Hardcore gamers will spend whatever it takes on a high end computer with the latest chipset model and GPU, and they’ll continue to invest more money on newer components, in order to improve their gaming experience. But not all computer owners are obsessed with expensive higher end GPUs and they’re looking for more affordable models. Anyway, currently, the biggest names in the graphics processing units industry are Nvidia and AMD, and we’ll try to help you “build” yourself a powerful computer based on our suggestions.
If you don’t want to spend more than $150-$200 on graphics, then you’ll need a six core i7 processor, which will cost over $500. But that’s not the best solution, because the game experience won’t be the same as when playing games using a console. And if you’re getting instead an Intel i5 4460 CPU, this processor won’t deliver the performance of Intel’s Haswell-based chips. So, the best combination which includes the i5 CPU will also contain a H81M-S2H Micro-ATX Motherboard from Gigabyte ($52), which supports the new Haswell processors, two RAM slots and lots of SATA and USB ports. You will pair it with a R9 280 or GTX 960 GPU and a 1TB Seagate hard drive, but you will also need an 80Plus Bronze XFX TS 650W PSU and an EVO Gaming case (CIT Galaxy-$44). There will be enough room to upgrade your GPU, but if you’re undecided which one to choose, then there are some aspects that must be taken into consideration: what kind of games do you intend to play and how much money do you want to spend on graphics.
A GeForce GT 730 costs $70, but you won’t be able to play games at a resolution of 1080p, because it’s not powerful enough. Add $80 to get the GTX 750 Ti, which is based on a Maxwell architecture and which was used also on the GTX 980 and Titan X. This model fits perfectly inside smaller computers and it doesn’t require more power from the PSU; it’s quiet, it doesn’t heat up and can easily run games at 1080p (between 35-60fps) with 640 CUDA cores and 2GB 128-bit GDDR5@1400MHz.
The AMD R9 270 GPU, which costs $159, requires a single 6-pin power connector to run with a 150W TDP. It is based on an older Pitcairn architecture, but it has faster memory (2GB 256-bit GDDR5@5400MHz). However, the base clock speed is slower at 900MHz compared to1020MHz.