With New year approaching here is a list of graphics cards you can purchase for your new Gaming Rig in 2015 / 2016. We have listed both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards which are best value for money and offer excellent performance in latest gaming titles like Far Cry 4 , Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield 4 and Crysis 3 etc. It is great time to buy new graphics cards with prices getting dropped in the Indian market & elsewhere. After the launch of GTX 980 and GTX 970 we have seen some price correction happening in the high end graphic cards.
AMD has also slashed prices of 290X and 280X to match the aggressive pricing of GTX 970.
We will focus in this article only on the start and low mid range graphics cards upto Rs.10,000 or $ 150. At the low end there are several choices like GT 730 and Gt 740 and AMD R7 – 250. The list here is created based on the online prices, retail prices may vary for these cards in local markets and depending upon the country and region.
One more note of caution to the buyers in this range you don’t need more than 2 GB of graphics card if you are gaming for a resolution at 1366*768 or 1600*900. In fact the 4GB version of a GT 630 or GT 640 is a marketing gimmick and will not offer better performance compared to a 2 GB version of GT 630 or GT 640. You can read this article to understand how much VRAM is required.
Also while recommending we have chosen some of the brands which are available for a discounted price online. You can buy the same model as we have recommended or any other brand based on your preference.
Our views are neutral and purely based on the performance or price of graphics cards. As we step up from Nvidia GT 730 the gaming performance will increase by 5-10 FPS or more. Regarding different brand cards in this range, most of the reference coolers are sufficient for managing heat. The cooling issue is more prominent with graphics cards like HD 7970 or HD 7950 or AMD R9 290X or similar high end cards where it makes more sense to buy a graphics card with better cooler or brand.
5 Best Graphics Card Price Rs 5000 to 10000
5) Nvidia GT 730 Budget Graphics Card for Rs 5000
Galaxy NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 GC 1 GB DDR5 – Graphics Card is available for a discounted price of Rs. 4690 is best graphics card under Rs. 5000. This is a good graphics card for the starting range with GDDR5 memory and is superb for start level gaming PC build. The graphics card is compatible with Direct X version 12 and it offers performance equivalent or better compared to a DDR 3 Nvidia GTX 640. Don’t worry about the 1 GB RAM it will perform best for the low native resolution of 1366*768 or lower.
It requires PCI Express 2.0 support in your motherboard to function properly.
Nvidia GT 730 Key Specs
- GPU Clock – 954 MHz
- Power Supply Required -300 W
- Cooling and Heat sink Fans – 1
- 64-bit, 1 GB DDR5 Memory
- 3 Years Warranty from Galaxy
AMD R7 240 is priced similarly and perform almost identical to GT 730, preferably go ahead with the Nvidia GT 730 in this price range.
The second card on the list is a significant upgrade from the starter Nvidia Gt 730.
4) AMD R7 250 – Budget Graphics Card for Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7000
MSI AMD/ATI R7 250 1GD5 OC 1 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card -AMD R7 250 Best Graphics Card for Rs.6,700 – This is one excellent graphics card for the range of Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7000. The graphics card has Core clock of 1000 Mhz and requires a 400 Watt minimum power supply. It has 384 Stream processors and 1 GB GDDR5 Memory. The PCI –E 3.0 Bus standard is required for connecting to your motherboard.
It supports Microsoft DirectX 12. It will also work with PCI Express 2.0 or PCI Express 3.0. The graphics card has a 128 Bit memory interface Vs a 64 bit in the Nvidia GT 730. The graphics card comes with a 3 year domestic warranty. Compared to Nvidia GT 730 this is a good upgrade and for additional 2000 rupees the performance can be 15-30% more or even higher in most gaming titles.
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