Best video card under $200

Best video card under $200

Hey everyone, I was just looking through some of the holiday deals — I will write a post on this next week –, specifically for video cards under my budget. I only had $200 to spare since this computer I’m building isn’t even for me. I’m building it for my friend who gave me some money to build him up a computer, so I thought to write this post on my blog!

There is quite a large variety if you are looking for the best video card under $200. A video card, also known as a graphics card is one of the most important parts of the experience, especially if you want to play games on high settings.

If you are willing to spend at least a couple of hundred dollars you can surely find a great graphics card which can guarantee you at least two years of gaming time with high settings. Only a simple CPU, no matter how powerful it is cannot give you the powerful effect and experience that you would want for your gaming or high quality graphics. I’ve linked to Amazon on here, but I will add a disclaimer that I may receive commission from doing so. You don’t have to click the links, as you can just search up the video card name and shop online that way. Whatever works, I really don’t mind!

EVGA Geforce GTX 1050 TI SC / 4GB

It is important to go for at least a 4GB card if you are playing some specific type of games, especially those that require more VRAM than the simple games like Overwatch or CSGO. So if a person likes to play games at 1080p ultra setting, they simply should not compromise VRAM. It is also important specifically for larger-scale single player games. Think games like The Witcher 3 or Assassin’s Creed, where the environments are incredibly vast and detailed. It is a great choice for the price as it is in between GTX 1050 and RX 470 and is quite fast priced just around $130.

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This graphics card is available in 4GB memory as well as in 8GB versions, which are more expensive. It is one of the best 1080p cards you can buy for under $200. This video card performs even better when it is paired with an i5-7500 or Intel core i3-7100 or even with the Ryzen 5 1400, but note that the latter is a lot more expensive. This card will help you achieve higher resolutions with its Polaris architecture and 2048 stream processors; it is overall great for 1080 medium settings.

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MSI GTX 1050

This version of the 1050 has a memory size of 2GB GDDR5 and it is built on a Pascal GPU and has 75 watt power draw along with a boost clock and 1405 MHz base clock. It is one of the most affordable and best versions of the 1050 because of its affordability. It can easily handle great gaming at 1080p with medium settings on most games, though because of its low memory capacity, may have to be turned down to low settings.

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Zotac GTX 1060 / 3GB GDDR5 (Mini)

This is one of the latest video cards from NVIDIA and it is the mini edition which has 3 GB and memory of GDDR5 which makes it easy to play at 1080p. The details and textures for are easily able to be turned to around medium or high settings, depending on the detail of the game. This graphics card can fit in almost all casings while also requiring less power than other video cards. I’ve personally tested the Zotac GTX 1060 on virtual reality and it works to a certain extent. Obviously, a card at this budget wouldn’t be marketed as a VR-capable card, but it does fine at medium to low settings, depending on the game. Between this and the RX 570, they are the two most powerful on the list but may also be tougher to find on sale at under $200.

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XFX RX 470

With a stream processor of 2048 and a GPU boost/base of 1256 MHz and 926 MHz , this graphics card has a memory size of 4GB GDDR5 and is one of the best video cards I’ve found for my budget range. It is quite powerful and it is a bit larger in size than the previous versions of the same device. It has 3 display ports, DVI port as well as HDMI port. It even supports FreeSync display technologies as well as HDR. It is equipped with 120 watt TDP and requires a one six pin connector for power.

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I obviously didn’t buy all of these cards but I am familiar enough with the tech to distinguish them as the best options in this budget. I ultimately went for the 4GB RX 570 because it was on sale and was head-to-head as the most powerful card out of the ones I had chosen. You can’t really go wrong with any of these picks, but which one you buy totally depends on which one is on sale at the time. Of course, you’re going to want to check compatibility with your power supply and optimization with your motherboard, but these are the best selections I’ve been able to find — at least for this budget range. I might do another post on another budget one day, but I don’t see myself buying another video card for the time being.

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