Finding A Graphics Card To Suit Your Budget

Graphics cards can range in price from around £20, all the way up to £1,000+. With that in mind, how can you find a graphics card that meets your expectations?

We take a look at the different options available to you across all different budgets, from ‘money no object’ all the way down to ‘under £100 budget graphics cards’.

We’ll show you the latest tech from both NVIDIA and AMD.

Money No Object

MSI GeForce GTX Titan X

MSI GeForce Titan X
MSI GeForce GTX Titan X, shop.bt.com

Simply put, this is the most powerful, fastest and most advance graphics card on the planet.

NVidia have managed to pack a serious punch in this single-GPU package. Expect the sort of performance you’d expect from a dual-GPU set up. The Titan X is more than capable of 4K gaming, super energy efficient for a high-end card plus it overclocks ‘like a boss’.

If you want the best of the best, then look no further.

Tech Specs

Memory Clock – 7.0 Gbps

Standard Memory Config – 12GB

Memory Interface – GDDR5

Base Clock (MHz) – 1000

Boost Clock (MHz) – 1075

Max Digital Resolution – 5120×3200

 

Under £800

ASUS GeForce GTX 980Ti

ASUS GTX 980Ti
ASUS GTX 980Ti, shop.bt.com

If you’re hoping to game in 4K then the 980Ti is probably the option for you.

The 980Ti gives you the ability to play the latest games in ‘Ultra’ settings at a resolution of 3840×2160.

Plus, benchmarking has seen the card achieve between 25 and 60fps whilst playing in 4K so you can be confident that images will be ultra-smooth.

Tech Specs

Memory Clock – 7.0 Gbps

Standard Memory Config – 6GB

Memory Interface – 384-bit

Base Clock (MHz) – 1216 Mhz

Boost Clock (MHz) – 1317 Mhz

Max Digital Resolution – 4096 x 2160

Under £600

MSI GeForce GTX 980Ti

MSI GTX 980Ti
MSI GTX 980Ti, shop.bt.com

The MSI GeForce GTX 980Ti features a Twin FROZR Thermal Design which has been 18 months in the making to ensure that your games maintain a constant and more reliable frame rate.

With every new generation of MSI Twin FROZR tech, MSI deliver less noise and less heat. You also get independent fan control meaning that you’ll only use the power required.

MSI Twin FROZR Thermal Design is often considered as the ultimate Graphics Card cooling solution.

If you’re looking for a graphics card under £600 that offers you the ability to play games in 4K then look no further. Plus, if LED lighting is your thing then an illuminated MSI dragon has been fitted to the graphics card to help set the mood.

Tech Specs

Memory Clock – 7010 Mhz

Standard Memory Config – 6GB

Memory Interface – GDDR5

Base Clock (MHz) – 1228 Mhz

Boost Clock (MHz) – 7010 Mhz

Max Digital Resolution – 4096 x 2160

Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 Fury

Gigabyte Radeon R9 Fury
Gigabyte Radeon R9 Fury, shop.bt.com

Described as the world’s first total GPU solution with AMD pioneered high-bandwidth memory on-chip delivering extreme 4k plus the ability to power virtual reality.

If you’re an AMD fan then this is the GPU for you. Whisper quiet, liquid cooled and ready for anything you can throw at it. Got 4K and VR on your check list? Look no further.

Tech Specs

Memory Clock – 1GBps

Standard Memory Config – 4GB HBM

Max Digital Resolution – 4096 x 2160

Max Monitors Supported – 4

Under £400

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980, shop.bt.com

This Gigabyte graphics card uses a technology called ‘Windforce’ to ensure that temperatures are kept to a minimum. Lower temperatures mean higher performance which is exactly what this GPU offers.

Illuminated LEDs can be customised using NVIDIA GeForce GTX LED Visualizer. As well as the LED’s you’re treated to a glorious black metal back plate engraved with the G1 gaming logo.

The 980 is also capable of gaming at 4K so if you’re looking for a powerful graphics card at a decent price point then the 980 is for you.

Tech Specs

Memory Clock – 7GBps

Standard Memory Config – 4GB

Memory Interface – GDDR5

Base Clock (MHz) – 1228 MHz

Boost Clock (MHz) – 1329 MHz

Max Digital Resolution – 4096 x 2160

MSI Radeon R9 390X

MSI Radeon R9 390X
MSI Radeon R9 390X, shop.bt.com

The little brother to the R9 X but still packing many of the features. The Twin FROZR tech is still apparent to ensure that the cooling is on point.

Tech Specs

Memory Clock – 6000

Standard Memory Config – 8GB

Memory Interface – GDDR5

Base Clock (MHz) – 1080 MHz

Max Digital Resolution – 4096 x 2160

Under £200

Asus GeForce GTX 960

ASUS GeForce GTX 960
ASUS GeForce GTX 960, shop.bt.com

Featuring a NVIDIA GTX 960, this graphics card is perfect for anyone looking to play their games in ‘Full HD’. Plus, this ASUS version has been overclocked up to 1317 MHz in OC mode.

Featuring the cooling technology from the higher end Asus graphics card, this GTX 960 will run smoothly even when powering 3 monitors.

An absolute steal at under £200.

Tech Specs

Memory Clock –

Standard Memory Config – 4GB

Memory Interface – GDDR5

Base Clock (MHz) –1253 MHz

Boost Clock (MHz) – 1317 MHz

ASUS AMD Radeon R9 380X

ASUS Radeon 380X
ASUS Radeon 380X, shop.bt.com

Pumped gaming performance and extreme reliability. With a 1030 MHz engine clock you can expect outstanding performance.

Asus has also packed this specific card full of features including a DirectCU II 10mm heatpipe and Dual Wing-blade fan design.

A great GPU from AMD that will be perfect for anyone looking to play the latest gaming titles in Full HD.

Tech Specs

Memory Clock – 5700MHz

Standard Memory Config – 4GB

Memory Interface – GDDR5

Base Clock (MHz) – 1050 MHz

Max Digital Resolution – 2560 x 1600

Budget Graphics Cards

EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti

EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti
EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti, shop.bt.com

The cheapest of our suggested NVIDIA GPU’s but still packing some of the features of its more expensive counterparts.

Some of the cooling technology sets it apart from other budget cards, whilst the NVIDIA chipset will allow you to play all your favourite gaming titles in Full HD.

Tech Specs

Memory Clock – 5400 MHz

Standard Memory Config – 2GB

Memory Interface – GDDR5

Base Clock (MHz) – 1176 MHz

Boost Clock (MHz) – 1255 MHz

Max Digital Resolution – 4096 x 2160

ASUS AMD Radeon R7 250

ASUS AMD Radeon R7 250
ASUS AMD Radeon R7 250, shop.bt.com

Great performance at a budget price point. Full HD? No problem for the R7 250.

Tech Specs

Memory Clock – 4.6GHz

Standard Memory Config – 1GB

Memory Interface – GDDR5

Base Clock (MHz) – 1000 MHz

Boost Clock (MHz) – 1050 MHz

Max Digital Resolution – 1920 x 1200

Check out this great GPU checker to see what sort of FPS your new graphics card is capable of.

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