What to look out for when buying a gaming graphics card

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For gamers, the graphics card is the most important part of your PC, and also the one component that you could spend a lot of money on, there is also so much choice out there at the moment, and the choices change almost every month
See below aspects to look out for when it comes to choosing the best graphics card for your needs and budget


Two main players in the graphics card industry. AMD Radeon, or NVidia GeForce
Both very reputable companies, if you are going to buy a graphics card it must be from one of these two names.
The next challenge is the maker of the graphics cards. The graphics card design is created by these companies, the design is sold on licence to manufacturers who then create the graphics card but may have different flavours (clock speeds, designs etc). These manufacturers are typically MSI, Asus, EVGA, and Gigabyte

Clock Speed

The higher the better in any graphics card. Both companies make the best processors available. The manufacture may tweak the design slightly to overclock the processor to make it faster, MSI are ahead of the game in overclocked components


Look out for the amount of memory available in the graphics card. If you have a big resolution monitor or 4K resolution you will need more RAM memory. GDDR5 is the best at the moment
Although the size of RAM isn’t everything, bandwidth is also important and in-fact more important than the size of RAM. GDDR5 has much quicker speeds than the GDDR3 even if the RAM size is smaller.

Other Considerations

Length – Make sure you have enough room in your case to accommodate the graphics card. If you are upgrading after a long time, it might be worth getting a new case for your new graphics card, as well as the other components. This will also aid air-flow around the tower
Power Consumption – Ensure your PSU can take the additional strain from your new graphics card as well as powering the other components in your case. Also if you want to SLI in the future you may need more power.


I would go for the NVidia GeForce series made by MSI. Great overclocking and works brilliantly

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