Best Graphics Cards Under $200 in 2023
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As of March 2023, entry-level GPUs are once again widely available at reasonable price levels. Also, Intel is now actively competing with AMD and Nvidia, which is applying more pressure on prices.
On this page, we take a detailed look at the best graphics cards under $200 in 2023 based on real-world gaming performance. This includes new budget graphics cards and a look at what you may find in the used market around the same price point.
AMD Vs. Nvidia (Vs. Intel) Under $200
Nvidia has largely neglected its entry-level GPU lineup in recent years, with the latest release being the GeForce GTX 1650 Super from 2019. We are not counting the more recent GeForce GTX 1630, as it cannot provide an acceptable gaming experience by 2023 standards.
What Intel offers under $200 so far (the Arc A380), also fails to impress from a price/performance perspective and is rarely in stock. AMD has done a bit better by releasing the Radeon RX 6500 XT, although this card also comes with some caveats that we will get into in a minute.
These are nevertheless the best budget GPUs under $200 (or thereabout, depending on daily price moves).
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From just looking at raw computing performance, the Radeon RX 6500 XT looks like the more powerful GPU by far. However, in actual games, it is only noticeably faster than the GTX 1650 when using a PCI Express (PCIe) 4.0 interface. It loses some of its performance in older PCIe 3.0 systems, at which point the RX 6500 XT becomes more comparable to the GTX 1650 (and slower than the 1650 Super).
Either of these GPUs can manage 1080p gaming, but you may have to lower the settings to reach a consistent 60fps in demanding titles. Here’s a quick look at relative GPU performance using Futuremark’s 3DMark Time Spy benchmark scores. We’ve included some additional GPUs for reference and will discuss some of them below.
This is not an exact measurement of gaming performance, but a reasonably useful indicator of what to expect in games, on average.
Bottom line: In spite of its shortcomings in PCIe 3.0 systems, the Radeon RX 6500 XT is currently the best GPU under $200.
Buy Now or Wait?
Throughout 2021 and well into 2022, the graphics card market was in its worst state ever, with supply shortages and inflated prices across all performance tiers. Even used cards from previous generations were selling for more than their original MSRPs.
This is thankfully behind us now, as supply has improved and prices have dropped from previous peaks. In other words, we are once again in a buyer’s market. If you have been waiting for the right time to buy a budget graphics card, this is not a bad one.
In terms of release cycles, Nvidia just launched a new generation of high-end cards (RTX 4090, 4080, and 4070 Ti), and AMD has done the same with its RX 7900 XTX/XT. Mid-range variants of the new chips will arrive later in 2023, but no new entry-level cards based on these architectures have been announced yet. At best, the near future might bring rebadges or minor updates of existing GPUs.
Intel’s newly launched Arc A380 chip has unfortunately only been released in very limited quantities so far (at least in North America and most of Europe), and not enough to budge overall prices in the entry-level space. Its performance also fails to impress, although Intel seems to have made good progress recently in improving its graphics drivers. The Arc A750 is a different story, but this is a slightly more expensive, mid-range model.
Best GPU Below $200: Radeon RX 6500 XT
The Radeon RX 6500 XT may be the fastest GPU under $200 on the market right now, even if this is mostly due to a lack of competition. Even in the best of circumstances, it is only slightly faster than its predecessor, the Radeon RX 5500 XT, but this is not the main issue.
What makes the RX 6500 XT difficult to recommend to everyone is that it requires a PCIe 4.0 interface to reach its full potential. In a PCIe 3.0 system, it will not have enough bandwidth, resulting in a 5–20% performance drop depending on the game. Before buying this card, you should be aware of this weakness.
Systems that support PCIe 4.0 include those based on AMD’s Ryzen 3000 and 5000 series or Intel’s 11th-gen Core processors or later.
That said, an RX 6500 XT-based graphics card does offer a decent mix of price and performance – especially for those with a Gen4 system looking for a budget GPU. Since the closest Nvidia competitors are usually both slower and more expensive, it may even be the best option for Gen3.
The suggested power supply for any RX 6500 XT is 300 W and it requires only a single 6-pin PCIe power connector from your PSU.
Best Nvidia GPU Under $200: GTX 1650 (or 1650S)
Graphics cards based on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU have now mostly reverted to prices under $200 after a period of going at much higher (and completely unreasonable) prices.
