Up For Debate - How Much Would you be Willing to Spend on a New Graphics Card?

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 4:05 PM

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it’s itchy feet time in the weird and wonderful world of graphics cards. Even those of us with the latest and greatest GPUs have been messing around with them for a couple of years now, and we’ve gone an unusually long amount of time without a noticeable upgrade in performance.

For 4K gamers, the progress slowed at the worst time. We were so close to the ultimate single-GPU, 4K / Ultra graphics experience across all titles, and then we just kind of sat still.

But, that’s all about to change. Nvidia is expected to release its new graphics card range any day now, while AMD will surely follow suit in early 2019. We’re at crunch time and we suspect there are going to be millions of PC gamers that are putting a bit of spare cash aside to jump into a new generation over the next 12 months.

As ever with these things though, we’re expecting the highest-end GPUs to launch first, which also means the most expensive. Those after the mid or low-end graphics cards will have to show a little patience but eventually, we’re going to have our mitts on GTX 11 series and AMD Navi.

With the day fast approaching though, and rumours that Nvidia may even be considering jacking up the prices yet further, how much are you willing to spend for your next graphics card?

Personally, I’m currently rocking a GeForce GTX 970 in my system at home, as well a GTX 980 Ti as and when I need it. Suffice to say, it’s probably time for an upgrade and I’m going to be keeping a keen eye on the price to performance of both the GeForce GTX 1160 and the GeForce GTX 1170. I’m currently not looking to spend more than £350 if I can help it, although if the GTX 1170 is powerful enough it may be able to tempt me a little higher. Ideally, though, I’d be looking at the £300-350 range, which usually translates to $300-350 in America-land.

So how much are you planning (or hoping) to spend on your next graphics card? Are you looking to buy a like-for-like replacement, or are you planning to go up or down a tier?

ow Much Would you be Willing to Spend on a New Graphics Card?

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23:34 Aug-07-2018

Anything $400 or less is alright with me but like most peope $300 is prefered. This is because of the fact that I spent quite a bit for my 970 back then.

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19:09 Aug-05-2018

Would be willing to spend no more than £300 for the 1160 which will hopefully be a good upgrade over my 970 that I paid £150 for brand new 2 years ago.

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19:12 Aug-05-2018

I'm also going for the 1160 over the 1170 as I have my PC in a cheap £20 office case with only 2 side intake fans and 1 exhaust, My 970 hits 82 degrees in this case so would have to buy a new case to accommodate a 1170 due to temps.

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23:13 Aug-05-2018

If you're getting 82 degrees then you should already be changing your case. You could probably find a good one for 50 Pounds or less (or in a sale).

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03:57 Aug-06-2018

Ok will probably go for the Fractal Meshify C Mini for £66 do you think I should also buy a new PSU it's a 500 watt EVGA white 80+ or will my current one be ok.

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00:50 Aug-05-2018

300 most... But even that hurts sometimes.

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07:29 Aug-04-2018

price doesnt metter so much as long is in very good price performance range

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05:40 Aug-04-2018

Had to pickup a new card when a screw somehow got into my gpu and shorted it out. That was an expensive "screw" up.

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18:47 Aug-05-2018

I see what you did there lol.

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18:52 Aug-03-2018

Here in Argentina, an R7 580 8Gb and the GTX 1060 6Gb costs around U$S450, i was thinking in upgrade my old R7 265 for one of those or maybe the RX 570-580 4Gb... Or wait until next year for new releases.

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15:34 Aug-03-2018

I think $250-$300 USD for entering into the high-end gaming space is justified.
For that money all games should be playable at 1080p Ultra and some lesser titles at 2k. But yeah the new $500 ntry price point for GTX 1160 is just garbage.

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19:13 Aug-03-2018

Yes, I have stuck with the *70 side of things for a while now (770, 970, 1070) and I must say that it's sufficient to play on high settings.

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13:17 Aug-04-2018

With the 1070 you can comfortable hit 2k on some lesser titles.

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00:52 Aug-05-2018

It is true... 1070 is quite capable. And i believe it will remain that way for some time.

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00:53 Aug-05-2018

It's enough for me at 1440p

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12:59 Aug-03-2018

I'd like to see a sub $200 card for playing most games at High/Ultra 1080p60. The 480/580/1060 were supposed to be sold at or slightly above $200 and were the best cards for 1080p gaming, in this current/last gen. So if GPUs are becoming more powerful, shouldn't we see that in terms of a price reduction at the same resolution (1080p). I understand another variable is the graphical demands of newer games, which may be higher, but that can't be a big enough issue can it, since the graphics haven't improved drastically for most games. Not until RayTracing is fully implemented in future games.

