Best Graphics Cards Under $200 – 2020 (August)

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Radeon Vs GeForceIf you are building a mid-range gaming PC on a budget, the graphics card best suited for that build is in the $180 – $220 price range – and now is a good time to buy one. Nvidia recently refreshed its mid-range Turing-based GeForce cards with Super versions that greatly improved the price/performance ratio. And earlier in 2020, AMD launched the Radeon RX 5500 XT based on the Navi architecture, which is much more efficient than the cards it replaced.

On this page, we have rounded up the best graphics cards below $200, or close to that mark (GPU prices move around a lot). To make sure you get the most value for your money, we’ve also added some more affordable cards as well as some slightly more expensive models, some of which might be a better option for you depending on your budget.

Table of Contents:
AMD Vs Nvidia
Best AMD GPU below $200: RX 5500
Best Nvidia GPU below $200: GTX 1650 Super
~$10-30 More: GeForce GTX 1660/1660S
Still Great Value: Radeon RX 570, 580 and 590
No PCIe power: GeForce GTX 1650
Summary and notes

AMD vs. Nvidia Below $200

Nvidia is still the undisputed performance leader in the high-end market, but as of 2020, AMD is once again highly competitive in the entry-level and mid-range price ranges. This is mainly thanks to the new and much more efficient Navi/RDNA architecture.

In the sub-$200 range, the Nvidia GPU to consider in August 2020 is the GeForce GTX 1650 Super (or 1650S), whereas the best AMD GPU is the Radeon RX 5500 XT. AMD’s mid-range cards from the previous generation are also still widely available and worth a look, but more on that later.

Product
Best AMD
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT OC 4G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 4GB 128-Bit GDDR6, GV-R55XTOC-4GD Video Card
Best Nvidia
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super Overclocked 4GB Edition HDMI DP DVI Gaming Graphics Card (TUF-GTX1650S-O4G-GAMING)
Image
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT OC 4G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 4GB 128-Bit GDDR6, GV-R55XTOC-4GD Video Card
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super Overclocked 4GB Edition HDMI DP DVI Gaming Graphics Card (TUF-GTX1650S-O4G-GAMING)
Stream Processors
1408
1280
Core/Boost Clock
1647 MHz / 1845 MHz
1530 MHz / 1740 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
5,196 GFLOPS
4,454 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
4 GB/GDDR6
4 GB/GDDR6
Memory Bus
128-bit
128-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
1750 MHz (14000 MHz)
1500 MHz (12 GHz)
Memory Bandwidth
224 GB/s
192 GB/s
TDP
130 W
100 W
Recommended Power Supply
350 W (1x 8-pin)
350 W (1x 6-pin)
Outputs
1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI, 1x DP, 1x DVI
Average Rating
User Reviews
20 Reviews
322 Reviews
Price
$155.22
$169.99
Best AMD
Product
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT OC 4G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 4GB 128-Bit GDDR6, GV-R55XTOC-4GD Video Card
Image
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT OC 4G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 4GB 128-Bit GDDR6, GV-R55XTOC-4GD Video Card
Stream Processors
1408
Core/Boost Clock
1647 MHz / 1845 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
5,196 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
4 GB/GDDR6
Memory Bus
128-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
1750 MHz (14000 MHz)
Memory Bandwidth
224 GB/s
TDP
130 W
Recommended Power Supply
350 W (1x 8-pin)
Outputs
1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort
Average Rating
User Reviews
20 Reviews
Price
$155.22
Best Nvidia
Product
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super Overclocked 4GB Edition HDMI DP DVI Gaming Graphics Card (TUF-GTX1650S-O4G-GAMING)
Image
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super Overclocked 4GB Edition HDMI DP DVI Gaming Graphics Card (TUF-GTX1650S-O4G-GAMING)
Stream Processors
1280
Core/Boost Clock
1530 MHz / 1740 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
4,454 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
4 GB/GDDR6
Memory Bus
128-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
1500 MHz (12 GHz)
Memory Bandwidth
192 GB/s
TDP
100 W
Recommended Power Supply
350 W (1x 6-pin)
Outputs
1x HDMI, 1x DP, 1x DVI
Average Rating
User Reviews
322 Reviews
Price
$169.99

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From just looking at the spec sheet, the Radeon RX 5500 XT looks like a far more powerful GPU, with its additional shaders and more raw performance than the GTX 1650 Super.

