The Best Cheap Graphics Cards Under $100 for 2018


(for 720p and entry-level 1080p gaming)



Last Updated: Nov 22, 2017

If you're just a light or casual PC gamer, meaning you'll mostly be playing older or less-demanding games, or you don't mind turning down the settings in the more graphically-demanding games in order to get decent frame rates, you don't need to spend hundreds on your graphics card purchase.

In this roundup review we wrap up the current best cheap graphics cards under $100 for 2018 to help you make a wise choice when shopping on a tight budget.

100 bucks obviously won't get you amazing gaming performance, but it will allow you to get your hands on a decent GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) that can handle 720p resolution quite well and that'll perform ok in 1080p if you turn down the game settings to medium to lower (depending on the game).

These cheap graphics cards are also suitable for playing eSports games such as League of Legends and DOTA 2 as there are many competitive games like this which don't require high-end hardware to run well.

Note that these recommendations are for gamers; if you won't be playing games with your PC or the only type of game you play is the odd round of Solitaire or Scrabble, you don't need a dedicated graphics card in the first place.


See Also: Best Graphics Cards Under $200

See Also: Gaming Video Card Buyer's Guide



Best Graphics Card Under $100:


Gigabyte RX 550 2GB

The RX 550 is the entry-level of AMD's latest RX series and offers good value for money and worthy of consideration when on the hunt for a budget-friendly gaming card. Whilst it's not the best long-term option it may be all the graphics power you need for the foreseeable future if you're a casual gamer.

It comes in a 2GB and 4GB versions (which refers to the video memory of the graphics card) but we suggest sticking with the 2GB unless you've got a good reason not to. If you were to spend the extra money on the 4GB version, you are probably better off getting a better tier card such as the GTX 1050 or RX 460/RX 560. 4GB over 2GB won't make a noticeable difference in the lesser-demanding games that you'll likely be playing anyway.

Overall, grab the RX 550 if you don't want to spend more than 100 bucks. It'll be great for older games, and even though you'll have to turn down the settings on newer games (especially in 1080p), it'll still allow you to play the latest titles.

Note: We picked the Gigabyte model due to current pricing and features but any variation of the RX 550 by any brand will be fine.

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Gigabyte RX 550

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2GB GDDR5

12

4.5 x 6.7 x 1.1 inches

350 Watts






Best Graphics Card Under $80:


Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030 2GB


If the aforementioned graphics card is still pushing your budget and you really want to cut costs as much as humanly possible yet still be able to play games, the GeForce GT 1030 deserves a look and is the current best bang for your buck under the $80 mark.

It offers similar yet slightly less performance than the RX 550, but if you do catch both cards at the same price then go for the 550. Otherwise, NVidia's super-cheap GT 1030 will serve you well for decent 720p gaming, less-demanding eSports, and entry-level full HD (ie 1080p) gaming.

This card is also super efficient with a very low power consumption (30W TDP), meaning it's a low-profile card that hardly takes up any space and can fit snugly in even the smallest form factor builds. The Gigabyte model we've listed here has a half-height bracket and only requires a single expansion slot, and it also doesn't require dedicated power and instead runs from your motherboard's power.

Note: We picked the Gigabyte model due to current pricing and features but any variation of the GT 1030 by any brand will be fine.

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Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030

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2GB GDDR5

12

2.71 x 5.9 x 0.58 inches

300 Watts






Best Graphics Card Under $50:


MSI GT 710 2GB


At the sub 50 dollar mark your options suddenly become very limited when it comes to getting a graphics card for modern gaming, but if you'll be solely sticking to older games or running games in 720p on low settings (or you're not a gamer but simply want a card that allows for a 3 monitor display) then the GT 710 may be a good choice. Not recommended for playing modern games though.

Note: We picked an MSI model due to current pricing and features but any variation of the GT 710 by any brand will be fine.

Model:

Price:

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DirectX:

Dimensions (W, L, D):

Minimum Power Supply:

MSI GeForce GT 710

Check current price.

2GB DDR3 SDRAM

12

2.7 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches

300 Watts









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