Please add to this, it would be nice to have a library.
The idea is to Google for every GPU you have owned then set them out in chronological order. Please note though, if you bought one for a spare rig or an experiment and not strictly at launch please put them below under miscellaneous.
Thanks.. OK so let's kick this off then. My very first video card that came branded and in a box was a S3 Trio 1mb. Before that my video cards were unbranded ISA affairs.
The brown slots allowed more vram to be added. Shortly after I added a Righteous 3D Orchid 4mb Voodoo card.
After that came one of the most expensive video cards I had ever bought. It was made by a company called Nine and the card was called a Number Nine Revolution. It was an AGP card and had 8mb vram when near on everything only had 4mb.
Then I had a 32mb 3DLabs Oxygen
With a pair of Jaton 3D 12mb Voodoo 2 cards in SLI.
After that I built another new rig with a Voodoo 3000 AGP (16mb)
Then I had a Voodoo 5500 PCI
In 2001 I bought a Prophet Geforce 4 MX 64mb. This was the worst card I've ever used. It was slow as balls and would artefact a lot.
Edit : these are the cards I missed..
For my SGI 550 dual Xeon machine I chose a Radeon 8500. I got it cheap and it was reasonably fast. The drivers though absolutely stunk.
I would be working away in Photoshop then hear my motherboard beep and the PC would hard lock. It took around 8 months for ATI to sort this out.
Then another card I forgot, my Radeon 9200 pro. I got this from Best Buy so that I could play Doom 3 and Need for speed : Underground. IIRC it was about $140 and I got it for Christmas (mum sent money over to the USA for me
A few years later I built quite a fierce gaming PC with a Athlon XP and a Nforce 2 motherboard and at first used my Radeon 9200 pro. I found a pricing error on a site (not realising it was an error) and ended up with a BFG 5900 Ultra for $180 when they were $500. I've not had many results like this one !
I remember opening the box and seeing that cooler and my jaw hitting the floor. I'd never seen anything like that before ! it was huge !
Edit 2. I also forgot about my Alienware MJ12.
In 2007 I was broke and had to begin the long tedious process of moving back to the UK. I realised it would be cheaper to build a PC in America and take it home with me in a suitcase, given I was travelling by ship and you can take all you can carry
I built a Core 2 Duo 1.8ghz (Allendale) PC for $300. I remember having $80 for a GPU so when I saw this on Newegg I jumped on it given that it had a pretty macho cooler. HIS X1600 pro IceQ. This was right around the time when dual slot was becoming the norm.
A good quiet card, if somewhat underpowered.
I then bought my first Alienware Area 51 Predator 2 and it came fitted with a 8600 GT 256mb.
Which I very quickly upgraded to a 9800 GT 512mb.
The next card I bought was a XFX GTX 280.
Which died and was replaced with two XFX 5770 1GB cards in Crossfire X
Which in the end pissed me off so much I replaced them with a GTX 470 with a Zalman 3000f fitted.
I then got a 6970 Lightning that broke after about two weeks
So I had a bit of good fortune and bought a XFX Radeon 7970 Core. What a mistake
The Radeon pissed me off so much that after 3 months I swapped it for a brand new pair of EVGA GTX 480 which I ran in SLI.
Then I had a coolant leak and had to get rid of them. After the leak I bought my first GTX 670 Jetstream and then later I added a second
Which brings us up to the current date. Other cards I have had....
Two 3870 X2 just so I could see how bad Quadfire was.
A pair of 8800 GTS by BFG for use in SLI (cost me £45 the pair)
A EVGA 8800 Ultra that died shortly after I got it (Ebay baked job, got a full refund)
Added to misc..
I forgot about my 295 co ops I had in 2010 for a sponsored build
Hint : Quad SLI sucks almost as much balls as Quadfire
So that's about it
Please do your own lists !