This is all just basic information to help you get it all right the first time you buy some new hardware or even if you have some experience it’s always good to get a refresher course.
First off it’s important to know that there are a few pieces of information necessary when getting a new Graphics card for your computer.
1. Is your Motherboard capable of adding a graphics card?
Most motherboards are capable but a quick look inside your computer can give you a sure answer. If your motherboard is unable to add a graphics card and you need to buy a new one i would recommend getting one with at least 2 spots for graphics cards in case you decide to upgrade again in the future or want to crossfire or SLI for your first build (Cross firing and SLI is the act of connecting two or more applicable graphics cards together for enhanced memory and speed performance).
2. Can your Power Supply handle what you need?
Most computers come with a basic power supply of about 300 watts and your computer already uses most of it. If you buy a graphics card always buy a power supply along with it typically you want to give yourself about 100-200 watts of room in case you add another graphics card or other things later on. If you don’t give yourself a quality power supply your computer will simply not work, or worse something might break or catch on fire.
3. is your case for your desktop big enough for everything you need?
A small addition like a $50 graphics card and a new powers supply will fit in almost any case but anything above $200 and graphics cards can get pretty big. Always look at the dimensions on the card, power supply, and motherboard to make sure you can fit it all in there.
4. And finally some products won’t fit together.
Always double check if all your pieces have the correct connectors so that you don’t have a product return nightmare. After all you probably waited enough; no one wants to have to return a product they waited a week for.
Now an important decision
Most graphics cards in the world are either Nvidia or Radeon. These two brands do not mingle so if you want to Crossfire or SLI you need to choose one brand or the other.
I personally prefer Nvidia because it’s what I use every day and it’s what I trust but I will try and put on the article about the best cards whether they be Radeon or Nvidia.
Whatever your reason I am here to help you
Whether you are doing this because you want to play the newest computer games on the highest graphics settings or you are doing this because you have high quality video editing software and need the very best for your computer or it’s just been a while and you want an upgrade to your computer I want to help you make the right decisions about what to buy for any budget and any specific needs.
Check out the 8 Best Video Cards For Gaming on the market right now:
1. ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX (STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING)
1733 MHz Boost Clock with Super Alloy Power II Delivery.
Aura RGB Lighting on both shroud and backplate.
New ASUS FanConnect provides dual 4-pin GPU-controlled PWM fan headers.
DirectCU III with 0dB fan technology and patented wing-blade fans.
4K and VR Ready with dual HDMI 2.0 ports to simultaneously connect headset and monitor.
2. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X 256bit (ZT-P10800B-10P)
Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
Video Memory: 8GB gddr5x
Max resolution: support 4x Display monitors
Input: 2x 8Pin PCI-E power connectors, output: DVI Dual Link, HDMI, 3x Display Ports
500W system power supply recommended. 270W power consumptio
3. Gigabyte GeForce GTX GV-N1080G1 GAMING-8GD
Pascal-powered gives you superior performance and power efficiency.
Support up to 8K display at 60Hz.
Outstanding performance for Virtual Reality gaming.
Boost: 1860 MHz / Base: 1721 MHz in OC mode.
Boost: 1835 MHz / Base: 1695 MHz in Gaming mode.
4. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X – 08G-P4-6183-KR
Real Base Clock: 1708 MHz / Real Boost Clock: 1847 MHz
Memory Detail: 8192MB GDDR5X
Run Longer, Play Longer with EVGA “ACX 3.0” Cooling
DX12 OSD Support with EVGA Precision XOC
5. MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 DirectX 12 VR Ready
Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
Video Memory: 8GB GDDR5
Memory Clock: 8108 MHz (oc mode) ; Memory 8GB GDDR5 (256-bit) , Interface: PCI Express x16 3.0
Max. Resolution: 7680 x 4320, support 4x Display monitors
6. Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ Rx 480 8GB GDDR5 – 11260-01-20G
7. XFX RX-480P836BM AMD Radeon RX 480 RS 8GB GDDR5
Chipset: AMD Radeon RX 480
Video Memory: 8GB GDDR5
Max. Resolution: 4096 x 2160
Input: 8Pin PCI-E power connector, output: DVI-D Dual Link, HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
500W system power supply requirement
8. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 6GB GDDR5 Super Compact (ZT-P10600A-10L)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU
1280 CUDA cores
6GB GDDR5 memory
192-bit memory bus
Engine clock (base): 1506 MHz (boost): 1708 MHz
Memory clock: 8000 MHz
PCI Express 3.0