Need advice on video card and ssd drive

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by amenasce, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. amenasce

    amenasce Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Oct 17, 2001
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    I bough a Dell PC (had some $$ dell credit) and i want to swap the video card and add an SSD HD. Nothing crazy, but enough to play some games.

    The PC is an I5 with 12Gb of memory. Id like to add an SSD drive as a boot drive so no need for big one.

    As for the video card, i have no idea but i dont want to spend $300+.
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  3. Gran Drewismo

    Gran Drewismo F1 Rookie

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    I really like Tom's Hardware's Guides for stuff like this.

    Best GPUs of 2016 - Top-Rated Graphics Cards for Gaming

    It will give you an idea of what cards are good at a particular price.

    If you want to stay sub $300 I'd go for something like the Geforce 1060.

    As for the SSD, I'd probably just hop on Newegg or Amazon and find one that has the highest rating with the size and price you want to spend. I'm partial to Crucial but that's just me.
  4. BillyD

    BillyD Formula 3
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    I always buy Samsung SSDs, sub $150 for 500 gig on sale. Vid card I'd buy the Asus version of the 1070. I haven't really been watching Toms lately but it's a very good source.
  5. Bas

    Bas Three Time F1 World Champ

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    I have a Samsung 480GB SSD and very happy with it. They're around $150 and worth it. Don't get a small one and install games on the HDD, they work better on SSD and load much faster. I have a HDD in my computer still but use it as a back up, config'd it as ''always on'' as they're just so damn slow when they need to ''wake up''.

    Next PC build I will use SSD as a back up drive as well.

    1070GTX is best bang for buck IMO. It's an incredible card with great performance. Friend of mine has one and uses it in 3440 x 1440, his old card was a 770GTX and performance tripled, even with changed graphics settings from high to epic!
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition, 08G-P4-5173-KR, 8GB GDDR5, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC)

    1060 is a great card as well but 1070GTX will ensure you'll be fine for a few years.
  6. bounty

    bounty F1 Veteran

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    Don't want to invest in 4k? 1070 GTX. Want 4k? 1080 GTX.
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  8. bobzdar

    bobzdar F1 Veteran

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    #6 bobzdar, Dec 2, 2016
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    Best vid card under $300 is the Nvidia gtx 1060 6gb (~$240). For $140, the gtx 1050ti is probably the best overall bang for the buck.
  9. amenasce

    amenasce Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Thanks for the feedback, i got a GTX1050ti. No games yet so i havent tried it yet..I'll buy GTAV or Assetto Corsa after the holidays.

    I need a driving seat.

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