Unlike the RX 6500 XT, the GTX 1650 is bus-powered and requires no separate PCIe power connectors, which can be an advantage when upgrading budget pre-built OEM systems with weak power supplies. This GPU is older and slower than an RX 6500 XT over a Gen4 interface, but can be almost as fast on Gen3 due to the aforementioned limitations of the AMD competitor.
Compared to its predecessor, the GTX 1050 Ti, the GTX 1650 is around 30% faster and offers more than decent frame rates in games like Fortnite and CS:GO at 1080p. In more demanding single-player AAA titles, you may need to lower the settings.
As prices are dropping, the significantly faster GTX 1650 Super can occasionally be found under $200, which makes it a superior alternative to the non-Super variant. Note however that the 1650 Super requires a PCIe power connector, whereas the non-Super does not.
Side note: Some 1650 cards are equipped with GDDR6 memory instead of GDDR5. This improves memory bandwidth and overall performance, but the clock rates have unfortunately been lowered to even out the difference. However, some tests indicate that GDDR6 boards are 5–10% faster, so this is a detail worth looking for.
The Intel Alternative: Add $50 for 80% More Performance
As previously mentioned, the Intel contender under $200 is primarily the Arc A380. Graphics cards using this GPU are unfortunately few and far between, but more importantly, they will all perform worse than the budget options from AMD and Nvidia.
This is certainly not the case for the Intel Arc A750, which is around 80% faster than the AMD RX 6500 XT in terms of average frame rates. It’s also faster on average than popular mid-range cards like the GeForce RTX 2060 and competes even with the RTX 3060 in some games.
What has been holding the Intel graphics cards back is mainly limited availability along with the fact that Intel’s drivers have been poorly optimized. The drivers have been greatly improved since launch, however, and since Intel reduced the MSRP for the reference model to $250, the A750 now likely offers better value than any other graphics card on the market.
Used AMD Radeon Cards: RX 5500 XT, RX 570/580/590
If you are looking for a decent graphics card on a tight budget, the used market is also worth a look. Just be careful with cards that have been used for crypto mining 24/7, which is a particular risk with older mid-range cards with more than 4 GB of video memory (VRAM).
Used cards with AMD GPUs that may be of particular interest include:
- Radeon RX 5500 XT & 5600 XT– As mentioned earlier, the RX 5500 XT is the 6500 XT’s predecessor. The older GPU is actually the better of the two since performance is about the same regardless of the interface used, as the RX 5500 XT can utilize the PCIe 3.0 interface properly. Also, some cards with this GPU come with 8 GB VRAM (instead of 4 GB), which perform even better.
- Radeon RX 570/580/590 – These cards are old and comparatively inefficient, but if you don’t mind a higher power consumption and have the PCIe power connectors to spare, the 580/590 in particular can offer performance on par with the more recent entry-level GPUs. They can often be found at attractive price points in the used market, but be aware that this generation of cards was very popular among miners.
Used Nvidia GeForce Cards: GTX 1660/1660S
As opposed to the aforementioned AMD graphics cards, the 1650 Super and 1660 Super are still available in stores, though rarely for less than $200.
- GTX 1660 – The original GTX 1660 has now been superseded by the GTX 1650S and 1660S. It was intended as a direct successor to the GTX 1060 but is considerably faster (15-20%) and more efficient. Compared to the AMD alternatives, the GTX 1660 is also faster than the previous-gen RX 580 or even the RX 590 in actual games.
- GTX 1660 Super/Ti – Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Super is almost as fast as the GTX 1660 Ti. Compared to the non-Super, the 1660 Super is based on the same chip with an identical amount of shaders and transistors but it’s equipped with faster GDDR6 VRAM.
A lot has changed for the better as far as price/performance goes in the entry-level market. For now, it’s mostly graphics cards based on the Radeon RX 6500 XT GPU that offer the best performance under $200 (with the right interface). The Nvidia GTX 1650, on the other hand, is quite old by now and can barely compete with AMD’s offering. If you can find a GTX 1650 Super under $200, this is a better alternative.
On the plus side, relatively speaking, is that none of these cards (except the 1650 Super) require external power. This is often an advantage when upgrading older pre-built systems, which tend to ship with low-end power supplies that lack separate power connectors for graphics cards. As long as the card fits in your case, you should be fine.
When looking at the used market, AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 XT, as well as old RX 570/580/590 cards, may still offer good value depending on current prices. Especially the RX 590 is an attractive option if you don’t mind the higher power consumption. As a consolation, it’s the latest and most efficient version of the now somewhat ancient Polaris GPU. What that means is that you may need a bigger power supply unit (PSU) and sometimes an additional PCIe cable to power them. In the case of the RX 580 Nitro+, for example, you need one 8-pin and one 6-pin auxiliary (PCIe) power connector.
