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Brother buying a GPU for 250 or under in Canada. Thought 1060 3GB was the best choice. People saying 480 or wait for 580.

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My bro has a 1 - 2 year old PC. Running an i5 from 1 - 3 generations ago. Will likely not move away from his 55 inch 1080p TV for quite some time. He play a lot of Rocket League and his GF plays a lot of Skyrim but far from the only games they play.

I was leaning towards strongly recommending a GTX 1060 3GB, but I made a post over in the buildapc subreddit (this post below)

https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/65n1v1/brother_asked_me_to_find_him_best_gpu_for_250_or/

They are all recommending an rx480, or (580 in a few days, price allowing)

I thought the 1060 was the objectively better card but apparently the info I have been getting is inaccurate. I thought I'd post here for a 2nd opinion. I'd love some feedback. Thanks!
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It's not about the 1060 being a better card, it's about VRAM and you want at least 8GB going forward. So your bets bet is a 1060 6GB or the 480 8GB keeping in mind the restrictive budget.
 
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Originally Posted by Gunderman456 View Post

It's not about the 1060 being a better card, it's about VRAM and you want at least 8GB going forward. So your bets bet is a 1060 6GB or the 480 8GB keeping in mind the restrictive budget.

Given the general consensus is the 480 is the better choice I am leaning towards recommending he get that one. But gaming at 1080p would 8GB or 6GB VRAM be necessary? I had a GTX 670 2GB VRAM for years on a 1440p monitor and, well for most games I thought it was fine myself, though noticeably choppy sometimes. I'd say my brother is less picky than me when it comes to performance but all that said performance is still important. Maybe 3GB on the 1060 isn't quite enough but I assumed 4GB VRAM would be plenty for 1080p gaming and not really end up being a bottleneck of any kind.
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4GB is fine, I mean I can run most games @ 5120x2160 Very high / Ultra just fine on my 780 Ti's which have 3GB, without stutter or slowdowns. You'll run into a lack of gpu performance before VRAM becomes much of an issue on an RX 480.
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