Up For Debate - How much did you spend on your last graphics card?

Written by Felix Nova on Sat, Aug 31, 2019 4:30 PM

The motherboard may steal the maternal name but the graphics card is arguably the core of any gaming PC these days. It's a computer in and of itself, designed for the purpose of running the resource hungry visual aspects of the modern game; therefore freeing the rest of the computer up to do what it needs to do, such as grabbing information from hard drives, connecting to the internet and passing data around, or crunching numbers that aren't related to the visuals and so on.

These computers inside our computers have their own RAM and their own processors and their own mainboards and over the years they have of course got more and more sophisticated. This pushes the cost of development up and up as we squeeze more out of them. And the giants that build these visual crunching beasts for our PCs keep pushing the prices up. 

And to us, it feels like they are seeing where we, the PC gamers, will stop spending. It's big business and the prices for a single GPU are now often more than I used

The releases of a new GPU series don't drop all at once. It's staggered so that the massively  priced top end cards in a series are released first. This makes the biggest splash, often smashing aside existing competition on the market. It drives the hype machine forward so early adopters get swept up in the excitement and spend the really big bucks on those tech leader units. The most recent “big launch” was the RTX 2080 Ti Series, which saw the card announced for a staggering $1,199.

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 4K Benchmarks and Performance Rundown

This price tag shocked everyone and, for the first time in many years, it seemed we had gone past the ceiling that even the PC gaming enthusiasts could stomach and we then saw the Nvidia share price suffer this year. Nvidia argued that the price hike was justified due to the new Ray Tracing tech, but most of its customers didn't care for that.

As you'll know there are only two major graphics card manufacturers at the moment and out of those two, Nvidia (up until recently) hasn't been all that challenged in the top end GPU arena, while AMD has been pretty happy gathering huge contracts with Sony and Microsoft, supplying PlayStations and Xbox graphic solutions, while also offering competitive lower-end GPUs that are thrown into the cheaper desktops by the likes of PC World etc

With this in mind, our theory is that Nvidia and possibly AMD both have multiple future series of graphics cards completed or sat in their R&D departments, pretty much ready for launch. But they have to sit on them so as not to cannibalize their own sales figures, sticking to a launch roadmap that maximises sales or until their competition forces their hands. We see examples of this all the time. Take the announcement of the RTX Super cards being “leaked” and then releasing just ahead of the new AMD RX 5700 XT announcement just a few weeks back.

But I digress, our subject matter for further discussion today is, how much did you most recently spend on a graphics card (If you bought a whole PC then just take the price tag of the GPU in the PC) and then how much did you spend on the GPU upgrade before that (assuming you can remember). From that info we can draw a bit of a line in terms of consumer spend increase in the graphics card tech space.

As always, don't forget to let everyone know why in the comments section below!

How much did you spend on your CURRENT graphics card?

How much did you spend on your PREVIOUS graphics card?

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16:22 Sep-24-2019

2008: Asus 1GB Geforce 9800GT model: EN9800GT/DI/1GD3 $100 AU ($67.89 US)


2009: Asus 2GB 4870x2 model: EAH4870x2 TOP/HTDI/2G/A $300 AU ($203.83 US) (Single fan, white with archer girl and pink petals/leafs with one leg slightly bent)


2010: Gigabyte 1GB HD5770 model: GV-R577UD-1GB $150 AU ($101.84 US)


2013: Asus 2GB HD7870 model: HD787-DC2-2GD5-V2 $270 AU ($183.5 US)


2018: Gigabyte 8GB RX580 model: GV-RX580GAMING-8GD $380 AU ($258.52 US) + $13.80 AU shipping ($9.3

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16:25 Sep-24-2019

quite accurate but may not be 100% maybe 96 - 100%

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13:17 Sep-20-2019

180€ for a used r9 280x, 150€ for an used MSI 390x :D! And i just "upgraded"!! Price/performance ratio is always best on used market

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22:47 Sep-08-2019

$200ish for gtx 660, $600ish for 1070

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20:36 Sep-07-2019

50 pounds on a R7 370 2gb My previous card was a HD 6750 bought for 15 pounds

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18:26 Sep-12-2019

So for everyone living on the other side of the pond that is $100 and $30 (ish)

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10:07 Sep-07-2019

£700 on a 1080Ti Founders Edition. My previous card was a GTX 970 for £280

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21:34 Sep-05-2019

£110 on a Zotac 1060 6GB. Much needed upgrade from my 750ti 2GB

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14:16 Sep-05-2019

I've just spend 120 euro on a RX 580 MSI Gaming X+ 8gb. Yet to see how it performs but I think it was a good deal.

