Best budget graphics cards for gaming

Who says that you need a >$300 graphics card for gaming at 1080p? In fact there are a lot of good graphics card that can play your game at 1080p ultra or at least on medium settings. If you have a budget of $100 to $200, then you can have decent gaming experience at a tight budget. As newer graphics cards are being released from both Nvidia and AMD, they support the latest directX 12 and have good compatibilities with the latest skylake processors and windows 10 which makes them a good choice for newest titles.

I have listed down the best budget entry level graphics card which are meant for gaming at 1080p with a little bit of compromise and some cards which are meant for 1080p ultra. These graphics cards are best for a budget build and will provide you at least 30-50 fps without breaking your bank. Some of these have their prices drop to a greater extent that 1080p gaming is now more affordable than ever. I have used every listed graphics card in one build or another. So must check them out too.

Note: I update this list almost every month and sometimes more frequently than that to make sure you are aware of the current prices and performance of these cards.

Gigabyte Radeon Rx 460 Windforce OC 2GB

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Gigabyte Radeon Rx 460 Windforce OC 2GB

Rx 460 is the latest graphics card from AMD and is 100% directX 12 and vulkan compatible. This card is an entry level card which comes just above $100 and replaces all the previous cards from AMD as well as Nvidia in this price range. Previously I used the gtx 750 ti and R7 360 as well as R7 370 in this list. But as the prices of gtx 750 ti and R7 360 are similar, it’s better to replace them with this powerful and more power efficient card. It’s faster than 750 ti and almost equivalent to R7 370.

But in games like Hitman and Doom, this Rx series cards including this one gives a great boost in performance. The best thing about this card that the TDP is only 75 watts which means it will draw power from the PCIeX16 slot itself and you don’t have to buy a powerful wattage power supply to power this card.

The card has a powerful heat sink and dual fan cooler from gigabyte and is the windforce edition which not only looks great with orange accents but also perform much cooler than other brands. It has 2gb of memory and a 128 bit memory interface which makes it asa good entry level budget graphics card for playing games at 1080p high settings. Almost all games will perform over 40 fps on high settings but games like CSGO and Overwatch will have no problem running on ultra settings with 60+ fps.

Right now it’s not in stock as on the date of updation of this article and will come in stock on 10th of dec as per amazon.com but you can get Asus RX 460 2gb which has similar price.

Specs:-

Memory 2gb Gddr5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Core Clock 1212Mhz
Stream Processors 896
Architecture Polaris
CrossfireX No
DirectX 12
Outputs 1xHDMI
1xDVI
1xDP

Gigabyte Radeon Rx 460 Windforce OC 4GB

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Gigabyte Radeon Rx 460 Windforce OC 4GB

It’s a the 4gb version of the RX 460 above is almost equal to the gtx 950. Although gtx 950 beats it in many titles as most of the games use dx 11 but when it comes to the dx 12 gaming, it kills the gtx 950 in games like Hitman and DOOM. But the most important thing is the 4gb vram which is essential for many games to max out at 1080p. Although it can not max out games but 4gb vram is good for future proofing. That’s how this AMD card has improved. This is gonna be the best graphics card for under $150 from AMD.

The card is very good for 1080p gaming on medium to high settings. Games like the Rise of tomb raider, Doom, Hitman are it’s favourite and coming soon games that will use Dx 12 will make the owners of this card happy. The 2gb version will cost around $109 which is equivalent to that of gtx 750 ti but will give better performance. It is very advantageous over the Nvidia cards as it supports Vulkan and Amd Free sync too.

This card is very much power efficient and requires less than 75 watts to operate but still it has got 1 six pin power connector. The card has very good cooling heatsink and is much silent. For decoration, it has a Nitro Logo on it’s extended PCB for colourful effects which I personally like for showing off.

I have used it in my $300 gaming build.

Specs:-

Memory 4gb Gddr5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Core Clock 1015Mhz
Stream Processors 896
Architecture Polaris
CrossfireX No
DirectX 12
Outputs 1xHDMI
1xDVI-D
1xDisplay Port

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Evga Geforce Gtx 1050 SSC 2Gb Gddr5

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 SSC

Gtx 1050 2gb is the newest release from Nvidia and is based on the pascal architecture GP107. This is the most power efficient graphics card from Nvidia’s side and similar to the RX 460 it has a TDP of 75 watts and has no 6 pin power port. It means that there isn’t headroom for overclocking with EVGA. But as EVGA is the only brand which is the cheapest among all, it’s fairly a good deal.

With Gpu boost you will still get a little performance boost which may not be very big but definitely I agree with not providing these with extra power ports for overclocking as these are entry level cards and they won’t give you a boost from 40fps to 50 fps.

This card has 2gb of gddr5 memory, 640 cuda cores which is equal to the gtx 750 ti maxwell family graphics card which is present in the same price. But when you compare the performance of gtx 1050 with that of gtx 750 ti, it not only beats it by upto 40% but also beats the more expensive one gtx 950 which shouldn’t be the priority of any gamer right now.

If you want a card that can play all the games on ultra settings at 1080p with 40-50 fps, then this is for you. And if you like 60 fps then you can put the settings to high instead of ultra and still enjoy good graphics with buttery smooth 60 fps.

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Specs:-

Memory 2gb Gddr5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Core Clock 1430Mhz/1544Mhz boost clock
Cuda Cores 640
Architecture Pascal
SLI No
DirectX 12
Outputs 1xHDMI
1xDVI-I
1xDisplay Port

EVGA Geforce Gtx 1050 ti SC 4Gb

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC

When you want to play the games at 1080p ultra settings, you can not compromise with the Vram. It’s a fact that all the latest games like Gta V, the witcher 3, Rise of the tomb raider etc. use more Vram than simple games like CSGO or Overwatch. It makes more sense to go with a 4gb card if you don’t want to compromise with the graphics quality.

The gtx 1050 ti is the successor of gtx 1050 and is 20% faster. Most of the specs are same but cuda core, memory size and clocks are different. But they are based on the same Pascal architecture and belong to the same entry level family. It’s a very good card for the price you pay as it’s an intermediate between gtx 1050 and Rx 470. Although Rx 470 is much more faster but I feel that Nvidia has fill in the gap between the $110 and $170 price range by introducing a $130 card.

The EVGA SC edition is completely identical to the EVGA gtx 1050 and can be fit into any case. So for compact gaming pc’s these two are very good choices and will be best for budget gaming builds with a small mini Itx case. As this is factory overclocked, you will get a small boost in performance as compared to the other brands like Zotac.

Specs:-

Memory 4gb Gddr5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Core Clock 1354MHz/1468MHz boost clock
Cuda Cores 768
Architecture Pascal
SLI No
DirectX 12
Outputs 1xHDMI
1xDL-DVI
1xDisplay Port

ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX 470 4GB

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ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon Rx 470 4GB

The RX 470 4gb is one of the Rx series cards which falls in between the RX 460 and RX 480. This card features 4gb of vram as well as 8gb of vram but the cost of that with 8gb vram right now goes up as high as the 4gb version of RX 480. So, this one makes a perfect graphics card for the money under $200 and makes a strong position in this list. The Asus Strix version is right now very cheap and costs only $149.99 with $20 rebate. So better get it before this month completes or the stock get’s empty.

This card is not just an entry level card but actually a solid 1080p card which can play all the games on ultra settings. Some games will not get you 60+fps maxed out settings but if you lower some settings down, I am sure you will be close to 60 without any problem. This card unlike the RX 460 is not weak as it seems in between the RX 460 and RX 480. It’s pretty close to the RX 480. It easily beats the Gtx 960, R9 380 and R9 380X even the prices are almost the same.

R9 380 and gtx 960 are not available right now and you won’t find the 4gb version. So, better stick with this card and you will get the latest technology, 100% directX 12 compatibility and a much lower power consuming device. It’s memory interface is 256 bits which is double than that of RX 460 and features 2048 stream processors that are more than double the amount present in RX 460.

Also see:- Best graphics cards for under $200

Specs:-

Memory 4gb Gddr5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Core Clock 1206Mhz(Gaming)/1270Mhz(OC)
Stream Processors 2048
Architecture GCN
CrossfireX Yes
DirectX 12
Outputs 1xHDMI
1xDVI-D
1xDisplay Port

Zotac Gtx 1060 mini 3gb gddr5

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Zotac Gtx 1060 mini 3gb gddr5

This card is a beast and is among the latest release from Nvidia. This is the fastest graphics card on this list. It’s the mini edition and has 3gb of gddr5 memory and is similar to the 1060 6gb edition. While the Rx 480 matches the performance of gtx 970, this one is near to the gtx 980 but as the cuda cores and memory are cut out, it will perform slightly better than the gtx 970 and a little slower than the 980. So definitely it’s faster than the RX 470 4gb.

