Zotac GTX 970 4GB vs. GTX 1060 6GB

I will be asking my parents for a new GPU this Christmas and I am stuck.

My current card is dying (Sapphire Radeon R7 260x 2gb) and i need an upgrade.

I already told my parents I wanted the GTX 970 because my friend recommended it. I noticed it released in 2014 which worried me.

Now, should I change my mind and ask for a GTX 1060 instead? I will be able to get the 6GB version.

I want to be able to play 1080 gaming on some tough games like GTA V, Arma 3, DayZ, and many more.

I know the 1060 was released recently so is it better? Long lastingness of the card is important to me.

Also, if you know, will it work with my motherboard and CPU?

Motherboard: MSI a78m-e35
CPU: AMD Athlon x4 760k

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  1. Best answer
    A GTX 1060 is about 10% faster than a 970. If you were gaming at a higher resolution than 1080p the extra VRAM would helpful, but at 1080p there will likely not be a noticeable difference.

    If you can only find them at the same price, absolutely get the GTX 1060, however the best choice would likely be to purchase a used GTX 970 and pocket the $100+ saved.
  2. Your CPU is outdated, and would bottleneck with the RX 480 or 970.
    This is the card I recommend, but you should definitely upgrade your CPU/Mobo in the near future.

    Get this.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($104.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus H110M-E/M.2 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($36.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $141.86
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-26 02:05 EST-0500
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