How to Determine Which Is the Best Graphics Card for Your Personal Computer

Computer Graphic cards form a very important element of a computer system today. With the advent rise in quality of video generated, it is imperative we equip our computers with the best graphics cards to access this content. High-quality gaming, special forms of computer software’s such as CAD software’s, analysis software’s, etc. all ask for a graphics card to be installed on your computer system.

They are hundreds of Graphic cards out there on the market. They come with a hundred different features, and hence the confusion levels are high as well.

This article is catered towards helping you decide which graphic card is best for your system.



Step 1: Find the Compatible Graphics Card According to the Video Slot of Your Motherboard.

It is highly possible that your computer comes with one of the two types of video slots. That is either a PCI Express or an AGP type. Over the past five years, a majority of the computers are equipped with the PCI-Express 16x slot. Hence, its highly possible that your computer has this slot too.

PCI-Express (Peripheral Component Interconnect-Express): They form part of almost every personal computer in circulation since the start of the new millennium and still continue to dominate the industry even today. These slots come in multiple varieties of sizes. Since most computers, today, require a large slot size, namely the 16X. Majority of the latest computers are equipped with the 16X sized video slot.

AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port): A host of computers from the nineties carried along with them AGP video slots. Its characteristic color was chocolate brown. Despite a large number of revisions, the AGP port would accept cards that are either 4X or 8X sized. Such cards are still in circulation today and could be found on any of the e-commerce platforms out there.

Note: You can’t connect an AGP Card to PCI-E Slot or Vice Versa.  

Finding the compatible graphics card is not that kind of hard task to do, you’ll just to find which Video Card Slot you have on your desktop’s motherboard and then eliminate your card selection according to the slot compatibility.

To find this slot, you need to open your computer’s case and look for the same slot, just like mentioned in the above-given picture. You can also go visit the Manufacture’s Website of your motherboard, in case if you didn’t want to open your PC’s Cabinet.

After finding the Slot, now PCI-E motherboard users you’ll need to check, that which version of PCI x16 Slot you have on your motherboard.

Normally there are four different types of PCIe x16 Slot generations out there in the motherboard’s market. The first one is V1.0 which is the first generation and continued to the latest V4.0 which is fourth generation PCI-E Slot with having the performance bandwidth speed limit of 31.51 GB/s (in ×16 Slot).

Every generation Slot looks same but contains double of bandwidth as compared to the previous version and the great thing is that you can run v4.0 Card on any old PCI-E Slot (which do limit the performance). Running a PCIe x16 v2.0 Card on v1.0 Slot can decrease the half performance of your Graphics card only if the higher generation card needs more bandwidth to work with, or otherwise it will work perfectly.

Suggested Link: What’s The Difference Between In PCI Express Gen 1 vs. Gen 2 vs. Gen 3?

So, If you wanted to play the high-end game on your computer then make sure your motherboard at least has 3.0 Supported Video Card Slot and The Card too, in order to perform the best.

Here’s a pic of two graphics card specifications, to show you how to check the Video Slot compatibility.

Check your motherboard’s specification on the internet by its Model No. and can able to easily find the type of PCIe x16 you have on your motherboard.

If the specification shows you, just ‘PCI Express x16’ without any description that it means that you having a PCIe x16 2.0 (because v1.0 is discontinued) or otherwise it was listed the name of Slot Generation.

Here a specification of both PCI 2.0 and 3.0 Motherboard to show you how it looks like.




Step 2: Finding A Compatible Video Port for Your Personal Computer

This step requires a user to buy a video card which has at least one port which matches with the ports on your computer monitor. Following are the various types of ports which could be part of your computer monitor assembly:

  • VGA (Video Graphics Array) or D-SUB: It’s like this port has been a part of every computer system since the beginning of time. It is a highly reliable port, but it should never be treated as the first choice. Other ports such as HDMI port provide the user with better video quality along with high compatibility as well.
  • DVI (Digital Visual Interface): DVI ports can be found on a number of modern-day personal computer systems. The main principle of operation is simple. It sends a series of numbers to the personal computer screen. These numbers are then converted to pictures which appear to the user.
  • HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface): An interesting fact about the above video ports is that they carry with only visual capabilities. An HDMI port carries both audio and visual functions in it. It is a very useful port if you wish to watch your video content on a very high-quality TV set. It is slowly replacing the traditional VGA port technology and this is evident, as latest computers come equipped with HDMI ports only.
  • DisplayPort: A relatively new addition to the video port family, DisplayPort technology is something which could replace all of the above-mentioned video ports in the future. This technology is capable of sending the HDMI port back to where it came from, on DVD players only.

Or otherwise, you can use cross connectors in different varies of cables.

Step 3: Deciding Which Video Card Features Best Fit Your Budget.

Before deciding to buy a video card for your system, it is always important in mind to keep two things; A fixed budget in mind along with the basic technical requirements for your graphics card.

Below are a few technical features which influence the pricing of a video card.

