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Nvidia or AMD graphics card for a Linux gaming PC
Alyana commented on 17 July 2019 at 7:32 pm UTC

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 commented on 18 July 2019 at 4:42 pm UTC

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

Alyana commented on 21 July 2019 at 8:43 pm UTC

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 commented on 22 July 2019 at 5:19 pm UTC

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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