Originally Posted by nleksan
The fact is, computer parts, unless you're using them to directly increase your financial income, are NEVER an "investment". You always will lose money, making them pretty much the opposite of an investment. That's not to say that the enjoyment they provide is of no value, but the use of the word investment is quite frankly wrong, and it's not a good mindset to have. Basically, if you go into it knowing you will not get your money back, then buy whatever makes you happy because at the end of the day, that's what matters. Quibbling about VRAM in a misguided attempt to justify one's purchase is not the way to go, please just buy whatever makes you happy, use it to the best of its ability, and move on to a new card when the time comes. There's no such thing as future proof, and there will ALWAYS be someone with something better. I promise you that the attempt to keep up will only make you unhappy.
Clearly, we all know that electronics typically do not hold their value very well. However, that is not what I meant by "investment". I disagree with your narrow context of the term. In this case, we're talking about performance per dollar. With the venture of getting new hardware, given a restrictive budget, and the idea that one doesn't upgrade every generation, "investment" refers to getting the best bang for the buck. "Future-proofing," in this context, does not simply describe whether the hardware is going to offer the best performance over time. It is quite evident that there are going to be more powerful products released. However, we're obviously not looking simply for the best performing part, with disregard for finances, or we wouldn't even be discussing the 770 or the differences in VRAM. (THERE ARE ALREADY "BETTER" PERFORMING OPTIONS.)
Given your argument, what if what makes people happy is getting the most out of the capital they spend? The idea of "future-proofing" is more about scalability, in this particular scenario. Let's say someone only has a 1080p setup at the moment. However, in the near future, they decide to expand their setup to include either a monitor with higher resolution, or multiple monitors. Let us assume that they're still using just a single card. Now, wouldn't it be wiser to spend a bit more up-front to have that peace of mind, knowing that they'll have more headroom? I am not arguing about whether the VRAM would provide more performance, at this point. I am simply stating that if the difference in cost is not large, whether or not it offers any better performance given their current setup, it may be worth it to look into getting a card with more, just to have that available.
Let us move on.