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Best Bang for the Buck/Being Smart When Buying a GPU

hamirmahal 187 48 September 9, 2016 at 05:37 PM

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Last Edited by hamirmahal September 9, 2016 at 05:47 PM
It's pretty clear that it doesn't make sense for me to spend more than $200 on a graphics card, since in just a few years, the $600 graphics cards of today will be outpaced by the $200 cards of four years from now, and I don't need the latest graphics capabilities right now, or even this year.

That being said, I'm sure I want the lowest end graphics card from the current generation, and since I want the GPU for my first build to be Nvidia, I'm sure I want the GTX 1050, since that's the lowest tier card of this current generation for desktops, as far as I'm aware.

From there, would it make more sense to go for the full, 4 GB model, or would it be smarter to get the cut-down 2 GB model for $20-$40 less?

I've heard that the 2 GB version is the 4 GB version, just with some CUDA cores and features disabled, or something like that. So, I'm wondering if the $20-$40 I'd save by purchasing the GTX 1050 2 GB model over the GTX 1050 4 GB model, once they come out, is worth the performance I'd lose by not having the full version of the GTX 1050. If anyone could provide any insight on this, I would really appreciate it.

Also, is there a large benefit to aftermarket coolers and fans over the base cards? For example, I'm wondering if the performance boost from the GTX 1050 FTW version, once it comes out, over the base EVGA GTX 1050 card, once it comes out, is worth the extra $50 or so you would spend to get all of the fancy coolers and fans that 3rd party manufacturers add to the base design. I'm not really biased since I haven't built before, so if the ASUS STRIX OC card is significantly better than the regular ASUS card, or if the MSI OC 1050 is significantly better than the MSI 1050 base model, for a relatively small price, please let me know.

Thank you in advance for the help.
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The first batch of the 2GB version is more than likely to be the 4GB version with a few features disabled. That being said, if you wait the price will more than likely go down.
I'm personally waiting for a Rx480 price drop.
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