Question Upgrade from GTX 760 for HTPC/gaming PC?

cytoSiN

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I'm looking to upgrade from a 760 (this one) for my 5-year-old HTPC (build thread and part list here).

I do some light 1080p gaming, but nothing insane. Games are starting to lag at 1080p even on less than high settings, so I need the upgrade, but I'd prefer not to rebuild the entire system.

I was looking at this Asus card.

Thoughts?

I'd like to spend under $350.

Thanks AT!
 
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SPBHM

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at this point you should probably wait for whatever AMD announces next week and the RTX 2060.
 

cytoSiN

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at this point you should probably wait for whatever AMD announces next week and the RTX 2060.
Thanks. Won't those prices be way above 350? Or are you suggesting that prices of old models will drop one the new cards come out? Either way, if it's just next week for the announcement I can wait for that, but then it's at least March before release, right?
 

mohit9206

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May i know which games are you playing that is causing lag on 1080p on 760?
Also i think RX 570 or 580 would be a good buy but again we need to know which games.
 

NTMBK

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Yeah, I'd wait. 1060 and Polaris are both pretty long in the tooth at this point.
 

cytoSiN

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May i know which games are you playing that is causing lag on 1080p on 760?
Also i think RX 570 or 580 would be a good buy but again we need to know which games.
My son likes No Man's Sky (I know, he's the only one), which lags the most. The newest Tomb Raider also lags during outdoor scenes. Shadow of War as well. Basically anything with long draw distance and detailed outdoor scenes.
 

mohit9206

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My son likes No Man's Sky (I know, he's the only one), which lags the most. The newest Tomb Raider also lags during outdoor scenes. Shadow of War as well. Basically anything with long draw distance and detailed outdoor scenes.
Ok you play some very demanding games so yes a 580 8gb would be a good upgrade.
 

cytoSiN

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Ok you play some very demanding games so yes a 580 8gb would be a good upgrade.
Thanks. From what I can tell, the 1070 is 20-40% better/faster (sorry if those aren't precise terms, I'm just looking at benchmarks online) than the 580. It's also more expensive, but I'm willing to spend up to around $350. I also haven't used an AMD card since ATi stuff in the late 90s (sigh, I'm old), so I'm not sure what to expect in terms of user experience/drivers/etc. there. Any thoughts along those lines?
 

mohit9206

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Thanks. From what I can tell, the 1070 is 20-40% better/faster (sorry if those aren't precise terms, I'm just looking at benchmarks online) than the 580. It's also more expensive, but I'm willing to spend up to around $350. I also haven't used an AMD card since ATi stuff in the late 90s (sigh, I'm old), so I'm not sure what to expect in terms of user experience/drivers/etc. there. Any thoughts along those lines?
Yeah 1070 is faster but i don't think its worth the extra cost if you can get a 580 at a really good price. 580 also gives you 2 free games. 580 is plenty for 1080p.
 

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Fwiw, I've had terrific luck with the FS/T group here in the forums. Helped nephew get a 1060 6GB and I think that was only 140$ mint condition, works flawlessly. He runs pretty much everything at high settings smooth now at 1080p. Similar great deals on there frequently.

Also look for some extra Ram. 8GB is a liability these days in many titles, causing random hitching and slower loading times.

Good luck!

PS I do agree that if you don't want to look at the used deals and go $300+ new, then wait for 2060 reviews and pricing at least.
 

fastamdman

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Personally I would buy a used gtx 1080 for 300 dollars. This would allow you to play any game on the market at high, with really nice FPS and Frame Times. It's also going to last longer than a 1070 or 1060 as it's more powerful. So in a few years where you may need to upgrade the 1070, the 1080 would be able to last you longer.
 

mohit9206

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Personally I would buy a used gtx 1080 for 300 dollars. This would allow you to play any game on the market at high, with really nice FPS and Frame Times. It's also going to last longer than a 1070 or 1060 as it's more powerful. So in a few years where you may need to upgrade the 1070, the 1080 would be able to last you longer.
A 1080 would not necessarily last longer than a 1070. Anyways its besides the topic but history has shown that x80 cards do not necessarily last any longer than x70 cards. Take a few examples like 670 vs 680, or 970 vs 980, if the x70 cannot run the game well neither will the x80 card. Both get outdated at the same time. That's why x70 cards are better value.
 

GodisanAtheist

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A 1070 would be a fantastic choice for your price point.

Another option is to spare $100 and put it toward an SSD for games. I've noticed that newer games stream and cache every chance they get and most of the slowdown I get during games on my signature rig is paired with heavy HDD activity. next major upgrade for my rig is retiring my 1TB spindle drive for an equivalent SSD.

This isn't to say that your 760 doesn't need an upgrade, you've gotten your money's worth out of that card, but you may want to pair the card upgrade with a second 512gb or 1TB SSD to really remove any bottlenecks from the equation.
 
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cytoSiN

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A 1070 would be a fantastic choice for your price point.

Another option is to spare $100 and put it toward an SSD for games. I've noticed that newer games stream and cache every chance they get and most of the slowdown I get during games on my signature rig is paired with heavy HDD activity. next major upgrade for my rig is retiring my 1TB spindle drive for an equivalent SSD.

This isn't to say that your 760 doesn't need an upgrade, you've gotten your money's worth out of that card, but you may want to pair the card upgrade with a second 512gb or 1TB SSD to really remove any bottlenecks from the equation.
Interesting...I have some spare SSDs, including a 480gb SanDisk Extreme Pro. I should throw that in there for games instead of using the spindle drive. Thanks!
 

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