Graphics cards are a computer component that’s not as important for normal use but vital to high-end gaming. Due to the complex and demanding requirements of modern 3D games, you need at least an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 570/580 graphics card these days. While there have been some nasty price hikes recently, the prices on these cards fluctuate greatly depending on the game and its platform. So what should you look for when purchasing a new card? Well, these considerations will help you make your final decision:
1. Screen resolution and FPS
This is an important factor for gamers, but it doesn’t matter much for designers and people who spend most of their time working on their computers. The higher the screen resolution, the better will be your gaming experience. Remember that newer games require a high-end graphics card and processor to run smoothly.
The thing that matters most about computer games is smooth gameplay and nice graphics. While high FPS is necessary for VR and competitive online gaming, it’s not crucial for single-player games with open worlds.
Gaming PCs are like cars but more fragile: they require a lot of maintenance and sensitive components. That’s why ensuring that your new graphics card will work with your motherboard is important.
Many websites sell graphic cards and monitors. We recommend checking their latest price and reviews, comparing the models, reading comments from owners, and seeing if your favorite model is on sale at the moment. Be careful when buying online, as sometimes prices differ from offline stores, especially with a monitor. Always compare prices online before buying via the manufacturer’s website.
3. Operating system support and interface configurability
Modern games require a 64-bit OS. If you don’t know what this is, it’s basically the operating system that stores more than 4GB of data in RAM, and you can be sure that your graphics card will support it. If you don’t have enough storage, then your game-playing experience will suffer. Some game files can easily eat up 10GB of space, so it’s important to ensure that your storage is sufficient for storing the latest games and mods.
Some modern games require even more than 20GB of drive space, so check your PC specs before buying a new hard drive. There are so many video cards available nowadays, and sometimes choosing the right model can be a problem.
That’s why we recommend checking online reviews and forums to ensure that your card will work with your motherboard. We also recommend checking compatibility issues with video card drivers.
You should always consider the materials used for manufacturing this component. Intel and VIA have consistently been making very good and reliable chips because they use high-quality materials compared to their AMD rivals, which use weak metals that easily break into pieces which are not very helpful for gaming performance.
There are more unknown factors about how well these components work until you put them in your computer, so test it thoroughly before buying it.
If you’re on a budget, then you might want to go for used parts. Remember, though, that the lifespan of used parts varies greatly, and there’s no guarantee that your card will work properly after high-intensity gaming or overclocking. It’s nice to have many online sources at your disposal. Still, it can sometimes be overwhelming to check the prices and specifications of all the different brands and models before making any purchase decision.
It’s best to stick with proven brands like NVIDIA and AMD as they have proven their reliability over time through their consistent releases of high-quality products backed by satisfied customers who have operated millions upon millions of user experiences with them over the years.
6. Power requirements and heat output
This is something that you will have to check with your motherboard and processor. Some right-brained people prefer cards with less heat output as they are easier to cool in the long run, but heat output doesn’t always translate to performance due to different thermal designs.
You should always test the new card before buying, so you can figure out whether it’s compatible with your existing components or not. Heat output is measured in TDP, which indicates how much power a processor needs to dissipate heat. If a graphics card has a low TDP rating, it will be very energy efficient and won’t demand too much power from your processor.
7. Overclocking potential
Overclocking is a way to improve the computer’s performance by increasing the clock speed or voltage settings. It can increase performance considerably but also increase system temperature and power draw, so use caution when doing so.
The best way to determine if your new graphics card will overclock is to find out what setting would require too much heat or power draw before dialing in something higher than recommended.
8. Quality with Support
Gamers always look for products that provide good performance without breaking the bank. To be future-proof, check out PC enthusiasts’ reviews before buying a new video card or monitor. Some of them not only test the performance of a product but also how well it can take different stress tests, like overclocking and heat output.
It’s always nice to have a lot of online sources at your disposal in case you need to update drivers and BIOS or get help with installation issues. Make sure to read online reviews from other users before buying. We think it’s very important to consider what other people think about products because this can easily save you some money in case you purchase something that is not suitable for your PC.
We think that over the next few years, Nvidia will extend its lead in the gaming market, with AMD improving its performance as well. We believe that AMD is gradually catching up to Nvidia because of its recent launches, but we’ll have to wait to see how these trends progress during 2022.