Graphics Card Buyers Guide

Home/Office Usage
For most users that aren’t into playing games, the onboard or default integrated graphics support is more than adequate for watching movies (Youtube/Netflix) or general home/office use, they will even support multiple monitors. If you want something a little more advanced, or just need additional digital outputs then the GT1030 is a power-sipping alternative with a good balance of price/performance for general use.

Gaming/Advanced Usage
When it comes to gaming (or engineering, or other advanced rendering tasks), the graphics card drives the system performance more than any other component. We sell a range of carefully selected new and used graphics cards. There are so many different makes, models and options that it’s often very difficult to compare. Many of the older graphics card still perform well but can also be very power hungry, run hot and offer less long-term reliability. We recommend using graphics cards from the list below (new or used, where available) for reliable, cost effective gaming performance.

We've done a comprehensive round-up of all the current popular (and available) graphics cards in the market that have 2GB+ of ram, and offer good value for money and relative performance.  

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If you're interested in comparing against some of the higher-end cards you can see more a larger graph here

At the budget end we recommend the RX560 as good entry-level gaming card capable of 1080p and 60fps at low-medium detail settings (#Note 2) and a big step up in performance compared to most integrated graphics cards, however we recommend customers aim for the most popular mainstream graphics card the GTX1650. It’s popular because at a rated power consumption of 75 Watts it works in most computers without ancillary power requirements and offers almost double the performance of the RX560. The GTX1650 is the replacement for the ever popular GTX1050TI and offers a decent bump in performance over that option.

For mainstream gaming we recommend either the RX5500XT or the GTX1650Super which offer exceptional value for money performance delivering high frame rates up to 150fps at medium-high level detail settings at 1080p (#Note 2).

For graphics card options above the GTX1660Super we recommend pairing with a latest generation (Intel/AMD) system to avoid the CPU becoming the system bottleneck.

Our recommendations:

  • Basic home/office use: Onboard graphics or GT1030
  • Entry level gaming: RX560 or GTX1650
  • Cost effective performance: RX5500 XT, GTX1650 Super
  • Advanced gaming: GTX1660 Super or above
  • Performance Gaming: RTX3070 or above

#Notes:

  1. if you’re using a small form factor (SFF) desktop case, only the GT1030, GTX1050TI and GTX1650 (non-super version) are available in low profile options.
  2. performance figures stated here are relative and indicative only.  FPS and detail level settings can vary significantly depending on system configuration, game or application being used, monitor support and other factors outside our control.

 

Data Source: gpu.userbenchmark.com.  Userbenchmark.com compares the results of tens of thousands of individual end-user benchmarks to provide averaged performance results across a range of CPU, GPU and SSD options.  We selected the most common graphics cards from each major vendor to include on this summary graph using the userbenchmark average performance percentage and providing a relative comparison to the GTX1650 baseline (100%).