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Should I SLI 2 GTX 1060 or buy a 1080?

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $229.99 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard ASRock - Fatal1ty B450 GAMING K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $103.69 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $155.99 @ Newegg Canada
Monitor LG - 29UM59-P 29.0" 2560x1080 75 Hz Monitor $256.30 @ Vuugo
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total (before mail-in rebates) $775.97
  Mail-in rebates -$30.00
  Total $745.97
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-12 17:02 EST-0500  

750 cad. Including 1080p ultrawide monitor. Just safe for a while and get yourself a nice gpu down the line

Hi. I'm new on here but anyway, I have a question. I recently upgraded from a GTX 960 to a 1060 and I'm loving it. But, I recently got myself my first job and I have money to upgrade again.

 

Specs before continuing:

CPU: FX-8200 @ 4.00 GHz

RAM: basic 8GB DDR3

GPU: EVGA GTX 1060 6GB (ssc)

 

My question:

I want to get a new G-Sync monitor. Thing is, the monitor I spotted is like buying 2 other 1060s. It got me thinking further and my question is: what should I do? Buy the monitor? (It's just 1080p), SLI 2 1060s then buy the monitor? Buy a 1080 then monitor? Or, at the root, buy a new CPU? (Idk if it s bottlenecking the GPU or if it's all right for now)

 

I can't find an answer for my precise situation and I hope to find help here, thx

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1 minute ago, FelixLive said:

Hi. I'm new on here but anyway, I have a question. I recently upgraded from a GTX 960 to a 1060 and I'm loving it. But, I recently got myself my first job and I have money to upgrade again.

 

Specs before continuing:

CPU: FX-8200 @ 4.00 GHz

RAM: basic 8GB DDR3

GPU: EVGA GTX 1060 6GB (ssc)

 

My question:

I want to get a new G-Sync monitor. Thing is, the monitor I spotted is like buying 2 other 1060s. It got me thinking further and my question is: what should I do? Buy the monitor? (It's just 1080p), SLI 2 1060s then buy the monitor? Buy a 1080 then monitor? Or, at the root, buy a new CPU? (Idk if it s bottlenecking the GPU or if it's all right for now)

 

I can't find an answer for my precise and I hope to find help here, thx

you cant sli a 1060

Main PC

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i5-9400f @2.9GHz | Corsair H100i Elite Capellix |Gigabyte RGB GTX1060 6GB | Corsair CX650M | Island Professional 120GB SSD | Toshiba 2TB HDD | Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 2x16 DDR4 3200MHz  | Corsair iCUE 220T | Windows 10 Pro | CPU R20 Cinebench Score -  pts | OpenGL FPS -  FPS | Novabench Score (OC) -  Base - 

Keyboard and Mouse

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Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Cherry Mx Red | Corsair Glaive RGB

 

Streaming PC (HP Compaq 8100 SFF)

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Xeon X3440 @2.53GHz | Radeon HD 6450 | HP Compaq 240watt PSU | Toshiba 1TB HDD | Samsung 2x4 DDR3 1333MHz | HP Compaq 8100 SFF | Windows 10 Pro | CPU Cinebench Score - 409 cb | OpenGL FPS - 16.77 FPS | Novabench Score (OC) - 991 Base - 938

 

Keyboard and Mouse

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Logitech G413 Silver White LED Romer-G Switch | Old Gateway Mouse

 

Monitors

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AOC - 21.5" IPS LED FHD Model - l2279VWHE | AOC - 24" TN Panel FHD 144hz 1ms Response - Model G2460PF

 

 

 

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one: you can't sli a 1060

two: a single stronger gpu is way better. I can outperform 3dmarks 980 sli setup with my 1070 ti

a cpu upgrade might be a better choise here imo. a nice ryzen cpu should give you a nice performence increase.

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1 minute ago, AirSocial said:

you cant sli a 1060

But I have an SLI port...?

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1.) You cant SLI GTX 1060 (unless we are talking about the new ones with GDDR5X) 

2.) GTX 1080 is better than 2x1060

3.) With that CPU of yours, don't bother with anything more than a single GTX 1060. You need a CPU upgrade. 

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Just now, LukeSavenije said:

one: you can't sli a 1060

two: a single stronger gpu is way better. I can outperform 3dmarks 980 sli setup with my 1070 ti

a cpu upgrade might be a better choise here imo. a nice ryzen cpu should give you a nice performence increase.

