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    GPU upgrade for an older PC

    I'm looking to upgrade my HTPC so that my brother can play newer games on it like BF V and Metro Exodus. I haven't quite kept up with the state of GPUs over the past 2 years. What's the best GPU that I can buy that would run on a small 450W PSU and wouldn't be bottlenecked by the CPU at the same time?

    Intel Xeon E3-1271 v3 (similar to an i7 4790)
    16GB (8GB x 2) DDR3-1600 memory
    ASRock H81M-ITX mobo
    Nvidia GT 730
    Silverstone ST45SF-G 450W Gold Certified PSU

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    Linkzor wrote:
    I'm looking to upgrade my HTPC so that my brother can play newer games on it like BF V and Metro Exodus. I haven't quite kept up with the state of GPUs over the past 2 years. What's the best GPU that I can buy that would run on a small 450W PSU and wouldn't be bottlenecked by the CPU at the same time?

    Intel Xeon E3-1271 v3 (similar to an i7 4790)
    16GB (8GB x 2) DDR3-1600 memory
    ASRock H81M-ITX mobo
    Nvidia GT 730
    Silverstone ST45SF-G 450W Gold Certified PSU
    Maybe the GTX 1060 3gb and RX580 4gb variants?

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    Pxndx wrote:
    Maybe the GTX 1060 3gb and RX580 4gb variants?
    Any particular reason not to go for something more powerful like the GTX 1660 Ti? He doesn't mind paying more if needed, it'll likely be the final upgrade before he'll have to build a brand new system so the longer it lasts the better.

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    https://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/2430?vs=2147

    1660 Ti is a good choice for new, else 1070 if you prefer cash over new. They are, for all intents and purposes, the same GPU. Should be able to find a used 1070 for around $320, whereas a 1660 Ti starts around $500.

    Anandtech was hitting sub 300W for total SYSTEM power for both, so you should be fine on either in 450W.

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    suntoucher wrote:
    https://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/2430?vs=2147

    1660 Ti is a good choice for new, else 1070 if you prefer cash over new. They are, for all intents and purposes, the same GPU. Should be able to find a used 1070 for around $320, whereas a 1660 Ti starts around $500.

    Anandtech was hitting sub 300W for total SYSTEM power for both, so you should be fine on either in 450W.
    Got a 1660 Ti today and now running BF 5 on ultra settings @1080p between 75-95 fps in most areas.

    Had a look on Tardme for 1070s and people were asking silly money for them and most of the ones I saw needed a 8 + 6 pin PCI power connectors as opposed to a single 8 pin on the 1660 Ti.

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    is a 1660ti better than a 1070?

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    Depends on the game, not much in it either way.

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    Linkzor wrote:
    Any particular reason not to go for something more powerful like the GTX 1660 Ti? He doesn't mind paying more if needed, it'll likely be the final upgrade before he'll have to build a brand new system so the longer it lasts the better.
    Just a personal thing. I would rather save the money for a better system while something cheaper can run things decently at 1080p until then.

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    I would go for a 20 Series GPU

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    Dellor wrote:
    I would go for a 20 Series GPU
    I did look at the RTX 2060 but every single manufacturer mentioned a minimum 500w psu.

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    the biggest deciding factor in choosing a GPU is what resolution you intend to play your games at. for 1080p gaming, anything like 1060 3gb is plenty. good call on the 1660ti though, should be good for a few years easy