However, in terms of actual gaming performance, it’s a tight race. The RX 5500 XT comes out ahead in some games but the GTX 1650S performs better in others.

On the whole, both will serve you well in 1080p gaming and offer good value in terms of FPS/$. An 8 GB version of the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT is arguably a more future-proof thanks to its additional memory (VRAM), but they only occasionally sell for less than $200.

Here’s a quick look at relative GPU performance using benchmark scores from Futuremark’s 3DMark Time Spy. (DirectX 12). We’ve included some additional GPUs for the sake of comparison and will be discussing some of them below.

This is not an exact measurement of relative gaming performance, but still a reasonably accurate indicator of what to expect in games on average.

Bottom line: The “FPS/$” equation changes on a daily basis along with GPU prices, but lately they have been rather stable for the competing GeForce GTX 1650S and Radeon RX 5500XT. Which one would we consider the best GPU below $200? An RX 5500XT with 8GB of VRAM is arguably the most attractive option. However, if the choice is either a 4GB RX 5500 XT or a 1650S, Nvidia’s better driver support makes the GTX 1650 Super a winner.

Best AMD GPU Below $200: Radeon RX 5500 XT

msi rx5500 xt GPUAMD has finally updated its entry-level and mid-range offerings with much more power-efficient GPUs than the old Polaris-based RX 570, 580 and 590. The RX 5500 XT offers about the same performance as the RX 580 (or even the RX 590) while using less power. One 8-pin PCIe connector is sufficient for the RX 5500 XT, and the recommended minimum power supply is now just 350 W (TDP is 130 W). The actual gaming performance tends to be marginally better than the GTX 1650 Super but below the GTX 1660, although it’s FP32 performance is higher than both.

 XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro 8GBASUS RX 5500 XT Dual 8GBGIGABYTE RX 5500 XT OC 4GBMSI RX 5500 XT Mech 4GB OC
ImageXFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro 8GB GDDR6 3xDisplay Port HDMI PCI-Express 4.0 Graphics Card RX-55XT8DFD6ASUS AMD Radeon RX 5500XT Overclocked O8G GDDR6 Dual Fan EVO Edition HDMI DisplayPort Gaming Graphics Card (DUAL-RX5500XT-O8G-EVO)Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT OC 4G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 4GB 128-Bit GDDR6, GV-R55XTOC-4GD Video CardMSI Gaming Radeon RX 5500 XT Boost Clock: 1845 MHz 128-bit 4GB GDDR6 DP/HDMI Dual Torx 3.0 Fans Freesync VR Ready Graphics Card (RX 5500 XT MECH 4G OC) (Radeon RX 5500 XT MECH 4G OC)
Stream Processors1408140814081408
Base Clock /
Boost Clock
1607 MHz /
1845 MHz
1647 MHz /
1865 MHz
1607 MHz /
1845 MHz
1257 MHz /
1366 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,196 GFLOPS5,248 GFLOPS5,196 GFLOPS5,196 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock14 GHz14 GHz14 GHz14 GHz
Memory Size8 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth224 GB/s224 GB/s224 GB/s224 GB/s
Recommended Power Supply350 Watt350 Watt350 Watt350 Watt
Price from*$199.99$209.99$155.22$184.99
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Note that the above table includes both 8 GB and 4 GB of video memory (VRAM). An 8 GB card will, on average, improve frame rates in the single-digit percentages. Additional VRAM may also allow for more details and higher resolutions (e.g. 1440p) with less significant performance drops. If the price difference is small, we definitely recommend the 8 GB variety as it performs better and is a bit more future-proof.

Best Nvidia GPU Below $200: GTX 1650 Super

GeForce GTX 1650 SuperA few months ago, Nvidia was barely competitive at all below the $200 mark, but as of mid-2020, this has changed completely.  The GeForce GTX 1650 Super offers excellent value at its current price point. Compared to the GTX 1650 (non-Super), the 1650S is much faster and its performance is closer to the GTX 1660. In other words, it’s really a “Super” version of the card.

