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Best graphics card for the money



Saving and looking to get the best bang for my buck, running a ASUS Radeon R9 270X R9270X with windows 7 64. What would you suggest this will mainly be for gaming things like no mans sky, destiny 2, boarderlands and the like.

Thanks much


Well if you don’t mind buying used cards off eBay (given that you get the full buyer’s protection and return window due to eBay’s updated EULA) than the GTX 1070 is an absolutely incredible deal. With a bit of patience you can find one for as low as $220. The next step up in performance would be the Vega 56 at about $280-$300 and is probably the best bang-for-buck currently on used cards simply because they overclock (and undervolt) up to the range of the GTX 1080 without any trouble. RX 570 and RX 580 are worth a look as they’re consistently available for around $120.

For new cards prices are less fluid, with both the 1070 and Vega 56 sitting around $360 - $410. The best bang for buck would honestly be cards like the GTX 1060 6GB and RX 580 4/8GB. The RX 580’s lowest price new is back down to around $160 for a 4GB model, and exactly $200 for the 8GB while the 1060 6GB is hovering around $220.

So to break it down:

Best Value Used Cards (In order)
GTX 1070 (@ $230)
Vega 56 (@ $320)
RX 580 4GB (@ $100)
RX 580 8GB (@ $120)
GTX 1060 6GB (@ $150)

Best Value New Cards (In order)
RX 580 4GB (@ $160)
RX 580 8GB (@ $200)
GTX 1060 6GB (@ $230)
GTX 1070 (@ $360)
Vega 56 (@ $400)

I’d finally recommend watching closely for price drops this month on GTX 1080s if you are already planning to spend around $400. I’ve seen a few sell for $350 used and even some new cards going as low as $390. That puts it into [New] GTX 1070/Vega 56 territory and it’s still a great card for that price.


Definitely go for a GTX 1060 6GB if you can. EVGA’s 1060 6GB SSC is the GPU I use to replace my old 960.