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Why did I upgrade? A part of me was sad that I had more monitors than GPU's. (Currently, this is still true. )

The other reason that I bought my cards was to sell them to people like you at a significant discount when the next generation of hardware becomes available. So in reality, I'm actually doing YOU a favor. You're welcome!
     
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I agree somewhat with the op but not completely. I think it's good that amd and nvidia release new chips. Not only are they more powerful but they are more energy efficient which means less heat.

Now does that mean we should buy the latest vga's as soon as it is released? No, of course not. The only reason i upgraded was because I needed more VRAM. I also got a great deal on my 570's. Open box on newegg for $275 each.

Of course amd and nvidia are in the money making business. Who isn't these days? I mean why do car companies come out with new cars every year? Does that make previous years cars obsolete? Of course not.

I dont buy the newest VGA every time one is released for the same reasons I don't buy a new car every time one is released.

Now there will always be people who feel the need to own the latest thing. That's actually good for our economy. And I'm not just talking about vga's.

If you think it is stupid to but the newest series VGA, then don't buy one. It's that simple. No one is holding a gun to your head. But coming on here and ranting about it almost serves just as little purpose as needlessly upgrading your gtx 480's to gtx 580's.

Just my $0.02

No offense intended to anyone including The op. We are just expressing ideas and opinions.

Edit: sorry if there is typos, typing this on my iPod.

p.s. My gpu is bigger than yours.
Edited by AliceInChains - 4/25/11 at 10:34pm
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My old card couldn't handle 1080p at max details so an upgrade was needed. The 2xx series cards were way too expensive or out of stock.
post #34 of 60
Well, my 6870 was a part of a complete build, my first in fact.

As mentioned before, raw performance isn't the only thing they improve with updated hardware; power consumption, heat, noise, etc. are all things they try to improve.

And as mentioned before also, they can't pay employees and cover costs to improve technology without people buying the latest and greatest.

When purchasing stuff for a completely new setup it makes more sense to buy the most recent tech; I could have saved buying a 285 or so used but to buy one new would have been stupid. When new technology is released it is expensive, after a little while it gets to be a little cheaper, but after it has moved to obsolescence and is being phased out the price increases again due do decrease in supply.
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It's only a matter of time until the OP comes back an try to convince us to switch to consoles!!!

Anyway, it's ok to be a few gens behind. No shame...but a topic like the OP started is one of frustration...he's probably eyeballing some nice new cards and is craving an upgrade...
That's the impression I got. Personally, I upgraded to Fermi once my 9800s died last winter. Seems like as good a reason as any.

The 200 series are still solid performers, and high end Fermi cards are arguably overkill under 1080p, but that is the beauty of the current gen cards. They can handle HD+ resolutions quite well, which means bigger screens, playing in surround, and or using 120Hz 3D monitors. The extra horsepower isn't going to waste.
post #36 of 60
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Why? I think its a rip off. Why buy a new VERY EXPENSIVE OVER PRICED GPU when you can buy a card a series lower for way less money and still get the same performance.
Very true to a degree but that all depends on your setup

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So would some one please explain to me why you bought that new 400 or 500 card?
I bought a GTX 480 Amped! (basically GTX 570 performance, more vram, & cooler @ load) for $293 after rebate. It was listed for $550 in June 2010. Sounds like a deal to me

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Did you want to be trendy? Or just like being able to say my gpu is bigger then yours.
Neither...I buy it because I want it besides, there's nothin' wrong with muscle for the rig
Edited by drBlahMan - 4/26/11 at 7:31pm
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So would some one please explain to me why you bought that new 400 or 500 card? Did you want to be trendy? Or just like being able to say my gpu is bigger then yours.
I bought my gtx460 because I was using a lowend ATi card at the time and wanted an upgrade, and the 460 fell in my budget. And recently I have been looking at the 500 series cards, but honestly I can't justify the money outlay for such a minor performance upgrade (referring to the 560Ti). Today I purchased another 460 for SLi because I wanted some more performance and it was cheap. I don't buy things because I want to be trendy, I buy them because I want them and can afford them. If I wanted to be trendy I would be listening to Justin Bieber while typing this message on a mac.

edit* I noticed your comment about the 285 being better and cheaper than a 460/560.. For reference an ex demo 275 here in australia is $299AUD don't believe me ( http://gamedude.com.au/prod_show.php...iGIgtx_275_896 ), and the cheapest new 285 I've seen is around $350AUD. A new MSi n560GTX-Ti twin frozr 2 is $259AUD... You do the math.
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This is my hobby - that would be like telling an amateur golfer not to purchase the newest clubs cuz they don't make that big a difference... If it is a hobby and you have the cash for it, there isn't anyone in the world short of a spouse that will stop you from upgrading even if the worth is minimal.
    
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I upgraded from 2x gtx260 to 2x gtx460 for the way increased scaling at my resolution. And i've been pondering upgrading my 460s to a 580 in order to consolidate into a single card.

EDIT: I hardly ever upgrade my CPU, tho. I'm riding my i7s into the ground!
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Why? I think its a rip off. Why buy a new VERY EXPENSIVE OVER PRICED GPU when you can buy a card a series lower for way less money and still get the same performance. Because of DX11? Come on DX11? Really? Do you think dx11 is worth the extra cash? I dont, their is not a game out that uses its full potential. Hardly any games use DX11 and its not really a far jump from DX10. I am not going to upgrade my GPU's until I start to see some games come out that will challenge them. I dont think it will be worth it to upgrade until a new counsel comes out. We all saw crysis 2. It was a counsel port, we all know that most games depend on counsel's. So why waist that money?

I hope you know NVIDIA AND ATI ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS!!! They are in the money making business and would like to keep it that way. Our graphics cards and games could be better then they are, we have the technology. But its about money and slowly upgrading you so the co. can make the most money. Dont fall for that trick.

So would some one please explain to me why you bought that new 400 or 500 card? Did you want to be trendy? Or just like being able to say my gpu is bigger then yours.
y u mad though?

Anyway, what is wrong with enthusiasts spending their money on things they want? And no, 200 series cards do not perform as well as 400/500 series cards, and if they do, they will be using significantly more power
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