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Forget Expensive Video Cards 322

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the oversimplifications-are-funny dept.
Anonymous Reader writes "Apparently, the $200 in video cards does not produce the difference. While $500 video cards steal the spotlight on review sites and offer the best performance possible for a single gpu, most enthusiasts find the $300 range to be a good balance between price and performance. Today TechArray took a look at the ATI x1900xtx and Nvidia 7900gtx along with the ATI x1800xt and Nvidia 7900gt."
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Forget Expensive Video Cards

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 30, 2006 @08:53AM (#15231659)
    You apparently don't need them to get your submissions approved.
  • Whatever... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Kjella (173770) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @08:55AM (#15231664) Homepage
    I'm sure the $500 GFX cards only exist to make spending $300 on a single component of a computer seem reasonable.
  • by Jeff DeMaagd (2015) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @09:33AM (#15231795) Homepage Journal
    I have good news and bad news. The good news is that your post is buzz word and hip-speak compliant. The bad news is that I have no idea what you are saying.
  • Re:Well... (Score:4, Funny)

    by ScrewMaster (602015) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @09:38AM (#15231814)
    Just make sure that you configure your "boss button" properly.
  • by suv4x4 (956391) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @09:44AM (#15231839)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82 E16814150098. Try that. If you're willing to spend twice the price

    Thanks for that, I'm looking to update my card but always the next big thing comes up (or how about HD support now.. the latest bullshit) and I gotta sell my grandma to afford it so I'm just stuck with my GeForce MX4 here.

    I felt really cheated by the article title you know? It went like: Forget about expensive video cards! Ok did you forget? Now we'll remind you with this review of $300 video cards...
  • Re:But... (Score:4, Funny)

    by lastchance_000 (847415) * on Sunday April 30, 2006 @10:16AM (#15231989)
    Easy, you just need a big enough hammer.
  • by Bottlemaster (449635) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @10:35AM (#15232069)
    It is oft quoted that no one buys Wendy's triple cheeseburger.


    I once bought a Wendy's triple cheeseburger. At the time they had a "double the meat for 99 cents" offer, and I could get the best deal if I bought a triple cheeseburger and doubled the meat. Unfortunately this resulted in a burger with only four patties, and I had to return it. Apparently "double" means the same thing as "increment" at Wendy's.
  • by Ohreally_factor (593551) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @10:54AM (#15232162) Journal
    Is your grandmother hot?
  • Re:well, (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 30, 2006 @12:27PM (#15232508)
    And if your computer cost $500 in the first place (like mine did), then there's little reason to buy a video card at all!
  • by randyest (589159) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @12:52PM (#15232603) Homepage
    Wait. Because one element of a computer system can cost as much as the rest, anyone whose priorities are such that they're willing to spend that much is a lunatic? And this pompous, unfounded, non-sequitir of a claim is insightful?

    Huh, well. I guess I'm a lunatic then, since I've spent $300+ on video cards several times over the last decade. What's worse is I'm perfectly happy being a lunatic and somehow, despite my lunacy, I'm able to keep a good job that provides the means to repeatedly act on my insane hardware-buying impulses. I'm so fucking crazy that I can't even realize it; I actually think that I bought what I wanted so I can play the games I love at high resolutions with maximal detail and effect (BF2.) I truly have no remorse about my lunacy -- I am, in fact, so deluded as to think a $300, $500, or even $1000 GPU can be worth the cost, and that the relative costs of video cards and the rest of my system are totally irellevant! I'm completely incapable of seeing what must be to you a glaringly obvious correlation between video card expense and sanity. Oh man I'm truly too far gone; there's no help for me!

    I mean, here I am with 175 hours logged in BF2 using my >$300 video card in the year or so since it came out, and that works out to almost $2/hour for me to play what I think is an incredibly fun game, whenever I like, with 63 of my closest friends. Surely my insanity knows no bounds, and this subjective choice of mine is completely unacceptable. If I were less crazy, I would have consulted with someone like you to ascertain the best way to spend my $300 in discretionary income that I wasted on a video card. I mean, it's clear from your incredible logical deduction that you are a wise sage with an objectively-flawless set of priorities that should be emulated by all others. My mind reels in wonder when I try to speculate on what item you'd have pointed me to instead of my frivolous (and batshit insane!) decision to buy a $300 video card! Would you have suggested 75 chai lattes? 600 newspapers? 10 detailed D&D figurines? 60 issues of Time magazine? 30 pairs of grey sweatpants? 20 anime T-shirts? 15 discounted DVDs? 6 fleshlights? My mind boggles, as I am utterly incapable of guessing the nature of the light you doubtlessly could have shown me, had I only bothered to ask!

    Anyone less crazy than me would instantly recognize that a video card actually does very little for a computer system and that GPUs are simple, easily-designed and manufactured items with far less complexity and R&D expense required than, say, a case, power supply, motherboard, RAM, mouse, or keyboard. It's absolutely unthinkable that a sane person would place so much emphasis on the image-generation capabilities of a computer system when everyone knows computers are for email, word processing, spreadsheets, and the occasional game of solitaire or minesweeper! How can I be so feeble-minded as to believe that any computer should ever have more video-processing power than a Voodoo2?

    I hope you're sitting down (on your no-frills, unpadded, folding computer chair) because this may terrify you: I'd still think it was a bargain at twice the price! And there are many others just like me -- Boo!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 30, 2006 @04:24PM (#15233544)
    > Hint: Look of the word "sentiments" before your try to use it in a sentence again.

    Fucking retard.

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