3gb of memory is enough for maxing out most of the settings at 1080p like details and shadows but textures in some games like middle earth shadow of mordor requires 6gb. So you can’t max out that setting.  The core clocks are also massive. It easily reaches over 1800Mhz in games and provides extra boost. This card is for 1080p 60 fps maxed out without any compromise and there shouldn’t be any reason for not getting it.

This one is shorter and can fit into any case, be it a mini itx case or a mid tower case. The heatsink is very basic just like the older generation and has one 90mm on it. The card has 6 pin power port and requires less power as compared to the previous generation cards. As the price of this card is just $200, I don’t think it will be a good choice to go for the RX 470 unless the RX 470 costs less than $180.

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Sarfraz

I am an engineer and a certified Hitech computer technician who loves to play CSGO. But this is not what else I love. I love to dive into the computer hardware and same goes for you. That's why you are here! AND YES IGNORE MY BAD ENGLISH:)

  • shubham

    hi is gt 730 good enough to play bf 4 , gta 5 nd bf hardline ?

    • Hi shubham , all three games can be run on medium settings at 720p resolution and you will get around 40 fps easily. But be sure to buy a 2gb ddr5 version of this card. But if you want to play them at 1080p. Then it will become almost unplayable. Hope , it helped you . let me know any other queries you have .

      • shubham

        my systm info is – core i5 4440 , mobo msi b85m gaming nd 8 gb ram normal psu.

        1 more thing is gtx 750ti graphic card can last abt 4-5 year near future ? b’coz i cant invest on gpu right now ,if not may be m gonna end up buying gt 730

        • If you cant buy a decent gpu right now then you can buy a dt 730 but if you buy gtx 750 ti , its a very good graphics card for 1080 high settings . but not even gtx 980 can be enough for next 4-5 years . its better to get gtx 750 ti now and of corse in more than 1 year you will have a better budget and maybe you can upgrade to a better gpu . but gtx 750 ti can only last for 1- 2 year max

          • shubham

            ohkiz …. thnx 4 ur time 🙂

          • You are welcome

          • shubham

            hey m disturbing you 1 more time but can you plz suggest me good motherboard for core i5 4440 under 7000. is asus B85M-G good in this range or i should go with gigabyte B85M-D3H . other than these if any one fit good in this range plz suggest.

            and which brand of ram is good?

          • Hi shubham , I don’t get disturbed . It’s my work . The Gigabyte B85m is a better mobo as it has 2 x 3.0 PCI express which can be utilised in future for crossfire or SLI . For Ram I suggest corsair vengeance or kingston hyper x

          • shubham

            thanks good to have to suggestions.

  • kevin beskalis

    hey guys i got pentium g2020 2.9 ghz and 8 gb of ram and i was planning to upgrade my GPU
    my budget is 140$ i was considering r7 265 as my best choice but i heard it won’t “fully” support dx 12 and 260x may perform better with dx12, what do u guys think? and which GPU should i get? thanks in advance 😀

    • Hi kevin , if you got $140 then i will recommend you to spend $10 more to get the R7 370 which is a very good gpu at the moment which supports dx 12 and beats r7 265 and gtx 750 ti

      • kevin beskalis

        what about r9 270x? they are the same price in my country (the sapphire dual x version)

        • If r9 270x is of the same price , then luck is with you . Get it , it’s 10-20% faster then r7 370 , although the r7 370 is a newer technology graphics card but it cannot still beat the r9 270x

          • kevin beskalis

            is the sapphire version good? because i wanted to get the MSI but it’s out of stock :/ (it is dual x not vapor nor toxic)

          • the sapphire version is also good and the difference between the msi version and the sapphire version is negligible . The only main difference between the two is that the msi version is quieter and cooler , otherwise the performance of both the cards are same

          • kevin beskalis

            i think i will go for it then, can i ask a question about available cpu upgrades?

          • yes sure

          • kevin beskalis

            should i look for a cheap used 1155 cpu or wait for a year and get i5 4th generation and h81 for example?

          • g2020 is fine and if you want to upgrade , dont go for used 1155 cpu , it will not make much difference , wait for sometime and when you get the budget get the i5 and a better motherboard but not h81 , it’s not upgradable much . Or you can go with an amd build , they are cheap and upgradable like , fx 8320 and MSI 970 gaming motherboard . It will be better for your budget . going with i5 is definitely a better option but you will not be able to get a good motherboard if you go with the i5

          • kevin beskalis

            hey there! sorry for the late reply but i have found a gigabyte r9 280x for only 5$ more! (ofc its used) how much watts do i need on my new psu?

          • Thats awesome . you need to have a 500 watts power supply from evga , seasonic or cooler master

          • kevin beskalis

            well that’s really awesome! does the gigabyte version have any problems? is antec a good brand for psu?

          • Yes antec is also good . and i think you are talking about gigabyte version of r9 270x . yes its also good

          • kevin beskalis

            thanks very much

  • Indranil

    Hello,
    so as per your suggestion, I will buy a pentium g3258 processor and a 81 motherboard. My question, what will be a better graphics card for this build, gt 730 or a gtx 650 or gtx 750ti? Is amd a good choice if my processor is Intel? They almost cost double than gt 730, but is the extra money spent worth it in terms of performance? My res is now 768p. Will the gtx series bottleneck at this spec?
    also, I chose pentium as it has 1150 socket. But can i upgrade it later to an i5 version on this same motherboard? Or do I need to change mobo too?
    lastly, if I end up buying 730gt, can I get around avg 30-40 fps at medium settings for games like wither 3, insquisition at 768p in this setup?
    for games that have quad core requirement, can i run them at medium set on duel core, or do i need quad core or at least hyperthreadable dual core?
    and, will a 1333 mhz ram suffice or should i opt for 1600 mhz?
    My pc is not assembled and as such it does not have a good psu. Which one will you suggest at reasonable price as per my spec(please suggest psu for all the gpu )
    And currently I have a 2gb ram, planning to buy a 8 gb. Do you suggest a single stick of 8 gb or replace the old 2 gb with 2×4 gb?
    Sorry for asking so many questions. Please bear with an idiot like me.

    • I always like the people who ask too many questions. It makes them more intelligent.
      Coming to the first question : a gtx 750ti is the best choice for 768p and 1080p gaming at a particular budget. gtx 650 is kepler based and performs much slower than the gtx 750 ti. Although you can game on gt 730 on medium settings at 768p, it would be better if you buy a gtx 750ti.

      Gtx 750ti and other gtx series graphics cards will never bottleneck on a pentium g3258. There are many games on which the pentium g3258 performs equally as the higher end core i5’s and i7’s . The main point is, your cpu must be enough powerful to handle any graphics card. But in some games like the witcher 3 or far cry 4 having two more cores will do a better job. But at a low budget g3258 is monster processor. So, do not worry about bottlenecking.

      your second question: will you have to change the motherboard or not?
      answer: No, as the h81m mobo have the LGA 1150 socket , you can use any 4th gen i3,i5 and i7 processor. Even i7 4790K. you can easily upgrade your system to higher end but the disadvantage will be only that you can not add more graphics cards for SLI or crossfirex and you will get lesser usb, sata ports.
      for Ram 1333Mhz is fine for gaming. If you buy 1600Mhz memory then you will get a very small unnoticeable increase in performance. So, you can use any speed ram. It does not have a great impact on gaming.

      If you do not have a good psu, I recommend you to buy at least a corsair vs 450 or better if you buy a cooler master or evga 450 watts power supply. For your gpu , if you are buying a gt 730 or even gtx 750 ti 450 watts will be enough for further upgrades until you buy a high end gpu like gtx 970 or gtx 980.
      For memory size, it is recommended that you buy an 8gb single stick because the motherboard h81m has only two DIMM slots and if you buy 2x4gb then you will be unable to do increase the memory size to 16gb without selling your both ram sticks and buying new one in future.

      Hope answered your all queries!

      • Indranil

        Thanks, these helps a lot.
        However, I think 750Ti may be over my head now. The price tag is great for amazon.com.
        But, in India there are several versions of 750Ti in different sites including amazon, all ranging from $160(single fan) to a whooping $220 (Zotac dp version, d sync, double fan, don’t know the difference).
        And as such they are really out of my reach. I guess for now I have have to settle with GT 730. Later when I build a solid gaming pc, I will consider all my options as per your builds(maybe they will cost more in India, but all are very attractive, really)

  • Sashwin Raaj

    hello is sapphire nitro r9380x is good for the price per dollar.

    • Hi Sashwin. R9 380x is the best gpu to go with right now as it costs 230 dollars which is almost equal to the price of r9 380 and r9 280x.

  • Indranil

    Hello,
    For GTX 750 Ti, which psu would you recommend? Will 450W be enough for it?

    • yes for gtx 750 ti a 450 watts of power supply is enough if it is from EVGA, Cooler master, seasonic, corsair or thermaltake. In India Corsair VS 450 watts and cooler master 450 watts are a good choice. I myself use a Corsair Vs 450 watts for gtx 650 ti and it’s very good and reliable

      • Indranil

        Thanks for reply.
        I need a good looking cabinet. For gpu 750 ti, suggest me a good one(with or without smps) that’s available in flipkart, snapdeal or amazon.in. I could not find any of those that you mentioned here in your builds.