As opposed to the standard GTX 1650, the Super version requires one 6-pin PCIe power connector but draws much less power than equivalent cards from the previous generation. Because it’s an affordable card, GTX 1650 Super designs tend to be small and compact. If you have room for a video card with two fans in your case, this is usually a better option as these cards will run cooler and produce less noise.

 Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WindForce OCGigabyte GTX 1650 Super OCMSI GTX 1650 Super Gaming X
ImageGigabyte Gv-N165SWF2OC-4GD GeForce GTX 1650 Super Windforce OC 4G Graphics Card, 2X Windforce Fans, 4GB 128-Bit GDDR6, Video CardGigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Super OC 4G Graphics Card, 90mm Fan, 4GB 128-Bit GDDR6, Gv-N165SOC-4GD Video CardMSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super 128-Bit HDMI/DP 4GB GDRR6 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1650 Super Gaming X)
Memory Size4 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR6
Stream Processors128012801280
FP32 Theoretical Performance4,493 GFLOPS4,454 GFLOPS4,493 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock12000 MHz12000 MHz12000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth192 GB/s192 GB/s192 GB/s
Recommended
Power Supply
350 Watt350 Watt350 Watt
Core Clock / Boost Clock1530 MHz /
1755 MHz
1530 MHz /
1740 MHz
1530 MHz /
1755 MHz
Display Outputs1x DVI, 1x HDMI
1x DP
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
1x DP
1x HDMI
3x DP
Price from*$258.99$298.99$164.73
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The MSI Gaming X is a full-size card with excellent cooling performance and OC potential, but Gigabyte’s more reasonably priced dual-fan WindForce model is a strong competitor. For small form factor builds, Gigabyte also offers a 1650 Super with a single 90 mm fan.

~$10–30 More: GeForce GTX 1660/1660S

GTX 1660 graphics cardThe GTX 1660 is based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture and was launched in 2019. It can be seen as a direct successor to the GTX 1060, but it’s considerably faster (15-20%) and more efficient. At this writing, the GTX 1660 is in the process of being replaced by the GTX 1660 Super, which has caused prices to occasionally drop to levels near $200.

At that price point, the original GTX 1660 cards offer one of the best FPS per dollar ratios of all current GPUs.

 Gigabyte GTX 1660 OC WindForcePNY GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OCAsus GTX 1660 Super OC Phoenix
ImageGigabyte Gv-N1660OC-6GD GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G Graphics Card, 2X Windforce Fans, 6GB 192-bit GDDR5, Video CardPNY GeForce GTX 1660 6GB XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition Graphics CardAsus GeForce GTX 1660 Super Overclocked 6GB Phoenix Fan Edition HDMI DP DVI Graphics Card (PH-GTX1660S-O6G)
Stream Processors140814081408
Memory Size6 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR6
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,153 GFLOPS5,153 GFLOPS5,069 GFLOPS
Memory Clock8004 MHz8004 MHz8004 MHz
Memory Bandwidth192.1 GB/s192.1 GB/s192.1 GB/s
Recommended
Power Supply
350 Watt350 Watt450 Watt
Core Clock / Boost Clock1530 MHz /
1830 MHz
1530 MHz /
1830 MHz
1530 MHz /
1800 MHz
Display Outputs1x HDMI
3x DisplayPort
1x DVI
1x HDMI
1x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
3x DisplayPort
Price from*$359.00$195.31$215.76
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Compared to the AMD alternatives, the GTX 1660 is faster than the previous-gen RX 580 or even the RX 590 in actual games. In other words, you get great performance for 1080p and 1440p gaming and this one would be our favorite if it was slightly cheaper.

If you are willing to spend an additional $30 more for about 15% performance improvement (essentially getting what you pay for), then the GeForce GTX 1660 Super is also worth mentioning. The difference compared to the non-Super is that the 1660 Super uses faster GDDR6 VRAM but has the same amount of shaders and transistors.

