Bad time to buy a graphics card?
I am thinking of buying a new graphics card to upgrade my GeForce 2 mx, but will it be better just to wait for PCI express and maybe new graphics cards once they get a graphics port figured out for that? My next video card will have to last me a couple years.
you will allways be waiting.
at some point you will ahve to make a decision.
At the moment you can still find R9700's and R9700pro's for VERY good prices.
And only a little less performance than the top end R9800's.
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It's always a bad time to upgrade, computer technology keeps improving (except for soundcards).
If you plan on buying a shiny new board next year, new processor (because the new boards won't support current processors), and new memory (because the new boards will use DDRII), you can feel good about waiting on your video card. Otherwise, now's as good a time as any to upgrade.
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I agree, take the plunge now...as soon as you buy the latest NVidia/ATI card another one is in the wings so you will never cutting edge for more than a few months p!sses me off something chronic!
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Hoi, Crashman, I was gonna say that...
It IS always a bad time to upgrade... U buy something & the next week U see it cheaper elsewhere or a new version comes out (me bro wants me to upgrade from a R9700pro already cause he wants a better gfx card for nothing in his system)
the next lot of gfx cards ahould be able to plug into either AGP or PCi express using an adaptor or dual pin-outs (thinking about those old combo PCI/AGP cards back in 1998)
get yourself a new budget card now, like a ti4200 64mb or a R9100 64mb & then see next year what is happening...
Trust me I know what I'm doing... ooops, grab the cat...
The only good time to buy a video card is when you're current video card can't perform acceptably to YOU, with the games that YOU play.
Then, it's the best time in the world to buy a video card. That's when you buy the best one you can afford that will provide the results in the games that you play.
If you're buying anytime before that, you are throwing your money away.
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Well said Cleeve. That's my situation exactly. And that's also why I can't wait to upgrade from a Trident Blade 8mb to an ATi Radeon 9800 Pro.
These days, no matter what company you like, be it <b>nVidia, ATi, or whatever,</b> no matter how logical your reasons, you're labeled an <b>idiot</b> or a <b>fanboy</b>, or <b>both.</b>