Should I buy a new video card?

By gingerbill ยท 31 replies
Aug 18, 2009
  1. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    For a gamer, they are hardly ridiculous (they are made for gamers in mind BTW; video cards are irrefutable proof of this), and the OP also stated that he wants to upgrade so he can have better performance in games.

    So I fail to see your point.
  2. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    I'm talking about this.

    Would you care to explain a little more in detail?
  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I would, and I do, but I wouldnt suggest it to everyone. For the price of things now its better to just spend maybe 4-500 usd to build a decent pc.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    @bushwhacker, I was just telling him to get a new CPU now, and then do a complete upgrade later. It would be pointless to get a new Socket 775 mobo and CPU now, since LGA 1156 will take over as the new mainstream Intel socket pretty soon. Also, the AM3 socket provides much better options for upgrades in the future, since it is going to pretty much be the flagship socket for AMD for the coming years. An AM3 motherboard and CPU are also cheaper than their similarly-performing Intel equivalents.
  5. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783


    You have a good point on upgrading to AM3 board. I never saw this coming, so I'll give you a point for that.

    Still, it would be nicer to have the USB 3.0 and / or SATA 3.0 comes out before DX11 ;)
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    talk about a tech that looks like its not going to get support for a long while, i think it was ASUS that announced a MB with USB 3.0 support , and then scrapped it the following month because they couldn't guarantee backward compatibility.
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    It will yes, but the problem with these two technologies is that they are severely limited by the hardware used. In the case of HDDs, their performance is pretty much limited by the rotation speed. When it comes to USB, most new USB 3.0 SuperSpeed devices will be pretty expensive, just like with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed when it was initially released. It will take time for prices to come down to current levels IMO.
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