What Is the best budget graphics cards in 2018? That’s a toughy.
You’d think building a reasonably priced gaming PC in 2018 would be pretty straightforward.
However, thanks to those pesky Bitcoin miners have shot the price up on most graphics cards, and it is pretty infuriating.
In fact, now it seems that the GPU is the most expensive part of your PC, at least a real top-tier card.
However, building a very good rig that can easily do 1080 gaming on high settings is still viable, you just need to be a little bit creative.
So if you’re in the market for a new graphics card or you’re building for the first time, we’ve got three decent options you should consider.
Now, these aren’t going to be the absolute best, in fact, we’re setting a £300 budget.
1. GTX 970 FTW+
As usual, I’ve put it something I own, because well I know how well it performs! I actually picked this up second hand for £120 (thanks to mates rates), and it comfortably runs new titles easily over 140fps on ultra settings.
You should be able to get one new for around £200 or a second-hand one for anything under £150.
Pair it with a good motherboard and CPU (Ryzen 5 I’m looking at you) you’ll have a fantastic time.
Just to justify my purchase, this is easily one of the best budget graphics cards ever…right?
2. AMD Radeon RX 570
Sadly this is one of the cards that has seen a pretty huge inflation thanks to coin miners. However, if you are lucky and can find a good deal or a decent second-hand price, it is well worth picking up.
The cheapest one I could find for new was £280 which isn’t bad at all, especially for a 4gb GPU.
Oh and then there is the Radeon Chill which allows you to overlock the card but still have decent load temperatures.
3. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Come on we all want a 1080ti but with money being tight and once again THOSE DAMN BITCOIN MINERS ruining prices. However, if you’re building your first rig, then a 1050 Ti is a perfect choice.
You can pick one up for just under £200 which is brilliant. Again, pairing it with a good mobo, CPU, ram etc. will get the best out of it and you’ll still be playing at 1080p on high settings.
This might just be one of the best budget graphics cards for under £200 you can pick up.