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post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by xPrestonn;13005076 
I find this strange coming from a gtx 590 owner......

LOL, true.

Like I said before its comes down to what you really WANT or NEED. There really is no best time that fits everyone.
post #12 of 24
There is never a best time to buy. Won't ever be I think. New cards and new technology come out like every two months (more or less?). Just buy something that is really good at that time, and keep the option of getting another one open.
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post #13 of 24
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There is never a best time to buy. Won't ever be I think. New cards and new technology come out like every two months (more or less?). Just buy something that is really good at that time, and keep the option of getting another one open.
This, this, this.

I always have told myself that it's time to get a new graphics card when I can't run my favorite game at 1920x1080, all max, with a minimum of 45FPS. But that's just me.
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I find this strange coming from a gtx 590 owner......
http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/9826...hypocrite.html
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post #15 of 24
When a great game comes out and your old card doesn't manage to squeeze a smooth framerate at max details.
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Originally Posted by Jov4nTh3Yu9o View Post
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?
I'm glad you brought this up. I using a borrowed 4870x2 at the moment and the rest of my rig is similar to yours. Right now, I'm looking at buying an unlockable (shaders only for me, just because I can) 6950 2GB as that appears to be the sweet spot for me. (bracing for attack) I'd also like to give back the extremely hot card I've been using for more than 3 months.

I read an article once about upgrades and I'll paraphrase something here. The best time to upgrade is when your old equipment no longer does what you need it/want it to do. If you wait for the next new thing, you'll never buy anything. There always something new just around the corner and no matter when you decide to buy, there's something better just on the horizon. That's the nature of the beast.

I'll qualify that with my own advice. If something really cool is coming out really soon, I would wait. However, based on what I'm seeing, the AMD refresh is going to hit low/midrange first this time around at the end of this year and who really knows about nVidia. Don't forget, you can always sell your stuff and at least get a few bucks out of it. When you do buy and get going with your new equipment, try to tune out all the new stuff for at least 6 months so you don't drive yourself crazy thinking about what you should have waited for and how much cheaper you can buy what you already bought. Don't forget that you could assign a dollar amount to your enjoyment of your new equipment now.

/philosophical rant
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try to tune out all the new stuff for at least 6 months so you don't drive yourself crazy thinking about what you should have waited for and how much cheaper you can buy what you already bought. Don't forget that you could assign a dollar amount to your enjoyment of your new equipment now.
The last 2 weeks ive been looking up non stop what cards to get, comparing and contrasting different cards.. I think I've driven myself to the brink... but my decision stands 6950 2gb crossfire
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post #18 of 24
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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.

Well, we all know the delays with Fermi.
It shouldn't be considered a typical case.
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it depends what you're looking for, if it's value; that's probably going to be 6-12 months after the launch. If you want performance, obviously launch day is the best time to buy.
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post #20 of 24
The best time is a little after the next gen comes out. Wait for the non-reference cooled version, which run cooler, and there will always be a bunch of impulsive people who buy and then turn around and sale them for whatever reason at 10-20% off.

You end up with a cooler card for less than the reference originally was, and most of any driver/firmware bugs have been ironed out by the initial flood of guinea pigs by that point. This also gives you a pretty good period of having the latest generation card instead of getting the dual-GPU version many months later, and then the next gen comes out a few months after that.
Edited by Kaldari - 4/9/11 at 6:22pm
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