If your anthing like me, when it comes to computers/hardware I have owned since the mid-late 90's, the one component I'm sure to remember is the video card. The video card to me has always symbolised the whole build and bring's me back to a certain point in history, whether it be the first time I experience bilinear filtering on a Glide API, or the pixel shaders from Direct X 8.0. I was sitting in bed last night thinking through of all the great graphics cards I have previously owned, how much excitement each upgrade bought, why I had sought the upgrade in the first place and what games/hardware I had running on it and I though, hey what a cool idea for a thread. So let me start with my timeline: 16mb Creative Labs Voodoo Banshee (PCI) An impulse buy that I never regretted. As a young teenage boy I purchased this from a computer store in our local Westfield (and I'm certain I overpaid, something like $350) and never looked back. Run this on my parents Compaq Presario which had a Pentium MMX 166mHZ and a massive 40mb of SDRAM. I remember such great games (to me) such as NBA Live 98, FIFA 98, Quake II and Unreal. 32mb nVidia TNT 2 m64 After years of begging my parents finally purchased a new pc for the family. Little did I know the m64 actually stood for 64bit memory interface in stead of 128 bit. So while I now had access to 32bit rendering, the card couldn't do it. The biggest disappointment ever this card. Quake 3 looked like shit in 16bit colour and this card couldn't run anything in 32 bit, even on my new Pentium III 733mHZ computer we paid some $3000 for. 64mb Apollo Kyro II At the first chance I upgraded to the Kyro II for its 32bit native rendering (and tilebased rendering). This card was a beast and fulfilled my Quake III requirements. Eventually I would build my own PC with an AMD 1600+ XP on the classic Epox 8KHA+ motherboard. This card would follow to this build and I would put the crap TNT2 back in my parents PC. 32mb Leadtek GeForce 2 GTS Then I got into 3DMark 2001 and tweeking/overclocking. The Kyro II just didn't like 3DMark as it lacked T&L support. So I jumped on OCAU, sold the Kyro II and purchased the above card, all in the name of extra 3DMark 2001 points (noting I was still at school and couldn't afford that GeForce 3 I so dealy desired). 64mb Sparkle Geforce 4 MX440 Another pointless upgrade in the name of 3DMark 2001. This card overclocked like a dream and allowed me to take out top position on the ORB (as it was known back then) in my CPU catagory for this card. ATI Radeon 9500pro I finally started working part time at Woolworths and could afford to purchase a midrange card. This card rocked and I was so happy that it pumped out everygame I through at it. At this stage I had also upgraded my CPU to an AMD 2400+ and I was a happy camper, especially running Doom 3 (though my friend had a 9700pro which was amazing). That was until NFS Hot Pursuit 2 came out and the card didn't run it as well as I would have liked it too. Then a friend of mine purchased a new PC with a 6800 GT, so naturally the next card was.... ASUS GeForce 6800 GT (AGP) Now with the 6800GT I could again run all games to my desired settings/resolution. Another monster mid range card that could handle Doom 3, Quake 4 and FarCry. 320mb Leadtek 8800 GT And so it came time to say goodbye to AGP and upgrade to PCIE. My new build was still AMD (wasn't ready to go back to Intel yet) and I purchased my 4600+ with an ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe motherboard. It was now time to game all the new CoDs. Eventually I would pickup an identical 8800GT from the forums and SLI them, oh the fun, but unfortunately it still didn't run Crysis at max settings, so it was time for the... ATI Radeon 4890 Purchased with my new i7 920 setup. Crysis ran like a dream, on one monitor that is. But then something called DX11 came out and the Eyefinity/Surround gaming setups just looked so awesome, I just had to have one. Asus 470 GTX x 2 in SLI So I ordered 3x Dell IPS monitors and 2 470 GTXs. I wanted to stay AMD but Physx was just cool in games that supported it. Next upgrade Well a couple of those 690 GTX's wouldn't go astray but I'm yet to pickup a game I couldn't run on max settings across three screens (though I do have to go without AA sometimes, not sure if its worth an upgrade yet). Top Three If I had to pick a top three it would have to be the Voodoo Banshee, Kyro II and the 9500 pro. Each were awesome upgrades at the time and bought some of my best gaming memories. Anyway please share your timeline, I'm sure others have similar experiences.