GPU card options?
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Joined: 19th Jan 2016
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1st Sep 2016

as per title, my budget is around $400 (Au).
to nvidia or not amd ?
these are my options:-
$380 for a gtx1060 (reference cooling) 6GB (https://www.pccasegear.co ... tx-1060-winfast-6gb)
$430 for gtx1060 (duel phan kewling) 6GB ( http://cplonline.com.au/m ... b-graphics-card.html )
or
$350 for an RX 480 (dual fans for a total of 2!) 4GB*** ( https://www.pccasegear.co ... radeon-rx-480-rs-4gb )

i even looked at second hand market for a 980Ti.  the cheapest i could find was for $500, except, and this is what puts me off second hand stuff unless it's really cheap - the frigging card, according to the owner, has a hard time fitting into the pci slot on the mobo...
so i'm back at where i started, 1060 vs 480.
****480's appeal to me because of dx12 support and the possibility of buying the 4GB version and then unlocking the extra 4 for a total of 8GB, not sure if that is still a thing?


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Last Edit: 1st Sep 2016 by superhanssolo
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5th Sep 2016

Go with a 1070 imo. Bit more money, yes, but down the line you can get a second one and I don't think you would regret that. Granted.. I haven't looked into that one much, but the 770s 970s etc have always been good in SLI for budget (but performance) builds.
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5th Sep 2016

i have never bought any second hand parts, nor have i ever sold any either.
same for op/thrift shops (second hand clothing). lol
i'm just going to wait for specials after bf1 launches, maybe even longer as i'm not buying the game. i also never spend more than $300-400 on gfx so that puts the 1070 out of my pricing range.


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5th Sep 2016

No real worries buying second hand, I've bought/sold tons of used computer parts and never had a single problem. Just check Ebay or whatever and only buy from reputable sellers with good feedback. As it stands right now, your best bet might be just buying a single used 980ti. I'm seeing some around the $380 range buy it now on Ebay. However, at that point maybe it's best to just get a brand new 1070 for a few extra bucks? You can't go wrong either way honestly.


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5th Sep 2016

I have bought and sold on here many times. Have never had a problem.

https://www.reddit.com/r/ ... hardwareswap


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5th Sep 2016

thanks guys, i'll check those out. my main dilemma is dx11 vs dx12 and also the price gouging with the supposedly increased entry level competition between amd and nvidia. my last gtx760 cost me $280 a few weeks after launch versus the $380 cost now..


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Last Edit: 5th Sep 2016 by superhanssolo
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5th Sep 2016

I for one am an advocate for used and refurbished hardware. I do so buy/sell myself in fact. There have been very few instances when getting hardware or selling hardware, that an issue was present

like recently, I got a used razer blade 14, and the power adapter was shorting out.

I would say, just be weary of sellers feedback (see heatware), ebay does have buyer protection.

PS. buying used intel motherboards is only worth it if they are showing the actual motherboard with the CPU socket cover installed and in place, and also a time-stamped picture of the pins for that LGA


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8th Sep 2016

I didn't realize the usd-aud gap. A 1070 is ~521aud!!! FACK!!!
I have to agree on the 1070, the memory bandwidth alone makes it worth it.

Solution: Ride out your card and scour websites like Newegg, Tiger, etc... for refurbished or open box 1070's. Even if it's a reference cooling card, you won't need to OC it for a while. By the time you need to OC it, you could spend $60 on an aftermarket 25-fan cooler for it and push it as hard as I did my 660ti's.

P.s. My 660's were DCU. No one makes a 25-fan gpu cooler. If they did, I'd own the shit out of them and just not wear my hearing aids.

P.p.s. Who wants to go in on a startup with me for a 25-fan gpu cooler?!?


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9th Sep 2016

QuoteP.p.s. Who wants to go in on a startup with me for a 25-fan gpu cooler?!?

my gpu fans are water cooled and have 10 inch monitors in their head rests! (i'm ahead of the rgb led curve)
:P
1060/480 is the sweet spot for me but the prices are inflated atm - http://www.extremetech.co ... ct-real-world-prices (and as you've noted - it's much worse in australia).
i'm a happy camper ever since i read that article.


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