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New GPU: RX5700XT, 2060S or 2070S

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by RLC, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. RLC


    Joined: Nov 30, 2019

    Posts: 17

    Hi all,

    I'm looking to upgrade from my GTX960 to something a bit more modern.

    I have a Samsung monitor that has Freesync which maybe favours the RX5700XT but maybe Ray Tracing is worth taking an RTXsuper instead.

    Games I mostly plat at the moment: War Thunder, Skyrim and Metro.
    I have an Intel i7-4790K processor and 16GB RAM.

    Really I was looking at the 5700XT and the 2060S but I probably could stretch to a 2070S if it's worth it.
    What's people's advice? Should I take the hit and go 2070S or go cheap(er) and get the RX5700XT and get a punch bag too? (I'm a teacher and think that'd be healthier stress relief than hitting the beer!)

    My PC case can only take a max length of 30cm.

    Thanks for the help! My first time buying a GPU.
  2. ExRayTed


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 7,653

    Location: Surrey

    For me? The 5700XT. Great card for the money and I think you'd be underwhelmed with ray tracing in its current state
  3. random_matt

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 30, 2012

    Posts: 1,029

    Tough, especially when AMD and Nvidia will be releasing new cards in the summer. Perhaps buy a second hand 970/980 until then.
  4. Mark1989


    Joined: Dec 5, 2008

    Posts: 13,666

    For me I always say get the best GPU you can afford at the time as it will also last you longer.

    Due to that the 2070 Super
  5. Journey


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 7,828

    Location: West Midlands

    RX 5700 XT is like a huge upgrade, and you can find them from £330 for AIB, or OCUK have the Asus stock one for £299 after the cashback incentives.

    Don't wait 6 months, given the card you've got now it'll be worth it, and then you can get a nice shiny new CPU/Mobo/RAM. :)
  6. Carl81


    Joined: Nov 1, 2017

    Posts: 221

    I had a 5700xt .... after 10 million blue screen of death scenarios with various gpu driver messages i changed to a rtx 2070 and ohhh emmmm geeeee not 1 single blue screen of death .
    Ive had it about 3 weeks.
    Amd drivers are not worth the hassle in my opinion
  7. Journey


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 7,828

    Location: West Midlands

    Sucks when you have a bad experience, that may or may not be directly attributed to the claims of the driver and could have been a faulty card, a poor OS install or many other things.

    I would say that Geforce cards are way more Noob friendly though, and when you have limited hardware and software knowledge, a small problem that could be easily resolved becomes a big issue.
  8. RLC


    Joined: Nov 30, 2019

    Posts: 17

    Thanks for the advice guys.

    So 2060S outta the window.

    the RX5700XT is looking like a strong contender since the 2070Super is at the limit of my budget.

    Next thing is should I eBay the old card or:
    use it and the previous CPU I have (i3-4170) to build a cheap gaming PC to sell on Facebook/eBay?

    p.s. I'm loving the gangster pictures!
  9. Zeonixx


    Joined: Nov 21, 2019

    Posts: 41

    AIB RX5700XT defo look out for deals on sapphire Pulse/nitro+ both great cards
  10. snips86x


    Joined: Nov 14, 2012

    Posts: 16,720

    Location: Close to Swindon, but not Swindon

    I bought the KFA2 2070 super to replace my aging 980ti and I couldn't be happier. Solid card, performs well and has a better overclocking overhead. Very happy.
  11. joelk2


    Joined: Nov 22, 2010

    Posts: 5,145

    if you have a budget for a 2070super then go for that. its superior to the others mentioned but also comes with a price tag to back it up.