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Time for upgrade.1050 Ti or 1060 3gb?

So,next week I'm ordering 1050 Ti or 1060 3gb. It's a very diffucult choice for me. I'm a student and low on budget, but the price difference between the 1050 Ti and 1060 3gb is like 70-80 euros in my country, but the fps difference between these two cards is like 25-30 fps in most games.The things that worry me about the 1060 3gb are:

just 3 gb of vram - I know it's enough for now, but what about after a year or two?

there might be huge bottleneck - my cpu is i3 3220 and the card will probably not work 100% most of the time, except gpu demanding games, and that means stuttering, which will kinda ruin the gaming experience. I'm not planning to upgrade my cpu anytime soon.

The PSU - Just 460W CM Elite Power. It's pretty bad PSU, but it will be fine with the GTX 1060 I think,because the max draw is 120W and mine PSU's real watts are probably like 300, but still, it's a risk.

On the other hand, the 1050 Ti is pretty decent card and will match my cpu good and it even doesn't require 6 pin. I know most people here will suggest RX 470/570, but I just can't afford new PSU,CPU/motherboard/ram right now and don't plan to upgrade soon anything else, just because there are more important things.

I'm only curious if I should go with the 1060 3gb because of the performance, or is it better to go with the 1050 Ti because of the bottleneck with 1060? Sorry for the long post. :)
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  1. I suggest a gtx 1060 6gb but a CPU upgrade will be needed anyway (even if you go for the gtx 1050 ti which I don't suggest) in the near future. Try finding a used i7 ivy bridge (K or non-K). Even a used i5 3570k would be much better.
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  2. the 1060 6gb is very expensive and I can't afford it. Only 1060 3gb with some extra money or 1050 Ti which is around my budget.
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  3. Well, I'm using a GTX1050Ti on a 2K monitor, but then I don't play any NEW games. The most demanding title I have is GW2, which that card can max. It is also the safest card for your near-junk PSU.
    Especially if you don't need to play on UltraMaxOhWOW settings, the less expensive card should be sufficient. Later, when you can afford it, and if you remain unsatisfied, you can upgrade your entire rig.

    Questions:
    1. What graphics card do you have now?
    2. What is your resolution?
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  4. HD 7790, 1080p resolution
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  5. hexer11 said:
    HD 7790, 1080p resolution


    Then get a gtx 1050 ti 4gb. It is about 120% better than a HD 7790 assuming you have the 2gb version. In some vram hungry situations a gtx 1060 3gb will be weaker than a gtx 1050ti 4gb.
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  6. Compuser10165 said:
    hexer11 said:
    HD 7790, 1080p resolution


    Then get a gtx 1050 ti 4gb. It is about 120% better than a HD 7790 assuming you have the 2gb version. In some vram hungry situations a gtx 1060 3gb will be weaker than a gtx 1050ti 4gb.


    I searched the web and it seems like the bottleneck with GTX 1060 paired with some older i3's is huge and it performs much like the i3 + 1050 Ti, but with a lot of stuttering. Do you think these videos are faked somehow, will the bottleneck will be that huge with my i3 3220 + 1060 3gb?
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  7. hexer11 said:
    Compuser10165 said:
    hexer11 said:
    HD 7790, 1080p resolution


    Then get a gtx 1050 ti 4gb. It is about 120% better than a HD 7790 assuming you have the 2gb version. In some vram hungry situations a gtx 1060 3gb will be weaker than a gtx 1050ti 4gb.


    I searched the web and it seems like the bottleneck with GTX 1060 paired with some older i3's is huge and it performs much like the i3 + 1050 Ti, but with a lot of stuttering. Do you think these videos are faked somehow, will the bottleneck will be that huge with my i3 3220 + 1060 3gb?


    No, I'm afraid the bottleneck will be very real with such a combination. A dual core cpu is not enough for gaming by today standards.
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  8. Best answer
    It depends on the games, and the settings. If the game is good, playing on reduced settings (whether due to CPU or GPU) will still be satisfying. If the game is poor, playing on UltraMaxOhWOW! would not make up for it.
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