November 2016 GPU Buying Guide!

2016 is almost coming to an end, and holiday season and black Friday is right at the corner. It is safe to say that a lot of brilliant cards were released from both Nvidia and AMD this year. Whether you are in the market looking for your next graphics card or want to gift someone with one, these are our suggestions, carefully chosen for each budget in order to make sure you get the best performance considering the price you’re paying.

The price will start from the 100$ mark and will keep incrementing by 50$ until we get to the high budget point. This is done to make sure we are able to hit every budget you guys might have in your mind.

$100

If your budget is $100, the best bang for your buck card is definitely the Radeon RX 460, specifically the XFX RX 460 2GB which retails for about $99.99 on Amazon. This card is amazing for 1080p E-Sports games and is great for those who are on a budget.

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$100-$150

For this budget, the best card is the 1050Ti, although the 1050 is a viable option the Ti offers a much needed performance boost considering this is the category where playing AAA games on a reasonable FPS actually is possible.

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$150-$200

The $150-$200 budget range is filled with powerful AMD and Nvidia cards. However, at under $200 the XFX RX 470 is very hard to beat. This price range offers much better performance, excellent backplates plus you will be able to run the latest games at 1080p Ultra/High settings while clearing the 60 FPS mark.

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$200-250

For a little more, the AMD RX 480 seems to be the best bit. Specifically, the variant from XFX will give you more performance and is perfect for those who want a high refresh rate or want to move to 1440p.

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$250-$300

This is the most prolific range, most gamers spend 250$ to $300 on their graphics card. Currently, there are two fantastic graphics card and you can’t go wrong with any, the RX 480 and the GTX 1060. You need to take a look at the games your playing in order to be sure of what card is better. Currently, both the MSI Gaming RX 480 8 GB and the MSI Gaming X GTX 1060 6 GB are excellent picks.

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Take a look at the 1060 here

$300-350

At this budget range, you can either opt for a more powerful variant of the 1060, or you can go for the extremely powerful last gen Sapphire NITRO R9 Fury. Thanks to the cooling on this card you can easily overclock with no issues.

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$350-$500

Of course in this price range, the GTX 1070 seems to be the best option. These cards are excellent for 4k gaming at 30 FPS and high refresh rates at 1440p. Personally, the EVGA GTX 1070 Hybrid offers uncompromising cooling so it seems to be the best bet if you are looking for overclocking your card right out of the box.

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$500+

At 500$, you have only 3 choices. A GTX 1080, a Titan X Pascal or a Radeon RX 480 on crossfire. Our pick is an ASUS Geforce GTX 1080 ROG Strix since it provides amazing performance, much better cooling and has a little more headroom as well. The 1080 can achieve 4k at 60 FPS but you’ll need to tone some settings down. Otherwise, you can easily get fantastic refresh rates at 1440p.

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Conclusion

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, 8 different pricing categories ranging from low budget to extremely high budget. Did you agree with our list? Have any suggestions? Drop them down in the comments below!

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