  1. Video Memory: Higher the memory, higher is the detailing on the video played. Higher memory levels mean that your system can accommodate more pixels and colour on the screen. However, higher memory means higher the price as well. A majority of Windows systems require video cards which are of 256 MB memory or higher.
  2. Brand: There are a number of notable video card brands out there in the market. Some of the notable ones are Nvidia, AMD, etc. to name a few. It is always common to find that two brands offer the same technical specifications, but the prices are different. Off brands at time ship only the graphics card with little or no technical support. So by paying a little more, you get a quality product along with the proper documentation and technical support.
  3. Graphics Chip: Another major element which influences the cost is a graphics chip. Latest graphics chips are of premium quality and are of very high prices. Using a relatively older version of a graphics chip won’t do you any harm at all.
  4. Dual Monitor Support: A few of the graphics cards give you the liberty to connect two display monitors all at once. There are cases when some cards offer three monitors as well.
  5. DirectX: This software is utilized by almost every graphics card in the market out there. These are used to generate special audio-visual tricks on your system.
  6. Noise: A host of graphics cards come with built-in fans which create a very loud noise. This sound shows that they are cheap in nature. More expensive variants include fans which are quieter.
  7. Resolution: Every computer graphic card has a certain resolution which it can withstand. Higher the resolution, higher is the video quality. Along with high video quality, higher is the price as well. Hence, it’s imperative to decide how much resolution a user requires based on the set budget.
  8. Power Consumption Compatibility: Check the specification of your card to know how much Power Supply Wattage your cards need to run itself and does your PC’s PSU can able to handle that kind of load or not.

“And that’s all for now, thanks for sticking with the article, and you know it will always good to let me know about the article, in the comments down below.” 🙂


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  1. HI Madhur. My name is Nikhil and I am looking forward to upgrade my laptop’s stock Gpu(GT 540m) by a new one (750M) is it possible to do so? My laptop is Acer 5750G. Thanks!!!!

      • Madhur Tj can you please help me out to on the type of Graphics cards i can run on my PC
        SPECS:✔ AMD RYZEN 5 1500X 4-Core 3.5 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) CPU Processor | 250GB SSD with 3D NAND Technology | 1 TB 7200RPM Secondary Hard Drive
        ✔ Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 Video Card (Brand May Varies) | G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4 2400 Gaming Memory | Gigabyte-AX370 -Gaming (rev. 1.x)Motherboard
        | 1 x DVI, 3 x Display Port (Version 1.4) | 1 x HDMI | 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-A, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports, 6 x USB 3.0 Port
        ✔ 7 x 120mm Red LED Fan with PVM Controller for Ultimate Airflow and Quietness | 120mm AIO Radiator Liquid / Water Cooling Assembled by SkyTech PC | Powered by 80 Plus Certified 600 Watt Power Supply

        want to know whats the Highest Graphics Card i can use, Thank You, and your Blog is very helpful, but i am just beginning to understand, all the PC Gaming, Jarg Talk.

  2. sir can i ask a question? does my cpu A6 7400K Radeon R5 compatible to Sapphire rx 460 2gb? thank you.
    by the way very helpfull thank you for sharing this 😀

  3. First sorry,my english is bad.I have old pc for my children.Can I ask a question?I have Fujitsu siemens P5SD2-FM(LGA 775),Intel pentium D915,Does my pc is compatibile to sappire radeon 4890 HD 2gb?Thanks

  4. Hello, thanks for the article. can you suggest a cheap gpu for the following: pentium dual core e5300 2.6 GHz; zeb-945 motherboard. for casual games.( at low or medium settings)?

  5. Hi Madhur, my pc’s configuration is Pentium (R) Dual Core CPU E5700 @ 3.00 GHz, 4 GB Ram, 64 bit operating system, ASUS P5G 41T-M LX3 motherboard.Can I install Zotac NVIDIA GT 730 2GB 2 GB DDR5 Graphics Card ?

  6. Sorry my english is bad. I have need help my pc Power Consumption Compatibility is 280 wat <<< and i search a graphic card that power is 300 wat <<< can i run geforce 210… My pc model number is (7515m9g)

    • Hello.
      I need some help. I wanr to install an new graphics card
      My motherboard is a MS-7352 ver 1.0 and it contains one pci express x16 port. I think its a 2.0 one because i have searched and did not find a source that said specifically a version like 3.0 etc. And its a DDR 2 one .Also to mention. On my motherboard the name of it is not pci-e.
      Its says x16pciexp. Does that matter in any way ?
      My Pc specs are
      Ram 2gb
      Cpu intel core 2 duo e4500 2.20 ghz
      Power supply 300w
      Os win 10 pro 32 bit
      Monitor nec accusync lcd 72vm with vga input.

      What is the best graphics card i can get ? And how many gb do you recommend ?
      Thank you.

  7. can i install GT710 DDR3 gigabyte nvdia geforce 2gb graphic card for my G31- zebronics motherboard with intel core 2 duo E7400 and a psu of 450watts it has a pci express 2.0 * 16 can i install the graphic on my pc having these configurations

  8. This is an interesting blog to follow. I need clarification.
    Does the motherboard define the type of graphics card that can be used? (Nvidia , AMD; ect)
    I am not a high end gamer. I am looking for a graphics card that will smoothly run games such as Stardew valley or Terraria. My budget is $200 and below. I am located close to a Microcenter and will use them to shop cards on sale. (ex: Geforce GTX 1050 Ti, Radeon RX 460) Below is some general info what I am using now. I am unsure of the power supply or connector since I have not checked yet) Let me know if you need any other information or a pic of motherboard. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
    System Manufacturer: MSI
    System Model: MS-7721
    BIOS: Default System BIOS
    Processor: AMD A4-7300 APU with Radeon HD Graphics (2 CPUs), ~3.8GHz
    Memory: 8192MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 7366MB RAM
    Page File: 2295MB used, 12433MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
    DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

    • The recommended processor for the GTX 1050 ti is minimum i3 6100, which is 2 or I think 3 times better than your processor.
      And you also can’t really expect something good from a 6 years old mono-core 3GHz APU too.
      According to me, just don’t waste your money on any mid end products because your computer will definitely bottleneck the card.
      In my opinion, save some bucks and just go for any low-end graphics cards like these ones:
      http://amzn.to/2mjpAnN
      http://amzn.to/2n5o2ME

      • Thanks for taking time to review and help with the decision process. After reviewing choices at my local store I narrowed the choice down to 6:
        ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Phoenix 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
        Zotac GeForce GTX 950 (Factory-Recertified) 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
        ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 Dual-Fan Video Card
        Zotac GeForce GTX 950 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
        ASUS GeForce GTX 950 2GB GDDR5 PCIe White Shroud Video Card w/ Dual-Fan Cooling
        ASUS GeForce GTX 950 Overclocked Gaming 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
        The two you recommended seem to be in the 950 1050 series, 2 GB range. (which I hope the above is compatible as well)
        Thanks again.

