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Budget Video Card?

great_big_abyss

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So my stepson's video card gave up the ghost today. It was an ancient AMD HD7950. It owed us nothing. Was bought new by my brother many years ago to be run in a mining rig, then gifted to my stepson a few years ago after the first crypto-currency crash.



I'm searching for a replacement for him. Running at 1080P. Rest of the computer is an AMD FX8350 with 8GB of RAM, so nothing too fancy.



IT's been a few years since I"ve followed computer hardware. Is an AMD RX570 a good replacement?



I don't mind something used, either. Trying to keep it under $200.
 

Mr. Friendly

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RX570 is a very good card for 1080p, but the CPU will be a bottleneck, so it's a bit of overkill.



I would look for a used GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti...just make sure that if you go with a 1050 Ti you know if it needs the extra GPU power pin; some do some don't.
 

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Isn't someone selling a lightly mined RX580 4GB in BST? I say you should go with that instead of buying a GTX1660.
 

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RX570 is a very good card for 1080p, but the CPU will be a bottleneck, so it's a bit of overkill.



I would look for a used GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti...just make sure that if you go with a 1050 Ti you know if it needs the extra GPU power pin; some do some don't.
I agree except that used 1050/1050Ti are generally priced higher than they should be IMO.

With that build I agree that a 570 4gb is going to be nearly impossible to beat bang for buck...new or used is your call.
 
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great_big_abyss

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So, an RX580 used in a mining rig for $150+$20 shipping = $170. Possibly no warranty (lack of a store receipt, probably)

Or

A brand new RX570 for $159.99 + tax = $180.

Which to go for?!? We could have the RX570 as quickly as tonight, although waiting a few days for a card to arrive in the mail isn't a dealbreaker either.

I think I'm leaning towards the RX570, just because it is a new card, and an RX580 might be a little overkill as a companion for the FX8350 CPU.
 

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