sometimes you can find a good deal on 1060 for 100 ~ 130 bucks. I think the 1060 today is most likely your best bet for bang for the dollar.
Tho, a lot of 1060's are sold by single fan. I'm not sure, how well a single fan would do running full loads even with a slight OC 24/7. But....... with good airflow, it probably would be ok. If not, try to get a 2 fan version or go with an aftermarket cooler.
Also, these are the no frills 3GB cards... But, for seti and other bionic projects since the wu are small 3GB is plenty. Gamers don't want 3GB since some games are using a lot more VRAM to fill the frame rates at higher resolutions. Also... I'd stick with EVGA ... They have a pretty good warranty in case something should go wrong.
If you had 1000 dollar budget, 10 1060 cards would run circles around a 2080 ti by 4~5X faster... Tho, keep in mind 10 1060 GTX cards would suck down about 1200 watts, if you OC them you're probably looking at 1500 but two 1000 watt Power Supplies should do it. So, you can see, you'll need some sort of budget for utility cost as well. Even at 10 cents a KWh, it will add up over the years.
Rate Schedule2017 Average Cents/kWh "R" Residential 34.20 cents per kw/h
But.. when I lived in lower puna, it was over 40 cents. Not to mention they plan for a rate hike this year... so that ought to be fun!
Tho, I wouldn't be running my computer and AC 24/7 if I didn't buy into a building in Hilo for a small business. So........ Now I just pay a low maintenance fee for 450 bucks a month... That includes all utilities - trash - maintenance etc...etc.... So.... I run the computers 24/7 with AC... No one is bitching about it yet.
They are very similar for sure, but this is the STRIX version which are a quality built unit (much like the Evga FTW3 cards).
The STRIX RTX 2060 cards start at $420, so you pay a little more for this version.
However, I do agree that Nvidia really got it right this time around with the RTX Founders Editions.