  9. Hello, You have been really helpful !!
    Because I want to buy a new graphics card for my pc I wanted to ask you if there are some specific graphic cards that run better with my processor and mother board(Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor and GA-H97-HD3) or how can I find the more suitable graphics card for my computer ?
    Thank you.

  10. Hi Madhur. i need your help. i’m planning to buy a Graphics Card for my i3 7100 Processor/ MSI B150m Mortar Motherboard/ 2x4GB RAM DDR4 2400 MHz/ Corsair CX430w PSU/ can you give me atleast 10 lists of Graphics Card? which will fit this of my configuration, and with a reason, or little explanation if i choose these GPU. Thanks in Advance, this is very helpful.

  11. hello!, my processor is
    AMD A6-7400k Radeon R5, 6 Compute Cores 2c+4G 3.50GHz,4GB RAM, 64-bits Operating System
    is it compatible with
    GeForce GTX750 TI StormX OC 2GB 128bit PCIe DDR5 Videocard?
    thanks!

  12. I have Intel motherboard d945gccr I want to know graphics card rx 470 4gb is compatible with my motherboard or not?

  13. Dear Madhur I dont understand what is this My Q is Which graphic card i will buy please answer me i am waiting ……..
    S/N-FH296PA Model Number-HP Compaq dx2480 Microtower

    PC Graphic card 01:-
    Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS (256MB) Single Head PCIe x16, ATI Radeon HD 2400XT (256MB DH) PCIe x16
    Graphic card 02 Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS (256MB) Single Head PCIe x16, ATI Radeon HD 2400XT (256MB DH) PCIe x16
    Graphic subsystem name:-
    Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 Graphic subsystem video card features 01 3D/2D Controller: Microsoft DirectX® 9 based with support for Pixel Shader 2.0, 4:1 anisotropic filtering, Gaussian texture filtering, shadow maps, volumetric textures, doublesided stencil buffers, and 4 pixel pipes; Integrated VGA Controller; Integrated 400 MHz RAMDAC; Overlay Planes: Single overlay support with 5×3 filtering; Maximum Color Depth: 32 bits/pixel; Multidisplay Support: 2 displays can be supported via the
    motherboard’s VGA connectors and DVI/ADD2 optional
    Video adapterfeatures:-
    3D/2D Controller: Microsoft DirectX® 9 based with support for Pixel Shader 2.0, 4:1 anisotropic filtering, Gaussian texture filtering,shadow maps, volumetric textures, doublesided stencil buffers, and 4 pixel pipes;
    Integrated VGA Controller; Integrated 400 MHz RAMDAC; Overlay Planes: Single overlay support with 5×3 filtering; Maximum Color Depth: 32 bits/pixel; MultidisplaySupport: 2 displays can be supported via the motherboard’s VGA connectors andDVI/ADD2 optional
    Graphic subsystemvideo card memory:-
    Graphics memory is shared with systemmemory. Graphics memory usage can varyfrom 8 to 256 MB depending on the amount ofsystem memory installed and system loadGraphic subsystemvideo card resolutionMaximum Vertical Refresh Rate: 85 Hz at upto 1920×1440, 85 Hz at 2048×1536 Video adapter, bus PCI Express™ x16

  14. Hello Madhur please can i know which max graphic card i can choose and if i can run it or now btw my Motherboard name :D3011-A1
    Core 2 duo e7500 / its a p5731 esprimo model
    and if i can add more ram i got 2
    i got pci express 16x 2 gem

  15. Hello im looking for a video card that will let my son play video games but im not sure witch one to buy it has pci 16 here is the motherboard model number GA-P35C-DS3 (rev. 2.0) i have 4 gigs of ddr3 ruining it with intel core 2 due E8400 @3.00 ghz processor

  16. Hello Madhur,
    i have ECS G31T-M7 mother board that has PCI Express V1.1 and i want to buy Nvidia gt 710 card
    is it compatible with my mother board?

      • Ok thanks but did i need to check what DDR graphic card will work, as my mother board supports DDR2 RAM(i dont know about the vRAM my motherboard support ) and i am choosing between GT 710 DDR3 and GT 730 DDR5? which one will work out of two??

        • You can use both, ddr3 or ddr5 on your board, but it’s possible that high-end card will bottleneck with your configuration.
          So, you can stay with some low or mid-end graphics card on your board. 🙂

  17. And what render should i buy Zotac,ASUD,Gigabyte,EVGA,Galax as my budget is 3-5k and my cabinet didnt have cooling fan?