3. upgrade that shitty cpu. get a new mobo and a ryzen something then you wouldn't bottleneck

Main PC

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i5-9400f @2.9GHz | Corsair H100i Elite Capellix |Gigabyte RGB GTX1060 6GB | Corsair CX650M | Island Professional 120GB SSD | Toshiba 2TB HDD | Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 2x16 DDR4 3200MHz  | Corsair iCUE 220T | Windows 10 Pro | CPU R20 Cinebench Score -  pts | OpenGL FPS -  FPS | Novabench Score (OC) -  Base - 

Keyboard and Mouse

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Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Cherry Mx Red | Corsair Glaive RGB

 

Streaming PC (HP Compaq 8100 SFF)

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Xeon X3440 @2.53GHz | Radeon HD 6450 | HP Compaq 240watt PSU | Toshiba 1TB HDD | Samsung 2x4 DDR3 1333MHz | HP Compaq 8100 SFF | Windows 10 Pro | CPU Cinebench Score - 409 cb | OpenGL FPS - 16.77 FPS | Novabench Score (OC) - 991 Base - 938

 

Keyboard and Mouse

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Logitech G413 Silver White LED Romer-G Switch | Old Gateway Mouse

 

Monitors

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AOC - 21.5" IPS LED FHD Model - l2279VWHE | AOC - 24" TN Panel FHD 144hz 1ms Response - Model G2460PF

 

 

 

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Just now, WereCat said:

1.) You cant SLI GTX 1060 (unless we are talking about the new ones with GDDR5X) 

2.) GTX 1080 is better than 2x1060

3.) With that CPU of yours, don't bother with anything more than a single GTX 1060. You need a CPU upgrade. 

Alright thx! Thank you for clarifying about my CPU too

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1 minute ago, LukeSavenije said:

so, tell us. what is your upgrade buget?

~1k$

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4 minutes ago, AirSocial said:

3. upgrade that shitty cpu. get a new mobo and a ryzen something then you wouldn't bottleneck

Alright. I wasn't looking forward to rebuilding my PC again but I guess it'll be worth it, thx!

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Buy a new mobo, new cpu, and you can prob get a 1070 if you really do want to upgrade but a 1060 is still good in todays date. You could prob keep it since your pc would be so much better with a better cpu

Main PC

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i5-9400f @2.9GHz | Corsair H100i Elite Capellix |Gigabyte RGB GTX1060 6GB | Corsair CX650M | Island Professional 120GB SSD | Toshiba 2TB HDD | Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 2x16 DDR4 3200MHz  | Corsair iCUE 220T | Windows 10 Pro | CPU R20 Cinebench Score -  pts | OpenGL FPS -  FPS | Novabench Score (OC) -  Base - 

Keyboard and Mouse

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Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Cherry Mx Red | Corsair Glaive RGB

 

Streaming PC (HP Compaq 8100 SFF)

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Xeon X3440 @2.53GHz | Radeon HD 6450 | HP Compaq 240watt PSU | Toshiba 1TB HDD | Samsung 2x4 DDR3 1333MHz | HP Compaq 8100 SFF | Windows 10 Pro | CPU Cinebench Score - 409 cb | OpenGL FPS - 16.77 FPS | Novabench Score (OC) - 991 Base - 938

 

Keyboard and Mouse

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Logitech G413 Silver White LED Romer-G Switch | Old Gateway Mouse

 

Monitors

------------

AOC - 21.5" IPS LED FHD Model - l2279VWHE | AOC - 24" TN Panel FHD 144hz 1ms Response - Model G2460PF

 

 

 

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is this something?

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1 minute ago, LukeSavenije said:

is this something?

You are a glorious person, thx a lot. First time using this forum and I didn't expect this!

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4 minutes ago, FelixLive said:

You are a glorious person, thx a lot. First time using this forum and I didn't expect this!

Well, you're welcome. It's not that much for me anymore, I (literally) made thousands of those. 

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26 minutes ago, FelixLive said:

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I want to get a new G-Sync monitor. Thing is, the monitor I spotted is like buying 2 other 1060s. It got me thinking further and my question is: what should I do? Buy the monitor? (It's just 1080p), SLI 2 1060s then buy the monitor? Buy a 1080 then monitor? Or, at the root, buy a new CPU? (Idk if it s bottlenecking the GPU or if it's all right for now)

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IMO G-Sync is not worth it. G-sync is like $300 more than a comparable monitor without G-sync. I have a Freesync panel and AMD GPU and can subjectively tell you it's nice, but only worth like $30-$50. Don't base your system around a variable refresh rate monitor unless all you do is 360 quick shots in super high FPS games. Even then the higher the refresh rate of the monitor (144Hz-240Hz especially) the less you notice variable refresh rates since the screen updates faster and the amount of tearing between frames is reduced (occurs when FPS is above monitor refresh rate). Have you ever seen a variable refresh rate monitor working?

