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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,.

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