  18. Would I have a problem putting a PCIe X8 video card into a PCIe x16 slot on my mother board? I was looking at the following video card:

    Gigabyte Radeon Rx 460 Windforce OC 2GB GDDR5

    For the following Motherboard:

    CPU
    • Socket LGA 1155

    Chipset
    • Intel H67

    Video
    • Intel HD Graphics 2000

    Memory
    • 4x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Dual Channel 1333/1066 MHz non-ECC, unbuffered (16GB Max)

    Expansion Slots
    • 1x PCIe x16 (2.0)
    • 1x PCIe mini
    • 3x PCIe x1

    Audio
    • Realtek ALC887 – High Definition

    Ethernet
    • Broadcom BCM577xx (Gigabit

    Rear Panel
    • 1x VGA Port
    • 1x HDMI port
    • 4x USB 2.0 Ports
    • 1x RJ45 LAN Port
    • 1x eSATA – Connector
    • 1x S/PDIF – Connector
    • 1x Audio I/O – Line in/out, Microphone

    Form Factor
    • Micro-ATX
    SKU: T6G004335

  19. Hi Madhur, nice art, it’s been pretty helpful but i wanna know something, i have a Foxconn 45CMX/45GMX/45CMX-K mother board with 4gb RAM DDR2 it’s PCIe x16 with an Graphic Card ATI Radeon HD 4500, but it’s so outdated (like my pc though) however i want to change the card but not the board, can you recommend me some Graphic cards that would work fine with it? Is it worth do it or it’s better for me just make a new pc?

    Thanks

  20. sir, i need ur help,,
    i already read this post then i prefered to buy Rx 460 for my old computer. now i have a problem, my spec is C2D E7200, 4Gigs DDR2 RAM, old Mobo from PC Chips P17G (i945), and PSU Corsair VS450.
    i have a problem that i get blank Screen from my monitor when i plugged the VGA conector to my Graphics Card (in case i used Converter HDMI to VGA for my graphics card) but it’s word when i plugged to OnBoard VGA ? i think my pc doesn’t detected the graphics card or there’s something wrong with my driver or bios ?
    pls help me sir, thx before

      • i think like that too, but there’s much question in other site “can my old mobo use newest GPU card?” they say it can, but need bios update or something like that. if nothing can fix that, oh yeah whatever i need new Motherboard’s for more powerfull Rig’s i think haha.
        thanks for your answer sir, i’m so glad.

  21. hello. my motherboard is x79-up4, intel icore7, windows 10 64 Bit. My existing card stopped working and so I need a new one that is compatible. I was thinking of Nvidia 1070 series 6 or 8 gb. Any suggestions?

  22. Hi i want to buy a zotac gtx 750ti. My cpu-pentium(r) e6600 @3.06ghz 4gb ram. Motherboard-lenovo g41 chipset. Will the gpu support? Will the cpu bottleneck the gpu?

  23. Hello,

    I want to buy a graphic card for gaming purposes.
    I would like to get the best recommendations according to my PC profile.

    My Budget: £100 – £150
    Online Game: Counter Strike: Global Offensive

    Case: Dell Optiplex 380
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93 GHz (up to 2933 MHz) 32bit
    In CPU Socket @ 1.2V
    Installed Memory (RAM): 2.00 GB
    Mainboard: Dell 0HN7XN
    Video Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset
    Power Supply: Max 255W

    Preference Graphic Card: Nvidia or Radeon (1GB – 2GB)

    Thanks

  24. Hi,
    I’m Ashish

    My pc configuration is: Mercury PI945GCM mother board with intel core 2 duo processor 2GHz, 1 GB ram.

    Which graphic card will suit the best. I use the system for engineering application such as AutoCAD, Staad.Pro, etc

  25. I have an i7 3rd gen with 16g ddr3 ram with an ipmmb-fm motherboard, I currently have a Geforce 310 in it, which video card upgrade do you suggest

  26. Hello,

    Very nice and helpful article.

    I have a year old Desktop with the following configuration:
    Intel Core i5 6400 @ 2.70GHz
    Gigabyte H110M-S2-CF (U3E1) Motherboard
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 – 2 GB
    Kingston 8.00GB @ 1066MHz

    I have tried but could not play latest games including (GoW, Battlefield or GTA5 etc.) due to minimum Graphic Card requirement not meeting with these games. Most of these games require minimum GTX 660 or above to run and recommended at least GTX 1050 or above.

    I have two questions where i would need your guidance.

    a) In case i want to upgrade my Graphic card, which card will be compatible. Can i go for GTX 1050 on this mother board.

    b) Is there any way that my current system can run the games that require GTX 660, without changing my Graphic Card.

    Thanks
    Ravi

  27. Hi Sir,
    When i am trying to record my computer screen with recording software, the video is getting slow or sucking. do i need graphic card to solve the problem.
    My mother board is :Mercury
    Ram: 2GB
    Hard disk: 500
    it has two slots for ram which is DDR2
    Could you suggest me to solve the problem

  28. Hello Tj,

    I bought a new GPU cause my old one died.
    i have a HP ENVY Phoenix h9z 1100
    AMD FX-8100 eight-core processor [2.8GHz, 8MB L2/8MB L3 Cache]
    10gb ram and 2tb hard drive.
    mother board number: M3970AM
    and I bought a new GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1050
    but it doesnt seem to be working, i was wondering why?
    Is the GPU compatible with the computer?
    When the GPU says its 2gb, what does that mean?

    Thanks
    Jay

  29. Hi Madhur,
    The key requirements to understand which Graphic Card is compatible with your Mother board and whats the max you can go upto is, Identifying if your Mother Board has PCI Express x16 2.0 or PCI Express x16 3.0 and the Power Supply Unit. But What about the Processor ??, What role does the processor plays ??

    Can you tell me for the below mention Board which Graphic Card is compatible whats the max you can go upto

    Hp Pavilion Series
    MCP73M01H1 (Napa) Motherboard
    Socket type: LGA 775
    Intel Core2 Duo CPU. E4700 @ 2.60GHz
    Micro-ATX: 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)

    Regards,
    Mac

  30. Hello i would like to upgrade my graphics card to latest version like maybe GTX 1050 or GTX 1060
    System Model: Aspire XC600
    Processor intel coreI5 3350P
    ram:8Gb
    So is it possible ??

  31. Hi Brother,
    I have ASUS m4n68t-m LE V2 motherboard with ddr3 amd athlon x2 3.2 Ghz processor with 8 gb ram.
    can i run ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti mini ZT-P10510A-10L 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card in it?