  • Hicham Sahla

    Hello
    sorry if i am asking something stupid but this is the first time i am gonna to build my own gaming pc. i am stuck at an 400 Euros budget i think i am going
    for a
    intel pentium g3258
    asrock b85m dgs
    ram Gskill ripjaws x 8 gb
    wd blue 1 tb hdd
    corsair 430 w
    an sharkoon bg4 window
    and as gpu sapphire radeon r7 240
    could you maybe help me out with if my build will fit if theres something i need to pay attention on it .would you recommend me another cpu or GPU or motherboard will the corsair 430 w be enough sorry if i am asking to much but ,i am little scared if something isnt right or wont work because i didnt choose the right parts i want to build this pc to play common games like league of legends gta 5 . could you maybe also recommend an another build sorry if my english isnt to good i am from the netherlands :3

    • To play gta v you must have a decent graphics card. R7 240 is a low end card and will not be able to play the games at 1080p. So you must get at least Either a R7 360 or gtx 750 ti. Or you can see my article on $350/$400/$450 gaming pc.

      • Hicham Sahla

        Thank you so much for your fast answer but the rest of build is fine if i just put an 750 ti on it then i can play the games i want right ?

        • Yes with pentium g3258 and gtx 750 ti you will be getting the best bang for buck and can play games at 1080p high settings easily.

          • Hicham Sahla

            sorry just 1 last thing is the motherboard good enough for the gpu and cpu because i get a message that theres a problem with the bios update could you explain the problem or can you recommend me another cheap motherboard

          • B85m motherboard is good for your cpu but you need to update its bios. Now I dont have its tutorial on my website but I have found a simple guide for you to do it http://www.pcworld.com/article/187437/how_to_update_your_bios.html

          • Hicham Sahla

            thank you very much 🙂
            you have helped me alott

          • Hicham Sahla

            Uhm i looked at the gtx 750 ti but is is to expensive for me can you recommend me a good gpu under the 100 euro i am om an real tight budget ????

          • get AMD R7 360

  • Badal Tiwari

    Hi, I have Intel i3 6100 CPU, Gigabyte GA H110 M LGA 1151 Socket Mobo, 8 GB DDR3 Kingston Hyper X Memory, Corsair 550 W PSU, 1 TB WD Blue Hard Drive and I am thinking to buy Asus GTX 750 ti OC 2 GB DDR5.
    I wanna ask you is the GPU is powerful enough to handle modern games like GTA V , Witcher 3, Far cry 4 etc or the games coming in 2016 at 1080p and one more thing. Is 550 W PSU is necessary or I downgrade to 450 W . My budget is around 55,000 And what about Cpu cooler Should I buy or the cooler with Cpu can handle.
    Also the tellme the upgradation that I have to make in the config. because I haven’t buld it right now I am just going to build

    • Your chosen components seem to be ok. But I don’t think that Gigabyte H110 motherboard will support ddr3 memory. For playing games at 1080p, gtx 750 ti oc 2gb edition will be fine and you can play all those games on high settings.
      If you are planning to upgrade your system in the future, then 550 watts is a good option but 450 watts will also do the work fine.
      For the i3 processor you don’t need a custom cooler as i3’s are not unlocked to be overclocked much. The stock cooler will be Ok for that.
      Hope it helps!

      • Prank

        Thanks for your opinion and also can u suggest me another mobo at the same price or memory which supports the same mobo the mobo

        • You can get either Gskill Ripjaws or corsair vengeance ddr4 memory from flipkart. It costs around Rs 4500 for a 8gb memory stick. Changing your motherboard will not be good as many lGA 1151 motherboards don’t support ddr3 memory and it is better to use a ddr4 memory instead of ddr3 for future proofing your system.

          • Prank

            Another question is that Should my mobo will work fine for the config because it seems to be cheaper than the other components. Should I have to upgrade it or It will work fine

          • mobo is just fine for your build. As you are using i3 6100, you will not need any unlocked motherboard. Changing your motherboard will not increase performance in games.

          • Prank

            Thanks for your help. I am extremely thankful to you for your suggestion. I asked many people but I don’t found any helpful and satisfactory suggestion. You helped me a lot. Once again thanks to you

          • Thanks for the compliment 🙂 I love to help.

  • Pardhu Redefined

    Hi, my build have I5 4690 CPU, Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 Mobo, 8GB ddr3 HyperX, 450 W PSU, 1 TB HDD.
    Please suggest me a graphic card under Rs 20k for maxing out GTA 5 at 900*1600 (1080P if possible?).
    Thanks in advance.

    • It would be better if you buy gtx 960 for 17k but if you don’t want to go above 15k then gtx 950 is the best choice. Although it cannot max out games at 1080p but can play gta V on very high settings at 900p and on high settings at 1080p.

      First give me the details of your psu. Which brand it is?

      • Pardhu Redefined

        It came along with my Intex ‘X’ series REDSTONE cabinet.

        • One of my friend too have the Intex X series case that came with pre-installed psu. I removed it in the shop at the same time when I bought it for my friend. Then I installed Corsair VS 450 watts that costs around Rs 2300/-. You should also get a decent psu as these inbuilt psu’s are generally crap especially the ones that come with Intex cases. You don’t want to get your gpu and other components damaged by OC/OV. Get new psu for your gpu.

          • Pardhu Redefined

            Thank you and I am thinking of ordering “ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 4GB” from Amazon.com, is it a best thing to do, since it costs me around $250 == RS 17,000(rounded)

          • Good decision. It’s awesome 1080p card but remember to change your psu too.

          • Pardhu Redefined

            Yes sure thing to do. What wattage do you recommend for GTX 960.

          • 450 watts will be ok and better if you buy 500 watts.

          • Pardhu Redefined

            Much thanks for all the info. Signing off.

  • TRYPA TRYPA

    hi,the MSI AMD Radeon R7 360 2GD5 OC can play the just cause 3 ?

    • Hi Trypa, The R7 360 will easily play it at 1080p high settings with 30+ fps if you have a decent cpu like core i3 or i5 with 8gb of ram.

    • Greg Mills

      Agreed with Sarfraz, the R7 is a great graphics card, especially if it is overclocked like you mentioned

  • Pratiknalage26

    Please recommend me a psu. I am buying i5 6600k gtx 960. Which brand’s gpu should i buy?

    • you should buy Evga 500 watts B1 80+ bronze. It will be enough for i5 6600k and gtx 960. if you are looking to get the best brand for gtx 960, then it makes no difference if you buy a MSI or EVGA or whatever. Yes you can get Superclocked edition but it will cost you more. MSI will be good.

  • Greg Mills

    I have $100 left to spend on a graphics unit. Which should I get?

  • Farouk Mohamed

    can i run r7 360 with cpu g3240 on mobo b85-hd3?

    • Yes you can run R7 360 on any mobo if it has a pcie x 16 slot.

      • Farouk Mohamed

        thanks

  • Prototyprewriter

    What psu will you recommend with i3 3220 3.3 ghz and mobo h61m-Ds2? Include the ideal and budget option pls

    • Prototyprewriter

      i have my eyes on Corsair VS650. Is it good and compatible?

      • Prototyprewriter

        or SilverStone Strider Essential ST50F-ESB

    • what graphics card are you going with?

      • Prototyprewriter

        Gtx 950 or r7 370

        • then 500 watts will be enough considering that you use some hdd’s and custom fans. Don’t go with 650 watts or higher. It’s of no use unless you are going to do SLI/CrossfireX.

          • Prototyprewriter

            Thank you Mr. Khan! The real problem is that I have a 600 watt psu, but its generic.. and doesn’t have a 6 pin connector. Do you recommend using an adapter for the 6 pin requirement?

          • If you have a pre-installed PSU without a 6 pin connector then of course that power supply may not be good for your graphics card. Remove that and use a good branded PSU.

          • Prototyprewriter

            Ok sir, noted! Please don’t stop giving advice to confused minds like me. :)))

          • Prototyprewriter

            I thought buying a higher wattage psu will be future proof, won’t it?

          • No. 650 or higher is too much. You can use even a gtx 970 or 980 with 500 watts power supply. But only if you are going to add a lot of fans, radiators or one more gtx 950/r7 370 then 650 watts or higher is suitable. But if you think that you are going to upgrade your system in a few months then you can go with 650 watts or higher.

  • Prototyprewriter

    Sir, additional question: will the GALAX gtx 750 ti EXOC run without a 6 pin connector?

    • I dont think that any version of gtx 750 ti can run without 6 pin connector.

  • Richard James Hsu

    Hello, am Richard and I want to start building my own pc for gaming for resale can you help with advise and Support which parts better

    • Yes. Of course.

