Buying my first dedicated GPU

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  1. Casper-on-Linux

    Casper-on-Linux MDL Novice

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    #1 Casper-on-Linux, Dec 31, 2018
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    Hi, I'm looking to buy my first dedicated GPU, the local game shop has a used nvidia GTX 1060 3GB in stock with two years warranty for £160, I have a few gadgets lying around that I could trade in to get that price down by over 50%, I'm just wondering if that is a decent card to buy for a first time buyer, any advice would be much appreciated, my cpu is the amd a8 7650k.
     
  2. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Although the price might look good i would never recommend a 1060 with only 3 GB VRAM. Using a 960 4 GB here myself and most games released in the last ~3 years tend to use above 3 GB with playable FPS. The 1060 is nearly twice as fast.

    Better spare some more money and go for a 6 GB variant.

    EDIT: Just noticed the CPU might limit the GPU very likely.
     
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  3. Casper-on-Linux

    Casper-on-Linux MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the reply, it's much appreciated, because of my CPU, would you recommend a lower model card with higher memory or should I just wait till I have enough money to go to the 6GB variant?
     
  4. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Since i don't buy graphics cards that often, i always go with the model with max VRAM available for a certain card in my price range. Assuming the CPU might be upgraded next the cheaper model would start limiting performance drastically compared to the max VRAM version.

    ...your choice :D.
     
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