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After doing some research, I found that there are multiple better GPUs worth considering for only $20-$30 more. Although EVGA is one of my personal favorite GPU brands, MSI and Zotac offer better cards for a $1500 build IMO. MSI's Duke OC 2070 card offers a 1755 MHz boost clock, which is significantly higher than that of the EVGA card that is listed that only comes in at 1620 MHz boost. Zotac's 2070 AMP! Extreme offers 1830 MHz boost and 1860 MHz memory clock, the latter being 100 MHz higher than both the MSI and EVGA cards. I'm using the Duke in my personal $1500 build, so I thought I'd offer my opinion.

Current: i5-6300HQ, GTX 960M
Planned: i5-9600K, RTX 2070


Welcome to the TBG Forum, Racer 3513! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the 2070 cards. What you're seeing is the difference between reference cards, which Nvidia has decreed may sell for $500, and factory overclocked cards, which Nvidia has decreed may not be sold for $500, and for the first month were all much closer to the $600 price of the Nvidia Founders Edition.

For the $1,500 Build, it has up until this point made much more sense to go with the EVGA 2070 Black, which has always been $500, rather than go for a much more expensive factory-overclocked model. In my opinion, a factory overclock is worth paying up to 10% more for, just based on the convenience, given that all reference cards can also hit those speeds. That means I would never recommend anyone buy an RTX 2070 above $550. With that said, the Zotac 2070 AMP Extreme is currently $520, which makes it a very good deal. A few weeks ago, it was still $620. If the new price holds, it will become the pick for the March 2019 version of this build!

By the way, this will be a huge upgrade from your current laptop - you'll be able to enjoy all the latest games again!
Thank you, I hadn't realized that the price drop was so recent. And the build is an extreme upgrade; I've been operating on an $800 Inspiron laptop for a couple years now. My budget's grown since then, and I'm trying to hold off for a bit until I can afford to squeeze a liquid cooler (EVGA CLC 240? Loud but effective) into the build. And I'd like to quickly give you a big thank you for keeping this website running, it's my favorite for reviews and builds, and I really like seeing active staff in the forums. Keep up the good work!

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After doing some research, I found that there are multiple better GPUs worth considering for only $20-$30 more. Although EVGA is one of my personal favorite GPU brands, MSI and Zotac offer better cards for a $1500 build IMO. MSI's Duke OC 2070 card offers a 1755 MHz boost clock, which is significantly higher than that of the EVGA card that is listed that only comes in at 1620 MHz boost. Zotac's 2070 AMP! Extreme offers 1830 MHz boost and 1860 MHz memory clock, the latter being 100 MHz higher than both the MSI and EVGA cards. I'm using the Duke in my personal $1500 build, so I thought I'd offer my opinion.

Current: i5-6300HQ, GTX 960M
Planned: i5-9600K, RTX 2070

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