The main advantage of owning a gaming PC, in comparison to a gaming console or laptop, is that it can last for years while being up to date. All you need to do is swap out old parts and replace them with new ones from time to time. An essential component of a gaming PC that needs to be swapped every few years or so is the GPU.
A Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is the heart and soul of a gaming PC. A GPU is somewhat similar to a CPU as it has its own processor and ram. However, instead of processing everything, a GPU, as the name suggests, is responsible only for the processing of the graphics in a video game (or 3D modelling and Video editing, if you’re into that kind of stuff).
Choosing the perfect GPU for your gaming PC build is a crucial yet tedious task since it is the component solely responsible for bringing you games to life. However, a GPU often tends to be expensive. A GPU tends to be the most costly component of a gaming PC. So, it is essential to choose a suitable graphics card that will be able to do all the heavy lifting for your games while bot being a heavy burden on your pocket at the same time.
To help you find the perfect GPU within your budget, we have come up with this guide. With the demand for new GPUs such as GTX 2080ti, the prices of the older GPU models have witnessed a fall. However, these (rather) older GPUs can deliver excellent performance at an affordable price.
5 Best Budget GPU's Reviewed
1) Nvidia GeForce GT 1030-2GB
The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 is the cheapest GPU on this list. You can easily score one of these bad boys for under $100. The chances are that you might have never even heard of this tiny GPU, as it more often than not suppressed by its ‘slightly powerful yet ever so expensive’ elder siblings.
The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 can handle almost any game you throw upon it, although definitely not on max and doubtfully even on medium. The GPU features a minuscule physically profile which will allow you to fit it even in compact cases. The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 is environment-friendly as well since it draws just 30W.
With mere 2GB of VRAM, the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 is not for serious gamers and not a GPU you would like to upgrade to. However its a perfect piece for those who are looking forward to their debut in the world of gaming PC.
2) ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition 4GB
The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti presents the best value for the money you’ll spend on a GPU as it features 4GB of GDDR5 ram and will cost you around $170-$180. The successor the GTX 1050, The GTX 1050 Ti can handle everything you got while maintaining above 30 Frames Per Second constantly.
It benchmarks Fortnite at 70 FPS on ultra setting and around 40 FPS on medium settings in games like GTA V and The Witcher 3. GTX 1050 Ti consumes 75W power.
3) ASUS Radeon RX 580
The ASUS AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB is the AMD competitor and rival of-of GTX 1050 Ti concerning price, as you can get it around $200. Regarding performance, the ASUS AMD Radeon RX 580 outperforms Nvidia’s GTX 1060 3GB but is not as powerful as Nvidia’s GTX 1060 4GB.
The AMD Radeon RX 580 features the perfect blend of performance and budget that budget gamers are looking out for. The 4GB VRAM is sufficient to run all your favourite new titles smoothly and legible settings.
It’s worth noting that the Radeon RX 580 utilizes 150W of power, double as compared to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. So you may have to spend a bit more when choosing a power supply unit.
4) ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB is towards the ‘expensive’ spectrum of Budget GPUs, priced at around $250-$280. However, it packs serious power and performance for the price it demands.
6GB of VRAM is more than sufficient to offer you 60+ FPS on high settings in games like The Witcher 3 and GTA V. You can easily expect over 100 FPS in Fortnite. The best feature that this expensive ‘budget’ GPU offers you is the fact that it is a VR Ready GPU.
5) Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 570 8GB
Sapphire’s AMD RX 570 is indeed not a budget GPU. However, when you take a look at the 8GB VRAM, the raw power that resides within it, the $300-ish price tag is not too high. It is an instead “premium” budget GPU
The AMD RX 570 is the GPU you purchase when you want to play all the latest video games on high settings with 60+ FPS. The AMD RX 570 purchase when you don’t want to look at minimum requirements anymore as you are sure your gaming rig can run it smoothly.
This “budget” GPU will demand a significant investment in money terms. However, it will future proof your gaming PC for at least the next 3-4 years.