      • Richard James Hsu

        So what can I build for under 300 dollars and I was hoping the mini Atx case from Silverstone

        • First of all read this post
          http://www.xtremegaminerd.com/build-a-300-beginner-gaming-pc/
          Here I have used a normal mini tower for the build which costs just above $30. As you want to use silverstone mini itx case which is a good choice, therefore you’ve got to use a mini itx motherboard instead of what I have provided in the post. You can use this one:
          http://amzn.to/1QgxUxf

          • Richard James Hsu

            Done Already and it’s really nice, I was thinking can you build them for me and you send too me, I will pay for it… Also I was hoping I get like an i3 or a good amd with Amd r7 360 or nvidia gtx750ti with the Silverstone mini case with 8gig RAM and 1 terabytes hard drive

          • Its difficult for me to send to you but you can easily order parts from amazon. And if you want to get i3 or a good amd processor, then total expense may increase upto $400 or more. I suggest you to then go with fx 6300 and a budget am3+ motherboard.

  • Turtle Weed

    Hello sir…would a Radeon Hd 4350 gpu be able to run csgo on medium settings smoothly?

    • Hello Turtle weed, hd 4350 is too low end to run cs go smoothly even on low settings. At least get a gt 730 or something like that to play on medium settings.

      • Turtle Weed

        Ok thx

  • Chris Keeley

    Hi Sarfraz, I am just wondering what graphics card would be good as a budget one,

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/BXjM99 this is my build that i have used, but i can’t afford that card currently.
    any thing you would recommend?

    i do have everything on here, i am looking for a card that will get me by for a year or so? im not bothered about the highest quality… for now

    • If you cannot afford gtx 970 right now. Well the other closest card is R9 380x. It’s a very good 1080p card and doesn’t costs much. It will be enough for gaming for at least one year.

      • Chris Keeley

        Is there anything lower that could maybe use just to play medium settings for now? i just need a cheap decent card for a little while, nothing expensive something to get buy then i will upgrade to a 250 pounds one, but one between 100-170 would be ok for now, but thank you for that!

        • No, don’t change the processor. It’s good. For gpu if you don’t want to spend more than 170 pounds then Msi Gtx 960 is a good option. It’s currently priced at 165 pounds at amazon.co.uk. And if your target is to play games on at least medium settings then I suggest gtx 950 which is much cheaper and would actually let you play all the games on high to ultra settings at 1080p. Currently Gigabyte gtx 950 is below 130 pounds.

          • Chris Keeley

            thank you very much sarfraz, been very usefull!

  • Ahmad Tarmizi Shahrum

    Hello Sarfraz, i want get your opinion about my gaming pc build.

    CPU : Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Blizzard T2 43.0 CFM CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GT 730 4GB Video Card
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply

    • Hi Ahmad tarmizi, You don’t need a Z97 chipset motherboard unless you use an unlocked processor like i5 4690k or i7 4790k. As core i3’s are locked they can’t be overclocked. Get a simple h81 or h97 chipset motherboard and save money for a better graphics card like R7 360 or gtx 750 ti.

      gt 730 4gb video card is low end and 4gb memory is useless with a low end card like this. Otherwise all of your components are good.

      • Ahmad Tarmizi Shahrum

        Mobo gigabyte GA-H97 and gpu gigabyte nvidia geforce gtx 750Ti. It’s ok or not.

        • fantastic

          • Ahmad Tarmizi Shahrum

            If use cpu i5 or i7 for futher upgrade ok right.

          • yes of course you can use any i5 or i7 in future but for now it’s ok.

          • Ahmad Tarmizi Shahrum

            how about if i use this Asus h97 pro gamer mobo with gigabyte nvidia geforce gtx 750 ti and intel core i3 4160

          • Yeah no problem if you want a multimedia motherboard and dont want to spend too much money then 4th gen i3 is also good choice.

          • Ahmad Tarmizi Shahrum

            I have another build for you advise. Or you can suggest a better build.

            Mobo: asus z97 pro gamer
            Gpu: gigabyte gtx750ti or asus gtx750ti oc or asus gtx950
            Cpu: i5-4690k

          • why buy Asus Z97 pro gamer motherboard? it’s expensive. Get Msi Z97 pc mate and Gtx 960.

          • Ahmad Tarmizi Shahrum

            yeah bro. i have think about it and this is my last opinion pc build

            mobo: msi z97 pc mate
            gpu: asus gtx750ti
            cpu: intel core i5-4690k
            ram: kingston hyperX fury 2x4GB
            hdd: seagate barracuda 1TB
            psu: Cooler Master 500W Elite V2
            case: Thermaltake VERSA H24
            cpu cooler: Cooler Master Blizzard T2 CPU Air Cooler

            i choose gtx750ti because it cheaper compare to gtx960 for malaysia market price.

          • Looks great.

  • Colin

    Hi, Please Recommend Me A Decent Graphic Card To Buy….

    There Are My PC Specs…

    1) CPU : Intel Pentium G3220 Processor (4th Generation)
    2) Motherboard : Gigabyte B85 HD3
    3) Ram : Kingston Hyper X Fury 1600mhz
    4) PSU : Seasonic 400W
    5) Monitor : Acer 23inc LED Monitor.

    Not An Hardcore Gamer, Mostly I Play Only FIFA & If I Can Play The Latest Mortal Combat Game That Would Be Great.

    • If you are just a casual gamer then I recommend you going with R7 360 keeping in mind that you can also play mortal kombat and other games too. 400 watts of seasonic power supply will be enough for it and your processor will not bottleneck this gpu.

      Although you can not play on ultra settings at 1080p but still can play on medium or high settings.

    • Indranil

      Nvidia GT 730 and Nvidia GTX 750 Ti are pretty good choices too depending on your preferences. Although GTX 750 cost twice than GT 730.
      I have GT730 and it serves my purpose very well. Hope this helps. 🙂

    • Mikael Chuaungo

      If you are into casual sports and fighter games then you dont need to spend much on GPU. Ati R7 250x or a nvidia gx 750 (non ti) will be more than enough for Fifa 2016,2017,2018 ( because PC gamers will get the Ps3 port not the ps4 port)

  • Oprisenescu Mihai

    i have a g 3258 and a motherboard gigabite Z87 x OC, and i want to buy the best graphic card that my processor can handle without any problems. can you recomend me a couple of graphic cards. The best ones please, for this processor. thank you!

    • Well the pentium g3258 can handle all the entry level graphics cards without any problem. But going with gpu’s faster than the gtx 960 and equivalent graphics cards will produce some bottlenecking. Now it depends on your budget and your goal of how you want your games to run. Many games are gpu dependent like tomb raider 2013 which will not care if you have pentium or i7 but will give you the same performance. On the other hand in games like far cry 4 pentium may perform much slower with high end graphics cards like gtx 970 or 980.

      Hope it helps!

    • Mikael Chuaungo

      What do you mean by best ones?? It all depends on your budget. When u play at 1080p with Medium and above settings ur cheap CPU will bottleneck, irrespective of your high end/low end GPU. If you want u can even get a $700 Gtx 980ti or a $120 750ti… In both the cases ur CPU will limit ur fps beyond 1080p

  • Phak Hanbungkla

    Hi I’m just wondering what you think about my setup and if there’s anything you could recommend. I’m not an expert and this was my first ever build. Any comments would be a huge help for me 🙂

    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4
    Processor: AMD FX-8350 Black Edition w/Cooler Master Hyper H103 Universal CPU Cooler
    Ram: Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
    Power Supply: Raidmax Thunder V2 RX-535AP 535W 80+ Bronze Modular Power Supply
    Graphics Card: Sapphire AMD Radeon R7 240 with Boost 2GB Video Card
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5″ 7200 RPM SATA 6.0 Gbit/s Desktop HDD

    • If you really want to get the best out of your money then consider going with the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard. It will save you $40 for which you can buy gtx 750 ti or even R7 370 2gb.

      • Phak Hanbungkla

        If I crossfire the R7 240, how would that compare to the ones you just mentioned?

        • Crossfiring a low end gpu is not a good idea. The R7 200 series is not fully compatible with dx 12 . better go with r7 370.

    • Mikael Chuaungo

      Cut down on PSU. Get a Bronze 80+ PSU of 400W .
      Cut down on your CPU, Fx 8x series are pretty poor in terms of gaming. Its better to build a intel i3 system .
      Your tentative GPU is extremely weak, its slightly better than the inbuilt iGPU of Skylake processors (intel530).
      Getting a cheap i3 cpu will also negate the need for a CPU cooler. The i3 6100 is a great value for money CPU for gaming. Its 4 core multithread (2 core physical) is good enough for current gen games and outperforms octacore Amd cpus at this price

      Try to squeeze in a Gtx 750ti some way or the other. Thats the most important aspect. Gtx750ti can power itself from motherboatd so even cheap OEM PSUs also works (tho i dnt recomend)

    • Naruto Uzumaki

      the problem with this build is the gpu you can get a cheaper cpu like 6300 or 8300 and get an alot better gpu, i wouldnt recommend going below gtx 750 ti performance and get maybe a used gpu with warranty, something like r9 280 and above or gtx 960 and up and for a cpu you can get an intel i5 (atleast 4 cores or more) or i3 (atleast 4 cores or more) newer generations as well

  • Karthikeyan Nagarajan

    Hi, Below is my Spec
    CPU – AMD FX-6300 Vishera 32nm Technology
    RAM – 8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 803MHz (10-10-10-27)
    Motherboard – Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 6.0 (Socket M2)
    Graphics – 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 610

    I play MMORPGs like Guild Wars 2 and Black Desert Online. Current graphics card does fine when i play solo in those games. But FPS drops to 5-10 at crowded locations.
    High end gaming is not my requirement, But I want to upgrade my GPU to support Black Desert online with decent FPS. Please suggest a budget graphic card for my needs.