  32. Hi all, {sorry to post this again, but it seems to have gone} would my motherboard take a GTX Gforce 1080 ??? Please http://www.findlaptopdriver. com/pegatron-2ab5-motherboard. Is there a way or site saying with graphic card my comp. as it seems I need a legacy graphics card, how do you tell if a graphic card is legacy ???

    Also, my comp is a hpe 575uk, I did upgrade to a AMD R9 290 card and that worked fine, but bought a R9390x, it seems to boot up, but there is nothing on the screen, tried everything, upgraded the PS to 850w, but still nothing, the fans on the card go, and the comp seems to boot up, but nothing on the screen at all ??? OR WHAT OTHER CARDS COULD I UPGRADE TOO, THAT WILL PLAY GAMES ON MY COMP LIKE FORZA & IN 4K AS SMOOTH AS A BABYS BOTTOM ???

    Wayne

  33. Hi Madhur,
    I need a video card for my PC. the motherboard is GATEWAY MCP7AM01G1-1.0-8EKSH the PSU is a Corsair 450W and I wonder if video card Gigabyte GT 420 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x 16 ATX Video Graphics Cards GV-N420-2GI REV3 is good for my PC.
    thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    julio

  34. Hey there Madhur. Just a few quick questions if you have the time! I have a CybertronPC Rhodium 240 Gaming Desktop – AMD FX-4300 3.80GHz Quad-Core Processor, 8GB DDR3 Memory, AMD Radeon R7 240 (2GB GDDR5) Graphics, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 10 Home

    i was wanting to upgrade to a
    ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dual-Fan OC Edition Graphics Card
    (DUAL-GTX1060-O3G) and add 16 gb of ram to it as well Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 1866MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM – Black (HX318C10FBK2/16)
    would that be possible to do?

  35. Hi Madhur,
    i’m buying sapphire amd radeon r7 260x and my motherboard’s model number is DH67CL.
    is it compatible with my motherboard?
    and which smps should i buy for it?I needs to be under 2500

  36. Hello sir,
    I am buying the Asus Prime X370-PRO, s.AM4 motherboard and the nVidia EVGA GTX 1070 Gaming, 08G-P4-5170-KR video card. Would it be possible to add a second video card (probably the same EVGA) in the future?
    My CPU is AMD 1800x.

  37. i have zeb-945 lga 775 socket and it has only one pcieX16 slot and with 2gb ram pls tell which graphics card will support my motherboard i dont know the type of pcieX16 pls tell me the answer.

  38. hi sir,
    i Want to Ask one question ,(1) my system config: MSI 785GM E51 Motherbord ,

    AMD Phenom II prepossesr ,

    DDR 3 Ram of 4GB,

    (2). i planning to buy. ZOTAC GeForce® GT 710 2GB DDR5 ZONE Edition Graphics Card
    Does this support my PC??

  39. sir i have asush81m-c motherboardand i am trying to install windforce gtx 750 ti 4gb edition will it work my power supply is 450w

  40. hello Madhur Sir i have intel Pentium (R) Dual core CPU E5700 @ 3.00 Ghz processor at 2.00 GB ram can i use nvidia gigabyte geforce gt 710 2GB DDR5 Graphics card. on my pc or 730 ? pls reply

  41. Madhur Tj, I am planning to buy Nvidia GTX titan X card for my Gigabyte X99-UD4 and Asus H170 Mobo. It will work fine right?

  42. Greetings Madhur,
    My system has an old ECS X58-A2 mobo, 650W PSU and a 1st gen i7 (920). Runs on Windows 10 64bit.
    My gts250 died, so what gpu under $150 do u recommend?

  43. motherboard: Intel D945GCL.
    RAM : 4 gigs of DDR2 @ 800 MHz.
    Processor : Intel Core 2 duo E6300.
    Socket : LGA 775.
    Power supply : Circle Generic 400W PSU.

    can i install GT 1030 or GTX 1050, 1050 Ti? or will this be a bottleneck?

  44. Mr TJ!

    I want to upgrade the gpu on my dell precision 690. It has a 1000w psu, pci e x16, 2 x 6 pin power inputs and 2 quad core xeon 2.33 ghz processors with 32gb of ram. Running Bios and SSD.

    I think it can update to the evga gtx970.

    But I’m not sure! What do I do? I don’t want to purchase a card for €300 and have it not work…

  45. Hello Madhur,

    I am no good at computers and i was wondering if i can update my graphics card from a Radeon rx 580 to a GTX 1070. I have a Ryzen 5 1400 processor but i`m unsure what my motherboard is but i don`t know if this will help HP Model 8309 (AM4) is what i get when i search my settings. i have looked on other websites and couldn’t find anything about if it will work and was wondering if you could help me out because i don`t want to waste over $300 on a graphics card if it doesn’t. Thanks.

  46. i have a PC with
    Intel core i5 3550
    8GB RAM 1333MHz (2 Sticks of 4GB each)
    Sapphire HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB DDR5
    Intel DH67CL motherboard
    600W PSU

    Should i purchase a new high end system for latest games
    or replace my graphic card with Nvidia 1080Ti for 4K gaming or (3 Monitor Setup)
    & Will my current motherboard support 1080Ti??

    • Of course yes your motherboard can run that GPU on it, but it’s all depend on your budget to just buy a single GPU or upgrade the whole PC. I’m only saying this because your PC’s Spec does look outdated to me, like a 6-year-old PC.

