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I need help 3gb or 6gb gtx1060?

I have decided to go with a 1060, and i want to up grade to coffee lake when it comes out. I am on a budget of £670, and my question is do i get the 3gb 1060 and go for the i5 coffee lake or get the 6gb 1060 and maybe have to get the i3 coffee lake? i might be able to get the 6gb and the i5 but it will be very tight and i might have to break my budget and i dont want to do that. this is all based on the price leak today of the coffee lake prices i5 £250 and the i3 i think think was around 170.
i will be selling my current setup fx 6300 based system but i want to use that money to get an SSD.
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    You wont regret getting the 3gb, but the 6gb will definitely perform a little better and last longer... http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3524032/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-1060-3gb-6gb.html
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  2. The main difference between the 3 GB and the 6 GB is not the VRAM .... the main difference is that the 6GB model has 10% more shaders and therefore averages about 6% faster. The VRAM has no impact on card performance at either 1080o or 1440p and this is plainly evident when we look at the average FPS advantage in 16 of today's most popular games, we see that it remains unchanged when jumping from 1080p to 1440p ... if VRAM mattered, we'd should see a large difference when we went to to 1440p ... we do not ... it's the same 6% attributable the lower shader count

    https://tpucdn.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Gaming_X_3_GB/images/perfrel_1920_1080.png
    https://tpucdn.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Gaming_X_3_GB/images/perfrel_2560_1440.png

    It matters which one ya get ... we recommend this one

    https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Gaming_X_3_GB/
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  3. JackNaylorPE said:
    The main difference between the 3 GB and the 6 GB is not the VRAM .... the main difference is that the 6GB model has 10% more shaders and therefore averages about 6% faster. The VRAM has no impact on card performance at either 1080o or 1440p and this is plainly evident when we look at the average FPS advantage in 16 of today's most popular games, we see that it remains unchanged when jumping from 1080p to 1440p ... if VRAM mattered, we'd should see a large difference when we went to to 1440p ... we do not ... it's the same 6% attributable the lower shader count

    https://tpucdn.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Gaming_X_3_GB/images/perfrel_1920_1080.png
    https://tpucdn.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Gaming_X_3_GB/images/perfrel_2560_1440.png

    It matters which one ya get ... we recommend this one

    https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Gaming_X_3_GB/


    so you are saying do not worry about getting the 3gb version? also the msi gaming x is 250 here in the UK where as another card like the Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 1060 WF2 3GB is 200 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-Nvidia-1060-GDDR5-PCI/dp/B01KHWOAR4/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1505945672&sr=1-1&keywords=gtx+1060, is it really worth the extra 50 pounds?
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  4. For the extra cost, the boost it gives is pretty good. So, yes it is worth it. But then as I said, you wont regret much if you go for the 3gb version. It is pretty capable too.
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  5. paul159944 said:
    so you are saying do not worry about getting the 3gb version? also the msi gaming x is 250 here, is it really worth the extra 50 pounds?


    only you can provide that answer. I usually look at the difference in performance as compared to the difference price. Of course to make this comparison, you need to compare otherwise identical cards

    MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X 3GB - £241.19
    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/W9cMnQ/msi-geforce-gtx-1060-3gb-gaming-x-3g-video-card-gtx-1060-gaming-x-3g

    MSI GEFORCE GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G £303.10
    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/JVWrxr/msi-geforce-gtx-1060-6gb-gaming-x-video-card-geforce-gtx-1060-gaming-x-6g

    £303.10 / £241.19 represents a 26% increase in price for a 6% boost in performance... does that seem worthwhile to you ?

    To be fair you should be looking at system price so if the box costs £900 with 3 GB it should be £962 / £900, that's a 6.9% increase in system cost for the ^ GB card that's 6% faster. Personally, I'm fine with that.
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  6. JackNaylorPE said:
    paul159944 said:
    so you are saying do not worry about getting the 3gb version? also the msi gaming x is 250 here, is it really worth the extra 50 pounds?


    only you can provide that answer. I usually look at the difference in performance as compared to the difference price. Of course to make this comparison, you need to compare otherwise identical cards

    MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X 3GB - £241.19
    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/W9cMnQ/msi-geforce-gtx-1060-3gb-gaming-x-3g-video-card-gtx-1060-gaming-x-3g

    MSI GEFORCE GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G £303.10
    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/JVWrxr/msi-geforce-gtx-1060-6gb-gaming-x-video-card-geforce-gtx-1060-gaming-x-6g

    £303.10 / £241.19 represents a 26% increase in price for a 6% boost in performance... does that seem worthwhile to you ?

    To be fair you should be looking at system price so if the box costs £900 with 3 GB it should be £962 / £900, that's a 6.9% increase in system cost for the ^ GB card that's 6% faster. Personally, I'm fine with that.


    no to me the price jump from £241 to £303 does not seem worth it for a 6% boost in performance. but can i not apply the same comparison to a 3gb card priced at 200 (say the gigabyte or an evga SC) and a 3gb msi gaming x at £241 what would the boost in performance vs price be in that case? I am not aware of what performance gain the MSI card offers over other cards.

    also even on that review https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Gaming... it does mention in the Conclusion, I find the card quite expensive, considering you can find GTX 1060 3 GB models for $199, which is important if you are trying to save money.
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  7. All the 3gb cards perform around the same range, barring a few fps here or there. You can pick any of them. Ideally I would go with the cheaper card.
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  8. Hellfire13 said:
    All the 3gb cards perform around the same range, barring a few fps here or there. You can pick any of them. Ideally I would go with the cheaper card.


