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GTX 960, 970, 1050Ti or 1060

AznKing55
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Hi All,

 

I am currently using a Xeon X3470 and a GTX 960 in my PC build. However, I have noticed when I play games that I can sometimes barely even reach 60 FPS, and when I do, the CPU is at less than 50% usage while the GPU is at 99%. So I decided that I wanted to upgrade my GPU since I have a little extra cash and would love the extra performance.

 

Would you guys recommend sticking with the GTX 960, or switching to a GTX 970, 1050Ti, or 1060 (taking into account performance as well as price).

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1060 6GB (NOT THE 3GB VERSION) or 980, whichever you can buy cheaper. The 980 is very slightly better. You should be able to pick up the 980 for ~200 US locally on craigslist and the 1060 for maybe ~250 US. Ebay prices will be higher. 

 

If you try to get any more performance than that you end up paying significantly more. 

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1 minute ago, corrado33 said:

1060 6GB (NOT THE 3GB VERSION) or 980, whichever you can buy cheaper. The 980 is very slightly better. 

1060 6G and 980 are about equal in performance.

3 minutes ago, AznKing55 said:

Would you guys recommend sticking with the GTX 960, or switching to a GTX 970, 1050Ti, or 1060 (taking into account performance as well as price).

GTX 970 and 1060 3G are equal in performance, both are slightly better than a 1050Ti.

Between a 970 and 1060 3G, get whichever one is cheaper. Same goes for a 980 and 1060 6G.

 

960 and 1050Ti are about equal in performance, that would be more of a sidegrade for you, not much point in that.

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1 minute ago, Crunchy Dragon said:

1060 6G and 980 are about equal in performance.

About equal, yes. I did say very slightly better. In my case it gave me like 3 extra FPS. (HUGE change I know. ;) )

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I would honestly get a rx 580 with how cheap they currently are. I would settle for anything less than a 1060/rx 580 performance or above if you have a 960. The 970 wouldn't be enough of an upgrade to warrant the cost tbh. 

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4 minutes ago, Brooksie359 said:

I would honestly get a rx 580 with how cheap they currently are. I would settle for anything less than a 1060/rx 580 performance or above if you have a 960. The 970 wouldn't be enough of an upgrade to warrant the cost tbh. 

Agreed, it's not worth upgrading a single "level" up. You need to go up at least 2-3 levels to notice a real difference.

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20 minutes ago, AznKing55 said:

Would you guys recommend sticking with the GTX 960, or switching to a GTX 970, 1050Ti, or 1060 (taking into account performance as well as price).

Get a used GTX 970 (they're around $100 USD on eBay) IMO.

 

Don't get a 1050 Ti, that won't really be an upgrade.

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32 minutes ago, r2724r16 said:

Get a used GTX 970 (they're around $100 USD on eBay) IMO.

 

Don't get a 1050 Ti, that won't really be an upgrade.

I found a GTX 970 for $135. Is that a good deal? I don't have an infinite budget so I want to be smart with my money. Is there that large of a difference between a 970 and a 1060/980? Is the performance increase worth the extra cost?

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19 minutes ago, AznKing55 said:

I found a GTX 970 for $135. Is that a good deal? I don't have an infinite budget so I want to be smart with my money. Is there that large of a difference between a 970 and a 1060/980? Is the performance increase worth the extra cost?

GTX 970 = GTX 1060 3GB; GTX 980 = GTX 1060 6GB

 

The 980 is ~10% faster than the 970, not worth getting unless you find a great deal. And I'm sure you can find a GTX 970 for less than $135, keep looking and you might find one for ~$110.

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