You can get an RX480 for $180 on Newegg. That's an excellent price. I can't wait for Ryzen to come out.
Wait for Ryzen
Or possibly he's referring to the Vega GPU? If you're looking for a high-end GPU then yeah wait for Vega or go GTX but in terms of mid-range GPUs the RX480 is great.
kinda crazy that they have to drop their price even more to compete with nvidia, even though their cards are better.
That and Nvidia has pretty anti-competitive practices with some of their technology that makes it run absolutely horribly on AMD cards. Or that time they were caught paying Devs for timed exclusivity for driver optimisation... AMD gets the raw end of the deal pretty often, even if their last few years have been rough hardware performance wise too in some cases.
If AMD can sweep the mid and low budget market out from under Intel and Nvidia with even their best cards being affordable to mid budget builders, you're going to see a very large share of the market disappear from Nvidia and Intel's feet. This is especially true for OEM builders and shit. There's a reason AMD won the bid for the latest gen consoles, they met the sweet spot between demand and price that Intel and Nvidia won't do.
PC parts are weird in that sense because people don't do so much research despite doing so much research. People flock to buying Corsair ram for inflated ass prices when there's ram that's as good or better for cheaper. They want RGBs and "cool designs" from their loyal brand over better products more often than not. It's weird.
So basically for less than a GTX 1080, you can get a CPU with i7 performance, a video card that's slightly better than a GTX 1060, and have money to spare for 16GB of RAM and Motherboard
I dont really understand how this works. If the RX 480 is a newer card, why is it below older cards, like the R9 Fury X, on the benchmarks?
I have an R9 290x right now, and its been seeing its limits for some time so I'm looking for an upgrade. I'm sure The fact that my card isn't even on this benchmark shows just how old it is.
So would the RX 480 be doubling my performance at this point?
Bear in mind that I bought 32 GB of RAM during Brexit when it was cheap as hell, and now the prices skyrocketed, so 16 GB of RAM might have to do if you are tight on cash.
I was actually going to get 16 GB of RAM on my 2009 system, when I had the money for it, but everyone said that it was SOOO pointless, yeah look where I am now, I actually could have used that memory because what do you know, software got more intensive over time and 4 GB of RAM sure as hell isn't enough, it wasn't enough back in the day for me with Photoshop, I wish I had been more insistent but whatever now.
Edit: I didn't mean to say that you should prioritize RAM, I worded this post poorly, but if you have money left to waste sure whatever, otherwise get a better GPU or CPU instead.
Edit: Looking bad at an old thread you made, buying 16GB of DDR2 (which is what your motherboard would've supported max) back then would've probably cost you almost as much as your CPU. In that case you could've gone for an i7 920 back in '09 instead of a Q9400 with money left over to buy 8GB of DDR3 instead. I suppose that's all in the past now, but I think it's pretty bad advice to say people should prioritise RAM in general.
RAM is piss easy to upgrade and 99.99% of people do not need 32gb
I understand that my logic might not sound too solid, but it mostly comes down to the specific circumstance I was in, and I don't want to get into too many details about that. The idea is that I had the money for it back then, and I knew our living conditions would soon change when we would move back to Romania. It's a long story and I ommited a ton of details, otherwise my post would make a bit more sense.
I think 16 GB is probably fine now days, but if you have the money and if your build is solid then I would say go for it. I don't think you should buy 32 GB of RAM if your CPU or GPU are far worse, only if you have a good build already. Bear in mind that my build was 600 - 700$ I think, and I'm really happy with my system, RAM has gotten stupid expensive now though, when I bought my 32 GB of RAM it was cheap as hell. I paid like 100$ I think, not that cheap but it was okay. I used up to 24 GB so far in one go, so it wasn't a waste.
Oh and bear in mind I didn't make that 2009 PC myself, I wanted to make my own custom build but my dad instead had someone else build it, so the prices were most likely overpriced. I know I sound like a dumbass but, it's a bit of a clusterfuck.
It's just a waste, on modern DDR4 that doubles the price, just drop that into a NVMe drive or anything else that'll make an actual difference.
But again I bought this RAM before the price increase, I would stay away from 32 GB nowdays, I just got a bit lucky. If I had to pay 200$ on 32 GB it would be pretty stupid for a gaming build only, but I suggest considering your current financial status, it mostly came down to that for me. Again when I bought it, it wasn't as expensive as it used to be, this price increase is fairly recent from what I've seen.