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Hi!
I finally built a new gaming rig and the last component missing is the graphics card.
I was quite impressed by the integrated graphics performance of the i7-8700k (UHD 630), but of course to match a 1440p UW screen I need more power.

This is the current situation:
- I will be away basically until mid-January 2018, so I don't need to buy the card immediately;
- in March Nvidia Ampere will likely be announced (reading online), so I can wait for the new chip to be available before making the "big purchase";
- in the meantime it is ok for me to get a cheaper card that still allows me to play decently (and maybe resell it later on).

I'm not the type of gamer that changes the graphics card every time a new model comes out, but in this case I would like to future-proof, in a way, buy getting an Ampere/Volta/Whatever-they-call-it card just in case I decide to enter the VR world in the future. I think we are quite close to the next Nvidia generation that I think it is worth waiting. Initially I was considering the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio.

My idea is basically to buy a 1060 6GB card. I think that it has great performance/cost ratio. The online reviews I checked usually indicate that the 1060 should be able to provide ~60 frames on a screen like mine and I have no problems in reducing the settings a little to increase the fps rate.

I was looking at the MSI GTX 1060 6GB Gaming X, but there are so many 1060 cards out there that it is really hard to choose one over the other. Which one would you recommend?

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Any 1060 6gb card that meets your noise limitation.

MSI twinfrozr is a great one, very quiet.


any and all 1060 6gb cards will fall within 5-10% of performance of each other, depending on what final overclock you do that is not watercooled.

That said, Id just go to your favorite online seller/store and grab the cheapest 1060 6gb that can actually cool itself down. a cooler card means it will run at a higher core clock, regardless if overclocked directly or left stock.
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I have the Gigabyte 1060D5 model. Its basically the G1 without the binned GPU and factory overclock. I typically top out at 60c, or there about. Have no complaints, other than the Gigabyte software.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125879
Despite not being binned, it got me in the top 10 in firestrike benchmarks for 7700k/1060 pairing in the search results smile.gif I got it in case I wanted to watercool, it uses the same PCB as the G1 1080 (version 1.0). I dont think the latest revision is on that PCB though...

My honest opinion, is just get a cheap used GTX980, use it until you get your new GPU then sell it off. You are going to have basically the same performance, but save $50 or so and have less depreciation since the card is already used so you can sell similar to what you paid. 980's sell around $220ish used on ebay auctions, buy it now pricing is ridiculous though.

If you are set on a 1060, and are going to swap from it soon, just pick up the one that you like the best. I prefer dual fans personally, but they are all going to perform more or less the same. EVGA ones tend to hold resale value better due to transferable warranties. I only got my gigabyte because it was the only one that was compatible with a full cover waterblock, but being that it runs so cool anyway I haven't wanted to get a block for it yet. (The intent was to later get a 1080 to use the block with down the road)
Edited by EMUracing - 12/10/17 at 10:41pm
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In addition to the 980 suggested, take a look at 970s. Just a smidge slower than the 1060 and 980. I can easily pick one up in my area for 150 (used).

If you are dead set on a new card, I would go for evga since it has the transferable warranty and you plan on reselling the card.
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A 1060 is capable at 1440p but not really ideal, mine struggled with demanding games like Witcher 3 and Wildlands so I upgraded to a 1080 and will skip the next generation entirely.

Anyway the MSI Gaming X is a fantastic card which runs cool and is very quiet, practically silent.
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Originally Posted by Sycksyde View Post

A 1060 is capable at 1440p but not really ideal, mine struggled with demanding games like Witcher 3 and Wildlands so I upgraded to a 1080 and will skip the next generation entirely.

Anyway the MSI Gaming X is a fantastic card which runs cool and is very quiet, practically silent.
Thats my feeling about the 980/1060... it can do 1440p, but not ideal. It is a perfect 1080p card... However, if he is only looking for a stop gap card, it should suit his purpose until the next gen is released.

MSI Gaming X is always a good option. My top 2 choices would be MSI Gaming X, EVGA ACX (SC/SSC), but really anything with a big beefy cooler will run perfectly fine. I like my Gigabyte, but it looks like the PCB on the model was revised, and probably isnt as good as it was at launch (with a 1080 based PCB).
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I would get a 1070 or higher just because your going to want the 8gbs of video ram,especially for a 3440x1440p monitor
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post #9 of 24
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Hi, thanks for all the answers!

I'm looking for a temporary card that would allow me to play decently with the computer at 3440x1440 until I have the chance to buy the next gen card. The most demanding game I have at the moment is Project Cars 2.

I know that the sweet spot is the 1070, but that card costs about twice the 1060 and the idea is to resell it in a few months, so I don't think it is worth buying it right now. I understand that 6Gb might be a limit though.
I think that buying a new 1060 instead of a 9xx series might be a good idea, as likely the value won't change too much when I have to resell it.

I like the Gaming X, but the chance to transfer the warranty as offered by EVGA might be more appropriate considering my plans. I am definitely looking for a card with 2 fans.

A couple more questions:
- EVGA sells the same cards in different versions (SC, SSC, FTW, FTW+), the only difference being the overclocking achievable. How different it is going to be, in practice, a FTW+ compared for example to a SC?
- Is EVGA iCX something worth having?
- Any chance to see good deals during the Christmas period?
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How about a used 980ti? I just picked an ftw for 250. 980ti is on the 1070s level.

The thing about the 1060 (and 1070) is that its price level is still inflated due to crypto. Once NVidia announces the next gen of gaming cards the value of that 1060 will drop rapidly as people will be flooding the market with cheap 1060s used for mining.
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