    Thanks.

    • If you want to play black desert, especially online then the minimum requirement for gpu is gtx 960 or R9 380. It requires high end graphic card to run properly.

  • 300

    Hey, thanks for the useful info you’ve been posting. I have a question about my build.

    CPU – AMD A8-3870K APU 3.0 GHz with stock fan
    Motherboard – ECS A75F-A (AMD A75)
    Video Card – SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3
    RAM – Crucial 12GB (3x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333
    Power Supply – Rosewill CAPSTONE 550W

    Do you think I can just upgrade my video card to play newer games on medium to high settings? Thanks!

    • everything looks fine. Your Gpu is also OK. But to play the newer games on medium to high settings at least a gpu like Gtx 750 ti is needed. Hd 6670 is not recommended anymore.

      • 300

        Alright thanks for the help! You are the man!!

  • Beanbot

    This is what i have so far i wanted to know if I could make it better or cheaper also what case and power supply to put (i don’t care what the case looks like). Thanks

    CPU
    AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor
    $73.88 $73.88 OutletPC

    Motherboard
    ASRock FM2A68M-DG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard
    $44.99

    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    $37.78

    Storage
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    $45.89

    Video Card
    EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card
    $129.99

    Base Total: $332.53
    Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
    Total: $322.53

    My budget is around $350 but no more then $380

    • So your total unspent money is around $30-$60. I have tried my best to find the cheapest case and psu. But these will cost you around $60 although i wanted to make your expense less than $50. Other cases with power supplies cost less but the psu they have are crap.

      Case: http://amzn.to/22JqNDx
      Psu: http://amzn.to/1RDdWKG

      • Beanbot

        So the parts look good and could I make them better for cheaper also what places do you recommend to buy parts for a good price and thanks for the cases and power supply recommendations

        • what’s your processor?

          • Beanbot

            That’s the cpu right? If so I all ready put it but the amd Athlon x4 860k 3.7ghz quad core

          • If you want a cheap motherboard then this will do the work. http://amzn.to/1MG8Ka2
            Only costs $43

  • tuski

    What would you recommend for a build around 500-700? Only thing I have
    for it is a 120 gb Kingston SSD and a ATX case. Minimum requirements
    would be the ability to play Dark Souls 3 with mods at 60 fps,
    medium-high graphics.

  • Adeeb Malik

    i have a hp pavilion hpe with an i7 processor and 10 gb of ram with a nvidia geforce graphics card,what do i need to upgrade since i just started pc gaming

    • sorry for late reply. Didn’t saw your comment. If you are just starting to dive into pc building, I suggest you to look at my gaming builds. If you have any problem, then ask me any time 🙂

  • and for those of us in the $30 range? 🙂

    • Sorry my friend. There is no gaming graphics card for $30. Intel hd graphics is better than them.

  • Mikael Chuaungo

    Hahah
    Pay nearly $100 for a GT 740 ?? Lol.. What kinda engineer are you?
    Most GT 740 2Gb DDR5 are $70 to $80, since 2015. And they probably cost much lesser now.
    Secondly, this GT 740 gets destroyed by R7 250 which costs $75

    • Prices fluctuate. I try to update the article as soon as possible. Generally the price would be around 70,80 dollars as you said but for some days it may go upto $100.

  • Mikael Chuaungo

    R7 370 4Gb vs 2Gb has hardly any performance difference. 4GB vRam is useless in the R7 series. Only the R9 series and the Gtx 970 and above has the power to utilse more than 2 GB properly. Please edit your recommendations. Even gtx960 4 gb is a waste

    • Yes I know. But the time when I updated this article. At that time 4gb version was at the same price as 2gb.

  • Jean-Paul “Jeanke” Werelds

    Hi m8,

    CPU: I3 4150 3.5 ghz
    PSU: 500 watt
    GPU: GTX745 OEM 😀
    Ram: 8GB
    Storage: 1TB

    It was a pre-built pc from 3-4 years old…

    Could you suggest a good graphics card for about 100-130 dollar?
    GTX 750TI is nice but GTX950 costs more money? Is it worth the money?
    Or should i look to a AMD GPU?

    Kind regards

    • If you can spend another $10, you can get the above mentioned msi gtx 950 which is on deal right now. You will get it for $139 instead of $149. Or if you dont want to spend more money then r7 370 is not a bad choice at all.

  • Matthew

    Hi! I am currently trying to upgrade my computer, however I am not good at computers/parts. What I am looking at for a graphics card is a ASUS Turbo GTX 970 4gb.
    While I have seen on many websites that the 970 is a good graphics
    card, what’s your personal opinion on it? Also I am hoping to play games
    like Arma 3 on medium-high with it, not ultra. Will it do the job? Last
    question is this, problem with having a 970, is me not having that good
    of a processor to go with it. I have an AMD A8 5600k and would like to
    know if this processor will do good enough to at least play games like
    Arma 3 on medium-high? I have 8GB of RAM and a 750 watt PSU.

    • It seems that you have a low end cpu. If you buy gtx 970, your cpu will bottleneck. So first upgrade your cpu and buy a mid end card like gtx 950 or 960. Either of them will be good. Or you can just spend more money to get a R9 390 which is better than gtx 970. But be sure to buy a better cpu first.

      • Matthew

        I saw your other post on best processors between 100-200, I would probably be able to get a decent one, and the 970, however now looking at the 960, I think that would be just fine. On your other post you have the Intel Core I5-6500 listed, would that do well with a 960, or even a 970 if I decide to change my mind again?

        • Yes. But be sure to buy a lga 1151 motherboard and ddr4 memory if you buy a i5 6500.

  • Sam

    best ddr2 graphic card under Rs5000….?

    • Why buy ddr2 ?

      • Sam

        so any better under affordable cost? like within 2000 Indian Rs !?

        • no gaming graphics card under Rs 2000. There is one gt 210 which is a complete waste of money. Intel HD graphics is better than that.

          • Sam

            thank u very much. i appreciate it. but if u ever finds anything completing my requirements, and inform me then, then i’d be grateful to u.
            thanks again. have a gud day

  • Schmekah

    What would be the best GPU that is under $50USD? doesnt have to be great just needs to work with more then 15 fps. also its for an older pc so if its not a newer pcie its fine.

  • Hyolde Jorg

    Mr. Khan,
    my current rig has the following components:
    Processor: Intel Extreme QX9770,
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP43-S3L,
    Memory: 8GB DDR2.

    I’d like to know which graphics card (Nvidia preferably), would be best suited for the above stated configuration. I want to purchase as strong graphics card as possible without creating a bottleneck. The GPU I have at the moment is AMD 4830, best regards.

    • You have a very powerful processor even it is of much older generation. The strongest graphics card for your rig can be a gtx 960. Even though i dont think your memory and processor wont bottleneck even a gtx 970 much but staying at mid level graphics card is a wise choice.

      • Hyolde Jorg

        Thank you so much Sir. Best regads.

  • Ariq Loupias

    Hello Mr. Khan, i wanna ask if there is a better gpu above Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 OC 2gb gddr5 with a little gap in the price? maybe like $20 gap?

    thank you!

  • Jan Rolih

    I need a cheap card 100€ max, that supports two monitors at 1440p 60hz, for desktop use. What do you suggest. Thanks in advance.