Factory Overclocking: Is it Worth It?
Another topic worth mentioning is factory overclocking. Most manufacturers bump the specs on their premium cards by raising the maximum GPU boost clock (and sometimes the VRAM speed), which is also reflected in the price tag. These slightly higher clock rates do not have an impact on how much the card can be overclocked by the user. On the other hand, the larger coolers on more expensive cards are beneficial when overclocking.
Each GPU chip is unique quality-wise and therefore the chips’ overclocking capability varies. Unfortunately, you never know exactly how capable it is before you buy (hence it is called the “silicon lottery”). The main difference is that a factory-overclocked card is guaranteed to work at the specified clock rates, which is not the case otherwise. In some instances, pricier and factory-overclocked cards also have better cooling solutions than budget GPUs.
As for video memory (VRAM), more is always better, but entry-level cards will benefit less from large amounts of VRAM. Compared to 4 GB, an 8 GB card will (on average) improve frame rates by single-digit percentages, but may also allow for more details and higher resolutions (e.g. 1440p) with less significant performance drops. If the price difference is tiny, we definitely recommend an 8 GB variety.
About System and PSU Requirements
You certainly don’t need a monster gaming rig to power budget graphics cards around the $200 price range. The most important thing is to ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) is up to the task.
The most demanding of the cards we’ve been looking at here are the older ones based on the Radeon RX 580 and RX 590 GPUs. AMD recommends a 500 Watt PSU for the entire system. This will, of course, depend on how power-efficient the rest of your system is. Typical board power is 185 Watts for the reference design RX 580, but overclocked cards will use a lot more.
Newer cards under $200 like the RX 6500 XT and GeForce GTX 1650 are far less demanding as they are both bus-powered – i.e. you don’t need a separate connector. Just install the card and it will be ready to run using power from the motherboard. The GeForce GTX 1650 Super does require a single 6-pin connector though.
Other than the PSU, your other PC components should preferably be at least fairly recent. The processor (CPU) does affect what frame rates you’ll be getting to some extent, but the difference will be quite small if you’re using any AMD Ryzen or Core i5 from the past few years. Older AMD CPUs in general and some older Intel Core i3 CPUs, in particular, may have a more severe negative effect on game frame rates.
If you already own a good mid-range CPU and want better gaming performance, upgrading to a faster GPU will yield more noticeable results compared to upgrading the CPU.
For larger budgets, also check our guides to the fastest GPUs below $300 or under $500.
I have been using nvidia GT 730 for the past 3 years now and i am looking for a change, what i am looking for is a mid budget card around $200 although i cannot decide on my own, about which GPU I should buy.
Thanks for your comment! All of the GPUs we mention above are several times faster than your current card. Even the 1050 ti is around 5x the performance of the GT730. Something to keep in mind if you are upgrading your current system is that all cards above the GTX 1650 require a separate PCIe power connector from your power supply. There’s a good chance that your computer doesn’t have one, as the old GT730 doesn’t need one either. Also check check the measurements to make sure that it will fit in your case (I know that there are many pre-built small form factor systems with the GT 730)
I have a
Intel i5 7th gen skylake
Asus h81m-d motherboard
Aerocool 500w true rated psu
8gb hyperx RAM
And currently dont have gpu.
Already bought 27″ 75hz monitor
What gpu can you recommend for me? I played cs go and dota 2 only.
Correction in my processor. i think it is only i5 4th generation
CS:GO and DOTA 2 are two of the least demanding games today. So if you are only playing these two games, any of the cards mentioned above will easily run at 1080p at an average FPS of 75+.
If I were you, I would look at AMD RX 570-based cards, which are from the previous generation but still among the best in terms of price/performance when sold at around $150 (and they sometimes go for less). Your PSU and the rest of your system would be a good match.
Thanks for the prompt response.
Yes i will look for RX570 gpu. But how about RX580, is it a better buy? In my country, I see a lot of RX580 compare to RX570. Thanks.
The RX 580 is typically 10-15% faster than the RX 570 (some games a little more, some slightly less). So if the price difference is small where you live, the 580 might be an even better option, especially if it’s an 8GB card (most 570s are 4GB).
Thanks for the prompt response.
