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Should I upgrade from the GTX 1060 3GB to the GTX 1660 SUPER?

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I'm currently using a GTX 1660Ti with a Ryzen 5 3600. It can handle GTA V, The Witcher 3 and Fallen Order all on high to ultra settings at 60fps. The Super and Ti version are arm length away from each other. If you're fine with the risk, I'd say go for a used RTX 2060 or Radeon 5600XT. 

My current specs:
Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz

ZOTAC Geforce GTX 1060 3GB

32GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM

 

My GPU is pretty old now and it constantly suffers from the lack of VRAM because I can't run any AAA video game at high graphics settings. I either have to stick with low or medium, mostly low. So I did some research and came across the GTX 1660 SUPER, it is priced well and offers performance improvements compared to my current 1060. I think I can only go with the 1660 SUPER at most because I can't upgrade my CPU and there will be bottleneck. The reason why I can't upgrade my CPU is because my motherboard is only compatible with 6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and I can't install a 7th Gen or above processor. And I can't go with anything below the 1660 SUPER because there would be very small performance improvements and just not worth the money.

 

Even if I roll with my current CPU (since I can't upgrade it) and a new GTX 1660 SUPER there could still be some bottleneck preventing the new GPU from hitting its maximum potential. I need some tips, should I upgrade my old GTX 1060 3GB to the 1660 SUPER even if there is some bottleneck? Should I choose a different GPU? Or just build an entire new system?

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1660 super is not that much better. try to find somehting with atleast 8gb of vram. rx 5700  is much better. it is more expensive but you can find them used or you can find a good deal.

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Maybe an RX 5600xt , if u can afford it .

but either is a good upgrade for 1080p gaming ( just guessing that u are gaming it at 1080p)

and the difference between 6th and 7th gen is minimal.

Ur CPU is still decent.

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Be a supportive player, and make sure to reflect a good image of the game community you are a part of. 

Don't kick a player unless they willingly want to ruin your experience.

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After the gpu upgrade I'd upgrade to 4th gen ryzen when it comes out or get 3rd gen ryzen for cheap....

 

Please quote or tag me @Void Master,so i can see your reply.

 

Everyone was a noob at the beginning, don't be discouraged by toxic trolls even if u lose 15 times in a row. Keep training and pushing yourself further and further, so u can show those sorry lots how it's done !

Be a supportive player, and make sure to reflect a good image of the game community you are a part of. 

Don't kick a player unless they willingly want to ruin your experience.

We are the gamer community, we should take care of each other !

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I'm currently using a GTX 1660Ti with a Ryzen 5 3600. It can handle GTA V, The Witcher 3 and Fallen Order all on high to ultra settings at 60fps. The Super and Ti version are arm length away from each other. If you're fine with the risk, I'd say go for a used RTX 2060 or Radeon 5600XT. 

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28 minutes ago, SavageNeo said:

1660 super is not that much better. try to find somehting with atleast 8gb of vram. rx 5700  is much better. it is more expensive but you can find them used or you can find a good deal.

It's actually quite a bit better. I upgraded from a 1060 6GB to a 980 Ti (which, performance wise, is on par with a 1660S) and it was a very noticeable difference. 8GB of VRAM is by no means necessary

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Depending on price, I would go for a faster GPU. You could just use the card for longer while upgrading the CPU and board in the future.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

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SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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59 minutes ago, SavageNeo said:

1660 super is not that much better. try to find somehting with atleast 8gb of vram. rx 5700  is much better. it is more expensive but you can find them used or you can find a good deal.

 

47 minutes ago, Void Master said:

Maybe an RX 5600xt , if u can afford it .

but either is a good upgrade for 1080p gaming ( just guessing that u are gaming it at 1080p)

and the difference between 6th and 7th gen is minimal.

Ur CPU is still decent.

 

35 minutes ago, AldiPrayogi said:

I'm currently using a GTX 1660Ti with a Ryzen 5 3600. It can handle GTA V, The Witcher 3 and Fallen Order all on high to ultra settings at 60fps. The Super and Ti version are arm length away from each other. If you're fine with the risk, I'd say go for a used RTX 2060 or Radeon 5600XT. 

I'm kinda a big NVIDIA fan and while I was researching the Radeon RX 5600XT and looking at reviews I see all sorts of problems like crashing and BSOD. This seems to be linked to AMD's drivers and software. I don't see these types of negative reviews while researching NVIDIA cards so I'm not so sure about using AMD since their software looks pretty crappy compared to NVIDIA's. Otherwise the card seems pretty great and even better than the GTX 1660 SUPER that I originally researched.

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2 minutes ago, bluecew said:

 

 

I'm kinda a big NVIDIA fan and while I was researching the Radeon RX 5600XT and looking at reviews I see all sorts of problems like crashing and BSOD. This seems to be linked to AMD's drivers and software. I don't see these types of negative reviews while researching NVIDIA cards so I'm not so sure about using AMD since their software looks pretty crappy compared to NVIDIA's.

Yeah I've heard that AMD's drivers kinda crappy. Don't know if it's solved though. Then go for the Super, it's fine really for 1080p gaming. You can also wait for 2060 price to go down once RTX 3000 series drop, if you're willing to wait a little.

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