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Upgrading my Graphics Card: Need advice on value/performance between GTX 1060/1070

Hello,

I have decided to upgrade my GPU for my custom Gaming PC but am having some trouble deciding which model in the GeForce GTX 10 Series offers the best value for my needs.

Here is my rig:

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I am currently content playing at 1080p, but might upgrade to a 1440p / 144 hz monitor in the next couple years. I have no intentions of playing with 3D or Virtual Reality. I want a stable 60 FPS on modern games when playing with High or Ultra High graphics settings. My Power Supply pushes 650W, and there is a comfortable amount of space in my tower case for larger components (although neither of the upgrades I'm looking at are larger than my current GPU)

These are the GPU Models I am looking at:

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 6G (290$)
ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1070 STRIX (470$)

These were the best Performance/Value models I could find for the 1060 and 1070 lines: both would be substantial upgrades, but I'm torn on which I should upgrade to.

The GTX 1070 is almost 50-60% more expensive, but also sports a significant boost in performance over the GTX 1060. But at the same time, I'm not sure I'll actually need all that actual firepower, since I do not plan on using graphically intensive hardware like VR or 3D or making the jump to 1440p anytime soon (though I might pick up a 144 hz Monitor this year).

Is the different in performance really worth the value? Or would a 1060 fufill all my needs for the next few years? Is it worth future-proofing if I don't have any plans to upgrade to 1440p?

Thank you all in advance, this website is an invaluable resource :)

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TL;DR: Need help deciding whether to upgrade to GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 models. I play at 1080p and don't plan on making the jump to 1440p any time soon. I don't use VR or 3D. Will a 1060 fufill my needs? Is it worth futureproofing and splurging on the 1070? Are the models I'm looking at the best choices?
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  1. Broad strokes: 1070 will get you closer to ideal on a 1440/144hz monitor.

    Which games do you play?
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  2. Abom said:
    Broad strokes: 1070 will get you closer to ideal on a 1440/144hz monitor.

    Which games do you play?

    Games I play right now:
    - Skyrim (Heavily Modded)
    - Elite Dangerous
    - Witcher 3
    - Dark Souls 3
    - Fallout 4
    - DOOM
    - Overwatch

    In general I like playing RPGs and other titles with big open worlds.

    Also I don't currently have a 1440 / 144hz Moniter; I'm not sure when and if I'll make that jump in the next couple years; I may just upgrade to another 1080p with 144 Hz. I'm not sure though, so maybe futureproofing would be wise.
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    theproductofboredom said:
    Abom said:
    Broad strokes: 1070 will get you closer to ideal on a 1440/144hz monitor.

    Which games do you play?

    Games I play right now:
    - Skyrim (Heavily Modded)
    - Elite Dangerous
    - Witcher 3
    - Dark Souls 3
    - Fallout 4
    - DOOM
    - Overwatch

    In general I like playing RPGs and other titles with big open worlds.

    Also I don't currently have a 1440 / 144hz Moniter; I'm not sure when and if I'll make that jump in the next couple years; I may just upgrade to another 1080p with 144 Hz. I'm not sure though, so maybe futureproofing would be wise.


    1070 will let you play nearly all those games maxed, 1060 still with high settings. Really just depends on whether you want to future proof.
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    theproductofboredom said:
    Abom said:
    Broad strokes: 1070 will get you closer to ideal on a 1440/144hz monitor.

    Which games do you play?

    Games I play right now:
    - Skyrim (Heavily Modded)
    - Elite Dangerous
    - Witcher 3
    - Dark Souls 3
    - Fallout 4
    - DOOM
    - Overwatch

    In general I like playing RPGs and other titles with big open worlds.

    Also I don't currently have a 1440 / 144hz Moniter; I'm not sure when and if I'll make that jump in the next couple years; I may just upgrade to another 1080p with 144 Hz. I'm not sure though, so maybe futureproofing would be wise.


    1070 will let you play nearly all those games maxed, 1060 still with high settings. Really just depends on whether you want to future proof.

    I ended up going for the MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5; it was the editor's choice at Tom's Hardware, and though it looks kinda derpy idk why that matters when it's in my computer case so. I also went and picked up some extra ram, since I already skyrocketed past my original budget anyways.

    Thanks for the help!
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