      • Yeah it is 5 years old but but don’t wanna spend much on it.
        Can you please suggest monitor’s for gaming currently i’m using Samsung S22B370H (one monitor)
        Should i buy 3 monitor’s or one 34″ will do
        and which would be the cheap and best for both cases (34″ / 3-Monitor setup)
        suppoting Nvidia G-Sync & Higher Refresh rate.

  47. i have a Asus B150M-A D3 with i3 3.8 ghz 6300 with 16 gb of ddr3 ram.
    what graphic card should i get? im looking at evga 1060 sc 6 gb but i dont know if it will fit.
    what do you recommend?

  48. Hai Sir,
    My PC confir..: Mother Board: INTEL DH77KC MEDIA SERIES, LGA 1155, PCI EXPRESS 3.0×16,
    PROCE: I7 2700K (2ND GEN, 3.50 GHZ, 600W COOLER MASTER, DDR3 1600 _8GBx2 RAM, PLEASE CHOOSE THE ONE OR TWO GRAPHIC CARDS UNDER 10,000 FOR VEDIO MIXING

  49. My motherboard specification is as follows

    Model : GIGABYTE GA-H61-S2PV(rev 2.1) / Micro ATX 2 / PCIex16 v3.0
    / socket 1155
    BIOS version: 02/25/2013 04.06.05
    Ram : 2 slots DDR3 max 16GB (at present I use 8 GB ram of 2 slots)
    Processor : Intel Pentium CPU G630 [sandy bridge] CPU clock : 2.73Ghz
    Power supplier: 450W
    GPU (at present) : nVIDIA geforce GT610 (2GB DDR3)

    can i use any nVIDIA GTX version graphics cards with my specifications ?

  50. Hi Madhur,

    My desktop runs with Intel® Desktop Board DH61WW. I am planning to buy ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti Mini 4 GB Graphic Card.

    Can you please assist if the graphic card will be compatible with the mother board.

  51. Hello,
    I have a question , does my cpu (Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-6100 CPU @ 3.70GHz, 3700 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)) compatable with ASUS GeForce® GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX OC edition DVI-D, HDMI 2.0, DP??

  52. Hi Madhur,

    Can you please say if COLORFUL I GAME GeForce GTX 1050 TI is good to buy. I see the price of this graphic card is Rs 3500 only in wish.com.

    Is Colorful I GAME a good brand to go for.

  53. Hello there

    Can you tell me if my computer can run Nvidia GTX 750 Ti here is my computer

    System Model Aspire M5800/M3800
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz, 2333 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset

    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
    SMBIOS Version 2.6

    Let me know please because my computer can barely run games now, thanks!

  54. I must say, this was some terrible, English… But I appreciate your taking the time to inform the world of the internet with this article.

  55. Hi Madhur,

    Would be great if you could suggest me a a good Mother Board, Processor and a Graphic Card.

    My budget being 30 k to 32 K (around 450 – 475 $) for these three components alone.

    My expectation is to play GTA 6, Witcher 4 kind of games with out lag.

  56. Great article, very helpful. Are you aware of any “compatible” video cards for ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series? Mine failed. Suggestions of replacement? Options? Original to the Dell Alienware Aurora model (approximately 8 years old). Thanks!

  57. Hello Sir, I am Kousik Nandan from West Bengal, I am using a low end pc, My motherboard is zebronics G31 , Ram 4 GB DDR2, PSU 450 Watt, Processor is Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 3.00GHz 2.39GHz, Running on 64-bit operating system and my monitor’s resolution is 1366 x 768 , Can I use gt 1030 with my cpu? Will my motherboard support it? Or Suggest me a graphics card under RS 7,000/-. Kindly Reply fast.

  58. Hello mardhur,my motherboard is asus h81m-r. Does gtx 1050 ti 4gb match with my motherboard?If not, what’s the best graphics card that match with the motherboard?Thanks!!!

  59. Hello Madhur, my motherboard is QuadCore AMD Phenom II X4 975, 3617 Mhz, can you please tell me what type of slot is it 2.0 or 3.0?
    thank you very much

  60. Hi sir, im currently using xeon e5450 (mod) and gtx550ti with msi g41m4-f mobo.
    But my mobo only support pcie x16 gen1 with ddr2 ram.

    And for now i wanna upgrade my gpu to gtx750 zotac with pcie gen3 compatible.
    I read alot from other forum before and alot ppl say lga775 mobo mostly support until pcie 2nd gen.
    So i need to upgrade my mobo too isnt it ?

    Can i ask for ur suggestion which mobo are compatible with my specs. I currently planning to use gtx750 and ddr3 ram and stick with xeon e5450 mod. About psu i can upgrade it later.

  61. HP OEM/MSI MS-7613 LGA 1156 Micro ATX intel core 7 currently have a gt635 gpu..trying to figure out what can I upgrade to like max wire. I know the motherboard is not supet strong but the gpu I really want is the gt1050ti. The computer is for medium gaming.

    Which GPU can I run if possible a few options?

  62. Thank you for this article, it has taught me quite a bit. Unfortunately I still haven’t been able to figure out how to go about determining whether my old PC can even handle a graphics card upgrade. It’s a good system for the internet and I upgraded the graphics card a few years after I got it so I could connect to the TV. Would you be able to suggest a better GPU than the one I have now have (AMD Radeon HD 5450) that will still work with this old girl? She’s not worth much anymore, so not looking to spend a lot on upgrades. The computer specs are here https:// support.hp.com/ca-en/document/c02207223. Thanks for your help and for this great resource!

  63. Hi Madhur
    I have a HP Envy 750-147nz and would like to upgrade my AMD Radeon R9 360 to a better one the fits my PC.
    Do you have any suggestions for me?

