Sounds good, but at what point to you hand over 40% performance for the extra GB?
With high res textures, more memory, and slower clocks would actually be my go to, I'd stick with the 4GB 1050ti personally.
Depends if you want 'high settings' on AA\AF\Lighting\Shadows, or on Textures. Personally, for me, its textures.
1080p up through 4K it's always 40%+ faster acording to above link.
But would it run fast enough on a 1050Ti anyway at max settings to matter? 1440p it runs at 30fps.
Also games like DOOM wont even run on max settings without 4GB GPU RAM.
According to above linked review the 3GB ran the DOOM test, even at 4K it still surpasses the 1050Ti. At 1440p it's 20fps (66%) faster!
Just depends on priorities, plus how many games you have simultaneously installed.
1TB SSD is so cheap now, I honestly think the $350ish you spend on them is good money.
You'll keep it for nearly life.
Definitely it's a keep for life thing.
Well yes but then once the ASIC miners took over Bitcoin, ASIC resistant alt coins were made.
As for the mining boom; I honestly think you're wrong.
Not because the boom will finish, but because GPU mining will become so inefficient that ASIC miners will be the only power sensible option.
Or, since we've recently managed a new die-shrink, that better cards will take the mining crown, and people will upgrade.
Maybe not from the 1080ti's, they'll live on, but you'll probably start to see some 6GB 1060's or 1070's at least.
If new ASIC's come out for Ethereum etc new alt currencies will be made that only GPU's are good at running.
When you can code a new crypto currency faster than you can design and fabricate an ASIC for it, chances are generalised crypto computing on GPU's won't disappear any time soon.
Only mentioning the 1060 thing because the most popular alt coin on the most popular OS now isn't tenable, so the demand for the 3GB model should weaken. Theoretically.
Totally agree however he'll have an even better experience in that 12-18 months if 1TB isn't completely necessary ;)
Buying a 'cheap' card like a 1050ti to bide you over at least 12~18 months, is the smart move, and you'll be able to play most things on High Textures, and medium shadows.
Especially if the game supports VULKAN.
Just offering him options.