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Alyana 17 Jul, 2019

Thank you all so much for the great comments! I have been away for a few days so I haven't had the chance to post earlier.

You have given me a lot of information I haven't had before. It still is a tough decision!

It will for sure become a Ryzen based machine, as far as I know, and a midrange card. I will post the decision here shortly. Thank you all again!

Feda 18 Jul, 2019

I would go with Radeon RX580 with 8GB VRAM. It will cost less and perform better than a 1050ti.

Alyana 21 Jul, 2019

After looking at the prices and all that, I think an RX580 is indeed a good choice. I haven't seen a better card for that price. And if there are no huge differences anymore, compatibility wise and regarding driver support, it might be well worth it to give it a try.

I will keep you updated about it and some testing results I will be doing, comparing it to my own 1050 Ti.

Thank you again for all the info, you are awesome.

dubigrasu 22 Jul, 2019

Be careful about the brand though, some 580 cards have issues regarding cooling and noise.
If I may, give Sapphire cards a try, I have a Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ and it behaves really well, review here: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3323380/sapphire-radeon-rx-590-nitro-review.html
If you can find one of these (they go for similar prices) go for it.

As for AMD/Nvidia drivers, really, you'll be fine fine with both, don't listen to the banter.
If you go for Nvidia I would suggest the GTX 1660 ti, is the second best in terms of performance per dollar.

Some numbers regarding temperatures, power consumption and performance per dollar for both cards:
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=nvidia-gtx1660ti-linux&num=7

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