Yes i will look for RX570 gpu. But how about RX580, is it a better buy? In my country, I see a lot of RX580 compare to RX570. Thanks.
Try to go with at least Rx 5500 xt in my opinion. The Rx 570/580/590 is the older on the way out cards. I’m actually building a computer for my daughter and $200 is all I’m gonna spend and the 5500xt is what I’m looking at unless I upgrade my Rx 5700.
I have a AMD Radeon R7 360 that is a 6 pin power connector that came in an ibuypower pc I bought for iracing. I run three monitors now and it can’t keep up. What should I buy for around $150-190?
My processor is an AMD FX 6300 6 core.
I don’t know much about gaming pcs I just want to play iracing I have been trying to do research but it seems endless.
I’m currently using an EVGA 950 and am torn between waiting for 1660 Super to go under 200 (hopefully, with the release of the 3k series) or getting the 1650 Super already.
Is it worth the wait and price difference?
Last year, with the original versions of the GTX 1660 and 1650, I would have steered clear of these cards as they were overpriced (the original 1650 in particular) compared to the previous-gen AMD cards.
Right now, the 1650S and 1660S are much more competitive in terms of price/performance and currently priced about right compared to their AMD counterparts IMO.
As usual with a new generation, Nvidia will be releasing the high-end RTX 3000 series cards first. We will likely have to wait several more months for the mid-range and budget Ampere cards to shake things up in those areas. But it’s notoriously difficult to guess where GPU prices are heading. Since we are still right between two generations (not counting the high-end cards), my personal guess is that prices will hover around here for a while (though the 1660S could drop below 200 temporarily).
This is incredibly helpful!
Guess I’ll just go for the 1650 and be happy for around 4-5 years before heading elsewhere should some games require it.
For me the 200 Dollars barrier is key, because customs will kill me with an extra 60% for things over that mark. So, a 201 dollars card would end up costing me 321 Dollars. So yeah, kinda hard no!
Guess ill just get the GeForce GTX 1650.
I am upgrading an HPZ800 workstation (for iRacing sim racing 1080p single screen use) and currently have the dual X5687 xeons, 32gb ram, 500GB SSD. It still has the standard 850W power supply. I was looking for an RX580 8gb card but after reading this article, perhaps I should spend a bit more and get the GTX 1650S to make sure I am keeping within my 850W supply? How do i tell how much the system is already using?
The system’s total power consumption can be measured from the socket using e.g. a kill-a-watt power monitor (or a multimeter with the same functionality). It’s highly unlikely that you will have an issue with an 850W PSU though, even with the dual Xeons (130W each). What I did notice when looking up the HP’s specs is that the PSU seems to come with 6-pin PCIe connectors only. The 1650S uses a 6-pin connector but the RX 580 normally uses a single 8-pin connector, which will require a 6-pin to 8-pin adapter.
My system is getting old. I have an i7-4770, 16gb ddr3 1600 ram, 2 ssds and 1 hdd, gtx 750ti, GigaByte GA-Z87MX-D3H (rev. 1.x) motherboard, PSU CoolerMaster Masterwatt lite 600 watts.
I was really thinking in getting the rx 590, should I? Why yes or why not? By the way I live in South America so everything is more expensive here.
Thanks in advance!
My Discord: patotato2003#8152
Yes it’s getting old, but the i7-4770 is still a more than decent CPU (I still have a 4770S myself paired with an RX 580 on an entry-level Asus board that’s frequently in use). But as you are probably aware, the GTX 750 Ti is the one component that hasn’t aged very well. The RX 590 is about five times faster than the 750 ti in terms of compute performance and often 2-3 times faster in games (depending on game/settings).
So if you are just looking for a major GPU upgrade without changing anything else whatsoever, then I would say the RX 590 is definitely worthwhile 🙂 (if it’s reasonably priced where you live). Your PSU will handle an RX 590 easily as long as you still have the PCIe power cables (I believe the 750 Ti is bus-powered but most RX 590s need a single 8-pin power connector).
By the way, my gtx 750ti is the windforce model. It has a connector.
I want to play Rainbow Six Siege, stream, record videos, and edit them in Davinci Resolve Studio that has hardware acceleration for gpu.
Hi Jesper, need some advice, I recently upgraded to a ryzen 3100 with a b550 board, looking at getting a graphics card, currently have a 750ti, i play games like battlefield 5, war of rights on steam. Would the 5500xt work better with the pci 4.0 over the 1650 super or even 1660? Thanks pete
Hi Pete! For now, the doubled bandwidth provided by PCIe 4.0 over PCIe 3.0 is usually just a benefit for SSDs, as these were previously bottlenecked by the 3.0 version of the interface. Since GPUs always use the full-size x16 PCIe slot, bandwidth has (so far) not been much of an issue.
