Debating graphics cards for new PC build

obheron

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Currently trying to decide the between a GTX 1050TI or a GTX 1070. If I don't plan on moving from a 24" to a 27" monitor, do I really need to get the 1070? from what I can tell the 1050TI will support 1920x1080 with a 144Hz or GSync monitor just fine. the extra $300 for the 1070, plus the cost of a 27" 144Hz or gsync monitor surprised me a bit. I currently have a Alienware AW2310 that supports 120Hz, so my other option is to get the 1070 and then wait for a deal on a 27". Or stick with the 1050TI and get a another 24" monitor to support 144Hz.
 

JalYt_Justin

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For 1080p 144hz I'd definitely take the 1070. 1050Ti is pretty much the bottom end of GPUs for even 1080p/60Hz. Even if the resolution isn't that high, it would still be beneficial for you to take a stronger GPU, especially to keep some semblance of balance in your build (pairing possibly the best consumer CPU with a low-mid tier GPU?).

I wouldn't suggest anything lower than a 1060 in all honesty. 1070 is hitting your sweet spot.
 

obheron

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Can do.

MB: Gigabyte Z370 Aorus 5 (Intel Z370 ATX)
CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K 3.7GHz (4.7GHz Turbo) 6 Core 95W
RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666 (2x8GB)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB (EVGA) or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB (Asus, EVGA)
OS/Game Drive: 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SATA SSD (Peak 540 MB/s)
Storage: 2.0TB Western Digital Gold 7200 RPM SATA (Peak 200 MB/s)
Power: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 650W (80 PLUS Platinum)

Building from Puget (my 3rd one), I just like to review the components on Tom's before I commit.
 

JalYt_Justin

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For 1080p 144hz I'd definitely take the 1070. 1050Ti is pretty much the bottom end of GPUs for even 1080p/60Hz. Even if the resolution isn't that high, it would still be beneficial for you to take a stronger GPU, especially to keep some semblance of balance in your build (pairing possibly the best consumer CPU with a low-mid tier GPU?).

I wouldn't suggest anything lower than a 1060 in all honesty. 1070 is hitting your sweet spot.
 
I agree that the 1050 Ti, at best, is a 1080p 60hz card with compromises. That's not bad, but it's not a 144hz card unless you're talking old games. The 1060 is a no compromises 1080p 60hz card. So really the 1070 is what you want.

To be clear, you can use the 1050 Ti with a high refresh rate monitor, so it technically does 'support' it. It just won't take advantage of it except in older less demanding games.
 

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