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13:16 Aug-03-2018

the 480 was sold at 200$, but both the RX 580/480 and gtx 1060 were overpriced, especially the gtx 1060 which came out at 300$ due to the founder's edition bs... -_-

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17:40 Aug-03-2018

Do you think there's a chance we might see an under-$200 1080p High/Ultra detail GPU ?

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20:27 Aug-03-2018

Not a chance to get a good 200$ GPU that actually costs/is worth as much as its sold for, people buy GPUs based on marketing names... they think that if a GPU is named GTX 1080, or 980 or just ends in "80" that it's high-end and should cost a lot of money... -_-


If people bought GPUs based on chips, then the gtx 1080 would have cost as much as it's 2011 equivalent the gtx 560 -> 300$ due to lack of comeptition(200$ in 2011) max MSRP...


The gtx 1080 was a mid-range GPU sold at a high-end price in 2016 700$ MSRP... 117% profit margin... apple sells at 40% profit margin and people think Apple is overpriced, Nvidia is overpriced.

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20:33 Aug-03-2018

This year Nvidia sells it's GPUs at a 134% profit margin, thus Nvidia is over 3x more overpriced than Apple.


Now for 1080p, we already got a 200$ GPU that was great in the form of the rx 480 back in 2016, it's normal for it to fall behind now that it's 2 years+ old, but I think that this time it might cost 250$ or so, due to people being ignorant as always along with reviewers youtube/article reviewers supporting all the bs...

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12:42 Aug-03-2018

I try to calculate the price to performance. The higher end cards just isn't worth it, imo. All my graphics cards to this point have cost less than 300 usd. With a strong CPU and a mid to mid / high end card your PC will be plenty strong for 1080p.

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12:12 Aug-03-2018

You shouldn't have to pay anymore then $300 for a high end video card.Because after upgrade everything else. So know your looking at $1000. Might swell an xbox

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10:19 Aug-03-2018

I usually build a PC every 4 years so I go for the below-enthusiast level therefore that goes up to 700-800; depends if it's Nvidia or AMD.

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07:56 Aug-03-2018

already spent $412 for this gtx 1060 and i don't want to do this again.. 200-300 will be enough

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09:07 Aug-03-2018

ouch.... Damn mongrels! I would get it if it was an AMD equivalent, like RX 480 / 580, but for a NVIDIA card...

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09:28 Aug-03-2018

Bought gtx1060 6GB for 230 Euros (-$265). $412 is way too high price for 1060, but different regions, different prices. :(

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21:24 Aug-04-2018

and the thing is that 230 euro or even 200 euro is too much for a gtx 1060 XD

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19:22 Aug-07-2018

yes, that is true. It should be around 160-180 euros. As it was, when i bought gtx660 :)

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09:40 Aug-03-2018

I was fortunate enough to buy a 1070 for that same price, back when it first released.

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07:41 Aug-03-2018

1080P maxout in 80% of the games..what ever the lowest priced card I will buy it.....I assume 300$ is good enough...

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07:45 Aug-03-2018

1060 would be more than enough for that, I have been using this laptop for a year and a half now, maxes out every game(Mostly) at 1080p.

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07:10 Aug-03-2018

Give me that 1180ti.

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07:08 Aug-03-2018

i always want the best of the best but in a affordable manner, so $700 which is around 605 euros is what im going for.

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07:02 Aug-03-2018

If im gonna upgrade maybe not more than 250-300 USD. well my family needs money too ehehe xD

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06:42 Aug-03-2018

Around $500 max for me. I am a "I want to turn everything up to the max setting but i can't afford 4K monitor" kinda guy. So I mostly stop at something like GTX 970 or 1070.

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04:48 Aug-03-2018

For me it's the same price that I would be willing for on a new phone, about $300-$400

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00:09 Aug-03-2018

Well, anything that fills up my expectations of a "great" graphics card: Capable of running ALL (fairly good optimized) games in 1080p 60FPS, maxxed or high - ultra settings (yeah I know my expectations are kinda average -- or sux).


Maybe something that performs like RX Vega 56 / GTX 1070 will suffice.

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07:02 Aug-03-2018

Yup, a 1070 is really great for that. Have one myself at 1080, no problems reaching max 60fps on any new game. :)

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00:04 Aug-03-2018

I would prefer to spend less than $500...however, I doubt that will be possible for me going forward, unless that price range can support 1440p @ at least 120FPS. However, I expect $650-$700 will be the norm...and I would pay it if I were sure that the GPU would be good for close to 3 years. Maybe prices will normalize a little more. We can only hope.

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