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Future Proofing Limits?

In the Computer world you hear the Term Future Proofing a lot. My question pertains to the GPU side of things. The Cost of Buying a current high end card is no doubt a stretch of budget for some (myself Included) but Buying these cards leads us (the buyer) to belive Buying the high end card now will stretch the time between upgrading it far enough, thus making it more cost effective. My question is after buying a high in card, realistically from a Hardcore Gamers perspective, how long should that High end card last you before an upgrade is needed to Continue gaming on the same level you are accustomed to? For example Ultra Settings with Flawless Frame rates. @ 1080p

*I know there are other factors to consider like PC build but for the sake of this question assume all PC components are replaced as newer Tech is released.*

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  1. Anonymous said:
    In the Computer world you hear the Term Future Proofing a lot. My question pertains to the GPU side of things. The Cost of Buying a current high end card is no doubt a stretch of budget for some (myself Included) but Buying these cards leads us (the buyer) to belive Buying the high end card now will stretch the time between upgrading it far enough, thus making it more cost effective. My question is after buying a high in card, realistically from a Hardcore Gamers perspective, how long should that High end card last you before an upgrade is needed to Continue gaming on the same level you are accustomed to? For example Ultra Settings with Flawless Frame rates. @ 1080p

    *I know there are other factors to consider like PC build but for the sake of this question assume all PC components are replaced as newer Tech is released.*

    Thanks You guys are amazing at feedback. Will never need another Forum again!!!!!


    That depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking to invest $300 then maybe a year or so. But personally, Ultra settings aren't that important to me as sound is; so therefore my GTX260c216 lasted for a long time.

    SLI say 770's should future proof at the moment, probably for 3 years or so. Hard to tell what they have in store with games maybe being hyper-threaded and stuff
  2. whenever i buy new gpu its with the pc, never upgrades. i tend to buy high end and spend 30% of pc price on gfx card. im always disappointed, only games from the past years is played flawlessly:P i rather save up for 2 years than buy mid range.
  3. Honestly and the way the AMD cards are priced at the moment, I would get SLI 7970's because they are like 300 something per and those things fly.
  4. haynesr07 said:
    Honestly and the way the AMD cards are priced at the moment, I would get SLI 7970's because they are like 300 something per and those things fly.


    Well I purchased 2 7950s this week. hopefully They will last me a while, only using one now and will Cross Fire if I need the extra performance later. I haven't bought a decent Card in a while the last card I purchased was a HD6770 (Hated it) and 2 GTS250s before that. First card i ever Purchased was a 9600GT So i have kept most of my Cards for quite a while (still have them all) just wanting everyone's perspective on how often to upgrade.
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    It seems futile to "future proof"
    Buy what you need today today.

    In your case, if a 7950 does the job and is a significant boost, then good.
    If your last card was a 6670, you should be happy.
    I would not have bought a second on speculation. AMD still has issues with dual cards.

    I might keep one card as a spare, and market the cards you are not using.

    In the future, the price/performance of todays cards will be laughable.
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