If you have a desktop computer, you can significantly increase its performance with a budget graphics card.
We have listed the best budget graphics cards here. Budget cards are suited mostly for casual and moderate gamers.
If you are more into hardcore gaming, you can play new titles with a graphics card that costs close to $200.
Read ahead for more graphics cards suitable for almost-hardcore gamers:
5 Best Graphics Cards Under $200 – 2017
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti G1Gaming 4GB Graphic Card Black, Boost Clock 1468 MHz , GV-N105TWF2OC-4GD
ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050TI-4G) Graphic Cards
Tips for Buying a Good Graphics Card with a $200 Budget
When shopping around for a graphics card under $200, keep the following tips in mind:
Instead of fussing about the RAM memory, what you need to pay attention to is bandwidth. GDDR5 graphics cards (as most listed above are) is offer twice the performance a DDR3 card does when the clock rate is the same. Even if a DDR3 card has 4GB of RAM, it still won’t be good as a GDDR5 with a 1GB of RAM.
Most graphics cards under $200 support 1920×1080 resolution. If you need to run anything higher than, you will need a higher end graphics card with more bandwidth. If you plan on running 4K games, the above-listed cards may not suffice. But that largely depends on the game settings as well.
Your processor matters. The above graphics cards are supported by newer quad-core or more processors. But if you run older processors like Intel Pentium dual core, you won’t be able to enjoy the optimal performance the graphics card can deliver. So, make sure you don’t need to upgrade the processor before buying a sleek new graphics card.
Check the cooler on the graphics card. If the cooler is a reference cooler, make sure the vents are on the back of the card, so the heat is not redirected at your computer.