 

If you are going to upgrade your rig with a $1k budget, what PSU do you have right now? Also what motherboard does your case support (ATX, mATX, ITX)?

CPU: i7 4790k @ 4.7 GHz

GPU: XFX GTS RX580 4GB

Cooling: Corsair h100i

Mobo: Asus z97-A 

RAM: 4x8 GB 1600 MHz Corsair Vengence

PSU: Corsair HX850

Case: NZXT S340 Elite Tempered glass edition

Display: LG 29UM68-P

Keyboard: Roccat Ryos MK FX RGB

Mouse: Logitech g900 Chaos Spectrum

Headphones: Sennheiser HD6XX

OS: Windows 10 Home

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6 minutes ago, ATFink said:

IMO G-Sync is not worth it. G-sync is like $300 more than a comparable monitor without G-sync. I have a Freesync panel and AMD GPU and can subjectively tell you it's nice, but only worth like $30-$50. Don't base your system around a variable refresh rate monitor unless all you do is 360 quick shots in super high FPS games. Even then the higher the refresh rate of the monitor (144Hz-240Hz especially) the less you notice variable refresh rates since the screen updates faster and the amount of tearing between frames is reduced (occurs when FPS is above monitor refresh rate). Have you ever seen a variable refresh rate monitor working?

 

If you are going to upgrade your rig with a $1k budget, what PSU do you have right now? Also what motherboard does your case support (ATX, mATX, ITX)?

I got an answer for the build but thx for going over the monitor.

I've recently went to Dreamhack MTL and I was amazed by the builds they let us use or were on display. I liked everything about the monitors especially. A bunch of rigs ran on 1080s but others on AMD cards, but I recall prefering the nvidia builds.

 

All this is mainly because I want a decent monitor. Im currently running an old Acer (x233H) and my main is an alright BenQ. I found the Predator Z210 (I think) which I liked. I know the G-Sync is overpriced, but I might aswell, having a card able to run it.

 

As for the board, I can fit an ATX, that I know. I also have an old Antec 1000W PSU working great

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25 minutes ago, FelixLive said:

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I know the G-Sync is overpriced, but I might aswell, having a card able to run it.

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It's not overpriced if it's worth it to you. That's how markets work. That being said just because you have a graphics card that supports G-sync doesn't mean you might as well spend the extra money. nVidia's marketing department sure wants you to think that, but it's your money not nVidia's.

 

Only buy G-sync if it's really worth it to you. Can you honestly tell yourself it looks $300 better? Did you try a blind test with and without G-sync? Don't let nVidia talk you into something if you don't care much for it, but if it really matters to you then buy it.

 

There's nothing wrong with having a second opinion on the build. @LukeSavenije did well, but his list used AUD and I'd like to try my hand at a list as well. I'm pretty good :P. Do you want the $1k CAD to include a monitor?

CPU: i7 4790k @ 4.7 GHz

GPU: XFX GTS RX580 4GB

Cooling: Corsair h100i

Mobo: Asus z97-A 

RAM: 4x8 GB 1600 MHz Corsair Vengence

PSU: Corsair HX850

Case: NZXT S340 Elite Tempered glass edition

Display: LG 29UM68-P

Keyboard: Roccat Ryos MK FX RGB

Mouse: Logitech g900 Chaos Spectrum

Headphones: Sennheiser HD6XX

OS: Windows 10 Home

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3 minutes ago, ATFink said:

It's not overpriced if it's worth it to you. That's how markets work. That being said just because you have a graphics card that supports G-sync doesn't mean you might as well spend the extra money. nVidia's marketing department sure wants you to think that, but it's your money not nVidia's.

 

Only buy G-sync if it's really worth it to you. Can you honestly tell yourself it looks $300 better? Did you try a blind test with and without G-sync? Don't let nVidia talk you into something if you don't care much for it, but if it really matters to you then buy it.

