Mine changed this last Christmas, was going to Crossfire but a GTX beat that set up so I just went with it.
From "Not sure what was in my 486"
-> Matrox Millennium 4mb
-> Orchid Righteous 3dFX add-on card
-> Diamond Viper V770 - The oc'ed gamers edition
-> Sapphire Radeon 9500 that did not unlock
-> eVGA 6600GT
-> HIS IceQ3 X1900XT
-> eVGA 8800GTX
Pretty damn happy with the GTX, allows me to play my favorites maxed out at my monitor's native res. Which is exactly why I did the upgrade, if it turns out to be a good DX10 card, well that is just a bonus.
Well let's see...I believe it went something like this:
some S3 4mb (Savage sounds right?) -> some Trident 8mb card (Think this card was also made by S3?) -> Voodoo 3 -> TNT2 -> Radeon 8500LE -> Intel GMA950
There was also a Rage 128 somewhere in there, i want to say maybe around the Voodoo3 and TNT2.
My rig died in November so I tore it apart and have been using my notebook as a primary computer. That is why I went from the 8500 to GMA950. The 8500LE is/was a beast. I still got playable framerate in CS1.6, WoW, etc at high resolutions (16x12 or 12x10) just without all the eyecandy.
A new rig is planned but I'm waiting for the ATi x2xxx series to make up my mind on staying red or going nVidia.
how old are u guys ?...~ ~ as of my first time contact PC ~ i remember thats a MX400 ~~ not long before i had a own PC with FX5200 videocard ~ now im using XFX7300GT ~in my country this card delegate the mainstream .. ~ some richer gamer using 1950Pro ~ or 7950GT ~ a very few people using 8800 series ~ cause it cost too much money toward us ~
a 256kb trident card
one of my dads had the memory chip add ins and sold me them for 50 dollars when i was 8
so it bumped up to 1mb
then i got a packard bell pentium based pc with 2mb integrated
then i went to a 4mb rage pro
then i went to a 8mb s3 virge
to a 16mb vodoo banshee
32mb diamond ultra tnt2
to a voodoo 4
then to a radeon 7500
then radeon 9000 pro
then 9600 pro
then radeon 9700 aiw
geforce 6800 nu
x800 pro vivo flahed to xt pr
back to an x800xt pe
then to a x800 ait xt
then to an x1800xl
sold that and did 7800 gts in sli
sold those to get an x1900xt
crossfired them with my c2d
sold those and got a 1995 eagle talon tsi awd
nvidia tnt2 16mb pci
tnt2 32mb agp
gf3 ti200 64mb agp
gf4 ti4600 128mb agp
5900ultra 256mb agp
9800xt 256mb agp
x800xl 256mb pci-e
7800gtx oc 256mb pci-e
7800gtx oc 256mb pci-e SLI
now back to a single 7800gtx oc 256mb in my new shuttle based desktop;
gave the 2nd card to a friend who bought my a8n32-sli deluxe and 4800+ and my pc p+c 510w sli psu from me so he could get like a very full system upgrade and save some cash from his 754 based agp nf4 board.
gifted away the hacked up lian-li pc-65b and now need to sell the gigabyte ga-965p-dq6 and the ocz gold ddr2 800; oh, and the front fascia for my x-fi needs to go too; and my plextor 760a... i'll have an fs/ft thread soon i'm sure.
I've got an Intel GMA590 in my MacBook which went from 512MB of system memory to 2GB of system memory which gave the graphics power a very healthy boost if that counts
Oh yeah, I like ATI's stuff, and I'm very interested in the R600 equivalent to the 8800gts becase I dunno if this 250w psu can handle it
1 meg trident
2 meg Cirus logic (gift)
Matrox Millenium (traded this, because this has 8 megs on it, but only was 2d.. at the time 3d was too young for me to give a crap about)
Diamond v770 (I liked me a diamond) twas my last passively cooled video card *weep*
GF4 Ti-4400 Sounded like a god damn jet engine, went with a zalman cooler which didn't do dick except ruin the card
evga GF4 Ti-4200 ahhh much quieter (this is still in use in my old rig)
evga 8800 GTS-320 (current rig)
ATI Mach64 2mb video (2d baby!)
ATI Rage II+ (3d Pro Turbo)
Nvidia Riva 128, first chip from nvidia IIRC
Nvidia Riva TNT2 Ultra 32mb
Ati Radeon 9500
Ati Radeon 9800pro
6800gt & ultra
that's about it
Hmm...lessee...from a Hercules monochrome display way back in the day to
an ATI Rage II 2mb,
a Voodoo Rush 6mb,
a Voodoo Banshee 16mb for a minute,
a 32mb GeForce card (I can't remember the lineage),
a 32mb ATI Radeon 7000 VIVO,
a 64mb card that I can't remember the lineage of,
a 128mb GF4/Ti4600,
a 128mb Radeon 9700 Pro,
a 256mb 6800 Ultra,
a 256mb Radeon X800 Pro,
a 256mb 7800GT,
a 512mb X1800XT,
and finally the current X1900XTX.
My route stopped after the 9700pro as i've somehow gotten out of the gaming thing, again. I had 2 good gaming machines (TNT2 and 9700pro). Between those two was a time where i didn't really play much. So when all people got the Geforce 256 / 2 / 3 i only had the fading TNT2 and later the MX. Then i got the hang again and got me a 9700pro. Played much again.
Now, instead of having a desktop computer, i much more enjoy portability. So i got myself a MacBook.
Who knows, maybe in 1-3 years i'll again have the feeling to game and i'll be sitting at computer with a nVidia 1k3800XTLCXXMKL. Don't you think that Graphic Card names always get worse?
Not sure exactly. Hehe, look at my name. TridenT I was a GFX card woot!
ATI(Maybe) 2M IGP on my old compaq > ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb > S3 IX 8MB IGP > eVGA 6600GT 128MB > Sapphire x1600 256MB GDDR3 OC > eVGA 8800GTS > And now currently Intel GMA 950 IGP.
But I have a lot of money to get on the 8900 series or the R600s.
I'm only 16 and was not exactly using computers full on until I was like 10. But even then I was just gaming, I was fucking intense about Diablo 2 and Starcraft.(Seriously, summers were just drained away to those games... And I was using dial-up..Ugh, The Sims was awesome too! Game took like 5 hours for me to just get a house made.)