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Best Value GPU for Overwatch and LoL?

Hello, my old gpu died on me and I need another one.

I have a budget of 180 dollars INCLUDING TAX/SHIPPING.

I would like to play Overwatch as smoothly as possible and maybe THE BEST QUALITY if my budget allows it.

My build consists of...

PSU - 650W
Mobo - Asrock z68 ex3 gen 3
Cpu - i5-2500k
Ram - 4Gb x 2... i believe...

Plis! Halp!
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More about gpu overwatch lol
  1. Your current specs are great, no need to change those.
    Your best option for value in this case is this: http://pcpartpicker.com/product/nxVBD3/powercolor-radeon-rx-480-4gb-red-dragon-video-card-axrx-480-4gbd5-3dhdv2
    Don't OC it though.
    This costs $180 on the dot after shipping and cools better, get it if you can: http://pcpartpicker.com/product/v9PzK8/sapphire-radeon-rx-480-4gb-nitro-d5-oc-video-card-11260-13
    Reply to Chugalug_
  2. I should have mentioned that I'm in Canada. How are the price matches from online to retail stores? I might just go pick one up in person.

    So youre recommending me a radeon rx480?
    Reply to crossriver
  3. No, if you're in Canada you'll be aiming lower.
    Save up $20 more and get this, gives you much more performance for the money vs a GTX 1050ti for example.
    https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/JfyxFT/asus-radeon-rx-470-4gb-strix-video-card-rog-strix-rx470-o4g-gaming
    Reply to Chugalug_
  4. Chugalug_ said:
    No, if you're in Canada you'll be aiming lower.
    Save up $20 more and get this, gives you much more performance for the money vs a GTX 1050ti for example.
    https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/JfyxFT/asus-radeon-rx-470-4gb-strix-video-card-rog-strix-rx470-o4g-gaming


    So you mean i have to settle for a weaker card wjth my budget? I can do 20 more dollars i suppose
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  5. I'm sayin you have to settle for a weaker card because we're talking CAD not USD now. :P
    Reply to Chugalug_
  6. The 470 at 4gb is a good card and will be fine for you. I have a daughter who is a Overwatch addict using a 7850 with no issues.

    A 1050ti will play Overwatch as well as a GTX950. For some odd reason the Strix GTX950 that I bought a year ago for $150 is now over $400, so 1050ti it is... unless you want to go with a low end 1060 with half the memory disabled, those are comparable ($200 USD) to a 1050ti ($150-170 USD) but will out perform it.

    And before the peanut gallery gets started, yes, the community hates these half mast 1060's. But unless you are using Vulcan while you are gaming, it really does beat the crap out of a 1050ti. All the reviewers state that, but then say they hate it on principle.
    Reply to groundrat
  7. The 1060 3GB is by no means a bad card, its just that the RX 480 4GB performs identically for less generally.
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  8. Im deciding between the 470 or 1050ti. Is there a similar selection like these two? Maybe a tier lower? And how would they fair against Overwatch?
    Reply to crossriver
  9. Chugalug_ said:
    The 1060 3GB is by no means a bad card, its just that the RX 480 4GB performs identically for less generally.


    Absolutely correct. Just my preference is for the Nvidea cards these days. This isn't a price or performance based preference. I just got tired of debugging the Radeon software and drivers every month or so when the updates hit.

    You will notice that the radeon card has a little better color saturation, but that's all. Frame rates should be nearly identical.
    Reply to groundrat
  10. groundrat said:
    Chugalug_ said:
    The 1060 3GB is by no means a bad card, its just that the RX 480 4GB performs identically for less generally.


    Absolutely correct. Just my preference is for the Nvidea cards these days. This isn't a price or performance based preference. I just got tired of debugging the Radeon software and drivers every month or so when the updates hit.

    You will notice that the radeon card has a little better color saturation, but that's all. Frame rates should be nearly identical.




    I kinda wanna try a nvidia this time hehe. Sorry to double post but...

    Im deciding between the 470 or 1050ti. Is there a similar selection like these two? Maybe a tier lower? And how would they fair against Overwatch?
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  11. Best answer
    crossriver said:
    Im deciding between the 470 or 1050ti. Is there a similar selection like these two? Maybe a tier lower? And how would they fair against Overwatch?


    The next step down would be an RX 460 or 1050/1050ti, and that nets you much less performance.
    The RX 470 is the best choice here, save up.
    Reply to Chugalug_
  12. Chugalug_ said:
    crossriver said:
    Im deciding between the 470 or 1050ti. Is there a similar selection like these two? Maybe a tier lower? And how would they fair against Overwatch?


    The next step down would be an RX 460 or 1050/1050ti, and that nets you much less performance.
    The RX 470 is the best choice here, save up.


    How is the rx460 compared to the r7850? The r7850 ran overwatch with no problems, just couldnt do it at max quality. And at the same time, even if my new rx470 could run it at max quality, would my i5 2500k be hindering?
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  13. Quite poor.
    Your CPU is set for the next few years, especially if overclocked.
    Don't worry.
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  14. Chugalug_ said:
    Quite poor.
    Your CPU is set for the next few years, especially if overclocked.
    Don't worry.


