Graphics card is definitely the most important component when you want to play the games on high or ultra settings. With a powerful CPU only you cannot expect to play at 60fps maxed out but if you are willing to pay $100-$200 for a decent graphics cards like listed below, then you are most likely to end up at least 2 years playing on at least high settings.
Some graphics cards for under $200 can max out almost any game at 1080p and this is also the sweet spot for many gamers. These graphics cards are mid-ranged cards which are meant for 1080p 60fps or at least 40+ fps when you bump the settings to ultra.
For a build that comes under $500 or $600, these graphics cards are the best choice and are best matched with Intel Core i5 processors or AMD Ryzen processors. Many of these graphics cards are newly released and are fully DirectX 12 compatible so you won’t be regretting your choice if you buy any one of the listed below.
Note:- Some of these graphics cards are not available under $200 right now due to skyrocketing prices but they are still good for playing games.
Gigabyte GTX 1050 2GB OC
Gigabyte’s GTX 1050 2GB OC edition is where from the gaming at 1080p starts. This card can provide smooth framerates on high settings at 1080p in most of the games. You can play titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider, GTA V, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Battlefield 1, DOOM etc. all on high settings. This card is capable of running graphically intensive games but its best suited for esports games such as CSGO, Overwatch, Rocket League and some other similar games which are moderately intensive like Dead By Daylight, Tekken 7, Friday the 13th etc.
Taking a look at its specs, it features a dual-fan design with a black shroud cover the big aluminium heatsink which is capable dissipating heat effectively. Gigabyte cards are very good at cooling and as this card comes factory overclocked, it will be better in the long run. The card comes with two modes: Gaming and OC. In gaming mode, you will have core/boost clocks as 1379/1493Mhz and in OC mode you will get core/boost clocks as 1404/1518Mhz respectively.
With 2GB of VRAM, you can get the graphical settings bumped up to high in almost every game and enjoy decent settings without tweaking a lot of things. This card is although not the best for 60fps gaming but for a mere price of $150, you can get around 40-50fps in most of the games except the esports games where you can actually get much more than that. This card is also very power efficient and doesn’t require any external power connector and will consume the power from the PCI-Ex 16 slot on the motherboard. So, you don’t need to worry about the capacity of your power supply.
I have used this graphics card in a lot of budget PC builds and I recommend you to go with it.
EVGA Geforce GTX 1050 ti SC 4Gb
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. This card is based on the Pascal architecture on which the GTX 1000 series cards are based which is very much power efficient and this card similar to the GTX 1050 doesn’t require a 6 pin or 8 pin power connector. 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 faster I feel that Nvidia has filled 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.
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