  • Alex Sony

    Greetings Sarfraz! I am setting up a rig for the first time, so I decided to compare graphics cards that are around 100USD like the GTX 750 Ti and the R7 360. Only one problem, there are 7 different versions of the R7 360 and 4 different versions of the GTX 750 Ti on Amazon!!! Don’t believe me? Here is the list of all the links:
    1. XFX R7 360: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZCBEO2C/?tag=budgetgpu-20

    2. PowerColor R7 360: http://www.amazon.com/PowerColor-360-Graphics-AXR7-2GBD5DHE/dp/B016826AXE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463286410&sr=8-1&keywords=R7-360

    3. Gigabyte R7 360: http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Overclocked-Graphics-GV-R736OC-2GD-REV2-0/dp/B01DT48WSU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1463286410&sr=8-4&keywords=R7-360

    4. MSI R7 360: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R7-360-2GD5-OC/dp/B00ZGF0TQY/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1463286410&sr=8-5&keywords=R7-360

    5. Sapphire R7 360: http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11243-05-20G/dp/B017NEMIFK/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1463286410&sr=8-7&keywords=R7-360

    6. Asus R7 360: http://www.amazon.com/Asus-R7360-OC-2GD5-V2-ASUS-Graphic-Cards/dp/B01A0CBDTO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1463286410&sr=8-8&keywords=R7-360

    1. ZOTAC GTX 750 Ti: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M27TSJS/ref=twister_B01FGYSH5E?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

    2. Asus GTX 750 Ti: http://www.amazon.com/GeForce-750Ti-GDDR5-Graphics-GTX750TI-OC-2GD5/dp/B00IB9P1KG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1463276096&sr=8-3&keywords=gtx+750+ti

    3. Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015E9VDC0/ref=psdc_284822_t3_B00M27TSJS

    4. EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IDG3IDO/ref=psdc_284822_t1_B00M27TSJS

    I have no idea how to handle this! I need a good compromise between performance and cost closer to 100USD. Would you recommend a certain version based on what processor I am aiming for? If so, then could you give an answer for what Graphics card would work better for an AMD processor or an Intel processor? Thanks!

    • Different versions dont create any difference in performance. You can buy anyone.

      Gtx 750 ti is better than r7 360.

      And brand of graphics cards dont really matter to the brand of processors.

  • Shane Salkey

    I have a phenom 2 x6 1045t processor and 8 gb of ram currently running 2 5770s in crossfire looking for a single replacement card for now what would you suggest? my parts are old i know.

    • It depens on your needs and your budget. You can get anyone of the above mentioned graphics card and your cpu will handle them.

      • Shane Salkey

        what would you suggest for a cpu upgrade and I must stick with my current mb asus m5a99pro

  • Ali Hamza

    Mr Sarfraz I want a Gaming Pc under 20000 PKR.
    Can you help me???
    I live in Pakistan and don’t use Amazon!

    • you should get an Intel core i3 4130, h81m-p33 motherboard from MSI/Gigabyte, 4gb of ram, a good mid tower case, 500 watts evga power supply. For graphics card, save money so that you can buy at least a gtx 750ti or higher.

      • Ali Hamza

        can you tell me any site???

        • I dont know any pakistani ecommerce store. So I think you have to buy them from any computer market.

  • Ali Hamza

    Can you pick up parts (preferably from czone.com.pk).
    Dont need Hard Drive.
    Please Help ME!!!

  • Ali Hamza

    Should I buy R7 240 2GB DDR3 or Quadro 2000 1GB DDR5.

  • Maxime Bolduc

    Funny thing is how many tend to not notice that some low profile GPU are as strong (if not better) than many entry-level gaming graphic card… and they aren’t costing much more (if not even less).

    For example, the Zotac GeForce GT 730 DDR3 4GB cost less than 100$CAN (meaning… 75$US or less). Sure, it’s not a DDR5, but to be honest, on the entry level and even up to 3GB, there’s absolutely NO performance difference between DDR5 and DDR3 due to the fact that you can already reach the max potential of the 3GB on a DDR3… DDR5 in that case is just marketing and an attempt of renewing sale for no real reason.
    On a 4GB of VRAM, there’s a small difference between DDR3 and DDR5 in performance so yeah… Any GeForce GTX Ti with 4GB VRAM on DDR5 (whatever manufacturer) will beat the Zotac GeForce GT 730 DDR3 4GB… but any of those (reminder of the 4GB VRAM or more) all cost 4x-5x more instantly. (Except in the US where it’s sold 3x-4x more.)

    3 positive thing with the Zotac GeForce GT 730 DDR3 4GB :
    • Ultra-low power consumption since it uses Passive Cooling. (meaning it has no fans because it’s designed to eject heat through a metallic dispenser that orient the heat dispersal with the help of physics). So you don’t have fan clogging or rotors’ issues to watch for. It also means it can works on most desktop PC with a single PCI Express slot (dual-width & 16 graphics slot). It requires a powersupply of at least 300W which is kinda as silly as common.
    • One of the rare 4GB GPU below 100$.
    It’s so rare to see thing kind of thing that most requirement systems doesn’t even recognize it and tend to see it as 3GB. (Best example : Can You Run it sees it at 3GB while it’s truly at 4GB). What it’s actually lacking is its capacity for advanced rendering methods. Since it runs both its power supply and its data analysis through the PCI Express slot (yeah… no need to “hook” the power supply to the PC… through there’s a slot for a specific kind of power cable if you wish to use it.)

    • It can run even the latest game at at least Medium.

    Any games early 2015 or before it can be run at high or the highest setting. Since the Quad-Core + 2GB minimal requirement of the recent releases, it can run those at something that isn’t really precise :

    – Textures at either High or Max.

    – Resolution : 720p ideally if you want a constant fps. Can run at higher, but depending on the content being rendered, no guaranty. I tend to run my games at 1280×720 so that I can put everything at max/high with 2 exceptions.

    – Shadows and Real-time reflection should be kept at low-medium.

    This is where the Low Profile gets a bit behind due to physics limitation. Real-time rendering of multi-pass in games isn’t something simple to implement and many AAA companies cut corners there. So Shadows and Real-Time reflection is something that is often copy-pasted into the engines without any additional work… which clog the memory bandwidth easily when it has to recalculate itself 30-60 times per secs and especially if the game ran with per-pixel calculation (like the method used in Unreal and a possibility on Unity engines). To give you an idea, that method can’t be used on Smartphone or Tablet due to its high calculation requirement. (That’s why you don’t see many games on the Unreal engine for those devices as its rendering system has to be redone from scratch.)

    As a game developer myself, I find the Zotac GeForce GT 730 DDR3 4GB as one of the best choice to test whenever the game is optimized or not for a multiple range of PCs. It’s not the best (of course), but it does a really great job at getting a view of what requires more optimization for low-end PCs.
    (For example, I’m currently working on a new title that can run on low-end PCs at medium-low at 120 fps and the game is being built and tested on a Zotac GT 730.)

  • Sid

    Hello Mr Khan! While on Amazon I found what seems like a great gpu. It looks too good to be true. Would this card be a good buy:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00KJGYOGG/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1464785260&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=gtx+740&dpPl=1&dpID=51VOz0lyliL&ref=plSrch

    • No bro. It’s crap. A low end card with 4gb of Vram is of no use. R7 360 and gtx 750 ti in the same or less price is double faster.

      • Sid

        Thank you! I’m building my first pc so I don’t know much.

  • Clint Wisecup

    Okay i need a new GPU but dont know what to look for in terms of cost effectiveness im looking to play diablo 3 Ros and league of legends on high settings at 1920×1080 my current specs are

    Processor- AMD Fx-4300 Quad-Core
    Ram- 8gb Not sure on the type doesnt say on the stick but i believe its around 1333mh
    PSU- 500w
    GPU-AMD Radeon R5 200 Series
    Motherboard- AMD 78LMT-USB3

    If u could just tell me what i would need to do to make that happen, cost is not an issue

  • bluerain wolfy

    hi can you please tell me witch one of the cards on this list would work for my pc, i got ripped off in the past of a 100 dolars with a graphics card that could not even handle world of warcraft.i realy must thank people like you that help people like me that are clueles.my system is a lenovo windows 7 pc home premium made in 2009.processer AMD athlon(tm) II X2 215 processer 2.70 ghz. ram 4.00 gb 64 bit operating systom. my graphics card is a AMD 760g. i would like to play games like archage tera online i dont mind if its on low settings thank you for your help and sarry for my bad spelling.

    • I would recommend you R7 360.

      • bluerain wolfy

        thank you and wow that was fast!

        • Get a cheap power supply like EVGA 500 watts. You will get it in $40. You have too low wattage power supply. There is a hight change that you might face bottlenecks and crashes

      • bluerain wolfy

        thank you and wow that was fast!

      • bluerain wolfy

        hi im back agen bit worried i bought the graphics card but now im wandering if i have anuff wattz to run it i only have a 12 volt 280 watt max psu, im not gowing to be overclocking are anything im just wandering if i need to buy a new one hopefully cheap and one that would fit in my pc. i hope not i just dont want to crash it. thanks agen for your help.

  • bluerain wolfy

    hi can you please tell me witch one of the cards on this list would work for my pc, i got ripped off in the past of a 100 dolars with a graphics card that could not even handle world of warcraft.i realy must thank people like you that help people like me that are clueles.my system is a lenovo windows 7 pc home premium made in 2009.processer AMD athlon(tm) II X2 215 processer 2.70 ghz. ram 4.00 gb 64 bit operating systom. my graphics card is a AMD 760g. i would like to play games like archage tera online i dont mind if its on low settings thank you for your help and sarry for my bad spelling.