Gen4 may have a slight advantage in some cases, but not enough that it would affect my choice of GPU.
But regardless of the PCIe version, the RX 5500XT should perform better than the 1650 Super in Battlefield V. In this game, the 5500 XT (8GB version) seems to be on par with the 1660. https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/msi-radeon-rx-5500-xt-gamingx-8gb-review,12.html
I know nothing about graphic cards. I’m an audio / video editor and just recently updates my software to FilmoraPro. They recommend Intel HD Graphics 5000 or later
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 or later
AMD Radeon R5 240 or later
2 GB vRAM (4GB required for HD and 4K videos)
Im currently using Intel HD Graphics 4000. What would best work with my Dell Optiplex 7010 Running a VGA monitor and 2 HDMI monitors
Intel HD Graphics 4000/5000 (and other Intel GPUs at this time) are integrated GPUs, i.e. part of the same package as the CPU. Any recent discrete GPU, i.e. standalone graphics card, is much faster at any job compared to integrated graphics.
Personally, I have no experience with Filmora but was curious as to how it might scale performance-wise and found this short video comparing rendering/exports with CPU Vs. Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti and 1650 Super:
I’m attempting to price out a build, how much should I spend on a monitor to pair with one of these cards to get a good use of performance?
Cards like the 1650S and RX 5500 XT can manage 1440p resolution but are really at their best at 1080p, which is still where you will find some of the most affordable monitors in any size category. Personally, I don’t play fast-paced games and would just ensure that it has an IPS or VA panel (both of which look a lot better than any TN panel) and a refresh rate of 5ms or less. If I was into FPS/eSports gaming, on the other hand, I would pair one of the above GPUs with a 144Hz adaptive sync monitor like the Asus VP249QGR (or similar).
Thanks, this really helps a lot in figuring how much I need for a monitor.
I’m currently trying to figure out which graphics card is the best fit for my build for about 200€ (it’s not a problem if it is a bit over). I was thinking about the gtx 1660 super but not sure if it’s too much or too little, I’m not really an expert 🙂
My current build has:
gtx1050 2 or 3 gb
16gb crucial ram
not sure about the power suply
I mostly play cs:go and want a card that can give me close to 300fps in every map at relatively low resolution but I’m buying mafia and also play gtaV sometimes so was wondering what was the best fit for me.
I also have 2 monitors (the one I play is 144hz) not sure if that makes any difference in the matter.
Thought you had great advice for the other people so maybe you can help me out.
Wondering what would be the best fit for my current setup. At the moment I have an I7 8700k, 32gb ram, and a 4gb evga 1050ti SC…not sure if I should wait and get a 3080/3080ti later next year or get something in the mean time
Hi jesper i still dont know exactly whoch card i should buy.But i just want one card that can run about 150fps at Fortnite.
Hi there and sorry about the late reply! Is that your comment reply above with the 8700K? In any event, Fortnite is not overly demanding but 150 fps (144Hz/1080p?) is also a lot for any entry-level GPU, especially when paired with a comparatively older CPU.
An RX 5500 XT or 1650S (preferably the latter) should be able to surpass that frame rate (average) at lower settings, possibly medium preset. I’ve never been into Fortnite or tested it much myself but found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAe9Xqi2Wbk
please bro someone find me a 1650 super under $200
Sorry man thats kinda impossible with the current inflated prices. I’ve been looking for one as well 🙁
hi there i have a gtx 1050 with i5-6600k i am looking for an upgrade gpu my budget is 150-200 so what gpu should i go for
Normally, you would be able to find either an RX 5500 XT or GTX 1650S for $150-200, both of which would as much as double your frame rates compared to a GTX 1050 (non-Ti) on average.
Right now, it’s unfortunately hard to find any specific GPU at normal prices due to the component shortage. If it was me, I would either wait a while to see if the supply situation clears up or look at the used market.
hey jesper, is there any places currently that sell 1650s/1660s for msrp price?
I’ve noticed that both Amazon and Newegg (and probably other major retailers) seem to stick to MSRP for cards in stock (i.e. ‘shipped and sold by’, third-party sellers are free to set their own prices). Problem is these don’t arrive often enough and sell out predictably fast.
