TechSpot Tip: Top Budget to Mid-Range Graphics Cards Listed

While the gaming landscape seems to have shifted toward consoles in recent years, many feel PCs are still where the action is. Naturally those looking to experience the hottest video games in all their glory will need the appropriate hardware powering their rigs. Besides adopting newer platforms, at some point, every gamer or hardware enthusiast worth their salt will upgrade or at least consider upgrading their graphics card.

Of course, going for the latest and greatest (read: fastest and most expensive) is not always an option. Having reviewed a wide variety of graphics cards as they were released in the past months, we've compiled a table with some of what we consider the best options at several price points between $90 and $200. Every product chosen can cope with the typical game on respectable settings.

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Grahpics cards are annoying. they get outdated so fast. I bought my ATI Raedon for $200 at best buy one year. the next it was worth $50 bucks..

It went down $150 in a year..

wemadeFOX.Devaztayta said,
Grahpics cards are annoying. they get outdated so fast. I bought my ATI Raedon for $200 at best buy one year. the next it was worth $50 bucks..

It went down $150 in a year..


....and that surprises you why?

The ATi cards have the best performance price ratio, especially with the DirectX 11 series of cards. They've managed to release cards for every type of budget.

Tony. said,
The ATi cards have the best performance price ratio, especially with the DirectX 11 series of cards. They've managed to release cards for every type of budget.
'Especially the dx11 cards' when referring to good performance for the price? What, did ati suddenly change the prices of them to normal levels when we all weren't looking? Cause Most of the dx11 series offers poor raw performance for the high price they ask.

Edited by Blackhearted, Feb 22 2010, 2:36pm :

Seeing as I have not built a PC since the early years of my geekness.

I am lost as to what card I should now get, ATI and someone else have merged but Nvidia is still going strong right?

Also price whats the best price for the best performance?

Deacon Brown said,
Seeing as I have not built a PC since the early years of my geekness.

I am lost as to what card I should now get, ATI and someone else have merged but Nvidia is still going strong right?

Also price whats the best price for the best performance?

like i say for around $240 you can get a Geforce GTX 275 and looking at reviews it can run pretty much everything. you CAN get higher than this but price/performance this seems like a strong card ;)

brent3000 said,
to many options now and in the coming months makes upgrading my PC take even longer with each passing day

don't wait forever

Edited by Bero, Feb 22 2010, 11:11pm :

brent3000 said,
to many options now and in the coming months makes upgrading my PC take even longer with each passing day

I'm holding off till May when the 6-core range is due to be released by both Intel and AMD to upgrade/re-build my computer, mainly because of the CPU. Pentium D is still running strong, fast, stable, runs the latest games on max settings at 1080p (apart from Force Unleashed ) but runs incredibly hot, my room turns into a boiler. Anyways, best to spend big when building a computer imo, no need to upgrade all the time.