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The Best Computer Graphics Cards on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about other tech accessories like computer monitors, external hard drives, and expert-recommended ergonomic keyboards and mouses, here we’ve done a deep dive into computer graphics cards and rounded up the best ones available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best graphics cards under $200

EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Graphics Card

“I have had this card for about a month now. It has met all of my expectations given its price point. My grandchildren like to play games on my computer, so I wanted something that had at least a minimal gaming capability. The grandchildren have not complained about its performance, and, believe me, they are not shy about complaining.”

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Graphic Card

“This was my first graphics card ever, and honestly the number of games I can play in such gorgeous quality completely astounds me. Although I had a professional install it for me, many of my friends who have the same graphics card installed it themselves and had few to no issues. It’s an amazing graphics card for the price, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone looking for a lower-budget graphics card that can still run games beautifully.”

Best graphics cards under $100

EVGA 1GB GeForce 8400 Video Card

“Perfect video card to support multiple monitors in a business environment or for some light gaming. This isn’t going to give you any crazy frame rates on the latest graphics-intensive games, but if you’re buying it for the right application, you won’t be disappointed. It works great, and I couldn’t be happier. Has all of the standard video output options — no display port, but again, this is a 1 GB card and not intended for pushing performance boundaries.”

MSI ATI Radeon HD6450 1GB Video Card

“Bought this card for work, not gaming, to allow for two screens on one of my co-worker’s desk. After installing the driver, the card worked flawlessly. My co-worker was happy with the setup. Recommended purchase for a budget upgrade for your desktop. I wouldn’t recommend this for playing current games, though, as I suspect that it would lag even at low settings. But, like I said, it was used for work, and we had no issues with video playback, video conference, web surfing etc.”

Best graphics cards for virtual reality

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1070 Armour 8GB Graphics Card

“Great card, ran my Oculus VR applications, and my entire Steam game collection flawlessly. Nearly silent, and cool running. These are a great solution for gamers who have those Titan dreams but are on a Top Ramen budget. Very nice top-performing middle-of-the-road card.”

ASUS Dual GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Computer Graphics Card

“Amazing, works flawlessly. Purchased it primarily for Oculus Rift, but a great card for gaming in general. I was concerned that I’d need a 1080 to have a seamless VR experience, but nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve been using this and the Rift for about a month, and have experienced zero lagging or performance issues with everything maxed out.”

Best graphics cards for gaming

ASUS Strix RX Vega 8GB Gaming Graphics Card

“This GPU is amazing. Very, very fast, and the build quality is just amazing. With my FreeSync monitor, I can now enjoy very fluid gameplay, and for a lot less than the Nvidia counterpart. This ASUS GPU is just quality! Everything about it is awesome. The only negative I can give is that when the fans are spinning, it is a bit noisy, but you can set up everything with the ASUS software so it won’t run too loud. To me, the noise level is acceptable.”

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8G Graphics Card

“This is the best/strongest graphics card I have ever owned. I was going to settle for the 1070 or the 980ti, but a friend convinced me to save up a bit more and hold out for the better card. I’m glad I listened. This card will be in my build for a long time.”

MSI Gaming GeFroce GTX 1080 11GB Graphics Card

“All I can say is that this card was money well-spent. Every game I’ve run so far ran like butter at the highest settings. This card runs quiet and cool. I was actually worried at first because the fans will not spin unless the card hits a certain temperature, which in itself is awesome. MSI is an amazing company, and I see why they’re the world leader in certain categories. If you’re able to get this card, get it. You won’t be disappointed.”

Best graphics card for watching HD video

ZOTAC GeForce GT 730 Zone Edition 4GB Graphics Card

“This card seems to be pretty quick. Happy with it so far. I only use it for movies. I’m not a gamer. But the price was good and performance is good, and I really like the fact that it doesn’t make any noise, as my computer is loud enough already.”

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The Best PC Graphics Cards on Amazon, According to Reviews