Best graphics cards for PC gaming – Winter 2017

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“What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?” – That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Answering the question can be a bit trickier than it seems. Raw performance is a big part of it, but factors like noise, the driver experience, and supplemental software all play a role in determining which graphics card to buy, too.

PCWorld’s Gordon Mah Ung and Brad Chacos go over how to find the right graphics card for you!

Best budget: Geforce GTX 1050 –
Best for 1080p: Radeon RX 570 –
Best for 1440p: Geforce GTX 1070 –
Best for 4k: Geforce GTX 1080 Ti –
Best enthusiast: EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 –

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25 thoughts on “Best graphics cards for PC gaming – Winter 2017

  • November 21, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Personal computers bottleneck because the graphics card is not on the same piece of silicon as the CPU so if all the chips that make up a computer system apart from the DVD/RD/Blu-Ray and hard-drive SSD were on the one piece of silicon there would be no bottle necking so come on AMD put all chips that make up a personal computer onto one chip and that includes the SATA drive/RAID controller onto the same chip and a easy way of adding UEFI/BIOS ROM and RAM that would make for a better system.

  • November 21, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Please, the $190 GTX 1060 3Gb utterly smokes the $210 RX 570 4 Gb AND costs $20 LESS! Bad consumer advice. And don't give me some nonsense about the 1 Gb of extra VRAM making a huge difference, the GTX 1060 is more powerful across the board, particularly considering Nvidia's vastly superior compression technology. There are new games right now that show the 780 Ti with 3Gb of VRAM smoking the Fury X. And that's with old compression technology. The very least you could do is research what you're talking about before giving advice. And to be honest I wouldn't recommend anything less than a $240 GTX 1060 6Gb or if you have lots on money to burn on underpowered RX 570's, might as well go for a $280 RX 580 8Gb for 1080p 60 Hz gaming.

    What now?

  • November 21, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    My next video card & monitor upgrades won't bbe until fall 2018.
    The AMD RX 580 really isn't a upgrade from my Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 OC video card, so it's looking like a AMD RX Vega 56 aftermarket card for me and a 4K ips monitor.
    Both are true upgrades to what I have now.
    A AMD Ryzen R7 /1800X1700X/1700 and AM$ X370 motherboard come first, along with 32GBs. of G-Skill FlareX DDR4 3200 ram.

  • November 21, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    What about the older GeForce 700/ 900 series cards for 1080p? How well do those cards run with today's games? Can you find them for cheaper than the new 10 series? Might be worth a look if you want to save some money.

  • November 21, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Hey brad can you tell me what kind of headphones you using please?

  • November 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I got my Aorus RX580 8gb and asked Brad 1st and he told yeh go for it on a live stream "Aorus cards are great cards", im glad i went this card cause both my 1080p monitors have freesync [email protected] and [email protected] and i play on the 144hz and it's probably the best card for 1080p if you pair it with a freesync monitor. The RX570 4gb is enough and cheaper probably the best deal for 1080p even more if you have freesync. Thanks Brad for sharing your know-how with us. PCWV <3.

  • November 21, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    GTX 1080 ti 1440p 165hz MASTER RACE!

  • November 21, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Have a 1080 on my first rig and a second hand 970 for 150 bucks on my second rig. Just bought a second hand i5 4460 for 45 bucks for my second rig as well, so I'm good to go.

  • November 21, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    My EVGA 1070 FTW wasn't any quieter than the reference Vega 56 in an S340 Elite case FWIW.

  • November 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Did they mention over clocking? Maybe they need to do another show for that.

  • November 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    So the sound told you not to say 56 or 64 cards ???????????????

  • November 21, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    The question is … Can they run crysis

    dead meme … ik lol

  • November 22, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Ordered a 1080Ti yesterday. Arrives on Friday.

  • November 22, 2017 at 4:23 am

    I have a 1080p 144hz monitor id realy like a graphics card to take advantage of this screen any good black friday deals or just decent deals

  • November 22, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Gotta love how former high end gpus are suddenly the new recommendations for 1080p as new gpus are released.

    The GTX 970 and 980 were once recommended cards for 1080p & 1440p. The replacements the GTX 1060 3GB & 6GB are suddenly no good for 1440p, now they're 1080p minimum, not even ultra settings.
    That's nonsense. The GTX 970 can push 4K 30FPS high settings in a fair amount of games. Do the math. The GTX 1060 cards are fine for 1440p.

    PC gamer insight, we're spoiled by new graphics cards year on year, so we pretend the former gpus are no good. And the GTX 1070 for 1440p? no, 4K is doable. Be sensible with your settings. It's more than doable.

    Next year, people will say the GTX 1080 for 1440p and pretend it weren't a 4K card.

    GTX 1050 / Ti / RX 570 for 1080p.
    GTX 1060 / RX 580 for 1440p – entry 4K.
    GTX 1070 and above for 4K.

  • November 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I have GTX 1070 + FX 8320E, Fallout 4 at 1080p with everything maxed, it goes from 60 fps to 40 fps, sometimes 30 fps or less :/

  • November 23, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Why was the 1070ti left out? What scenario would you consider the 1070ti for?

  • November 23, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Vega 56 isn't loud……….this guy is wrong. Might be louder than a 1070

  • November 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    AMD and Nvidia should make specialized mining cards at cheaper so that they can sell GPUs to gamers.

  • November 27, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I only game at 4k with my GTX 1070 stock overclocked video card and it is smooth enough for me. Not sure why I keep hearing you must have a 1080 GTX all the time. Yeah I get via specs it makes sense to get a more expensive card but the GTX 1070 does 4k just fine. I do use a 55" 4k TV so maybe it has a onboard chip that helps things on the screen. I am not sure but I really don't have any complaints with what I have. All looks fine and photo quality.

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