IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME
since we’ve changed anything dramatic in our budget build, and for good reason: There’s nothing right now that would shake up its performance. Everything seems to be situated at the high end. Even Nvidia’s RTX 2060 is still waiting in the docks for some meaningful competition, trying to eke out that last cent for folks committed to buying the latest-gen GPUs. That said, we’ve had a bit of a shuffle around, saved some cash, and managed to splurge on a slightly better GPU: the GTX 1050 Ti. It’s not frame-breaker, but it’s a darn sight better than the 1050. We’re talking a 20 percent improvement on the base hardware alone. Unfortunately, it’s not the 80 percent you’d get for going to the 1060 3GB model, but still an improvement nonetheless. This was possible thanks to memory, SSD, HDD, and PSU price drops, and amazingly this build is still $10 cheaper than last issue,.