Since our last round up, there hasn’t been a ton of change in our Top 5 Video Cards under $200. Minor shifts in versions and costs has dropped our last top card, the 270x, to the #2 position. This has made room for the Radeon R9 280 as our top competitor at about $200.
- Radeon R9 280 ~ $200
The Radeon R9 280 can be found various places for about $200. While soon to be replaced by the R9 285, this video card packs serious punch and will take on just about any game with no issues. It does take a semi-beefy PSU – the minimum recommended is 500 W, so remember to include that in your cost if your PSU isn’t up to the task.
- Radeon R9 270X ~ $165
This was our top contender in our last round up and due to some new hardware being released, it has dropped down the price ladder a notch. That said, it is still a very capable gaming card. It is basically an overclocked Radeon HD 7870 that is stronger in the memory department.
- GeForce GTX 750 Ti ~ $130
We discussed this card in our last round up and gave it special note due to it’s low power needs. It is probably the strongest video card you can get without having to use any additional power connectors. So, those out there with a big box computer rocking a low power PSU, this may be the card for you. Along with the power savings, the card should generate significantly less heat.
- Radeon HD 7770, Radeon R7 250X ~ $90
This is still our #4 recommendation, but has dropped $10 since the last round up. AMD recently rebranded the HD 7770 as the R7 250X. High resolution gaming with decent framerates is a definite possibility with this card, assuming you are modest with the settings.
- GeForce GT 730 64-bit GDDR5 ~ $70
This is still our #5 recommendation, no price change. The GT 730 from Nvidia is essentially a GT 640 with a beefed up memory bandwidth. Because of this, it lines up somewhere between its predecessor and the GTX 650 in terms of performance. Its price is good for those on tight budget, but still hope to eek out some halfways decent graphic settings.