Best Graphics Cards (GPUs) for Gaming Windows Central 2020
The graphics processing unit (GPU), often referred to as the graphics card, plays an integral role in your gaming PC. Sure, you can run a PC with nothing but integrated graphics, but for real performance — the kind that nets you smooth framerates in modern games — you need something dedicated. If you’re wondering exactly where to start, with either a fresh build or an upgrade project, we’ve collected the best GPUs available now for several different performance thresholds.
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Which GPU you finally decide on really comes down to price, what type of performance you’d like to achieve, what kind of monitor you have or would like to get (with either G-Sync or FreeSync compatibility), and any brand allegiance to NVIDIA or AMD. Be sure you don’t buy too much GPU for the rest of your hardware, as you’ll only see bottlenecks and wasted graphics performance, but also don’t buy too little GPU and hope that you’ll scrape by. A comfortable gaming experience is all about smooth framerates, and anything less just won’t do.
If you’re looking for a great mid-range GPU that can easily handle 1080p and push high framerates at 1440p, we recommend checking out the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 5700 XT. The competitive pricing, robust specs, and sleek design make it a top pick unless you’re looking to achieve 4K performance from something like the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti.
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