  • Justin Henke

    Hey Sarfraz! I ‘inherited’ my grandfather’s build because he bought a prebuilt recently. It has 4GB G.Skillz ram a AMD Phenom II x4 955 processor and an outrageous 620W Antec PSU. I’m trying to get into PC gaming and am planning on purchasing Overwatch. You might have noticed the lack of GPU. That’s what I need! I have a PNY GT 610 with 1024mb gddr3 ram. I’d like to run atleast 1080p 60fps with low-med graphics(not totally necessary, but high graphics would be cool). I need some suggestions and I’m on a tight budget so < $150 I'm thinking the GTX 750 Ti (about $120 on Amzn) but the ASUS GTX 950 is only $20 more. What do you suggest? Thanks for your input! I have a keyboard, mouse, monitor, headphones and all I'm missing is a suitable graphics card.

    Also, would upgrading to 8GB RAM from 4GB make THAT much of a difference that I should get a cheaper card be worth it? (Overwatch min spec 4GB, suggested 8 GB)

    • For a few days MSI gtx 960 and ASUS R9 380 2gb versions are less than $150. Nothing is better than getting one of them right now.

      8gb ram is perfect for any build. But if you don’t have the budget for that, you can buy it later. But the most important is graphics card. Get gtx 960 or R9 380 which is even better.

  • Hi, can you recommend me a graphics card that would work for gaming for my PC?
    PC: HP Pavilion p6 series
    Processor: AMD A4-3420 APU with Radeon HD Graphics 2.80 GHz
    RAM: 6.00 GB (5.47 GB usable)
    Current graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 6410D
    Motherboard: p6-276

    I want to run games like Overwatch, CS:GO, Rust, etc. well and would like to know which budget graphics card I should get to get a 50+ FPS. What do you suggest which one I should get? Thanks!

    • For 50+ fps, I would recommend a gtx 950. But as the prices of gtx 960 and r9 380 are under $150 for this month, you should be getting anyone of them.

  • Connor Prewitt

    Hello, could you recommend me a graphics card that would work for my PC? At the moment I can’t even run Skyrim at Low because of my currently dirt quality graphics card..
    PC Specs:
    PC: Optiplex 9010 ACPI x64- based PC
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
    RAM: 8.00 GB (7.89 usable)
    Current Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 *AKA Gamer’s Hell*
    Motherboard: Dell Inc. A21 9/21/2015
    I just want to be able to run Skyrim at a decent quality (Maybe CS:GO too) without an insane amount of lag, my budget is pretty flexible considering that I have a part-time job and no bills to pay for 😉

    • Well. I would recommend at least a R7 360 but if your budget is flexible then going with r9 380 right now will prove to be better as the price of the above listed r9 380 card is only $149.99 when you purchase it with rebate.

      • Connor Prewitt

        So you think this graphics card will be compatible with my current hardware and will boost my performance?

        • Just check your motherboard for pci e x16 slot and your psu should be having at least one 8 pin power connector.

          • Connor Prewitt

            I know this was from a while ago, but to clarify, you mean the ASUS STRIX Radeon R9 380 OC 2GB gddr5? Right? I have enough to buy it now and need to clarify if that’s the correct one, don’t want to buy the wrong one 🙂

          • Ops. I forgot to change the name. It’s actually XFX one. But Asus strix is cheaper than all. For only $150 right now.

  • Wahab

    Hello sarfaraz I had a question that I am building a gaming pc under a budget so what should I keep in mind while building it? I mean powerful processor or powerful gpu? And if gpu so how can we compare which gpu is best?

    • Well answering this question in a few lines is not easy. You just read my posts and you will find out what’s the best for a gaming computer.

  • Tony

    Hey Safaraz,
    What graphics card would you recommend for this build:
    PC: ASUS Desktop PC CM6870
    Processor: Intel i5-3450 @ 3.1 GHz, 4 cores, 4 logical processors
    RAM: 12 GB
    Current Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GT520

    Motherboard: ASUSTeK CM6870

  • jurandy

    Hello Sarfraz, I have i5 6600k, and 8gb ram, with 300-400 dollars, what graphic card should I buy?

    • I will suggest you r9 390x or if you can wait a little more you can get a gtx 1070. Its faster than a gtx 980 ti.

      • jurandy

        thank you sir

  • Vivek Kotla

    What gpu would you recommend for this build? Feel free to tweak it if you see better oppurtunity! http://pcpartpicker.com/list/fWn7hq

    • gtx 750 ti or r7 360 are good. But if you can increase the power supply wattage it would be better. Well what budget do you have for graphics card?

  • Derp Famicous

    What graphics card would you guys recommend for this build? http://pcpartpicker.com/list/BQmGf8 Budget is $600, willing to go over a little bit.

    • Any version of Gtx 960 or r9 380 4gb. Check my rebates page for lesser price.

      • Derp Famicous

        Thanks. I was planning on getting a GTX 960, just wanted some other opinions first.

  • I’m looking into photoshop and playing games like AssCreed Black Flag or Far Cry (but just in mid grahics). Is

    Is Gigabyte AMD Radeon R5 230 a good pick?

    • R5 230 is nowhere to be a good card for playing assassin’s creed black flag even on low settings. You should at least get a R7 250 1gb ddr5 version to play them on low to mid settings. Or R7 360/gtx 750 ti on high settings.

      • I’m planning to get an R7 250. The PC has a DDR3 mother board, will it work? I’m pretty sure that it has a PCE-E slot.

        It’s an eMachine 1850. I’m just planning to put the card + 4GB ram until my motherboard and (everything else arrives so I can build a custom PC with that graphics card)

        – I’m not VERY tech savvy (especially when it comes to hardware)

        • Yes it will work.

        • Honestly, if possible, go for the RX 460. You’re not paying much more for potentially far better performance.

    • R5 230 is nowhere to be a good card for playing assassin’s creed black flag even on low settings. You should at least get a R7 250 1gb ddr5 version to play them on low to mid settings. Or R7 360/gtx 750 ti on high settings.

  • Rassel

    Hey, what can u say about new RADEON r9 480x for 200$. Is it best graphic card for this price or no ? I’m looking for not so expensive bitcoin mining graphic card if you now what i mean =)

  • Faizan

    Which Graphic Card will u recommend For gaming?
    Core i7 950 3.1GHZ
    4GB RAM

  • Kayleb

    So im getting a Z170i Pro gaming Asus Motherboard with a 400w power supply and im looking for a good graphics card to play wow on ultra with 60+ fps and stream with just looking for a cheap overall good graphics card that wont burn out due to lack of air flow $150-$200 CDN

  • Péter Jancsó

    For an i5 4460 the gtx 950 or the 960 is better? (8GB RAM) I prefer Nvidia cards.

    • i5 4460 won’t bottleneck any of these cards. Now it depends on your budget.

    • i5 4460 won’t bottleneck any of these cards. Now it depends on your budget.

  • Péter Jancsó

    For an i5 4460 the gtx 950 or the 960 is better? (8GB RAM) I prefer Nvidia cards.

  • Faris Tailors

    I want to buy a cheap and best affordable graphics card between USD130 – 150 not for gaming, just for my programming work. for Photoshop, Visual Studio and editing videos. My desktop comp specifications are : i3 6100 6th Gen with GA-B150M-D3H 6th Gen, 16 GB DDR4 RAM 2133 MHz…….your suggestion for “MSI N750Ti TF 2GD5/OC” and “Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Vapor-X GHZ Edition Dual Fan OC Edition – PCI Express Graphics Card” . What would you suggest as per my requirements…….respect!!!

  • Faris Tailors

    I want to buy a cheap and best affordable graphics card between USD130 – 150 not for gaming, just for my programming work. for Photoshop, Visual Studio and editing videos. My desktop comp specifications are : i3 6100 6th Gen with GA-B150M-D3H 6th Gen, 16 GB DDR4 RAM 2133 MHz…….your suggestion for “MSI N750Ti TF 2GD5/OC” and “Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Vapor-X GHZ Edition Dual Fan OC Edition – PCI Express Graphics Card” . What would you suggest as per my requirements…….respect!!!

    • Well I don’t have much knowledge in this area. But as I use photoshop and video editing softwares sometimes, they don’t require a very powerful graphics card and gtx 750 ti will do the job fine.

      • Faris Tailors

        Thanks a lot for the quick reply…..then please suggest me the suitable graphics card as per my specifications, as I don’t have much idea about the graphics card ……Intel Core i3-6100 6th Gen LGA 1151 Processor with GA-B150M-D3H 6th Gen, MB and 16 GB DDR4 RAM 2133 MHz

      • Faris Tailors

        Thanks a lot for the quick reply…..then please suggest me the suitable graphics card as per my specifications, as I don’t have much idea about the graphics card ……Intel Core i3-6100 6th Gen LGA 1151 Processor with GA-B150M-D3H 6th Gen, MB and 16 GB DDR4 RAM 2133 MHz

    • Well I don’t have much knowledge in this area. But as I use photoshop and video editing softwares sometimes, they don’t require a very powerful graphics card and gtx 750 ti will do the job fine.

