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What is the best month or year quarter to get a new video card? I know that technically there is never a good time, but when is the best month to buy that will last longest before a new series comes out?
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as soon as they come out i guess....if you want ur vards life span to last the longest then get it the day of launch. Now if you want to get it for a cheap price. Well wait for a new series to come out like the 500 series cards from nvidia. or the 6900s Its just on what you need them for
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Wait 6-10months for the 600 series from Nvidia and the 7000 series from AMD.

It's better technology and they're supposed to run much cooler and probably much faster.

No point in buying the "latest release" of old tech if new tech is coming out in a relatively short time.
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Wait 6-10months for the 600 series from Nvidia and the 7000 series from AMD.

It's better technology and they're supposed to run much cooler and probably much faster.

No point in buying the "latest release" of old tech if new tech is coming out in a relatively short time.
Point taken, but will it really take that long for new gpus, I thought the 600/7000 series were due in q4 around august.
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I don't think there is a right or wrong answer here. I would lean more towards your needs and wants. If you NEED to play your games smoothly and your current card isn't doing its job, upgrade to something more powerful and that will handle future games. If you WANT to keep up with the JONES's then buy the fastest GPU out now and when the next fastest comes out buy that one. Other than that, you can buy a new card now and in 10 months when the next new one comes out, hold out another 10 months for the next one to come out, then you can wait another 4 month for the next one to come out and so on. No matter what you do, its only new for so long until another one comes out thats faster and better. Good Luck.
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Originally Posted by Jov4nTh3Yu9o;12987449 
Point taken, but will it really take that long for new gpus, I thought the 600/7000 series were due in q4 around august.

Not sure when they come out. IIRC, it could be between Q3 and 4 of 2011 or Q1 2012. The 600 series is "supposed" to come out in 2011, and it wouldn't surprise me if it did as cards usually come out every 6-8 months. However, the GTX 295 got released in Jan 2009 and their next card (GTX 480) was released in Mar 2010, so who knows, we could wait a year for the 600 series to come out.

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Other than that, you can buy a new card now and in 10 months when the next new one comes out, hold out another 10 months for the next one to come out, then you can wait another 4 month for the next one to come out and so on. No matter what you do, its only new for so long until another one comes out thats faster and better. Good Luck.

Of course new stuff always comes out, but we're one release away from new technology that comes out every 2-3 years. Why buy the latest release of old technology if new and better technology is coming out very shortly? It's not a case of "there's always better stuff coming out", it's a case of much better stuff is coming out very shortly, and it's wise to wait for it imo.
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Not sure when they come out. IIRC, it could be between Q3 and 4 of 2011 or Q1 2012. The 600 series is "supposed" to come out in 2011, and it wouldn't surprise me if it did as cards usually come out every 6-8 months. However, the GTX 295 got released in Jan 2009 and their next card (GTX 480) was released in Mar 2010, so who knows, we could wait a year for the 600 series to come out.
True but the 480 was released in march of 2010 and the 580 was released in either November or December, we could see them in a few more months.
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Originally Posted by Jov4nTh3Yu9o;12987843 
True but the 480 was released in march of 2010 and the 580 was released in either November or December, we could see them in a few more months.

Yeah definitely. Hopefully they come out in 6 months.

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Originally Posted by Jov4nTh3Yu9o;12987843 
True but the 480 was released in march of 2010 and the 580 was released in either November or December, we could see them in a few more months.

The 500 series was just a quick re-spin on the 400 series technology. Kepler, which is the next GPU based on a newer architecture being released later this year (or early next year), which is why the time between release will be longer.

To be honest, 6-10 months is a long time to wait in the computing world. That's 6-10 months time that you will not be enjoying gaming to the fullest extent that you can afford. Not to mention that if they decide to delay the release for whatever reason, that's extra time you'll just be waiting. On top of that, no one has any information on how well the next iteration of chips will perform and anyone who claims to know is lying to you. People who truly are in the know are under strict NDA's. All we do know about Kepler is that Nvidia aims to make it more energy efficient, which people mistakenly thought the presentation graph meant it would be at least 2-3X the performance of Fermi, lol.

To me, that's a rather pointless endeavor, granted I don't think you'll be hurting too badly with a single 4870x2. wink.gif If you have a steady job, even part-time, or get a steady allowance, you can always save enough to do some really nice upgrades.

To answer your question, the best time during a release cycle to buy a card that maximizes the lifespan is on release day. But really, the best answer to your question should be: when you can afford it and still live comfortably.

It's like any situation in life, don't wait around for an opportunity to show up, make an opportunity happen and you'll live with a lot less regret. smile.gif
     
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Originally Posted by i7monkey;12987741 
Not sure when they come out. IIRC, it could be between Q3 and 4 of 2011 or Q1 2012. The 600 series is "supposed" to come out in 2011, and it wouldn't surprise me if it did as cards usually come out every 6-8 months. However, the GTX 295 got released in Jan 2009 and their next card (GTX 480) was released in Mar 2010, so who knows, we could wait a year for the 600 series to come out.




Of course new stuff always comes out, but we're one release away from new technology that comes out every 2-3 years. Why buy the latest release of old technology if new and better technology is coming out very shortly? It's not a case of "there's always better stuff coming out", it's a case of much better stuff is coming out very shortly, and it's wise to wait for it imo.

I find this strange coming from a gtx 590 owner......
    
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