    Motherboard: odense 2b47 ,PCIe x16
    Intel Core i7-6700
    12 gb ram
    power supply: 300W

    Thank you very much!
    Kevin

      • Well this depends on how much can i gain with a new one. Does it even make sense, or will i have issues with my CPU that will reach it limit soon?
        I could spend like 500-800 bucks, but if i cant fully us the Performance because of other parts in my PC, it doesnt make much sense to spend that much Money.

        • According to me, I think you’ll get at least 4 to 6 times better performance compare to your recent card, in case if you upgraded it to GTX 1070. But make sure you also upgrade your PC’s RAM too because 12 Gigs isn’t that enough (as I see on official specs). So, at least make it to 16 Gigs.

  64. Hi!! i have HP compaq 6000 pro mt pc
    3 gb ram
    intel(R) core (TM)2 duo cpu E7500 @2.93GHz
    32 bit operating system

    Can i ask if i GTX 750 ti will fit in my pc? and or it will work? because im planning to install Dota 2 games and Render 3D in SketchUp.
    by the way im planning to upgrade my ram to 8gb any suggestion?

  65. Hi i am looking for a replacement card for my gigabyte 900XA-UD5 Motherboard.i am looking at between https ://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01AY78MLM/ref=psdc_430524031_t3_B00RK551WA & https ://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GV-N730-2GI-GT730-Graphic-Card/dp/B00LHLB1WC/ref=sr_1_sc_3?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1517339568&sr=1-3-spell&keywords=pci16+ddr3++graphics+cards. which do you recommend would be the better purchase.Thanks.

  66. I have a asrock g31m-vs2 motherboard with 4gb ddr2 ram and core2duo E7300 processor. i have GeForce210 graphic card but is not working properly. Please suggest a good graphic in a minimum budget for playing emulator games.

  67. I have asrock h61m vs3 mother board with 4gb ram and intel i3-3210 processor.Is it support
    Gigabyte Geforce GT 710 2GB DDR5 Graphics Card (GV-N710D5-2GL) graphics card?

  68. Hi Mathur,

    I have a PC with the following configuration

    Mother Board: GA-EP45-UD3L
    RAM: 6GB DDR2 RAM (3 slots used out of 4 slots)
    SATA: 2 drives ( 500 gb Seagate, 1tb WD)
    PSU: 500 w cooler master
    Graphics card: ATI Radeon 4350 (having two DVI-D slots)
    OS: windows 10 x64

    I am planning to replace the existing graphics card with a basic card ASUS Geforce 710 1gb ddr3 (includes HDMI)
    I have the following 2 quries
    1) Is the new graphics card compatible?
    2) I used to get Video TDR failure error some times with the existing card. Will that Video TDR failure issue get resolved with the new suggested card?

    Thanks in advance

  69. Hi Madhur
    I have installed a MSI gt710 GPU into an old hp pc, but experiencing freezes whilst just browsing the web. I’m wondering if the pc is perhaps too old to handle the new card?
    I have installed latest drivers from nvdia. PC Spec is HP GD997ET#ABU with an MS7226 V1.0 motherboard and intel 2160 1,80ghz core 2 cpu and 4gb ram. Im running windows 10 pro 32bit

  70. my motherboard is ASUS H61M-K , it supports DVI-D , my PC has a 500 W PSU
    I want to buy a HD Radeon 7730 which has DVI , will it work?
    Is DVI- D and DVI compatible ?

    • First, it will work properly. Second, after installing the card you’ll need to attach the Video Cabel to the graphics card (and not in the motherboard). So, why are you worrying about the compatibility? This card has 3 different video output 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort.

  71. sir i have a motherboard msi 7527 g31m4 , intel dual core 2.7 ghz processor, 4gb ddr to ram. so which graphics card is suitable for my motherboard only for playing counter strike global offensive ? pls help

  72. SIR I HAVE A MOTHER BOARD ASUS F1A75MPRO ,N PROCESSOR AMD A8 3850 WILL YOU SUGGEST ME A 4GB GRAPHIC CARD WHICH COSTS BELOW 25K

  73. Hello Mr.TJ i have a question i have a AsRock 960 gc-gs motherboard and want to buy Zodiac Nvidia gt-730 2gb ddr5 pciE graphic card but my motherboard is only compatible with pciE v2 so would it be compatible??
    Looking forward to your reply

  74. Hi, sorry to botter you, i have a question, i have an old gt 730 which is this one http s://www.gigabyte.com/Graphics-Card/GV-N730-2GI-rev-10#sp , but recently i’ve bought a new processor, the i5 8600k, some people have told me that if i use the gpu whit my new processor and motherboard (Z370-A-PRO) it’ll damage them, but i’ve tried to game just whit the processor and its awful worse than my old processor whit the gpu please tell me if its ok to use the i5 8600k whit the gt 730, thank you in advance.

    • The reason behind bottlenecking of your card is because of the higher resolution support, which your new board and processor has but not your not card. at least buy GTX 1060.

  75. hello, me some issues living i computer by. another pc case motherboard on graphic driver no. so, motherboard in incomplete material have. (graphic driver of model & name the knowing i didnt.) model the which im not sure? already monitor cord being not. monitor cord where plugging im? hdd where plugging?

  76. hello, i have Dell processor: intel(R) core(tm) 2 duo CPU e 4500 @ 2.20GHz 2.19 GHz.
    RAM: 3.5 GB
    64-bit operating system.
    which and how much gb graphic card should i use?
    please explain!

  77. I am having HP Pavilion p6-2361in Desktop PC, I want to upgrade my graphics card currently I am using NVIDIA GeForce GT620- 1Gb.. plz suggest me some options

  78. my dilemma, mine is a Dell 3668 i5 7400 12gig memory, has a Intel HD Graphics 630 on the Intel H110 Express motherboard and looks like pci express 2.0? trying to find a video card to run War Thunder using a 32 ‘ 1080p tv for a monitor. suggest an nvidia card with 2 gig memory and do i need to disable the gpu on the motherboard???

