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GTX 1060 + faster RAM vs GTX 1070

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JCE3000GT

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Hi all, I'm back. I know I know, you can stop your groaning now. ;) LOL

I've had some good fortune smile upon me at work with some extra money coming my way in a few weeks and I'm interested in upgrading my PC a bit. We bought a new 55" 4K TV for the living room downstairs so I was going to buy a second XBOX One--an XBOX One S model--to take advantage of the 4K but I'm finding it hard to justify the $250 price tag just to utilize 4K video. I'd rather upgrade my PC honestly, especially because my monitor has been supersized a bit from my previous 24" Dell monitor (*see below). And I'll be using my computer more often mostly for games as a result.

My conundrum is that I am unsure if I should upgrade my video card to a GTX 1070 OR get a GTX 1060 6GB + better RAM. Getting a new CPU is not on the table. My GTX 960 will go to my wife's gaming computer to replace the GTX 560 in there now.

My system specs are in my signature below. Thoughts?

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My new 46" Samsung monitor. LOL And yes I'll need a new computer desk at some point as I've outgrown this one. And yes #2 games look fan-damn-tastic on it. Has a very fast input lag of only 29ms so games are perfect on it.

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EarthDog

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Clearly if you are gaming at 4K UHD, you need a new GPU. More ram and a mid-range gpu just won't cut it. I also suggest getting a 1080 for that res instead of a 1070.

29ms is a terrible delay, no???
 

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Clearly if you are gaming at 4K UHD, you need a new GPU. More ram and a mid-range gpu just won't cut it. I also suggest getting a 1080 for that res instead of a 1070.

29ms is a terrible delay, no???

What ED said. At that resolution your only real option is a 1080 or lower your expectations and settings-a lot. Two 1080s if you want to max out settings on current titles.
 

wingman99

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Clearly if you are gaming at 4K UHD, you need a new GPU. More ram and a mid-range gpu just won't cut it. I also suggest getting a 1080 for that res instead of a 1070.

29ms is a terrible delay, no???

500ms is half a second, so 29ms is very good. Most games the input lag from the controller with a game at 60 FPS is ~200ms and at 200 FPS ~100ms
 
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JCE3000GT

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Clearly if you are gaming at 4K UHD, you need a new GPU. More ram and a mid-range gpu just won't cut it. I also suggest getting a 1080 for that res instead of a 1070.

A 1080 is mega expensive, besides this 46" Samsung I am using isn't 4K so maybe this changes the suggestions/opinions a bit?
 

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So confused...

So if I understand correctly, the 4k part you posted wasn't relevant???? Your 46" is 1080p? If so, I'd still get a 1070. Regardless of your resume, a new GPU is going to give you better fps than ram will.
 
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So confused...

So if I understand correctly, the 4k part you posted wasn't relevant???? Your 46" is 1080p? If so, I'd still get a 1070. Regardless of your resume, a new GPU is going to give you better fps than ram will.

Sorry didn't mean to confuse you. My 46" is 1080p yes which I'm using as my computer monitor.

Would a 1070 be better as well if my wife and I are also video editing versus a 1060 + more ram?

If you're looking to upgrade memory you'd be better off looking at an NVMe SSD than updating that

LOL I gotta look up what NVMe is. ;) I do have some decently fast SSDs already, how much of an upgrade is that type of SSD?
 

wingman99

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I'm not sure, it's Sony Vegas if that helps. And yes it is primarily a gaming PC.

Sony Vegas pro will use GPU acceleration and the PC is for gaming, so I would go with the GTX 1070 for the best performance on what you use the PC for.
 
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Guys. Should I get the SC or FTW GTX 1070? I'm planning on getting an EVGA and not to overlock it until I need to in a couple years.
 

wingman99

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I purchased the EVGA SC GTX 1070 and I'm very happy with the factory overclock. The FTW is for greater overclocking done by the user.
 
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I purchased the EVGA SC GTX 1070 and I'm very happy with the factory overclock. The FTW is for greater overclocking done by the user.

Thanks Wingman. Should I grab the black edition like you did? I'm seeing several models and I'm a bit confused I think. I believe the FTW 1070 Gaming has the highest factory clock, yes (1,594 vs 1,607)? But worth the extra $$ over the SC black edition?

The price is pretty good too for the SC black edition.

Is the extra $40 worth it for the FTW?

Also, after looking around I stumbled upon this 1080 for a couple hundred more. Is this worth the extra $$ over a 1070? I had earned enough of a bonus to be able to get a 1070 + RAM after all, but, after looking at this for hours I'm just not sure if I really even need all of this and I'm still on the fence about getting more than 8GB of RAM for the future and a cheaper video card.
 

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For 1080p, don't get get a 1080. Get you 1070 with ram.

I'd get the FTW over the SC as I believe the SC is reference pcb.