Originally Posted by BillOhio
Well, I guess I'd kick myself for spending $1K on a card only to see a better one come out 90 days later, which isn't completely a matter of e-peen. But e-peen or not, expensive GPU's are showing their age after a few years where as other pursuits like good audio will maintain. It's true that a top card from 2012 will max a 2012 game just as well now (maybe even better) as it did back then but will a top 2012 card max a 2016 game on a 2016 monitor? Vintage audio can be awesome, vintage gpu's not so much is all I'm sayin'. My next $600-$1,000 indulgence will be good speakers to pair with my 1983 Yamaha Receiver. I may not be able to max the graphics on BF1 but I bet it will sound amazing
Oh I see, yes I do try to buy the 'right' card for me in each generation, generally that is the best one but I don't want to buy too often so I wait for the big die. Still, in some ways only GPUs are still like this in computers. When I started hobbyist computer building I had a 486. Nothing had any relevancy three years later. Now, even for video cards, a top of the line from three years ago is still pretty good. New games are completely playable at 2560x1440 with reasonable settings, not max but not minimum either.
For CPUs at three years old they are still pretty much top of the line.
I suppose my point is that this is computers for you, it is actually about the same as it has always been or slowing down. I do have to agree though, if you don't have great audio equipment already it is a longer term purchase, skip one generation of GPUs and have great audio for the next 20 years.
Though they are trying for planned obsolescence there too, we up to 7.1 now. Nothing from 10 years ago supports any of the new audio formats. I think the next (UHD TV) will be 22.2 or something?