    To me the 3gb models are looking like what i am going to be buying because i want to, sick to, or around my budget plus the 3gb vs 6gb performance to price just does not seem worth it. i also think i am going to wait until around coffee lake release to buy the card so if the MSI gaming x comes close to around the £200/£220 mark i will get it, but otherwise i am going for a model that is £200 or below. I really do appreciate the help giving to help me make my decision. i guess i will update at a later date to tell you which i brought.
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  9. Sure. Do keep us posted. Cheers :)
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  10. Hellfire13 said:
    Sure. Do keep us posted. Cheers :)


    So after waiting for coffee lake to be released in particular the i5 8600k, I find that i have got to pre-order one. I am now unsure what to do should i just wait for the i5 to come in stock or should i go with the new i3 8350k which is in stock, i only game i dont do any kind of streaming/photo editing, but i am unsure that the 4 cores are enough for CPU bound games like total war for example?
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  11. Get the i5-8400. It is a pretty good chip and more than sufficient for gaming. You can follow the discussion here... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3529443/intel-coffee-lake-8th-generation-megathread-faq-resources.html
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  12. Hellfire13 said:
    Get the i5-8400. It is a pretty good chip and more than sufficient for gaming. You can follow the discussion here... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3529443/intel-coffee-lake-8th-generation-megathread-faq-resources.html


    Do you think i should still put the 8400 in a z370 board or wait for the less expensive motherboard to come out?
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  13. You can wait if you want, but there is no tentative launch date for those boards from Intel. Might be towards the 2nd half of next year, and it will be a pretty long wait.
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  14. Hellfire13 said:
    You can wait if you want, but there is no tentative launch date for those boards from Intel. Might be towards the 2nd half of next year, and it will be a pretty long wait.


    http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-i5-8400-review-the-best-new-gaming-cpu-in-years/ yeh the 8400 is looking like a sweet deal an maybe i think about and upgrade to an i7 8700k in the future if i get a z370 board (but i highly doubt it).
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  15. Well, the 8400 can serve you for a pretty long time if you are only gaming. The 8700k is more of a gaming + productivity chip.
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  16. Hellfire13 said:
    Well, the 8400 can serve you for a pretty long time if you are only gaming. The 8700k is more of a gaming + productivity chip.


    maybe an 8600k at a later date, i am just trying to justify having to spend more money on a premium overclocking z370 board :)
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  17. Get the Asus z370 Strix E Gaming. The board comes with lots of connectivity options, overclocking potential and features like superior audio codec with headphone amps, bluetooth and wifi. Its one of the best bang for buck board, if you plan to go with a unlocked cpu in future. Else grab any of the cheap boards and it should work fine.
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  18. Hellfire13 said:
    Get the Asus z370 Strix E Gaming. The board comes with lots of connectivity options, overclocking potential and features like superior audio codec with headphone amps, bluetooth and wifi. Its one of the best bang for buck board, if you plan to go with a unlocked cpu in future. Else grab any of the cheap boards and it should work fine.


    on the i5 8400 does the max turbo frequency of 4.0 GHz mean i will be able to set all the 6 cores to 4 ghz? and it says max memory type ddr4 2666 does that mean if i buy 3200 mhz ram will it not get up to that speed on the i5 8400?
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  19. Hellfire13 said:
    Get the Asus z370 Strix E Gaming. The board comes with lots of connectivity options, overclocking potential and features like superior audio codec with headphone amps, bluetooth and wifi. Its one of the best bang for buck board, if you plan to go with a unlocked cpu in future. Else grab any of the cheap boards and it should work fine.


    what do you think about this motherboard https://www.cclonline.com/product/240960/Z370-A-PRO/Motherboards/MSI-Z370-A-PRO-Intel-Socket-1151-ATX-Motherboard/MBD2257/?siteID=8BacdVP0GFs-CARYkV1lNn1gIhvAAV_NkQ, i think it is good for the i5 8400 but i am unsure if i upgrade in the furture it will be able to enough for a unlocked i5?
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  20. Turbo frequency is auto upto 4ghz. Which means, if the cpu needs more performance, it will automatically turbo all cores upto 4ghz. You cant do anything about that manually. Manual is only possible on the K processors.
    The board is fine for the 8400. Should work with the 8600k as well but not as good as a premium board like the one I have stated above.
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  21. Hellfire13 said:
    Turbo frequency is auto upto 4ghz. Which means, if the cpu needs more performance, it will automatically turbo all cores upto 4ghz. You cant do anything about that manually. Manual is only possible on the K processors.
    The board is fine for the 8400. Should work with the 8600k as well but not as good as a premium board like the one I have stated above.


    what is your opinion on this motherboard http://www.morecomputers.com/p/?pid=Z370%20PRO4%3E%3EASRock&referer=PCPart with the i5 8600K
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  22. These are all entry level boards and should work on a basic level with any chip. You can OC moderately on them with 8600k, no issues.
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  23. Hellfire13 said:
    These are all entry level boards and should work on a basic level with any chip. You can OC moderately on them with 8600k, no issues.


    https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/PRIME-Z370-A/overview/ what about this with this i5 8600k?
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  24. Thats a good board. You can get that one. Please PM me for further queries.
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