Preordering or setting up notifications of incoming stock can work, but that still involves waiting of course. I preordered a card late last year and had to wait over a month… Insane market right now.
Hey, these are all ether sold out or have been raised in price significantly. I was wondering if there are any other graphics cards under 200 or slightly over
Yes, unfortunately just about every GPU is unavailable at normal prices right now. Even used GPUs from previous generations are overpriced due to the extreme shortage.
There are basically no good options for buyers right now, but some vendors may give you the option to preorder at a fair price. Occasionally, there are limited amounts of cards in stock, but these will fly off the shelves, so it might be a good idea to set up ‘in-stock notifications’ when possible.
well I am screwed both of these cards have their cost not doubled, BUT TRIPLED that applies both to every retailer included even the aftermarket old used ones I am stuck with the cheap unworthy GT 1030
Hello someone find me a 1650 super under $200
I have a
Intel i5 4670
Asus gtx 970 4gb
Already bought 24,5” 144hz monitor
What i should upgrade first? I play csgo, valorant, apex legends and sometimes warzone.
P.S. and im beginner of editing
The most cost-effective upgrade would usually be a new GPU. Unfortunately, it’s practically impossible to find a decent mid-range GPU with a normal price tag right now. Personally, I would wait a while with that upgrade.
You could also see some decent improvements to your 1080p frame rates by upgrading your Haswell Core i5 system is to e.g. a Core i5 10600K, which would be particularly helpful in FPS gaming with a 144Hz monitor. In that case you would also need a new motherboard and DDR4 RAM, however.
Hey so my budget is around 200 and I have the Ibuypower Trace 4 MR Gaming Desktop
Here is the link: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ibuypower-trace-4-mr-gaming-desktop-amd-ryzen-5-3600-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gt-730-2gb-240gb-ssd/6455488.p?skuId=6455488
Everything is good on my pc except the card, can u recommend something for me please? The card is NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 2GB, and ik literally any other card is better, but I might get a card that doesnt work with my thing so pls help.
Yes, the problem there is clearly the low-end GPU. It’s an otherwise modern platform, so as long as you can find any recent graphics card in today’s market you should be fine. As you mention, just about any card would be an improvement.
My only concern would be the power supply (PSU is missing from the specs on Bestbuy) and making sure that you have the connector(s) needed for a more powerful card, as the GT 730 is bus-powered. To know what to look for, check the last picture in the above article.
If you have no PCIe power connector at all, there are adapters (e.g. Molex->PCIe 6-pin) that should work fine if it’s not an overly demanding card. Otherwise, the GTX 1650 (non-Ti) is currently the fastest bus-powered card if you don’t want to upgrade the PSU.
I have a Dell Optiplex 9010 SFF and am currently looking for a GPU.
Intel i7-3770 CPU
AMD Radeon HD 5450 GPU (yes, I know it’s trash)
Stock motherboard (idk how to check the model)
And I’m intending to play games like Hitman 2 and 3 at around 60-70 fps on high settings 1080p.
Can you recommend one for me, please?
I have a
Processor – Intel Core i7 Extreme 975
GPU – 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030
Motherboard – ASUSTeK Computer INC. P6T
I mainly play less demanding games but I am trying to play GTA and COD but my computer just ain’t cutting it, what should I aim to upgrade first, also is DDR3 memory holding me back?
As your system as a whole (not counting the GPU) is more than 10 years old, I would plan to eventually replace it entirely. The i7 975 CPU was great at launch but today it will struggle to push frame rates at 1080p compared to e.g. any recent Core i5. The DDR3 by itself should be less of a problem.
But for short-term gains, the GPU would nevertheless be at the top of my list. If GPU prices weren’t still massively inflated, the GTX 1650S or RX 5500 XT are both around 300% faster than the GT 1030. In normal circumstances, either of those would be a very cost-effective upgrade.
In today’s situation, the only decent card in the $200 area IMO is the GTX 1050 Ti, which is about twice as fast as the GT 1030. When looking at the used market, there seem to be some half-decent offers on RX 580 or 570 cards (some 2-3x faster).
I am running a
AMD Ryzen 3 2300x quad-core
8gb DDR4 RAM
ASRock A320M-HDV R4.0 motherboard
I was until recently running an XFX Radeon Rx 550 4GB, but that broke, so now I’m running a dell card from the early 2000s that i pulled from an old computer.
I am just looking for a replacement card to run games like Halo and CoD, but I dont want to spend a crazy amount of money