Choosing a video card for your PC is a big deal. Most of us can only dream of buying that top of the line Radeon R9 295X2 (at nearly $1500.00) and have to deal with a more ‘realistic’ budget. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t want our games to look amazing.
Here is a list of the Top 5 Video Cards for under $200 (price listed is approximate):
- Radeon R9 270X ~ $200
If your budget takes you all the way to our limit, the Radeon R9 270X is the best your money can buy. It replaced the Radeon HD 7870 and has a more capable memory system. Gaming at high resolution with max settings shouldn’t be an issue in almost every game available as we speak.
- GeForce GTX 750 Ti ~ $150
One consideration when picking out your video card is whether or not your PSU can handle the power draw the video card will take. The GTX 750 is probably the fastest card you can get (at the moment, of course) that doesn’t require any additional power inputs. It’s power draw is almost half of the 260x and Nvidia recommends only a 300 watt PSU, which is generally going to not be an issue for most PCs.
- Radeon R7 260X ~ $120
The R7 260x is essentially the same as an overclocked Radeon HD 7790 that is equipped with with AMD’s TrueAudio. Most games are going to be played with no issues at 1080p resolutions at mid to high settings. 4k and multi-monitor aren’t quite in the cards for a single 260x, but that isn’t the budget range it exists in. It is a more competitive deal that Nvidia’s 750TI, which is coming in around $20 to $30 more.
- Radeon HD 7770, Radeon R7 250X ~ $100
Since AMD recently rebranded the HD 7770 as the R7 250X, the 7770 has been seen for around $100. 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
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.