeForce 5900Ultra - GeForce 5950 Ultra....yes I know its stupid but I get bored....

    Boy my parents would be proud to know how the inheritence is being spent ....:)
     
  8. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Buy a computer, it has a card in it. Wait until/if it breaks, get a new card. Repeat with either card or computer when needed. :D
     
  9. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    my theory...

    a top-of-the-line card won't last twice as long as a decent card, as it will only be 15-30% faster. and it will cost over twice as much. so it's better to go with the more modest card (slightly) more often.
     
  10. mooo

    mooo thecyberninja

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    so if i go buy a 9800xt then it won't last as long as a 9600128?
    what makes the go bad?
     
  11. champ2005

    champ2005 | xs |

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    What Taurus means is not that the card physically will last less time (though this may well be the case with all that auto-overclocking and stuff). He means that a top of the line card will not last (performance wise) through two generations of new cards.
     
  12. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    you got it. ;)
     
  13. falcone

    falcone WinFS Advocate :D

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    i tink the savings for buying an average card every year or so is greater then buying a cutting-edge card n hanging on for a couple of years... eg. a good elsa gladiac card would cost say S$600 or so compared to purchasing a decent card at say S$150-300....

    (PS. sorry, i am using singapore dollar's, where the exchange rate is around US$1 to S$1.75... dunno the american prices on those ;))
     
  14. LocKStocK

    LocKStocK Smokin & Jokin

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    You can be like me and spend £300 on a Hercules 9800XT :)