 EVGA GTX 1660 Super Sc UltraAsus TUF GTX 1660 Super OCZOTAC GTX 1660 Super TF
ImageEVGA 06G-P4-1068-KR GeForce GTX 1660 Super Sc Ultra Gaming, 6GB GDDR6, Dual Fan, Metal BackplateAsus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super Overclocked 6GB Edition HDMI DP DVI Gaming Graphics Card (TUF-GTX1660S-O6G-GAMING)ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB GDDR6 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, ZT-T16620F-10L
Stream Processors140814081408
Base Clock /
Boost Clock
1530 MHz /
1830 MHz
1530 MHz /
1845 MHz
1530 MHz /
1785 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,153 GFLOPS5,196 GFLOPS5,027 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock14 GHz14 GHz14 GHz
Memory Size6 GB GDDR66 GB GDDR66 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth336 GB/s336 GB/s336 GB/s
Recommended Power Supply350 Watt350 Watt350 Watt
Price from*$252.19$229.99$285.94
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Still Going Strong: AMD Radeon RX 570, 580 & 590

rx570 strixIf you’re simply looking for the maximum amount of frames per second for every dollar invested – then AMD’s previous generation of mid-range GPUs is still worth a look. The Radeon RX 570 GPU was a price/performance king for years, but today you can also find an RX 580 or even an RX 590 at great price points.

These cards are much less efficient than the Navi generation but do well in terms of raw performance. The RX 590 in particular will let you play most AAA titles at 1080p/60fps, as well as 1440p with reduced quality settings.

 PowerColor Red Dragon RX 570XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX EditionSapphire Radeon Pulse RX 580PowerColor
Red Dragon RX 590
ImagePowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570 AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DHD/OCXFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition 1386MHz OC+, 8GB GDDR5, VR Ready, Dual BIOS, 3xDP HDMI DVI, AMD Graphics Card (RX-580P8DFD6)Sapphire Radeon 11265-05-20G PULSE RX 580 8GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI/ DVI-D/ Dual DP OC with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card Graphic CardsPowerColor Red Dragon RX 590 8GB
Stream Processors2048230423042304
Boost Clock /
Max OC Clock
1469 MHz /
1545 MHz
1257 MHz /
1366 MHz
1360 MHz /
1366 MHz
1469 MHz /
1545 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,120 GFLOPS6,295 GFLOPS6,295 GFLOPS7,119 GFLOPS
Effective Memory Clock7 GHz8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz
Memory Size4 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB
Memory Bandwidth224 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s
Outputs1x DVI, 2x HDMI
2x DP
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
3x DP
2x HDMI, 2x DP
1x DVI
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
1x DP
Recommended Power Supply500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt
Price from*$139.99$178.73$174.97Price not available
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*Prices are updated automatically every few hours but are subject to change between updates. See ‘Last update’ information at bottom of the page.

Most RX 590 cards (as well as 580/570) use dual-fan cooling solutions, which is practically a must on this power-hungry GPU. For more info on additional models, see our more comprehensive RX 590 roundup.

Here’s a video from the web that compares the relative performance of the RX 590 to the GTX 1650 Super.

GTX 1650 Super vs. RX 590

No PCIe Power: GeForce GTX 1650

msi gaming-x 1650If you are limited by your power supply and can’t (or don’t want to) replace it – or simply want an Nvidia card that’s more affordable than the GTX 1650 Super or 1660 – the GeForce GTX 1650 is the one GPU under $200 that you should be looking at. It replaces the 1050 Ti and offers better performance at roughly the same price. This card will go nicely with your G-Sync monitor and produce good frame rates in eSports titles at 1080p. It can’t compete with AMD cards in the same price range, but it is a competent and highly efficient chip for a power-deficient, entry-level gaming build.

Among the 1650 cards, we consider the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G a good buy, mainly because it comes with a considerable factory overclock and uses a tried-and-tested, dual-fan design. It will let you play all the latest AAA titles at acceptable frame rates, but you will have to use lower settings in more demanding titles such as Metro Exodus. Casual games like Fortnite, on the other hand, will easily run at 60FPS/1080p.

Let’s compare some of the GeForce GTX 1650-based alternatives.

 MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming XASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1650 OCZotac Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OCGigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Windforce OC
ImageMSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 128-Bit HDMI/DP 4GB GDRR5 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G)Asus Rog Strix GeForce GTX 1650 Overclocked 4GB Edition VR Ready HDMI 2.0 DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (Rog-STRIX-GTX1650-O4G-Gaming)ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB GDDR5 128-Bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, ZT-T16500F-10LGIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650 Windforce OC 4G Graphics Card, 2X Windforce Fans, 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5, Gv-N1650WF2OC-4GD Video Card
CUDA Cores896896896896
Core Clock / Boost Clock1485 MHz /
1860 MHz
1485 MHz /
1830 MHz
1485 MHz /
1695 MHz
1485 MHz /
1785 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance3,333 GFLOPS3,279 GFLOPS3,037 GFLOPS3,199 GFLOPS
Memory Clock (Effective)8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz
Memory Size4 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB
Memory Bandwidth128.0 GB/s128.0 GB/s128.0 GB/s128.0 GB/s
Required PSU300 Watt300 Watt300 Watt300 Watt
Price from*$136.39Price not available$370.99$156.39
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MSI’s card has some of the highest factory overclocks on the market but it’s closely followed by Asus’ popular Strix model (OC version). Unless you’re building in a micro-ATX or mini-ITX case with limited space, dual-fan options are the way to go. As of May 2020, some GTX 1650 boards 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 early testing indicates that GDDR6 boards are 5–10% faster, so this is a feature worth looking for.

Summary

GTX 1660 ventusThese are the best graphics cards close to or below $200. Whatever your budget is and your preferred games, these cards offer great price-to-performance value. However, as of June 2020, the GTX 1650 Super or the Radeon RX 5500 XT are the best cards from Nvidia and AMD, respectively, and the RX 5500 XT 8GB is arguably the most future-proof. AMD’s Radeon RX 570/580/590 may also offer excellent value depending on current prices.

Especially the RX 590 is an attractive option if you don’t mind its higher power consumption. As a consolation, it’s the latest and most efficient version of the 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, whereas no GTX 1650 Super uses more than a single 6-pin connector.

If you have no choice but to use a PCIe slot-powered card, the GTX 1650 (non-Super) offers much better value than the old GTX 1050 Ti, but it’s less powerful than all the other cards we’ve listed – even with the addition of GDDR6 VRAM.

One putative advantage for AMD is that the RX cards support dual-GPU setups, i.e. CrossFireX. Nvidia’s corresponding SLI feature is not available with entry-level and mid-range cards. On the other hand, using two GPUs is hardly ever a better option than buying a single, more capable card.

A side note, but a topic worth mentioning, is factory overclocking. Several of the above graphics cards come with slightly higher clock rates compared to the reference models, which is often – but not always – also reflected in the price tag. It doesn’t necessarily have an impact on how much the card can be overclocked by the user.

Each and every 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 (this is why it’s 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 cases, pricier and factory-overclocked cards also have better cooling solutions than budget GPUs.

About System and PSU Requirements

PCIe power connector

You need at least one of these to power any of the above cards except the GTX 1650.

You certainly don’t need a monster gaming rig to power mid-range 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 ones based on the Radeon RX 580 and RX 590 GPUs. AMD recommends a 500 Watt PSU for the entire system. However, 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.

So, most such cards need at least one 8-pin PCIe power connector and sometimes one 8-pin and one 6-pin connector coming from the PSU. If your power supply does not have any auxiliary PCIe power connectors – and for some reason, you can’t upgrade it (such as in a custom, small form-factor PC) – then your best option from the above are the GeForce GTX 1650S. These cards only draw power straight from the motherboard.

Other than the PSU, your other PC components should preferably at least be 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. Check our guide to the fastest GPUs below $300.

20 Comments
  1. 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.

  2. 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)

  3. Hello,

    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

    • Hi Mark,
      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.

  4. Hi Jesper,

    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.

  5. Hello,

    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.

    Thank you

  6. 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?

    • Hi Andrés,
      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!

  7. Guess ill just get the GeForce GTX 1650.

  8. 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?

    • Hi Julian,
      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.

  9. Hi Jesper!
    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

    • Hi Patrick!
      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).

    • I want to play Rainbow Six Siege, stream, record videos, and edit them in Davinci Resolve Studio that has hardware acceleration for gpu.

  10. 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).

  11. Hi Jesper,

    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.

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