If you want to improve your gaming experience, then you need to upgrade your graphics card as soon as possible.
Most computers do not come with excellent graphics cards installed.
Buying a graphics card is cheaper than buying a gaming computer altogether.
You don’t have to spend that much on one either. The best budget graphic card I found, the Gigabyte GT 420, great performance for its price.
Here is a list of more budget graphics cards. All cards on this list are less than $50.
10 Best Budget Graphics Cards – 2017
Asus ATI Radeon HD6450 Silence 1 GB DDR3 VGA/DVI/HDMI Low Profile PCI-Express Video Card (EAH6450 SILENT/DI/1GD3(LP))
ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 2GB DDR3 PCI-E2.0 DL-DVI VGA HDMI Passive Cooled Single Slot Low Profile Graphics Card (ZT-71302-20L)
ASUS GeForce 210 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card, EN210 SILENT/DI/1GD3/V2(LP)
Tips for Buying a Cheap Graphics Card
Here’s what you should know about buying a good graphics card under $50:
Check your computer hardware before you purchase a graphics card. The other specs on your computer should be able to support the card you buy. Unless you plan on upgrading your processor as well, buy a mid-range card.
Even if you are looking for a budget card, buy the best tier graphics card you can afford to ensure the best performance.
Don’t choose a graphics card with the highest memory. What matters is the bandwidth. For lag-free gaming, you need high-capacity clock rate. For example, if you are trying to decide between 1GB of GDDR5 and 4GB of DDR3, choose GDDR5 with higher bandwidth.
Make sure the graphics card you buy can support the screen resolution on your monitor or multiple monitors.
There’s no point in pairing up graphics cards, so buy only one. A second graphics card does not double the performance of your GPU. Multi card drives can also make the gaming experience inconsistent.
Absolutely make sure the graphics card is compatible with your computer. Check the physical dimensions. Also, check the power supply and the number of pins on PCIe power connectors. These should match with the card you buy.
The better the graphics card is, the more heat it will generate. If you don’t have a cooler, your GPU will be fried to bits. You will need to buy a cooler when you buy a graphics card. Some cards come already outfitted with coolers. These may cost more, but they are worth it.