 

There's nothing wrong with having a second opinion on the build. @LukeSavenije did well, but his list used AUD and I'd like to try my hand at a list as well. I'm pretty good :P. Do you want the $1k CAD to include a monitor?

Was it cad? Oh I'm so much sleeping. Brb

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $229.99 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard ASRock - Fatal1ty B450 GAMING K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $103.69 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $155.99 @ Newegg Canada
Monitor LG - 29UM59-P 29.0" 2560x1080 75 Hz Monitor $256.30 @ Vuugo
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total (before mail-in rebates) $775.97
  Mail-in rebates -$30.00
  Total $745.97
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-12 17:02 EST-0500  

750 cad. Including 1080p ultrawide monitor. Just safe for a while and get yourself a nice gpu down the line

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1 hour ago, LukeSavenije said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $229.99 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard ASRock - Fatal1ty B450 GAMING K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $103.69 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $155.99 @ Newegg Canada
Monitor LG - 29UM59-P 29.0" 2560x1080 75 Hz Monitor $256.30 @ Vuugo
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total (before mail-in rebates) $775.97
  Mail-in rebates -$30.00
  Total $745.97
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-12 17:02 EST-0500  

750 cad. Including 1080p ultrawide monitor. Just safe for a while and get yourself a nice gpu down the line

AUD are worth almost as much as CAD (1 CAD= 1.04 AUD) but thanks again. I'll prolly use this list for now since it also includes this neat monitor. If I need anymore help, I'll come back here for certain.

 

As for G-Sync, now I see it in better perspective. It, indeed, does not look 300$ better, so I don't think I'll get one...

 

Thank you, aswell as @ATFink, for helping me, this forum is great! Thx again!

 

Edit: I found a monitor I prefered with a similar price, seems very good: https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16824475016

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Take it from one who has a Freesync 75Hz monitor and a Freesync 2 144Hz monitor, they make for a great gaming experience. I play Strange Brigade @3440x1440, max ingame setting to stress my one VEGA 64, with Freesync I don't see any tearing or lines across the screen. I tried it with Freesync off and while running the Strange Brigade benchmark, I did see horizontal lines (subtle though) across the screen. Tried it again with Freesync and those mild lines disappeared, so I figured Freesync does work, and it does work nicely.

 

I had an RTX 2080 Ti and could afford to get a 34" Gsync monitor IF I were so inclined, but I'd felt it wasn't worthwhile for all that extra cash vs a cheaper Freesync monitor of about equivalent specs, that's how I'd ended up with a Samsung LC49HG90DMEX monitor, Freesync 2 + HDR, everything a growing boy needs.? This monitor was meant for 2x RX VEGA 64 setup, but due to one of my card dying on me (happens sometime, both AMD and nVidia), I run games at max setting (for most games, only one where I couldn't enable SSAA @2.0x is Metro Redux series) with just one card, image is still smooth and beautiful due to Freesync kicking in (from 48Hz to 144Hz)

Rig 1: AMD AM4 R9 3900X (12C/24T) + Tt Water 3.0 ARGB 360 AIO | Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme | 16GB Patriot Viper RGB 3600CL17 | Sapphire Nitro+ RX 6900 XT | 256GB Sabrent Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 (OS) | 4TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD + 2TB 860 QVO SSD + 2x 1TB 850 EVO + 6TB WD Black HDD | CoolerMaster H500M | Corsair HX1000 Platinum | Ducky Shine 4 69 Fire + Logitech G703 | iFi Micro iDSD Black Label | LG SL8YG | C49HG90DME 49" 32:9 144Hz Freesync 2 | Omnidesk Pro 2020 48" | 64bit Win10 Pro

Rig 2: Intel i7 3960X (6C/12T) | Asus R4E | 16GB Corsair Dom Plat 2133mhz | PC RX VEGA 64 Red Devil | iOppo HA-1 | Philips HTL9100 | Caselabs M8 | Seasonic X-1250 | Mistel Barocco MD770 RGB + Logitech G402 | Samsung Acer XR341CK 21:9 75Hz Freesync | 64bit Win10 Pro

HTPC Rig: Intel i7 4770K (4C/8T) | MSI Z87 G45 Gaming | 16GB RipJawsZ 1600mhz | Leadtek GTX 1080 Hurricane OC | Fostex HPA4 | Philips B97/98 | Tt View 31 | Corsair HX-1050 | Logitech G613 + G603 | Panasonic 65" UHD TV | 64bit Win10 Pro

 

 

 

 

 

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