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Poll Results: How long do you keep your (new) card?

 
  • 4% (4)
    Less than 1 year.
  • 26% (24)
    2 year
  • 28% (26)
    3 year
  • 11% (11)
    4 year
  • 15% (14)
    More than 4 years
  • 14% (13)
    Other
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post #21 of 41
Forever.
post #22 of 41
You should do it in brackets
0-1 year
1-2 years
2-3 years
etc


For a period when I got into mining I had a good number of cards and then got into overclocking for South Africa (both at the same time for a period)..Damn ive been through a number of cards
2008 - HD4850(i think)
2010 - HD5870
2010 - GTX580 Lightning + 2x 5770's + ASUS 5870 Matrix
2011 - GTX580 Lightning + 5970
2012 2x5970s + ASUS ARES(most beautiful wonderful card i ever owned)
2013 2x6950s(and then swapped for 6990) + 5970
2014 6990
2015 R9390
2015 R9390X
2016 765M thumb.gifrolleyes.gif
2016/2017 GTX 1070 (planned)

These are not card purchases, just the cards i had at a point in the year. Some (eg 5970) i had for a few years
Edited by SystemTech - 9/29/16 at 8:45am
   
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post #23 of 41
interesting topic.

I normally upgrade when I cannot play my games at settings I'd like to, or get the FPS needed for a smooth playback. I started way back I guess you would say in the golden dawn of discrete gpus. First card was a diamond multimedia 256mb pci forget the exact name of the card. The next card was a voodoo 3 3000, finally a glimpse of gaming bliss.

Voodoo 3-3000 (forever my grail gpu)
ATI 9800pro - ohhh yea
Missing era lol
Nvidia GTX 260- nope
ATI 4870- replaced the 260 :-)
AMD 6870- replaced the 4870
AMD 7950- replaced 6870
AMD 7950 crossfire wanted more fps for 1440p
AMD R9-290- single card solution for 1440p, crossfire bleh
AMD RX-480 - thought my 290 died, and went to bestbuy to buy a cheap gpu and this is what I came home with.

I will admit my gpu history is rather lame trying to convince your parents to buy you a new graphics card back then was a joke. Wasn't until like 1999 when I could purchase my own cards. Even when I ran the website inside-hadware.net I was mainly interested in cpu and ram performance (back to the voodoo 3 glory days). You know back then more fps was about the CPU haha.

That changed pretty quickly after the voodoo 3, but I was in college chasing girls and doing other things. This lead to my pc being severely neglected for awhile. Then I renter the realm of gaming with the Nvidia GTX 260, it performed great until it just died after a driver update, I replaced it with the 4870. I later bought the 260 back to life by baking it in the oven. Ever since then its been back to pretty steady upgrades. I don't really plan on upgrading my gpu in my personal rig for awhile, as I'm still waiting for a GPU that can push 4k well.

I won't bore people with my huge list of GPU's I've reviewed or held, because I didn't purchase those gpus myself.

To answer the original question though I keep my GPU's around 4 years. I upgrade every 2 years or so, and keep the old one around until I upgrade again. It's a cycle and I've learned its always handy to have a spare working card in the closet.
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post #24 of 41
Normally 2 years I'd say.

But I got this 290X for cheap over 2 years ago and ever since then the cards that came out aren't really that big of an upgrade considering how expensive they are.

If there is no miracle in the next few months that makes the GTX 1080 or 490X somehow drop below 400$/€ then I don't see myself buying either of those cards.

I think I go with 2 new consoles the PS4 PRO and Nintendo NX. The whole console does cost less than a single GPU. There are no good PC games coming out anymore anyways. Most games I am looking forward to are PS4 exclusive.

I always want to have like a 70-100% increase in fps if I upgrade. Looking at the GTX 1080 it would give me those kind of results in DX11 games, but in DX12 games it is a whole different story. Oh and then there is the price of 660€ + which is kind of insane for a mid-tier card like that. How much other stuff you can buy for that kind of money...

Let's hope when AMD enters the game in 2017 the price/performance ratio of 14/16nm cards does get much better.
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post #25 of 41
Depends. If I want to play games continuously then I would say as long as I get about 80fps average I do not upgrade.
It really comes down to do I have the $ to spare and do I need a new GPU at all?

My roadmap, although I didn't buy them all myself, would be something like:

Atari 8bit - Diamond Viper (Riva 128) - ??? (probably same or Rage) - GeForce 2 MX (+fan cooling, tiny OC, it baked without a fan even on stock) - tried Radeon 9800 Pro but even after getting it to work it had artifacts and returned it - GeForce Go 7300 (450/810MHz OC to a 7400 level, used for like 8 years when only playing older games occasionally) - R9 280x (not stable even at stock due to failed factory OC, power hog) - GeForce GTX 1060 - TBD
Edited by JackCY - 9/30/16 at 6:22am
post #26 of 41
I don't like to sell my hardware, only if i really need the money for the upgrade ...
6600GT - sold
9500 GT - a neighbor (9yo) started to build his own gaming PC so i give it away
8800GTX - I don't remember
HD4870 - Dead
9800GX2 - One core dead .... 100ºC Full Load rolleyes.gif
HD 4870 X2 - Dead
GTS 450 - One friend have it since 2014
GTX 460 - Is on my mom PC
R9 270 - Really Meh card .. sold
HD 7970 DualX - One of the best cards i had, still runing today at 1100Mhz thumb.gif
HD 7950 - My friend can't play some new releases so i give it away.
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post #27 of 41
I put other, mainly a gamer so I've upgraded when I pick up a game that I really like that doesn't run smoothly enough for me on the settings I want. Since I've been back into PC gaming from 2012 it's been HD7950 - GTX 780 - 980Ti

Currently playing Stellaris, re-playing Deus Ex HR and Pillars of Eternity, I think my card will be fine for quite a while yet on these games.
post #28 of 41
Looking back over 5 different graphics cards, I haven't kept a single one in my system for more than a year, save for the 980 ti I have now. I chose the <1 year option because my average is most certainly at that level. I'm not proud of my habits, consumerism is an exceptionally addictive ism.

I'm sure I'll eat my words before long, but I got this 980 ti in July 2015, and I am planning on keeping it for a long time. Just how long remains to be seen. biggrin.gif
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post #29 of 41

If I buy the best at the time then maybe 3 years if i go with a midrange card then maybe 2 years. Had my 680s for about 3 years its probably about time for me to retire those :D

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post #30 of 41
I don't sell any of my cards I just keep them around for benching or give them away.

I plan on keeping my SLI 780 Ti's for a while though because I don't do much gaming anymore so they are more than enough for everything I do.
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