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05:35 Sep-03-2019

spent $300 on my RX 480 Strix OC when it was first released in 2016, I should have bought a second one for a crossfire config to further extend the life of my system

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06:55 Sep-03-2019

Crossfire support is so poor and rare that amd themselves removed it all together from the rx 5700 series and nvidia has kept it only on their top of the line cards since pascal

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05:43 Sep-04-2019

but support for the RX 480 was/is pretty good for the time

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17:21 Sep-02-2019

I payed U$S277 for my RX 580 4Gb Nitro+ back in november. :'O
Ps.: I live in Argentina

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16:54 Sep-02-2019

About $189 and that was pretty decent for my Rx 580. Really great card so far but hopefully next time I'll aim for something with higher performance.

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14:37 Sep-02-2019

320 USD for my MSI GTX 960 back when it launched. Serving me well so far but in dire need of a CPU upgrade... fast!

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16:07 Sep-02-2019

hmm you could get some used 8700K rig base cheap nowadays, and it's 6-core cpu, which would be a decent leap forward :)

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16:27 Sep-02-2019

or even a 9400kf would be a big leap forward xD it's not like 8700k is all that much faster it's mostly just the clock speed :)

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16:38 Sep-02-2019

9th gen is cheeper then 7th and 8th bec thos are no longer made so better go with i5 again s 9400kf or 9600/k

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13:43 Sep-02-2019

Not enough

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10:46 Sep-02-2019

I just bought a GTX Gigabyte 1660 6GB for $300 CAD. I use this card on my Asus 32 inch 144Hz Curved monitor in 1080P. Smooth as butta!

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23:44 Sep-01-2019

3000USD for 2xEVGA 2080TI FTW3


Add to that another 400USD for the 2 waterblocks.


So yeah, thats a heck of a lot of money ;)

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07:40 Sep-02-2019

Damn, that's way above my head.
You use 4K monitors or a VR headset?

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22:32 Sep-01-2019

2080Ti SLI current, 1080Ti SLI last.

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03:20 Sep-02-2019

Low priced cards are the only way to go.

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07:39 Sep-02-2019

Well, but he needs them for his work, especially raytracing for 3D design and something similar :)

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07:45 Sep-02-2019

If you're makeing $ from your PC, it's a whole different story compared to just gaming.

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08:45 Sep-02-2019

Low priced cards make sense if you are gaming at 1080p in 2019. If you enjoy 4K and above - big boy cards are absolutely necessary.
That, plus I like the massive boost in processing and rendering speed offered by high end GPUs, especially the 2080Tis. In one rendering engine, my 2 2080Tis rendered faster than 4 or 5 of other people's 1080Tis - which was a massive boost, so the 3D community swiped them off the shelves :)
AI processing is also considerably faster on 2080Tis. And RTX. I really love the way Quake II RTX looked :)

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08:34 Sep-04-2019

I see sarcasm is easily missed. I figured since the GPUs he listed are far from cheap it would be obvious.
I understand the point of having high-end gpus for work (hence the sarcasm). I don't have the option of having one computer for everything. Security is a priority. I do have the ability to put a lot into a work computer. My career has changed paths thanks to my second degree and now I'm on the road more. My gaming computer doesn't need top end hardware and then just sit there. I will say that for modelling on the cheap, a bunch of R7 do wonders. I can't wait until we have software to specific matrices to really utilize the RT cores for that. Nvidia will gets tons of my money then. Until then, 64bit processing to cost will have to do.

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22:23 Sep-01-2019

Well, my previous card was RX480 8GB, which was about 250EUR, then in middle of mining crisis, I managed to flip it for 1070. Basically new MSI 1070 came out and it started selling for regular, not mining inflated price, which just happened to also be inflated price of used RX480 8GB, needless to say I wasted no time ordering 1070 and selling RX480. Though I did get different version of 1070,...

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22:26 Sep-01-2019

... because MSI one got out of stock before they stopped purchases, but they still were obliged to honor the deal, so I got Gigabyte Windforce version out of it. At least if I wanted it in reasonable amount of time. But in a way you could say I got it for free, since once I sold RX480, I got my money back. But I can't remember exact cost. Still, I am happy with how things went. :-)

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17:28 Sep-01-2019

New Vega 56 £250 old Geforce 970 £150 so not too bad.

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17:19 Sep-01-2019

New - RTX 2080 - 629£
Old - GTX 1070 - 349£


Definitely too much...

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16:00 Sep-01-2019

too ****ing much

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16:02 Sep-01-2019

I'm spending your money and i don't know it?

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13:26 Sep-01-2019

Old GPU:Gigabyte GeForce GTX1070 8GB G1 Gaming OC = 400€


New GPU:Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB ROG Strix Advanced Gaming = 1279€

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| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-4670 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EVGA Gaming 4GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1440p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Ultra Gaming 8GB 32GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB 8GB
| High,
Ryzen 7 2700 8-Core 3.2GHz Radeon RX 5600 XT Gigabyte Gaming OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1440p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Palit Super JetStream 16GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB Edition 32GB
75% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Inno3D Compact 6GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition 16GB
57.1429% Yes [7 votes]
Pentium Dual Core B960 2.2GHz Radeon HD 6950M 4GB
25% No [8 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Athlon II X2 245 GeForce GTS 250 4GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
| High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
100% Yes [1 votes]