Jan 22, 2014

How much will a good graphics card for a gaming PC cost?

If I put together a gaming rig, how much should I budget for a good graphics card? I want to be able to see an improvement over a PS4/XBox One.

The Best Graphics Cards for Gaming

"3D gaming on PCs is a serious business. Geeks from around the world crow about complex shaders, the ability for their system to manage smooth frame rates at higher resolution, and eye candy settings involving anti-aliasing, shadow rendering, and tessellation.

For the purposes of this story, there are three levels of graphics card we want to highlight: Mainstream Enthusiast, High-End Enthusiast, and Insanity. As you'd expect, Mainstream Enthusiast is where much of the sales happen. This category is where you'll find the card that you'd want to buy if you're looking to get worlds better graphics quality than integrated graphics, but you don't want to pay a lot of money for it. High-End Enthusiast cards are for those who want to spend more money for more quality, but don't want to pay the equivalent of a mortgage payment for the privilege. Insanity is where each manufacturer's flagship graphics card resides, and that's where the newest, most esoteric features show up first. "

You are probably looking at at least $500, although you could pick up a decent Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 for around $250. An EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express will cost you about $500, and should be sufficient for everything except really high end gaming at max resolution, assuming the rest of your machine is up to snuff.

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