    Hmmm. I might just get the rx460 even if its shit. I dont plan on crazy gaming and my r7850 was quite capable as is. But considering its a small gap in dollars.... hmmmmm. I think i got the right idea though. Thank you so much!
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  15. Trust me, the RX 470 offers much more performance for the money, the only thing the 460 is really suitable for is esports titles.
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  16. Chugalug_ said:
    Trust me, the RX 470 offers much more performance for the money, the only thing the 460 is really suitable for is esports titles.


    But I mean I dont plan on getting newer titles. Im sure it WILL be better for the price but like... i bought my r7859 5 years ago and it has been able to run Overwatch with no problems. I was satisfied with the medium quality graphics and such and such.
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  17. Chugalug_ said:
    Trust me, the RX 470 offers much more performance for the money, the only thing the 460 is really suitable for is esports titles.


    Theres also a 80 dollar price gap between the two as well, and it doesnt look too pleasing
    Reply to crossriver
  18. groundrat said:
    Chugalug_ said:
    The 1060 3GB is by no means a bad card, its just that the RX 480 4GB performs identically for less generally.


    Absolutely correct. Just my preference is for the Nvidea cards these days. This isn't a price or performance based preference. I just got tired of debugging the Radeon software and drivers every month or so when the updates hit.

    You will notice that the radeon card has a little better color saturation, but that's all. Frame rates should be nearly identical.




    Really lol? I'm on my first Radeon card ever after 3 Nvidia GPUs and the software side has been leagues ahead of any Nvidia card i have ever owned. Each update gives me more performance and nice patching whereas my old Nvidia cards specifically my last GTX 760 got WORSE as it got older and i just avoided updates completely (Probably Nvidia dumping it so i buy a new card). That and so far Radeon drivers haven't killed any of my games yet like my GeForce updates did at least every 2nd or 3rd update :/ i just had to roll back or wait for the next update. Only thing i wish AMD would add is their own version of Nvidia Ansel (the sick screenshot tool) since they already did a better ShadowPlay competitor and the new AMD WattMan tool is neat (manually setting overclock profiles for specific games).

    As for OP, i agree with Chugalug with saving up more for the RX 470 4GB, an excellent card for the price and should last a while for the games you are playing, no idea why someone would buy a 1050 Ti over it unless your budget is that strict or you specifically need a Nvidia card. It's better to spend a little bit more now and not need an upgrade for longer. :)
    Reply to CRO5513Y
  19. I still reckon Nvidia have far superior drivers, although the new GeForce Experience GUI feels confusing as hell to me. :(
    AMD's optimization is just all over the place, i've gone Nvidia since the Kepler days.
    Reply to Chugalug_
  20. Lol i understand, thanks for the help guys :D

    Can i pick two people for the solution?
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  21. crossriver said:
    Lol i understand, thanks for the help guys :D

    Can i pick two people for the solution?


    Sadly no :P if you mean between me and him, then Chugalug deserves it for sure.

    Probably going off topic with this a little and i apologize. What i meant with Radeon having better drivers was specifically long-term wise. Without a doubt better i still see HD 6xxx and 7xxx cards getting support and boosts/patches for the newer games. Take the 290X vs 780 Ti or example, a review was done last year showing the Kepler to be left behind and the 290X still swinging stronger than ever not that i would necessarily say many people would keep the GPU for this long but just annoyed that Nvidia is so careless with driver support unless you have the newest generation. http://www.babeltechreviews.com/nvidia-forgotten-kepler-gtx-780-ti-vs-290x-revisited/
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  22. I don't really care tbh, only a number on the internet, not here for the points, here to help people. :P
    Let me know if you need any more help OP.
    Reply to Chugalug_
  23. The lower tier you go, the less point there is in upgrading. If you already have an HD 7850, the improvement to an RX 460 is extremely marginal. An RX 470/480 would be a significant enough step to make an upgrade worthwhile, so if you want to be below those, I'd save the money.
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  24. CRO5513Y said:
    groundrat said:
    Chugalug_ said:
    The 1060 3GB is by no means a bad card, its just that the RX 480 4GB performs identically for less generally.


    Absolutely correct. Just my preference is for the Nvidea cards these days. This isn't a price or performance based preference. I just got tired of debugging the Radeon software and drivers every month or so when the updates hit.

    You will notice that the radeon card has a little better color saturation, but that's all. Frame rates should be nearly identical.




    Really lol? I'm on my first Radeon card ever after 3 Nvidia GPUs and the software side has been leagues ahead of any Nvidia card i have ever owned. Each update gives me more performance and nice patching whereas my old Nvidia cards specifically my last GTX 760 got WORSE as it got older and i just avoided updates completely (Probably Nvidia dumping it so i buy a new card). That and so far Radeon drivers haven't killed any of my games yet like my GeForce updates did at least every 2nd or 3rd update :/ i just had to roll back or wait for the next update. Only thing i wish AMD would add is their own version of Nvidia Ansel (the sick screenshot tool) since they already did a better ShadowPlay competitor and the new AMD WattMan tool is neat (manually setting overclock profiles for specific games).

    As for OP, i agree with Chugalug with saving up more for the RX 470 4GB, an excellent card for the price and should last a while for the games you are playing, no idea why someone would buy a 1050 Ti over it unless your budget is that strict or you specifically need a Nvidia card. It's better to spend a little bit more now and not need an upgrade for longer. :)


    The last Radeon card I used was a 7850, on a three monitor setup. Every software update my settings would wipe and I had to reconfigure. Every other update I'd have to uninstall and reload the beta. That was ...nearly five years ago.
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