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Hey guys, long time, no see.

I am finally almost able to get a new video card. I am thinking to get either a GTX 1060 or 1070 (but I'm open to suggestions). My monitor is a Samsung 27"1080p 60hz PLS that I freaking love, and have no intention of getting rid of any time soon, as I just got it in July. As you can see from the system in my sig, I tend to keep my video cards for a while, so would it be worth it to save a little longer for the 1070, or is the 1060 enough?

I am not a huge gamer anymore, but I do still casually game, mostly L4D2, Star Trek Online, and I just got Far Cry 4, which is pretty fun.

One odd request; we have a lot of Amazon credit, just about enough for a 1060. So I would appreciate if any recommendations are from Amazon. Also, I would prefer to get a card that runs cool, as I love in the desert, and sometimes cooling can be an issue.

Anyway, as always, I certainly appreciate the help.

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RX 480 is also a good option.
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at the moment it looks like 1060 and RX480 are on par.

But don't forget the +2GiB VRAM and if you look at the predecessors, especially GK104 and Tahiti, I'd rather go for the AMD card to be honest...
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Here's my one issue with AMD. I have yet to have a Radeon card that consistently works for outputting to not only my monitor, but also my TV (nothing fancy, just a 40" 1080p 60hz Sceptre) over HDMI. I'm pretty sure that it's a software issue, as my PS3, Direct TV, and Chromecast all work fine. I'm not opposed to another Radeon, but I want to know that the ports are fully functional, and not just decorative, if that makes sense.

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Edit: Though, it occurs to me that my monitor (Samsung SF352) supports AMD Freesynch. Not sure if it matters at the RX480 level, though.

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having freesync is actually amazing, games are butter smooth then. Interesting that you have problems connecting up AMD GPUs to your TV, I personally haven't had any problems with my RX 480 and the TV that I use as a monitor (unlike my laptop aand the nvidia GPU but irrelevant here)
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Interesting that you have problems connecting up AMD GPUs to your TV, I personally haven't had any problems with my RX 480 and the TV that I use as a monitor (unlike my laptop aand the nvidia GPU but irrelevant here)
It's using the TV as a second display that I am having difficulty with. Though, that being said, I will definitely check out the 480.

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That might just be the TV as well. Some TVs can be rather picky about what GPU they want to support. I've had modern Intel, AMD, and nVidia GPUs not work on a TV while an old 8800 GT had no issue.
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Is Freesynch worth it? Or would it be better to run a slightly more powerful card with "just" vsynch?

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Is Freesynch worth it? Or would it be better to run a slightly more powerful card with "just" vsynch?

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FreeSync / GSync are not really the same as Vsync. Or I should say, they're on a totally different level.

It's sorta like the difference between Red-Blue 3D Glasses and the Real3D Glasses.

The really nice thing about FreeSync/GSync is that inconsistent framerates still feel good. So if the game is running between 45-60 FPS it's harder to tell the difference in framerate vs a normal monitor.
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Is Freesynch worth it?
Yes, even with the small freesync range of you monitor. But because of that you can't use Low Framerate Compensation. So make sure to have a frame rate above the minimum of you screen. And use Frame Rate Target Control to keep your frame rate under the 60 frames per second for a really smooth experience.
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