  • Oscar Almaguer

    Hi, I have a budget around 150 – 180 USD for a graphics card… I have the following build:
    – Core i5 6500
    – Gigabyte H170 Gaming 3
    – 8gb ddr4

    Which graphic card would be better??

    Edit: FOR GAMING PURPOSES

  • Oscar Almaguer

    Hi, I have a budget around 150 – 180 USD for a graphics card… I have the following build:
    – Core i5 6500
    – Gigabyte H170 Gaming 3
    – 8gb ddr4

    Which graphic card would be better??

    Edit: FOR GAMING PURPOSES

  • Ron Martinez

    Here is my build:
    core i5-2500k 3.30GHZ
    8gb DDR3
    asrock z77 extreme4 mobo
    samsung 500gb ssd
    600w corsair psu

    currently have the gtx 550 ti, and fps is horrible on dark souls 3 on 1080p monitor. what is your opinion on the zotac gtx 1060 mini, it runs about $250 on newegg. Is that overkill for my setup? Is there a cheaper card that will give me comparable performance?

    Thanks

    • Gtx 1060 is a great card and it won’t be an overkill. Although the newer skylake processors perform much better with high end graphics cards, the sandy and ivy processors will just give approximately 10 fps lower but you will be still able to max out everything at 1080p and will get 60-90 fps in most of the games.

      • Ron Martinez

        thanks! are there any cards under $200 that will give me comparable performance?

        • there are gtx 960 and R9 380 under $200 but they are nowhere near gtx 1060.

  • C4four C4Four

    What you say between gtx 970 vs xfx radeon rx 480 which one is better ?

    • Definitely rx 480 is better than gtx 970 especially when you use directx 12 in games like rise of the tomb raider. You will get upto 30% of fps increase.

  • faisal gull

    I want 2gb card to play gta V. is there any ranging about 5000- 8000 pakistani rs.

    • No. you have to spend more.

      • faisal gull

        How Much and which one i have to buy.??

        • you should at least get a gtx 750 ti.

          • faisal gull

            And how much is that… In pakistani Rs.

          • I don’t know. You have to check retail pakistani sites.

          • faisal gull

            Which one is good nvidia gtx 750ti
            Inno3d gtx 750ti i done knw which company is better and nvidia was Rs.16500/- and Inno3d was Rs.15500/- Not much difference. But the Seller was saying that i have to change power supply for nvidia and for inno3d it will work on Default power supply. So which one i shoud buy.

          • Just give me the links for both. Inno3d or Zotac or MSi, all are Nvidia graphics cards.You just provide me the link and I will tell you what’s the truth.

          • faisal gull

            I dont have any links because. am not buying online . Just wanted to know how is this inno3d cards in performance or in temperature..??

          • It really doesn’t matter what brand it is. All brands have their different coolers and heatsinks but the PCB is the same.

          • faisal gull

            Okay. So i can buy navidia or inno3d or any card it dosent matter. and what is over clocking. who can it be done

          • Overclocking means to increase the core clock and memory clock of your graphics card which increases some performance. I had a Graphics card overclocking guide but it’s deleted so I need to write it again. Till then you can read about it on http://lifehacker.com/how-to-overclock-your-video-card-and-boost-your-gaming-30799346

  • William Shao

    I have a budget of around $350 Australian Dollars. What parts would i be able to purchase that would be comparable to an entry-level gaming PC?

  • Sri Azwadi Putra

    which graphic card will u recommend to me my build
    i3 6100
    ASRock H170 Pro4/Hyper ATX Motherboard
    Corsair vengeance 8gb 2666mhz

    my budget arround 100-150

    • Gtx 960 or R9 380 whichever falls below $150.

  • Sean lee

    Hi I have an old pc specs are Athlon x2 3.2 GHz overclocked to 3.9GHz, 4gb ddr3 ram 667 mhz, Radeon hd 6750, 350 w psu. I can play fallout4 and metro last light on 720 p and low settings. Now I’m thinking of just replacing the graphics card so I can play fallout4 and metro last light on at least medium/ high settings. So my question is shall I go for borax gtx 750ti or ASUS gtx950 as both these cards don’t require external power. Also I’m thinking of getting a new rig in the next few months, which will either have gtx 970/ rx480. so will gtx 750ti be able to play the above mentioned games on 900p res and on medium/ high settings on my rig or shall I spend more and get gtx 950 card. Pls advise.

    • I would say first upgrade your processor to at least i3 6100 or better if you get i5 6400. These are best budget processors. then you should get a good power supply from EVGA or Seasonic. 500 watts will be ok. And as you said you will be upgrading anyways in a few months then wait to get the gtx 1060 which is faster than the rx 480. Don’t waste money on gtx 750 ti now if you gonna upgrade later.

      • Sean lee

        Thanx a ton bro?

  • Benjamin Galindo

    Hello i got a x4 860k whats the best gpu for it ? Im thinking of a r9 380 but i read it my bottleneck. My budget is around $180

    • Yes it will bottleneck but still you can get some decent performance with rx 470 if you can get it for $180

  • Adrian

    Hey, I was set for the RX series but now after reading this I have a hard time to decide. Would you mind picking a graphic card for me?

    Core i7-4770 3.4 GHZ
    8GB DDR3
    M70AD-NN Motherboard

    currently running a R7 240 2GB and the performance seems a bit weak. Wanted to upgrade my PC for The Wichter 3 and No Man`s Sky 🙂 Budget is ~200$.

    thanks in advance!

    • Go for either r9 380x or wait for rx 470’s price to become stable.

  • Brandon Nance

    I am looking at doing this build (http://pcpartpicker.com/list/XbtCzM) and adding a graphics card within a few months after building it. First is this a good basic build? and second what graphics card would you suggest for under $200? On a side note the reason I am going with this build is due to I need a quad core for online radio encoding and relays.

    • the link you mentioned is not found.

      • Brandon Nance

        Sorry about that! I am not sure what happened with the link but here this one should work, http://pcpartpicker.com/list/rnYRTH. Thank you

      • Brandon Nance

        Sorry about that! I am not sure what happened with the link but here this one should work, http://pcpartpicker.com/list/rnYRTH. Thank you

        • Thats not a good build. You shouldn’t be going with the fm2 processor if you have $70. You cant upgrade your build in future as there is no good high end fm2 processor. Either go with fx 4300 if you want to build amd gaming system or if you want more fps then either pentium g3258 or g4400. Both cost below $70 and the cheapest motherboard you can get will be either msi h81m e33 for g3258 or gigabyte h110 a for g4400. For power supply choose the evga 430 watts or 500 watts. That will cost you the same as the one you mentioned.

    • the link you mentioned is not found.

  • Phatticus Guvvna

    Hi Sarfraz, top article, and great work youre doing with all these comments & feedback, a wealth of knowledge! Wondering if you could suggest a GPU for me possibly? Im in the process of building a new interim rig until i do full upgrade away from the 1155 chipset, to something a lot better and GDDR5 in 18 months. What im building atm is P8Z77-V LX mobo, 32G DDR3 RAM, 240G SSD, 2TB HD, 650W PSU, the i7 2600K 3.4-3.8Ghz CPU and an SE913X cooler on it. Got a budget now of about $150-200AUD for GPU.
    Got 2 questions if thats ok:
    1) is it worth me buying a GDDR5 GPU now and under utilise it, but reuse it better in a new rig in 18 months? (although it may be be old tech by then?)
    2) either GDDR3 or GDDR5 currently, what GPU would you suggest for $ and value for money? Will be using for gaming, and modelling photos/movie editing mainly.
    Thanks in advance

    • Thanks for the feedback. You should get Rx 470 if you want futureproofing. You will be able to do crossfireX with the new build then. But don’t get 32gb of ram, 8gb or 16gb is fine as you will end up wasting money cause you are already in the mood of upgrading after sometime.

    • Thanks for the feedback. You should get Rx 470 if you want futureproofing. You will be able to do crossfireX with the new build then. But don’t get 32gb of ram, 8gb or 16gb is fine as you will end up wasting money cause you are already in the mood of upgrading after sometime.

  • Phatticus Guvvna

    Hi Sarfraz, top article, and great work youre doing with all these comments & feedback, a wealth of knowledge! Wondering if you could suggest a GPU for me possibly? Im in the process of building a new interim rig until i do full upgrade away from the 1155 chipset, to something a lot better and GDDR5 in 18 months. What im building atm is P8Z77-V LX mobo, 32G DDR3 RAM, 240G SSD, 2TB HD, 650W PSU, the i7 2600K 3.4-3.8Ghz CPU and an SE913X cooler on it. Got a budget now of about $150-200AUD for GPU.
    Got 2 questions if thats ok:
    1) is it worth me buying a GDDR5 GPU now and under utilise it, but reuse it better in a new rig in 18 months? (although it may be be old tech by then?)
    2) either GDDR3 or GDDR5 currently, what GPU would you suggest for $ and value for money? Will be using for gaming, and modelling photos/movie editing mainly.
    Thanks in advance