    • Go for GTX 1060 or 1070 (all depend on your budget). And also don’t need to disable or enable anything, just plug the card, put the monitor’s video cable into the GPU and then install the latest drivers and that will do all the configuration stuff for you.
      Also, make sure your computer has a power supply above than 400 Watts.

      • The power supply is the problem, I bought a pny geforce gtx 1050 from best buy and it ran great except when it wanted more than the 240w psu could supply and the system would crash and reboot almost daily. Best buy sold me a evga 600w psu which I mounted externally but when I tried to power up the computer nothing, not even attempt to start. So I took it all back to best buy for refund. Not sure why the power supply did’t work, the oe psu only has 2 cables from it to the board one 4 pin to atx cpu and one 6 pin to atx sys all other devices are powered from the system board.
        Any suggestions?

  79. Hi madhur,

    Can you recommend a high end graphic card for the following spec motherboard,

    Thanks in advance.

    wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber
    Manufacturer Product SerialNumber Version
    Dell Inc. 07KY25 /7R3MLN2/CNWS20081T02KN/ A01

    OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Home Single Language
    Version 10.0.17134 Build 17134
    Other OS Description Not Available
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name DESKTOP-UNCL8F6
    System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    System Model Inspiron 3668
    System Type x64-based PC
    System SKU 0763
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7400 CPU @ 3.00GHz, 3000 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. 1.4.0, 19/7/2017
    SMBIOS Version 3.0
    Embedded Controller Version 255.255
    BIOS Mode UEFI
    BaseBoard Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    BaseBoard Model Not Available
    BaseBoard Name Base Board
    Platform Role Desktop
    Secure Boot State On
    PCR7 Configuration Elevation Required to View
    Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
    System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = “10.0.17134.1”
    User Name DESKTOP-UNCL8F6\kunalan
    Time Zone Malay Peninsula Standard Time
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
    Total Physical Memory 7.91 GB
    Available Physical Memory 4.04 GB
    Total Virtual Memory 10.0 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 4.87 GB
    Page File Space 2.09 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys
    Kernel DMA Protection Off
    Virtualization-based security Not enabled
    Device Encryption Support Elevation Required to View
    Hyper-V – VM Monitor Mode Extensions Yes
    Hyper-V – Second Level Address Translation Extensions Yes
    Hyper-V – Virtualization Enabled in Firmware Yes
    Hyper-V – Data Execution Protection Yes

  80. Sir I Have A Foxconn g31 Motherboard with 4 Gb ddr 2 Ram 2 Ghz Processor And 355 W Power Supply And I Need To Have A Graphic Card Just TO Improve A Bit Not For Gaming. I Use an Editing Softwere That Is Running Well But A Little Slow So I Just Want To Fix That Pleas Tell Me Which Graphic Card Should I Use
    I Am Having PCIX16 Slot And It IS 2v

  81. I have old PC ..
    It have zx-i945lm4 motherboard.
    And p4 478 socket processor.
    2gb ddr2 ram.
    So which graphics card will works on it??

  82. hlo sir, sir my motherboard have 1 pciX16 slot 2.0 and other one is 1 pci x1 2.0 slot . Can is run nvidia gt1050 ti in my pc gddr5 2gb variant . please reply

  83. hello. i need some help. i want to install a new graphics card on my pc. what is the best that i can get and how many gb ?
    my pc specs are
    ram 2gb
    cpu intel core 2 duo e4500 2.2 ghz
    os win 10 pro 32 bit
    power supply 300w
    the motherboard is a ms-7352 ver 1.0 and haw one pci express x16 port (x16pciexp). it dosent say anything about 3.0 etc so i think that its a 2.0 and is a ddr2 one from what i read about it.
    thank you.

  84. Hi Madhur,

    I have Dell OptiPlex 990 desktop machine with the standard built in specifications: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @3.40GH, 12 GB RAM, with Widows 10, 64-Bit, BIOS A23. I have Purchased new GPUs, Radeon Nitro RX 580 with PSU, Corsair HX 1200i. System is detecting only 1 card and mining properly with 30mh/s and the moment I plug another card through riser, monitor won’t show anything while CPU & GPUs fans start spinning. Need your advice that what could be the possible reason and solution?

    Appreciated your early response.

  85. Hello Madhur Tj Sir
    I am using Windows 7 (32bit) PC
    Intel 945G Motherboard
    Intel Core-2-duo cpu 1.80 GHz
    4gb ddr2 Ram
    500gb harddrive

    500W power supply
    1 x PCIe x16
    1 x PCIe x1
    2 x PCI

    Which graphic card i should buy for my pc
    please give lowest rate to highest rate Graphic card names

    please reply ASAP

  86. Madhur Tj can you suggest me the best graphics card for Biostar MCP6PB M2+ board , main purpose is graphic designing (Ai , Ps , Id cc ) 3D works. Thanks in Advance!

  87. Hi Madhur do You help me with following problem:
    I have a mainboard from Gigabyte GA-M56-S3 (rev 1.x) with slot PCI e x 16
    Day before purchase VC ASUS GT730-2GD3DP (Bus support PCIe 2)

    ….But my mainboard did’t recognize this video card – 1 long beep, 3 short beeps !
    Trying this steps:
    – BIOS Update to last version
    – Loading default and optimise configuration
    – Cleaning of slot pins, card pins
    – System (battery) reset of mainboard
    – Check that speed of PCIe 16 slot default is 100 mHz, but support clock to 250 MHz, but don’t clocking

    Can You give me some advice how too resolve this problem ?
    THANKS in advance !…
    Milen G.

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